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  •  Thank you Greg. This must be hard to write so I (1+ / 0-)
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    Minnesota Deb

    appreciate that you do that and share it with all of us.

    How many more children must we sacrifice at the altar of the gun cult before we can get our Congress to free itself from the NRA's grip and pass some sensible firearm regulations?  Yes we must play nice, but it is not possible to simply not mention firearms as this national tragedy on 12/14 would not have happened if not for the easy access to firearms and a lack of regulations to make sure that weapons that fire too many rounds in a couple of seconds are readily available without any licensing, registration or even full criminal background checks on every firearm purchase/transfer. Licensing must include safety and storage for all firearms and all owners (yes, even responsible gun owners). If Nancy Lanza had kept her (legally purchased) firearms secure we would not have had this tragedy.  In the end this is about safety and accountability.  The present firearm regulations do not address either, sure there is bureaucracy for some firearm sales (especially in some states) but this is a Swiss-cheese bureaucracy that does not hold all gun owners accountable for what is done with their firearms.

    We presently have (on average) 11-12 people getting shot every hour, of which 3-4 people die every hour (nearly 10% are children).  There is no other product in our Country that injures/kills so many and gets away essentially unregulated (at the federal level were BATFE acts more like an industry promotion group and has no ability to enforce even the few regulations that exist because of lack of funding or even a director).  How many more hourly shootings do we need before we rise and demand our Government address this? Do we need to increase it to 15 people getting shot per hour (over 130k per year) or even more?

    I have not heard anyone tell me how any of those regulations in any way violate the Second Amendment.  I am told that even passing these would not have stopped 12/14, sure it will take time before the system has changed - perhaps even years - but that is no reason to do nothing. If these regulations (or others like limit on clips/magazines to 7-10) save 1 or two children at the next school shooting (and there will be more) it will definitely be worth it.

    This is not about suppressing anyone's rights and I have never advocated for making firearms illegal; this is about celebrating life, especially the lives of children.

    Then they came for me - and by that time there was nobody left to speak up.

    by DefendOurConstitution on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 09:27:45 AM PST

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