There is nothing in the 2nd amendment that grants all Americans the right to bear arms. It grants the members of a well regulated militia, i.e., police and other law enforcement organizations the right to bear arms.Even if you believe, as most Americans do, that the Second Amendment grants Americans the right to bear arms, one must also acknowledge the right of other Americans to not bear arms and be safe.
Where are the voices for those who choose not to — or are not old enough to — own guns? Are the gunless to have no advocate? Will our politicians forever cower before the gun lobby?
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#823704 Dec 17, 2012
Ask your 19 year old daughter abouts guns the next time she's being raped by the some Occupy Wall St idiot....
#823705 Dec 17, 2012
what kind of rifle diid he have? And do you honestly believe a coward that picks helpless children as his victims would have stood up to an armed adult or even made the atempt. Highly unlikely. Cowards allways pick soft targets that don't shoot back.
#823706 Dec 17, 2012
"Kim Jong Un Voted Person Of The Year In Time Reader Poll"
#823707 Dec 17, 2012
She has a better chance of being raped at a Tea Party riot than at an OWS event.
#823708 Dec 17, 2012
wrong. The 2nd amendment is the one right of the people that makes sure all your other rights can not be taken from you.
#823709 Dec 17, 2012
Ironically, the president talked of children as being a vital part of ourselves with their very first cry. In actuality, every parent knows they become a vital part of ourselves when hearing the heartbeat for the very first time and seeing them moving around in the womb on a sonogram. He spoke of children being "suddenly exposed to the world, to possible mishap or malice, and every parent knows there’s nothing we will not do to shield our children from harm"...except suction them out with a vacuum or pierce the back of their neck with a sharp object upon delivery if they are an inconvenience.
A beating heart and moving limbs doesn't constitute a living human being apparently. Millions of these unborn lives will never even have a first cry because they aren't shielded from malice or harm.
That bothered me too.
#823710 Dec 17, 2012
I am afraid of your food stamps...
Since: Feb 08
#823711 Dec 17, 2012
You dismissively accept the premise of crooks and how they steal guns or even sell guns (hello!) so your solution is to remove guns from the equation. Simplistic and ridiculous. How would you address drunk drivers who account for thousands of deaths every year,(11,000 in 2011) young and old alike, ban alcohol or vehicles? EVERYONE is glossing over the problem, we need to eliminate the a**holes before they eliminate us but removing the tools of their destruction isn't the answer.
#823712 Dec 17, 2012
Your daughter will have a lot of problems waving her condom at her attackers...
#823715 Dec 17, 2012
There are no "facts" on that case on which to base a judgment on the mental health of the shooter or the fitness of the parents.
This may be a "black swan event."
#823717 Dec 17, 2012
...lets talk about banning/legislating things that kill children...
Democrats BAMD together...AND ban the squirts NOW!!!!!!!!
"Diarrhoeal disease kills 1.5 million children every year."
Since: May 11
#823718 Dec 17, 2012
We need to cut back on permits to carry concealed guns.
At one time you needed a valid reason such as transporting valuables as taking store deposits to the bank.
Now anyone gets one as long as you have no criminal record they can find.
Guns uave this amazing power over some people. You know what I mean. You know the type.
When some people strap on the gun, their chest puffs out, their stride becomes a strut, they turn into super asshole.
Then you have those who are a few bricks short of a load. When they snap & gins are accessible, we have death.
Then you have those who lose their temper in a stressful situation & grab that handy gun & kill out of anger when without that accessibility there would be no death.
Most gun owners are reasonable, sane people who enjoy target shooting or hunting, feel safer with a gun nearby who would never look for that gun in the heat of an argument.
Unfortunately, we have no test to screen out the assholes, mental cases, & hot tempered.
Until then, ban the assault type rifles, ban the over sized clips, and limit concealed weapon permits.
Make training mandatory to buy a gun.
My home was hit by a 9 mm bullet 4 weeks ago. It hit the bedroom wall, my wife was in that room. The shooter was target shooting pumpkins about half a mile away. His excuse was he didn't think the bullets would go that far.
A few years back, another target shooter shot out my patio door with my son standing at that door. Ricochet? Really? They do that?
My pick up has a bullet hole in it.
My old pick up had one.
Yep, guns are safe.
#823719 Dec 17, 2012
....protect our children...
DEMOCRATS....ban pools NOW!!!!!!!!
"There are an estimated 388,000 annual drowning deaths worldwide."
"Drowning is the 3rd leading cause of unintentional injury death worldwide, accounting for 7% of all injury related deaths"
#823720 Dec 17, 2012
The police are there for those who choose to wait (assuming they can make a 9-1-1 call) instead of defending themselves.
Many people who choose not to own guns nevertheless defend the rights of others to do so.
#823721 Dec 17, 2012
DEMOCRATS to the rescue...
BAN THEM NOW!
"...1998, the most recent statistics available, the Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that over 15,600 dryer fires occurred killing 20 people, injuring 370 more and causing over $75.4 million in property damage."
#823722 Dec 17, 2012
Speaker Boehner has already made a move to increase taxes provided that Obama is willing to move on spending.
Obama refuses to compromise in any way.
So we go over the fiscal cliff.
(The Norquist pledge is just a red herring, not worthy of discussion.)
#823723 Dec 17, 2012
DEMOCRATS help...our seniors...
they are falling and...well dying...
BAN STAIRS and second and third floors in all buildings...
"In 2009, about 20,400 older adults died from unintentional fall injuries"
#823724 Dec 17, 2012
To non-Americans it seems incomprehensible that the murder of 20 first-graders wouldn’t be enough of an emotional jolt to propel a radical change of the gun laws. I fear however, that not even the slaughter of six-year-olds makes it more likely to happen.
The problem is that here in the US the issue of gun control is not a symmetrical debate between two opposing points of view. Politics is about telling the right stories, and, somehow, the gun lobby has taken firm ownership of the narrative of what it means to be an American.
Unlike in Britain, where the pro-gun movement, in as much as one exists, consists of a few toffs who want to shoot pheasants. In America, the sheer raw symbolism of guns is hard for outsiders to comprehend. The Second Amendment to the Constitution, the right to bear arms, is fundamental to the American psyche, leading to the peculiar doublethink that conflates guns inextricably with freedom. Guns are not so much weapons that kill children, but the gleaming trophies of the proud American’s fight against his imaginary oppressor. Guns aren’t just for citizens to defend themselves, they are a fundamental part of what makes them American in the first place. It is quite possibly one of the most ingenious and sinister PR messages ever crafted.
It is also a story that liberals rarely challenge on its fundamentals. However strongly the left may argue for specific reforms, they are mainly just tinkering around the edges. It is the right-wing that defines the debate, and it is a mark of the deep and enduring power of this narrative that it is left untouched by the mass murder of children.
Since: Dec 10
#823725 Dec 17, 2012
You're 0 for 2, I've never voted Dem or GOP sheepdip.
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