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Senate endorsement: Dr. Paul Broun
by Kevin_Foley
February 08, 2013 12:36 PM | 1279 views | 7 7 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

I love Paul Broun. I dearly hope he wins the Republican senate primary in 2014. I'll even vote for him because there are very few politicians in these parts who could make Phil Gingrey and Tom Price look positively moderate.

Tea partier Broun is a conservative.
No, wait, Broun is beyond conservative. He's an extremist.
But that doesn't quite cover it either. Broun can be described at the rarest of breeds, an extreme reactionary, so far out on the right wing fringes, not even Karl Rove can stomach him. In fact, Rove's Conservative Victory Project is promising to smother candidates like Broun in the crib before they get a chance to run.
Broun says science is Satan's work even though he practices a profession firmly rooted in the physical sciences like molecular biology and physiology. At least I think he does. Fortunately, I'm not a patient of his so I won't have to find out if he's bleeding the sick with leeches.
If Broun were running for pope in the 13th century, he'd have a very good chance of winning. In 2014, as a United States Senate candidate out of the benighted corner of Georgia from which he hails, he will probably even attract votes from the snake handlers, tongue speakers and willfully ignorant in those parts.
But as a statewide candidate, even in Georgia, his views will likely be judged, well, a teency bit too radical.

"God's word is true," said Dr. Broun. "I've come to understand that. All that stuff I was taught (at the University of Georgia and Georgia Health Sciences University) about evolution and embryology and the big bang theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of hell. It's lies to try to keep me and all the folks who were taught that from understanding that they need a savior."

House Speaker John Boehner certainly liked what he heard because he appointed Broun to - of all things - the House Science Committee, where he will help oversee the nation's policies on things like global warming, green energy, the environment, DNA research, and space exploration.
Yes, I know, it seems like an awkward fit.
"You see," Broun told a religious group, "there are a lot of scientific data that I've found out as a scientist that actually show that this is really a young Earth. I don't believe that the earth's but about 9,000 years old. I believe it was created in six days as we know them. That's what the Bible says."
Serious scientists like physicists and geologists beg to differ, but they pretty much all agree the mountains of research they've collected over the last century or so proves the earth is actually 4.5 billion years old.
They also believe Darwin's theory, while a theory, is far more conclusive then evidence on which Broun is relying.
The big bang theory? Who knows? The Lord acts in mysterious ways.
“In order for (a Democratic victory) to occur, you have to get a decent candidate on the Dem side," Democratic strategist Stefan Turkheimer told Real Clear Politics. "But you also have to get someone coming out of the Flat Earth Society...on the Republican side, who’s seen nationally as being ridiculous.”
Stand up and take a bow, Dr. Broun.
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drunkin sailor
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February 12, 2013
Obama can provide food stamps for 47 million people and spend 2.2 billion dollars on Obamaphones, free phones for the 47 percent, but can't save our combat veteran's health care coverage?

There's some research for you all.

First Beck, then Boortz, now Palin
by Kevin_Foley
January 31, 2013 08:20 AM | 1704 views | 13 13 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Sarah Palin, the far right's darling, lost her soap box last week after Fox News let her contract expire.
 
It was a great ride while it lasted for the half-term Alaska governor, who was chosen by John "Country First" McCain as his running mate when the senator ran for president in 2008. It looked like a bold game changer at the time but it ended up backfiring on McCain. Big time.
 
Rather than attracting tens of millions of evangelical and women voters to the ticket, Palin almost single handedly destroyed McCain's presidential campaign, revealing on the trail her utter ignorance of important issues of the day and her contempt for serious reporters who refused to toss the would-be Veep softball questions.
 
When memorably asked by Charlie Rose to discuss the controversial Bush Doctrine, covered extensively by Fox and every other major news media outlets, Palin had no clue what the newsman was talking about.
 
Fortunately, Palin could rely on Fox News and others in the right wing media to prop her up through one public catastrophe after the next while she whined incessantly about those bad people in the "lamestream" media asking her "gotcha" questions.
 
Palin was a huge embarrassment, a monumental mistake, but the conservative and even some mainstream media continued to cover for her, spinning Palin as a maverick hockey mom who would cut through the Washington B.S. if she became vice president.
 
Thankfully she didn't.
 
The notion of a vapid, empty headed dolt anywhere near the nuclear codes was scary enough when W was president. That someone like Sarah Palin could have been just a heartbeat away from them was truly terrifying.
 
After McCain's failed bid, Fox News' boss Roger Ailes rushed to sign Palin to a big contract and put a camera in her Wasilla, Alaska home, where she could opine about the events of the day with incisive wisdom like "Nancy Pelosi is a dingbat" and, President Obama is surrounded by "Chicago thugs."
 
As Republican journalist David Frum noted after Barack Obama's decisive 2012 re-election victory, Palin was part of the "conservative entertainment complex" that wrecked Mitt Romney's chances, driving moderates, young voters, women, Hispanics and Latinos, gays, and African-Americans away.
 
Palin did her part, mouthing racist gems like, "President Obama’s shuck and jive shtick with these Benghazi lies must end."
 
Ailes must have gotten the message because he finally let Palin go. For her part, Sarah now says "conservatism didn't lose" in 2012 and that she no longer wishes to preach "to the choir." Instead, she promises to "shake up the GOP machine" in the months ahead.
 
I'm sure Republicans can't wait.
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Lib in Cobb
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February 03, 2013
@DA: I think you are too sensitive. The conservative movement needs the criticism, Bobby Jindal has explained why, ie, "Stupid Party". Without criticism, there can be no improvement, perhaps over the next 12 years the GOP will change enough not to be so insignificant on the presidential stage. The GOP decided to elect a tired old man with tired old ideas as their presidential candidate in 2008. That candidate then compounded the already failing campaign by picking Sarah Palin as his running dope. Just a brilliant move. In 2012 the best the GOP could do was Mittens and another toxic running mate. You don't see the need for criticism? OK, stay where you are and don't change at all.

Why gun nuts are deluded
by Kevin_Foley
January 22, 2013 02:57 PM | 1357 views | 8 8 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Pete Borden and other MDJ bloggers and columnists insist the government is coming to take their guns. This is a National Rifle Association-pushed paranoid fantasy and it's not new.
 
Every time the conversation turns to sensible gun safety legislation, as it has in the wake to the Netwon massacre, the NRA trots out its minions to flog the phony "gun freedom" line.
 
NRA board member and aging rock star Ted Nugent is the latest surrogate to mouth off. He's threatening armed insurrection, although as we'll soon see, Nugent has no appetite for real combat.
 
"I'm part of a very great experiment in self-government," proclaimed the self-enamoured gun slinger at a recent convention, "where we the people determine our own pursuit of happiness and our own individual freedom and liberty not to be confused with the Barack Obama gang who believes in we the sheeple and actually is attempting to re-implement the tyranny of King George that we escaped from in 1776. And if you want another Concord Bridge, I got some buddies."
 
And I've got the bus that will transport Nugent and his pals to Concord Bridge if they really want to face off against our armed forces. Maybe Nugent can do a show before the shooting starts. I'd pay to see the concert and the gunplay.
 
The Nuge, speaking for the NRA's Wayne LaPierre, has made no secret of his organization's contempt for Brack Obama, blaming the president for every evil imaginable.
 
"But here is what is wrong with America today," Nugent goes on. "We have a president, and everybody better write this down, and memorize this. The president of the United States goes to the Vietnam Memorial Wall and pretends to honor 58,000 American heroes who died fighting communism and then he hires, appoints and associates with communists. He pretends to pay honor to men who died fighting communism, and then he hangs out with, hires and appoints communists. He is an evil dangerous man who hates America and hates freedom. And we need to fix this as soon as possible."
 
Ah, Vietnam is it? Let's see, Nugent is of an age that he would have been drafted and likely had his opportunity to play Rambo in Vietnam.
 
But alas, this tough guy pooped his pants and generally abstained from all personal hygiene for more than a month before showing up at his draft board, where he was promptly rejected for service. Nugent nevertheless has the temerity to refer to America's real fighting men as his "borthers in arms."
 
This is the same punk who said at the NRA's annual meeting that he would be "dead or in jail" if President Obama was reelected to a second term, earning him the attention of the Secret Service.
 
Nugent backed down, of course, and probably pooped his pants again when the Service knocked on his door.
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Lib in Cobb
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January 27, 2013
@DA: It seems proof reading is a very difficult function for you when frothing at the mouth.

I love watching "Wing Nuts" losing control.

Boortz, Borden and Bashing
by Kevin_Foley
January 21, 2013 01:17 PM | 1484 views | 4 4 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
I'm getting the message, catching his drift. Pete Borden doesn't like my opinions because they don't mesh with his own puny worldview. To Mr. Borden, when I'm not "lying" I'm a "coward."

Really? Here I present progressive push back every week in the hard right conservative stronghold of Cobb County, putting my real name to my real words, but I'm gutless.

Mr. Borden suggests I waited until Boortz's last day on the air suggest "Mighty Whitey" was a nasty, elitist bigot. But what better coda could there be to Boortz's disgraceful career, polluting the public airwaves with his disgusting brand of minority-bashing.

Forget that Boortz was a complete bore, a tasteless, unfunny, uninteresting radio gabber. I simply used Boortz's own comments in my column, which is limited to 600 words. I could have filled the MDJ with Boortz's bullying attacks on people who couldn't possibly defend themselves, such as the Katrina survivors Boortz called "garbage" or Muslims he described as "cockroaches."

That's the dictionary definition of coward, Mr. Borden.

Mr. Borden reveals much about himself rushing to Boortz's defense. His listeners - and evidently Pete Borden LOVED Neal Boortz - must have affirmation and, as I noted, only the willfully ignorant, delusional, racist or paranoid would waste their time listening to Boortz or people like him.

Pete, which are you?
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Lib in Cobb
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January 22, 2013
Kevin: Borden defends Boortz, Adams defends Borden, sounds like a reach around party.

James Yeager, tough guy patriot (not)
by Kevin_Foley
January 15, 2013 07:30 PM | 2368 views | 1 1 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
The pro-gun crowd received a nasty black eye last week when one of its more, um, zealous members posted a video on YouTube promising to kill people if sensible gun safety legislation is enacted.
 
Like a lot of these cardboard cowboys, James Yeager wears prison-style tats on his arm, badass chin spinach, and a bald dome. Yeager looks oh so threatening and lethal, not unlike a con on death row. But, as we'll learn, he's really just a big pussy cat.
 
Yeager bills himself as the CEO of something called Tactical Response in Tennessee, where he apparently teaches people how to play with their guns and sells them gear designed to make them look like soldiers. Yeager says he's a former Big Sandy, Tenn. (pop. 556) cop and claims he spent a couple of years in Baghdad as a hired security gun. Whatever.
 
In his YouTube video, Yeager goes on a spit-flying rant using some language his mother would probably disapprove of:
 
"F*** that! I’m telling you that if that (sensible gun safety measures) happens, it’s going to spark a civil war, and I’ll be glad to fire the first shot," he barks into the camera. "Load your damn mags!" and "get ready to fight!" Then he adds this: "I’m not f***ing putting up with this. I’m not letting my country be ruled by a dictator. I’m not letting anybody take my guns! If it goes one inch further, I’m going to start killing people!"
 
It's all a lot of hot air, of course, but it earned Yeager some notoriety he didn't want. The state of Tennessee suspended his weapons permit and he appeared in a second video this week, chastened, sitting next to his lawyer and sounding less like a raging prison inmate and more like a regretful drunk driver. 
 
"I said some pretty volatile stuff which I apologize for. I do not in any way advocate the overthrowing of the United States government, nor do I condone any violent actions towards any elected officials. It's not time to shoot anybody. What it is time to do is to organize politically, contact our elected officials and help steer the ship the direction that we want it to go.The way to do that right now is via letters, via emails, some phone calls to your elected officials."
 
Yeager may not have the courage of his convictions, but there are a lot of his types out there ready to pull the trigger, perhaps on a classroom full of little kids, or in a theater full of patrons, or a college campus, or a church, or a shopping mall. They're mad as hell and they're not gonna take it anymore!
 
Which is why we need sensible gun safety laws right away.
 
Tell James Yeager what you think: JamesYeager@TacticalResponse.com
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Lib in Cobb
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January 16, 2013
Alex Jones will have company in the mental hospital.

Who would think that someone like Yeager would live in a red state like Tennessee?

NRA’s “Hollywood Guns” glorifies movie gun violence
by Kevin_Foley
January 11, 2013 05:34 PM | 2141 views | 8 8 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
The gun lobby is circling the wagons as public outrage grows over the slaughter of 20 small children and 6 educators in Newtown, Connecticut and President Obama weighs his executive power options to reign in runaway gun violence.
In the wake of the massacre, in which Adam Lanza shot his victims to pieces with a Bushmaster assault rifle, a CNN poll showed that 62 percent of Americans favor a ban on assault rifles and high capacity magazines. Nine out of 10 Americans want background checks on all gun sales.
In response, the National Rifle Association has dug its belligerent heels in, rejecting even discussingthe possibility of any sensible regulations. Instead, NRA mouthpiece Wayne LaPierre blamed entertainment violence for mass murder, but not firearms like the kind Lanza and his fellow mass murderers used to kill their victims.
LaPierre seems not to know the NRA museum recently featured “Hollywood Guns,” described on the NRA web site as “…a firsthand glimpse of some of the most famous firearms on the silver screen over the last 70 years.”
Included is the .44 Magnum Smith & Wesson Model 29 “Dirty Harry” Callahan used in spectacularly graphic style to off scores of movie bad guys.
Then there are the weapons used in Quentin Tarantino’s bloodbath, “Reservoir Dogs,” along with the suppressed Remington 11-87 used to slaughter the innocent and guilty in “No Country for Old Men.”
“Hollywood Guns spotlights 125 firearms that have thrilled movie goers for generations,” the NRA’s web site breathlessly promises.
Rather than abhorring entertainment violence, the NRA loves the enormous marketing potential when its weapons are featured in movies and television to glorify gun violence.
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Lib in Cobb
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January 14, 2013
George: John Smith, happy now I 'm not hiding behind a screen name.

The content of my post to DA was true and accurate. Perhaps if you read it again a few times you will be able to grasp my point.

Both Adams and Borden have responded to me on several occasions and now you, I am so lucky. So much for not paying any attention to me. Your point is?

Borden suffering from gun derangement syndrome
by Kevin_Foley
January 07, 2013 03:07 PM | 1709 views | 8 8 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

When he doesn't like what I write, Pete Borden likes to call me a liar. He has again leveled a charge that I lied in my recent column on the need to make gun safety part of the public safety discussion.

Here's his incendiary statement (emphasis added):

"Foley makes the erroneous statement that you can walk into almost any gun show and buy 'assault weapons', high capacity magazines and ammunition, no questions asked. I will not dignify that by calling it an untruth. I will call it what it is. It is a bald faced lie. Dealers at gun shows are bound by the same regulations requiring background checks, as they are when they are in their places of business. Since Foley is only parroting something he has heard, I have no way of knowing whether he is aware of that or not. But, I repeat, the statement is a lie."

Again, Mr. Borden, unlike you, I am far too good a writer and commentator not to do my research before speaking out on an issue.

I didn't say "every gun show." I qualified my statement sby aying, "almost any gun show," but that's beside the point.

From the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence web site, here's the breakdown on the so-called "gun show loophole":

Though commonly referred to as the “Gun Show Loophole,” the “private sales” described above include guns sold at gun shows, through classified newspaper ads, the Internet, and between individuals virtually anywhere.

Unfortunately, only six states (CA, CO, IL, NY, OR, RI) require universal background checks on all firearm sales at gun shows. Three more states (CT, MD, PA) require background checks on all handgun sales made at gun shows. Seven other states (HI, IA, MA, MI, NJ, NC, NE) require purchasers to obtain a permit and undergo a background check before buying a handgun. Florida allows its counties to regulate gun shows by requiring background checks on all firearms purchases at these events. 33 states have taken no action whatsoever to close the Gun Show Loophole.

Mr. Borden again shoots himself in the foot playing ready, fire, aim. Nice try, Peter. I'm waiting for my apology.

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CobbCoGuy
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January 10, 2013
Fair enough, Mr. Borden; I did click on it, didn't I?

Keep at it and, have a good'un.

Patriot Apocalypse
by Kevin_Foley
January 04, 2013 11:55 AM | 1892 views | 3 3 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
I wonder if the Second Amendment crowd has ever considered what armed insurrection against the "tyrannical" government they imagine actually looks like?
 
Let's, for fun and enlightenment, extrapolate. It's 2025 and the new president, Newt Palin, decides citizens have too much freedom. Together with his allies in Congress, he passes the New Patriot Act, a cleverly named piece of legislation that strips away most civil rights. President Palin justifies this law by telling Americans they are "in danger."
 
A band of patriots in Cobb County rises up, organizing themselves into a militia. Their plan is to revolt and attack federal buildings and installations.
 
But President Palin is also the commander in chief of the armed forces, so he has the most powerful military machine in the world to back him up. And because he is a conservative, he also has the support of the senior generals in the Pentagon.
 
Word of the Cobb County patriots reaches the president, who orders the military to go on high alert. Armed with their ArmaLites and Glocks and led by Charles Gregory, the Cobb County patriots climb into a Ford 150 pick up truck and head toward the Russell Federal Building in Atlanta.
 
A Predator drone has been orbiting Cobb County and a turncoat patriot has provided intel on the plan to attack the Russell Federal Building. The Predator zooms in on the pick up truck full of patriots speeding down Atlanta Road and releases a Hellfire missile, immolating everyone on board before they can fire a shot.
 
The moral of the story, folks, is that it is no longer 1776. Your semi-auto and auto weapons are no match for the mighty military you support. Your notion of citizens standing up to a government you believe is tyrannical is as quaint as it is absurd.
 
Luckily, we have a division of powers in America. One branch of government keeps the other in check. The military is controlled by the civilian government. We're also a nation of laws, so the need for an armed insurrection is highly remote.
 
So before considering a revolt, you Cobb County patriots should stop and ask yourself if your real problem isn't with our representative form of government that lawfully passes legislation the majority of Americans wish to see enacted.
 
You shouldn't confuse tyranny with the rule of law.
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Timus
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January 07, 2013
Even if they are not match for the US military they could always point their AR15s at one another and shoot themselves!!! And in regards to Newt Palin....that really WOULD be lipstick on a pig!!!

Stand up for assault weapons, Patriots!
by Kevin_Foley
December 31, 2012 08:31 AM | 1400 views | 5 5 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Why do gun nuts always call themselves patriots? Here are comments posted under Pete Borden's nearby post by "Patriot D," who no doubt wears a tri-corn hat over his or her tin foil hat when he or she attends Tea Party shindigs. I've added some commentary for the enlightenment of the reader:

 

"It is not surprising though for me to see so many comfortable "Americans" (if you disagree with Patriot D, you aren't a real "American") so willing to surrender their power of freedom, liberty and subjugate themselves... all in the name of safety (let's see, government-ensured safe cars, safe food, safe medicines, safe airliners, safe highways...). Those reading this need to be able to identify the real threats to America (you mean like people who think assault weapons with high capacity magazines should be banned?) and refuse to allow your life to be micro-governed so everyone's entire life is perfectly safe. Imagine what that set of laws would be. Where will it end? What would life be like? (I don't know...maybe you should ask the parents of the kids slaughtered in Newtown, Patriot D). Life is about responsibility and accountability (Then why don't you identify yourself and take responsibility for your words?).

Perhaps it is the strict gun laws that cost those poor children their lives. (Um, we don't have strict gun laws. That's the problem.)

What if the principal was armed? Instead of rushing the shooter unarmed or choosing to hide in closets, someone could have eliminated the threat immediately. But unfortunately, no. Being law abiding good citizens, they were unarmed and unprepared and are now victims for it. This horrible incident proves that good people obey the laws and bad people don't. Why tie the hands of good guys and put them at the disadvantage? (You sound just like the NRA's Wayne LaPierre. What a coincidence)

I for one want the good people to ALWAYS be well ARMED. Who wouldn't? They're the good guys! The laws we have clearly don't work on bad guys. (Then why did New York City, with strict gun safety laws, have a record-low number of homicides in 2012?) The issue is about individual BEHAVIOR and individual RESPONSIBILITY. These tragedies are not the fault of some inanimate object like a gun. The gun doesn't think, make decisions, or act. (Maybe you can explain why Adam Lanza's momma, one of those aforementioned "good guys," had assault weapons in her home along with a son she knew was deranged. She evidently had no trigger locks on the weapons or a gun safe to lock them in.)

The PEOPLE need to hold these criminals accountable and the punishments need to be severe enough to deter behavior. (I agree. Make sure they can't get their hands on military style assault rifles and high capacity magazines. Ban 'em!)

Remember folks... this country is about WE THE PEOPLE. Do not allow yourself to be ruled by a government. America wasn't found on the pretense of a ruling government, America was uniquely founded based on a ruling people. Stand up and BE STRONG. (Yep. Tea Partier).

In America since 1776, THE PEOPLE RULE... therefore the PEOPLE KEEP THE POWER! (Power to the people, right on!)
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CobbCoGuy
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January 02, 2013
Lib

Now we're getting somewhere. I don't agree, but at least we now have a discussion.

Thanks.

A Slaughter in Connecticut
by Kevin_Foley
December 18, 2012 08:34 AM | 1735 views | 33 33 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
So we can add 26 more to America's gun violence body count, this time, 20 first graders and seven adults mowed down by another reclusive lunatic. And its becoming so frequent, we're all becoming inured to it.

 

I wonder how many Americans were annoyed Sunday night when NBC cut away from the 49ers-Patriots game to broadcast President Obama's remarks at the memorial service in Newtown, Connecticut?

 

Last Friday, it was the same footage we always see: grim faced first responders and panicked parents rushing to the scene; surviving school kids shivering in terror, and another police chief trying to make sense of the insane.

 

Those first graders thought they were safe in their Sandy Hook classroom, no doubt giddy over the approaching Christmas holiday; baking cookies with mom, wrapping presents with dad, sledding with their friends. Then the shooting started, their little bodies cut to pieces by high powered bullets shot from a semi automatic assault weapon with a 30-round magazine.

 

These are the images we need to see, not the sterile, "here-we-go-again" footage we're accustomed to and, yes, indifferent to.

 

Let's see those victims so we all know what bullets really do. Let's be as shocked and sickened as those first police officers on the scene were at the sight of those dead babies and the women who gave their lives trying to protect them.

 

What's that? You don't think it's appropriate? Guns don't kill people? What about your Second Amendment rights?

 

Columbine. Virginia Tech. Tucson, Aurora. Now Newtown. Innocents slaughtered with weapons that should have never been in the hands of their maniac killers. Do the rest of us care enough now to enact sensible gun control laws? Is our outrage, at long last, enough to finally tip the scales?

 

Or will we just change the channel again.
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Lib in Cobb
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January 04, 2013
@Cobb Guy: You can have your discussion using statistics if you wish. I have never liked statistics. Logic and reason tells me that no child should be dead by gunfire, because someone did not use enough caution in keeping these unnecessary weapons out of the hands of their very troubled son. Logic and reason tells me that if these unnecessary guns were extremely hard to get by the general public then 20 children and six adults would not be dead in CT, the latest of the mass murders where an semi auto assault rifle was the weapon of choice. Logic and reason tells me that Adam Lanza's mother made a terrible mistake by teaching her very troubled son, how to shoot. I will add Adam Lanza was not trusted by his own mother, yet she put a gun in his hands. Logic and reason tells me that if you wish to own a gun for self protection, you don't need a Glock or a Bush Master or a AR 15. Logic and reason tells me that there is something vitally missing in the male and or female makeup if they feel incomplete without an arsenal in their home. I would suggest therapy, lots of therapy.

Statistics are your way of telling the victims and the families of victims, that it's not as bad as it seems.

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