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  •  Beautiful, poignant, and powerful. (10+ / 0-)

    My hat's off to you, sir.

    I'm tired too. We need to talk about this. We cannot sweep this under the rug.

    This....thing that happened, there aren't any words for it.

    But from now on, if anyone bitches about gun control to my face, so help me, I will shout them down and tear them a new asshole.

    Compared to the rest of the world, we must seem savages indeed.

    I weep for the lost children. And I rage at my country, who could have taken steps to prevent this tragedy by keeping guns out of the hands of the insane and deranged.

    I think that's the worst part. This and the other mass shootings were fucking preventable.

    "Freedom comes at the price of eternal vigilance."

    by Liberal Heretic on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 10:27:13 PM PST

    •  define "gun control" (1+ / 0-)
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      I asked below.. what gun control would have prevented today's tragedy?  Be specific.

      IMHO, the only gun control that would work would be complete ban, nationally, on ownership of handguns.

      •  Gun control is whatever they do in Western Europe (5+ / 0-)

        It works

      •  That would have done the trick, yes. (5+ / 0-)

        Had it been put into place years ago, the guns in question would not have even been manufactured for want of demand, much less put to their designed use.

        Conservatives need to realize that their Silent Moral Majority is neither silent, nor moral, nor a majority.

        by nominalize on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 11:52:22 PM PST

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        •  Yes, exactly.. there's the rub.. (0+ / 0-)

          we have tens of millions of semi-auto handguns floating around in this country.

          And we could pass laws making possession of them illegal.  But all you've done is made criminals out of millions of law abiding citizens and the ones who would commit gun crimes will simply laugh at those laws.

          •  Stop parroting the NRA and listen to yourself (18+ / 0-)

            If someone is hanging on to their handgun after it's been made illegal, they're no longer law-abiding citizens, and deserve to be treated as criminals.  That's how laws work.  If it hurts your feelings that our society rejects your lifestyle because its cost is too damn high, I've got one word for you: Tough.  You have the choice not to be a criminal--- turn in your handgun(s).

            But I think you are right to imply that the ultimate solution involves gun removal, rather than simple control.  There are several fair and proven methods of doing that, including mandatory buybacks (like in Australia or the UK), and restrictions on free transfer (like in Japan).   This would also help Mexico, btw, since most of their guns were once legally owned in the US.  Without legally owned us guns, there'd be far fewer illegal guns in Mexico.  

            And as for those who would commit gun crimes, recall that the definition of 'gun crime' means 'crime committed with the aid of a gun'.  So these people already violating some other law.  That's no reason to not have that other law, any more than it is a reason not to have a gun removal law.  

            The simple point is that with fewer handguns going around, many fewer people will be killed with them.  And that's progress.  If you want to defend the gun lifestyle, go for it. But I'm gonna need more to convince me than the same tired excuses we've been hearing for years.  Americans are tired of that shit.

            Conservatives need to realize that their Silent Moral Majority is neither silent, nor moral, nor a majority.

            by nominalize on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 12:14:27 AM PST

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          •  Hey, I'm a few pounds overweight. It's not like (4+ / 0-)

            I'm going to get rid of them before my next meal, so maybe I ought to just bury my face in the nearest cake.

      •  No guns. (1+ / 0-)
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        What about my Daughter's future?

        by koNko on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 07:36:59 AM PST

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