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I agree that the criminals will always find ways to commit crimes, that's a fact. But, shouldn't we try to make some (not-so-drastic) changes so that the carnage they wreak isn't quite so devastating?
I can go and buy a fully automatic weapon, but I have to jump through a lot of hoops to get it and show that I have the skills and mindset to own one. Many people do lawfully own fully automatic weapons and even silencers. How many of these mass shootings have involved fully automatic weapons? I don't think any have, that's because the requirements for owning a fully auto weapon weed out the crazies.
Let's boost the requirements to own semi-automatic weapons and high-capacity magazines, no more free-for-alls at the gun shows. That way, the law-abiding, right-minded gun owner can have these things and perhaps fewer people bent on doing harm will be able to get their hands on them. Yes, they will use other weapons - knives, bats, ect. - but the potential for wiping out dozens in mere moments will be reduced.5 months ago
Once again, many who have responded missed the point of the letter entirely. I think people like Mr. Walker and myself and other rational people have no problem with people owning handguns, shotguns, hunting rifles, ect. I have zero reservations about people in Arizona walking around with concealed handguns, because most of these folks are responsible.
What I do have a major problem with are people with high-capacity magazines for their handguns and people with weapons that can get off 30, 40, 50 rounds in a very short period of time.
Someone, please tell me a legitimate reason (and not some doomsday scenario) that would require a person to need 30 rounds in the clip of a Glock? Or why someone would need an AR-15 or AK-47 or a Bushmaster? Anyone who wants to own one of those weapons should be willing to go through some pretty intense screening. It's harder to adopt a pet than it is to own a weapon that could put down nearly 30 people in a short span of time.
5 months ago
So what's the solution, mnjcpa? Cuts only? Hack medicare down to nothing? Get rid of food stamps, or any kind of public assistance?
Even that will not be enough.
6 months ago
I'd be happy to have a helping of the baloney that Buffett is so full of, since the man created an empire through this 'baloney'.
We all have differing opinions about what's fair, so no plan is ever going to make us all think everyone is paying 'their fair share.'
As far as cuts go, what is the biggest piece of the budget pie? The military? If you truly want cuts only, we'll have to start by looking at the military budget and start cutting.6 months ago
First, Leon, the union didn't bankrupt the company, poor company leadership did. Look into how much money the company leadership made in the last couple years, Leon, then come back and comment on how the union was responsible for the problem.
Second, I'm with Bill on the $250,000 making you comfortable, not rich. I agree with what Warren Buffett said, which was something like taxing a person's income below $1 million at one rate, tax their income of $1-$10 million at a higher rate and then $10 million and above at 35 percent or something like that. 6 months ago
Obama has been the best thing to happen to Mr. Reynolds and the rest of the gun sellers and manufacturers in this country. Talk about smacking a gift horse in the mouth: read this little story and tell me how stupid people like Reynolds look when they don't want Obama in the White House.
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/02/21/firearms-group-calls-obama-greatest-gun-salesman-in-america/6 months ago
I wonder what would happen if my friends tried to enroll their special needs child into one of those BASIS schools? My guess is they would stay on the "waiting list" a long, long time. Many charters excel, that is a fact, and that's a good thing. But, they aren't playing with the same cards that public schools are handed, where they have to accommodate everyone. As charters grow in popularity, they will start to run into legal issues if folks notice a trend of discrimination against certain types of students (like ESL students or special needs). 6 months ago
First, I have to ask Leon where in this story does Mr. McClellan bring up Prop 204? I think even educators were leery of the permanent nature of the Proposition. Plus, millions were spent to defeat it, including hundreds of hours spent by state employee Doug Ducey (I wonder how many hours of campaigning against this Prop that the taxpayers paid for). So, the teachers union and construction union weren't the only ones who threw a lot of money at the issue. Speaking of money Leon, how many billions were thrown out the window by GOP bankrollers? For seemingly successful people, they sure made a poor investment during this election.
And, finally, I love people like chatmandu002, who claims that the U.S. is a 'great nation' but will so easily collapse and says things like "Our country is lost." It's not lost, it will continue to be great for the next four years, and the four years after that, ect. In our great history, we have always found ways to fix our problems (and many of the problems worldwide) and that will continue no matter who is in the White House.
Conservatives sure love this country, except when they don't like the President (think Bill Clinton), then the country is doomed, only to be rescued by a Republican (think George Bush), then all is right with the world. Until, gasp, a "muslim socialist Kenyan' is elected, then we are doomed again.6 months ago
Just once, wouldn't it be great to have someone who is a strong supporter of gun rights admit that being able to purchase 5-10 semi-automatic weapons at any time is a little too much? We should be able to arm ourselves, but rare is the legitimate situation where you would need more than a couple semi-automatic guns. In a month, let alone 50 in a week like some of these gun-runners are buying here.
And then, if Obama is re-elected, watch how the gun sellers will start with the fear campaign that we had four years ago, claiming "Obama will take your guns now that he doesn't have to worry about getting re-elected."
Simply, gun manufacturing and selling (along with the defenders of the industry) is big business and they will do anything they can to make a buck, from selling multiple weapons to anyone at anytime to conjuring up the boogey-man who is hell-bent on taking away everyone's guns.7 months ago
When the stupid people vote, the GOP wins
. 8 months ago