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  •  I think you're wrong about support for gun control (1+ / 0-)
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    being about banning guns rather than preventing - or at least minimizing - gun violence.  The NRA (not necessarily individual gun owners) have pushed reasonable gun regulation completely out of the picture over the past few decades.  There is no argument that this country is swimming in guns - unregistered, unregulated, untrackable and unexamined for use in general society.

    You can blame the people now seeking regulation on the sale of guns if you're of a mind to, but the true culprits are the people gun owners have allowed to speak for them over the years - people who have completely gutted any firearm regulation at all.  Indeed those who claim to speak for gun owners have championed the  arming of the paranoid and anti-social among us so they may finally have a feeling of power by wielding as many firearms as they can buy or steal - while the carnage continues.

    You can't reasonably accuse those who favor gun regulation now of being extremists while the real extremists have controlled the gun debate in this country for decades.

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    by SueDe on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 08:39:14 AM PST

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    •  Ok, so why isn't there a push for a ban (2+ / 0-)
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      on the firearms which are used in the most homicides by a vast margin (handguns) instead of 'assault weapons' [rifles] which is a very very very small amount of homicides?

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      by KVoimakas on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 08:41:25 AM PST

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      •  Heller and McDonald... (5+ / 0-)

        ...make a handgun ban impossible, that's why.

        Not that it matters. Chicago had a handgun ban on the books for decades. Fat lot of good it did.

        What we really need are universal background checks and other mechanisms to slow down the movement of guns into the hands of gangbangers. The gang members who end up with these guns are by and large either kids or convicted criminals, prohibited from owning guns either way. If you have gun trafficking laws with teeth and enforce them, you can have a huge impact on violent crime in Chicago.

        I think this effort of Kos to stick it in the NRA's eye is counterproductive. What would be better is to pressure all three candidates to endorse universal background checks and anti-trafficking laws

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        by maxomai on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 09:05:32 AM PST

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        •  Its politics (0+ / 0-)

          The NRA for years has (for obvious reasons) opposed many Democratic legislators.

          People, see Sandy Hook as an opportunity to damage a political opponent and are doing so as best they can.

          "Never let a good crisis go to waste" - Rahm Emanuel

          •  Congratulations. (0+ / 0-)

            Their membership and monies have grown.
            I would desperately love for a Democratic rival to come into being to supplant their influence. Mr Soros, are you listening?

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            by meagert on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 10:37:41 AM PST

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