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  •  Yes, you are right, some should go there as well. (10+ / 0-)

    Others should clearly focus on supporting  leadership on this by the President.  

    President Barack Obama spoke Friday afternoon and, like many Americans, could not hold back tears. "We're going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more actions like this regardless of the politics."

    That was it.

    Shrill warnings by gun-rights activists notwithstanding, Obama has not suggested let alone done a single thing to restrict access to guns, despite an absurd number of mass shootings during his presidency. Sen. Dianne Feinstein's assault weapons ban, enacted during the Clinton administration but allowed to lapse, hasn't even been revived.

    As to the idea that if everybody carried a loaded gun, mass killers would be stopped in their tracks -- well, maybe some would. But if loaded weapons were everywhere, then gun deaths would soar in schools and homes without the help of mass murderers. Case in point: this week's accidental killing of a 7-year-old by his dad, whose gun went off while they were getting into their car. The studies are clear: States with more gun-control laws have fewer deaths related to guns.

    The NRA may be the most powerful lobbying organization in the country. Any lawmaker who inches toward supporting gun restrictions is in its cross hairs, a tactic that has been remarkably effective at removing this issue from the national conversation. It's hard to imagine that changing until Americans outraged at these senseless deaths form a national movement that rivals the NRA in its power to terrify politicians.

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    by divineorder on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 02:10:12 PM PST

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