Live coverage of President Obama's announcement of policy recommendations to reduce gun violence.
I know that you're kind of joking, but the main difference between a backyard swimming pool and a gun is that an insane person can't carry a swimming pool into a kindergarten classroom. It's not like we're trying to ban everything that's dangerous, but being that it's probably easier to get a gun than it is to get a swimming pool in your backyard...
Frankly, so far as I'm concerned the mere desire to possess an assault weapon is grounds for disqualification from gun ownership on mental health grounds.
Finally, Obama using the bully pulpit as he always should have, not running away from an issue - in this case the 2d Amendment and the pro-assault weapons lobby - but addressing it head on and placing it in a simple, compelling context that everyone can understand. If he had only done so when the Republicans falsely screamed "Death Panels," we'd have had a better health care law. The second amendment isn't the only right in this country. There's also the right to a peaceful life unencumbered by the constant threat of physical violence. That's why we have criminal laws and police departments. Constitutional rights are not without limits, and if the supposed exercise of one such as the second amendment leads to numerous deaths that can easily be avoided (as they are in the rest of the world), then limits can be imposed. This same issue arose 50 years ago with seat belts, and today no one claims that the requirement to install seat belts in cars, or even require that they be worn, is an infringement upon individual liberties. When the emperor has no clothes, it's critical to shout it out until everyone realizes it.
Caitlin, I appreciate your optimism about the level of push back and primary likelihood following the passage of NYS gun control law--that Reps wouldn't be primaried as a result of voting for it. However, I suggest she talk to the 3 Reps (of 4) who lost their State Senate seats, including the influx of outside money, when they voted for gay marriage, she might develop a different view. I have NO doubt that vulnerable Republicans in both the NYS Assembly and the Senate are now in the sights (figuratively) of the NRA and other extremist gun lobby organizations.
Fred, you write like you've never heard the one about Perfrect being the enemy of the Good. Just because new laws will not stop every gun death doesn't mean we shouldn't do something. We can't just give up like you. We must do something and if it makes us feel better, that's no reason to skip it. Losers give up and say forget doing the right thing; winners do what they can and then make it better as we go along.
I imagine more children are killed in automobiles than by guns. A solution to that would be to prohibit children riding in automobiles. If the issue is Sandy Hook, etc., "Fagetta about it!" Disturbed people who intend to commit such acts will find a way to do so regardless of legal restrictions or requirements. Furthermore, such events are so highly improbable. But "we" believe we can control all events. We often just emotionally react as opposed to analyzing carefully and logically. So, we'll pass laws and feel good until the next event occurs at which time we'll pass additional laws, etc. Just like we're keeping the elephants away by snapping our fingers.
If my presidente or my governatore can make a law to save one child (other than these two six-year-olds) I wouldn't mind if they had to outlaw every backyard swimming pool deeper than 7 inches. ;-)
" . . . There’s controversy at a Talbot County school after two 6-year-old boys were suspended while playing cops and robbers during recess and using their fingers to make an imaginary gun. . . . . "
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