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  •  I agree with Charles (7+ / 0-)

    "Make no mistake, this was a profoundly political speech."

    Indeed it was. It was a call for sensible gun control. Channeling Piers Morgans reaction on his show, "this ridiculous assault rifle!" does not belong in the hands of common citizenry. It simply doesn't. Priority number one on the gun safety front is to ban crazy shit like the "Bushmaster". As I said in another comment, this ain't Syria.  (and if anyone were to invade us, we'd have plenty of normal firearms outside of assault rifles to kill badguys with. 300 million firearms is quite a national armory for a militia. Theoretically you could have a gun for every fighting age person... but I greatly digress)

    This disaster assuredly would not be as bad as it was had the Bushmaster been banned, and high-capacity magazines been banned. Perhaps then, some of the school officials could have stopped the carnage (hopefully while he was reloading). He certainly wouldn't have killed as many children.

    Charles is just mad we aren't going to go in the other direction and post soldiers at every elementary school.

    •  I'm over 55 years old... (13+ / 0-)

      I've never found myself in a situation when I needed an assault weapon. Not even close. I have a shotgun in the closet were a rabid skunk to wander to close to my pets.

      I grew up with guns. I hunted. Before I matured to appreciate animals in the wild, my prize possession was a Benjamin Pump pellet rifle. We never needed or desired assault weapons.

      Don't let the "hunters" and "collectors" BULLSHIT spin win the day. It's a lie.

      They want, they think they want, to return to the 19th century. Forgive them lord.

    •  Perhaps it was Kraut.'s dismissive, derisive tone (2+ / 0-)
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      that went along with the statement that lead to the feeling that he wasn't exactly heaping praise on the President for his political courage.

      But, I will take issue with what you're saying, in the sense that this speech wasn't simply a political statement. It was first and foremost a speech of healing, of great compassion, of trying to bring everyone together, of providing support. It was only secondarily a political speech. And Krauthammer did not acknowledge that in the slightest.

      The only entitlement that needs reforming is the inbred belief of the 0.1% that they are entitled to 99.9% of the wealth and 100% of the power.

      by flitedocnm on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 07:48:38 PM PST

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      •  I see your point (1+ / 0-)
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        But this man is the president. Every word he utters in this capacity channels massive power because he (being president) wields every form of it. Everything he does is political, whether authentic or not. This was authentic. As the collective voice of the nation, his call for gun safety in this context will bolster the political movement to restrict assault rifles, increase background checks and psychiatric screening.

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