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Sun Jun 12, 2016, 12:28 PM

Congress Is ‘Complicit’ In Orlando Slaughter, Senator Says

Source: Huff Post

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/orlando-shooting-chris-murphy-newtown_us_575d7c97e4b0e39a28add74f

Sen. Chris Murphy, who represents Newtown, Connecticut, blamed lawmakers for failing to curb gun violence.

Sen. Chris Murphy, who represents Newtown, Connecticut, blamed lawmakers for failing to curb gun violence. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) accused Congress of being “complicit” in the murder of at least 50 people early Sunday at an Orlando club, citing its “deafening silence” on gun violence.

Murphy, a vocal gun control advocate, represents the community of Newtown, where a gunman fatally shot 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012.

“This phenomenon of near constant mass shootings happens only in America – nowhere else,” Murphy said in a statement on Sunday. “Congress has become complicit in these murders by its total, unconscionable deafening silence. This doesn’t have to happen, but this epidemic will continue without end if Congress continues to sit on its hands and do nothing – again.”

A gunman killed 50 people and injured at least 53 at Pulse, a gay nightclub in downtown Orlando, in what police are calling the worst shooting in American history. Authorities say Omar Mateen stormed the club around 2 a.m. Sunday and opened fire. He was later killed by police.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/orlando-shooting-chris-murphy-newtown_us_575d7c97e4b0e39a28add74f




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Stuart G Jun 2016 OP
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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 12:31 PM

1. Senator Murphy is absolutely right.

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Response to Squinch (Reply #1)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 12:43 PM

3. I concur, Squinch.

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Response to Squinch (Reply #1)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 03:56 PM

34. I agree. nt

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 12:34 PM

2. Supreme Court Decision on 2nd Amendment

Constitutional rights can be removed only by changing the Constitution, not by passing laws. Otherwise there would be no Bill of Rights.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/District_of_Columbia_v._Heller

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Response to askeptic (Reply #2)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 12:43 PM

4. Local new says he had a state firearm license and a security guard license

so he passed all the background checks. While new laws may help some shootings, it appears it would not have helped in this case.

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Response to askeptic (Reply #2)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 01:05 PM

9. It's completely absurd, but your post got alerted on

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Response to A HERETIC I AM (Reply #9)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 03:22 PM

27. Well someone can't alert

 

For 24 hours

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Response to A HERETIC I AM (Reply #9)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 07:18 PM

44. Wow! I guess demagogue-ing the issue raises more money

Sen. Murphy is certainly smart enough to know that none of the restrictions he has proposed would have prevented this tragedy.

He is also smart enough to know that once the SC has spoken, it takes an Amendment to fix things. Laws can't override the Constitution on the 2nd any more than they can on the 1st or any other. Reasonable restrictions are in place. People need to accept the court's interpretation on this, LBGT rights , same-sex marriage, etc. There just seem to be people, no matter their political bent, that seem to just refuse to accept inconvenient truths.

The Senator knows this because he understands it'll take a Constitutional Amendment to overcome corporate personhood as the SC has furthered with the Citizen United decision. He is a co-sponsor of just such an amendment. So he surely understands the significance of the SC 2nd Amendment decisions. Oh well...

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Response to askeptic (Reply #2)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 01:10 PM

10. The 18th amendment was repealed

because of the rampant violence it helped creat. I feel the same about the 2nd. It's time for it to go. It has aided in terrorist acts, general mayhem, and a direct threat to citizens being safe.

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Response to MyNameGoesHere (Reply #10)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 02:22 PM

21. The amendment itself is not creating violence.

 

It may be facilitating the crazy intentions of a few, but the amendment itself is blameless.

More freedom or less freedom?

Repeal 2A = less freedom.

21A = more freedom.

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Response to MyNameGoesHere (Reply #10)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 03:22 PM

28. Then it goes back to the states

 

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Response to askeptic (Reply #2)

Mon Jun 13, 2016, 12:00 PM

61. Almost right, it's the Supreme Court's interpretation that counts.

Remember up until the Heller decision the prevailing view of the court was that the 2nd amendment was a single statement. and 'well regulated', meant that controls could be imposed on gun usage and display, and ownership could be dependent on required training.

I'm probably too old to see it reversed, it took 60 years to overturn Plessy v. Ferguson and I don't have that much time left.

And speaking of well regulated look what Australia did when they had a mass shooting in Port Arthur in 1996:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/05/world/australia/australia-gun-ban-shooting.html?_r=0

The political will to do that is not here, where lost lives are just the cost of freedom (ask the NRA). So now we're living where all of us have to be ready at any time to die for someone's 'freedom'.

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 12:45 PM

5. He is absolutely right

And I expect he'll be vilified for it.

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 12:55 PM

6. As a Private Security Guard

he would of already had a background check. Didn't see anything proposed that would have likely prevented him from acquiring a firearm.

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 12:56 PM

7. You tell them Senator Murphy!

Shame on the all.

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 01:04 PM

8. According to Raw Story, the shooter's father says two guys kissing set him off.

Face it.
The guy was an asshole.

Congress is not to blame.
The AR-15 is not to blame.

The SHOOTER is to blame. Period.

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Response to Archae (Reply #8)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 01:14 PM

13. The shooter is part of a society, and society is to blame, culture is to blame, schools are to blame

No one exists in a vacuum.

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Response to L. Coyote (Reply #13)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 01:57 PM

17. The shooters decisions were his and his alone.

 

The shooters decisions were his and his alone. He and he alone is responsible for making them.

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Response to beevul (Reply #17)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 02:01 PM

19. If you say so.

Not!

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Response to L. Coyote (Reply #19)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 02:04 PM

20. Ok. Whats your part of the responsiblity...?

 

How are you responsible for the decisions of the shooter?

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Response to beevul (Reply #20)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 02:32 PM

23. As US citizens we can absolutely be held responsible for not making this a priority

with our legislators. If enough people demanded some common-sense gun laws, that don't get in the way of the 2nd amendment, this problem may be eradicated. For example, we can demand that these AR-15's be banned from ownership by average citizens. It doesn't stop people from owning any other firearm, they just can't have this one. That's something we could all do and demand. Doing less does make us, in many ways, culpable.

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Response to justiceischeap (Reply #23)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 02:35 PM

24. Explain to me...

 

Explain to me, how someone already willing to commit murder is going to obey whatever gun laws you propose?


I'm all ears.

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Response to beevul (Reply #24)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 02:52 PM

25. Sure, the perfect example is what happened on the day of Sandy Hook

In Newtown, CT someone willing to commit murder went into a school and shot 26 people--adults and children. 26 people + his mother died.

In Japan, on the same day, a man willing to commit murder went into a school with a knife and stabbed 24 people. No fatalities.

Then look at any other 1st world nation that has restrictive gun laws... are there still people breaking those gun laws? Hell yes but it isn't easy. So why do we demand making this easy is the obvious answer? Why are there arguments such as yours instead of trying to find ways to work within our laws to make this issue go away (or at the very least not happen every god damned day in the US)?

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Response to justiceischeap (Reply #25)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 05:27 PM

39. paris france

muslim terrorists illegally acquired firearms and explosives killing 130 people. its my understanding that its very difficult to legally purchase firearms in france.

if this guy was a security guard, than that means he passed some pretty strict background checks. so even if the 2nd were repelled he still could have acquired any firearm of his choosing.

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Response to beergood (Reply #39)

Mon Jun 13, 2016, 07:52 PM

68. Its difficult to prove a negative

Like how many more terrorist attacks with guns there would have been already in France without their gun laws? If you go by killings with firearms per capita, outside of terrorism, and compare that to USA figures, it indicates that gun control works better than not.

No one is saying that bad people may not still do everything they can to acquire guns even with the strictest gun controls. But if you make it as difficult as possible, you are reducing the possibilities. Also other parts of the equation is that there are simply less guns, legal and illegal floating around in a country to be stolen or sold. And also that law enforcement can isolate and focus more on specialized smuggling operations.

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Response to Archae (Reply #8)

Mon Jun 13, 2016, 10:53 AM

58. The shooter who owned an AR-15 is to blame.

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 01:10 PM

11. Agreed. Civilians do not need assault rifles.

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 01:12 PM

12. Time to send the assault weapon supporters packing.

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Response to L. Coyote (Reply #12)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 01:52 PM

15. One serious question...

HOW?

Going to have the cops go door-to-door confiscating assault rifles?

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Response to Archae (Reply #15)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 01:55 PM

16. Vote them out of Congress was my point.

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Response to Archae (Reply #15)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 03:02 PM

26. We could start

by having Skinner boot them from this site.

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Response to SwankyXomb (Reply #26)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 03:25 PM

29. And ignore the Democratic platform

 

And president Obama who agrees with the 2nd amendment and the RKBA.

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 01:51 PM

14. Every single senator and Congressperson with an NRA A+ rating is now an enemy.

Time to vote every single god damn one of them out of office. Fuck the NRA.

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Response to Initech (Reply #14)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 11:08 PM

53. Blood all over their money grubbing hands

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Response to Initech (Reply #14)

Mon Jun 13, 2016, 04:35 PM

64. I would make than anyone above an F rating.

If they get anything positive from the NRA, they should go.

It's the 2nd Amendment that's the problem. It needs to go.

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Response to alarimer (Reply #64)

Mon Jun 13, 2016, 05:11 PM

66. No arguments here! Fuck the NRA!

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 01:58 PM

18. The truth will fall on deaf ears, as usual.

 

The decline of America will continue unimpeded.

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 02:23 PM

22. Congress continues to sit on its hands and do nothing – again.”

 

With congress since 2008, this applies to a myriad of things.

We should demand our money back since they don't do their jobs. No, not that they do their job badly... they simply DON'T DO IT.

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 03:30 PM

30. Assault weapons used to be banned

they didn't disappear, but there were less of them. Since the idiots in Congress let the assault weapons ban expire, mass shootings have increased dramatically. Cause and effect.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-a-tures/did-the-assault-weapons-b_b_9740352.html

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Response to mountain grammy (Reply #30)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 09:53 PM

49. There is a fundamental flaw in that analysis

most mass shootings are done by handguns. Another flaw is that the number of AR-15 type rifles actually went up during the AWB. The law was so poorly written the gun makers only needed to make minor cosmetic changes to their rifles. The rifle used by Adam Lanza would have been legal during the AWB. It was legal under CT much tougher AWB.

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 03:32 PM

31. Just a question...this freak had passed Fed NICS chks to get his gun clearances

 

for a Company that had Federal Security contracts..had just recently purchased firearms...had been under earlier FBI investigations that went nowhere..

How is anyone besides this sick SOB and his radical hatred and self proclaimed allegiances responsible?

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Response to Nancyswidower (Reply #31)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 07:17 PM

43. why does ANYONE need an AR-15?

WHY?

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Response to Skittles (Reply #43)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 07:53 PM

45. Need...I don't believe that is a standard requirement for any "Right"

 

The 4th isn't limited by a "need" of a person to be secure from unreasonable search and seizure
The 1st isn't limited by a "need" to peaceably assemble
The 5th isn't limited by a "need" to show cause to not incriminate oneself

Need is not a Constitutional standard.

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Response to Nancyswidower (Reply #45)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 07:54 PM

46. ALRIGHTY THEN

FEAR AND PARANOIA TRUMP ALL

*DONE HERE*

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Response to Skittles (Reply #46)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 07:58 PM

47. If you are making Rights a need issue..that's your fear.

 

I don't have to show a cop or some nut why I "need" to show a Bernie of Hillary sign in public come election day.

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Response to Skittles (Reply #43)

Mon Jun 13, 2016, 11:14 AM

60. We don't. But people want them. They are expensive toys, that can be lethal.

Just like SAV's. (Suburban Assault Vehicles, I hate them due to being a bicyclist.)
People don't need them, but they want them.
Another expensive toy that can be lethal.

I keep seeing people saying the AR-15 should be banned.
My question, how?

Have the cops go door-to-door searching houses for guns that look a certain way?

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 03:37 PM

32. Perhaps Some Of The "Kill The Gays" Rhetoric From Jeezusland or Muzzlimland Got To Him

 

So many preaching hate.

So many frustrated people.

That is an even bigger problem.

I have a great idea.

Make ALL PEOPLE practice Buddhism worldwide.

Buddhists don't kill anyone for any reason.

Strange isn't it?

Jeezus, and Mohammad's followers seem to want to kill everything in sight from Baghdad to Aleppo to Jerusalem to Texas.

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Response to scottie55 (Reply #32)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 05:39 PM

40. "Buddhists don't kill anyone for any reason."

not true, Buddhists in Burma are killing muslims. http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-22356306

all humans are capable of hate and violence no matter their race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender orientation, or social/economic status.

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Response to beergood (Reply #40)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 11:58 PM

55. Let me guess; they'll say "they aren't real Buddhists."

Buddhism and violence
But Buddhism, like the other great faiths, has not always lived up to its principles - there are numerous examples of Buddhists engaging in violence and even war.

* in the 14th century Buddhist fighters led the uprising that evicted the Mongols from China

* in Japan, Buddhist monks trained Samurai warriors in meditation that made them better fighters

* In the twentieth century Japanese Zen masters wrote in support of Japan's wars of aggression. For example, Sawaki Kodo (1880–1965) wrote this in 1942:

"It is just to punish those who disturb the public order. Whether one kills or does not kill, the precept forbidding killing . It is the precept forbidding killing that wields the sword. It is the precept that throws the bomb."

* In Sri Lanka the 20th century civil war between the mostly Buddhist Sinhalese majority and the Hindu Tamil minority has cost 50,000 lives.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/ethics/war/buddhism.shtml


‘If ordered to march: tramp, tramp or shoot: bang, bang. This is the manifestation of the highest wisdom of enlightenment. The unity of Zen and war ... extends to the farthest reaches of the holy war now under way.’ (Zen Master Harada Daiun Sogaku – 1939).

‘Warriors who sacrifice their lives for the emperor will not die. They will live forever. Truly they should be called gods and Buddhas for whom there is no life or death. Where there is absolute loyalty there is no life or death.’ (Lieutenant Colonel Sugimoto Goro)

‘Since the Meiji period, our (Soto Zen) sect has cooperated in waging war.’ (Soto Zen Statement of Repentance – 1992).
http://www.actualfreedom.com.au/library/links/zenatwar....



Of course, that's not to say that there aren't Buddhist quotes and dogma that have peaceful messages. But ideals, words, and actions are different things, aren't they? In the end, Buddhism is a salvationist religion like Islam and Christianity.
"all life is suffering"

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=214x47015

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 03:37 PM

33. Why does any law abiding citizen need an AR-15 with a clip that spews 30 rounds without reloading?

Please, where in the Second Amendment does it guarantee THAT particular "freedom"? It's fucking insane. My dad was a cop and I grew up around guns; I've known how to use one since I was 8 years old. This whole "no gun control anywhere whatsoever" madness has got to stop. We need to do what they did in Australia and ban all assault/multi-round, semi-automatic weapons. There hasn't been a mass shooting in Australia in 20 years after they said that enough is enough. There is no shortage of guns or gun violence there now, but these mass casualty incidents have been stopped. We can and must do it here.

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Response to catbyte (Reply #33)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 04:18 PM

35. Good post, catbyte.

I agree with you. It is way too easy for people to acquire weapons that can kill large numbers of people very quickly.

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Response to catbyte (Reply #33)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 05:12 PM

38. What is so special about an AR-15 that it needs more restrictions

than other semi-auto rifles?

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Response to ManiacJoe (Reply #38)

Mon Jun 13, 2016, 03:16 PM

62. I wasn't specifically targeting that particular model & I think you know that.

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Response to catbyte (Reply #62)

Mon Jun 13, 2016, 03:27 PM

63. And yet you did exactly that.


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Response to ManiacJoe (Reply #63)

Mon Jun 13, 2016, 05:09 PM

65. So you want me to list every fucking semiautomatic, multiple clip weapon in a short message? Don't

be obtuse. You seem to be pulling the same semantics bullshit that ammosexuals love to pull. Tell me you're not that freaking childish.

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Response to catbyte (Reply #65)

Mon Jun 13, 2016, 05:16 PM

67. If you meant to say

"we should ban all semi-auto rifles that accept detachable magazines", then that is what you should have said.
Saying "we should ban AR-15 style rifles" while allowing all other semi-auto carbines is just silly since there is nothing special about AR-15 rifles.

Words have meanings; pick the right words for your thoughts.

If you want to have a technical discussion on guns -- or any topic -- you first need to educate yourself on that topic so that you are capable of having the technical discussion.

On the other hand, not all discussions need to be technical.

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 05:08 PM

36. I entirely agree.

Every member of congress and the entire fucking NRA should be named as co-conspirators and charged and jailed for this and all other gun-related crimes.
The car driver in a bank robbery goes down for collusion oro being an accessory after the fact. So should every NRA goon out there.

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Response to dickthegrouch (Reply #36)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 05:51 PM

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 05:12 PM

37. Wow.

Some of the responses in this thread are blatant right-wing talking points. Embarrassing.

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 06:40 PM

42. He's not supposed to call it an "epidemic" of gun violence

Congress passed a law preventing the CDC from studying whether the level of violence in this country rises to the level of "epidemic."

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 08:12 PM

48. The only people complicit in this is the shooter and his IS buddies.

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 09:55 PM

50. Not entirely true.

Spree Killings/Massacres have occurred in other countries in modern times.

"Over the decade and a half studied, the researchers found 23 incidents of mass shootings in the other 10 countries, resulting in 200 dead and 231 wounded. In the United States over the same period, there were 133 incidents that left 487 dead and 505 wounded.

Here are a just a few examples of mass shootings in other countries:

• On July 22, 2011, a total of 80 people were killed in Norway when Anders Behring Breivik, a political extremist, bombed a government building in Oslo and then went on a shooting rampage on the island of Utoya, just outside the city.

• On March 11, 2009, in Winnenden, Germany, a teenage gunman killed 15 people. The majority of the victims were children and teachers killed when the shooter opened fire in three classrooms in a local secondary school. The gunman shot two other people before killing himself after being cornered by the local police.

• On Sept. 23, 2008, in Kuahajoki, Finland, a gunman shot 10 people to death after opening fire on a classroom in the Kuahajoki School of Hospitality. After killing the students, the shooter burned the victims’ bodies.

In sum, then, Obama is wrong to say that "this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries." Clearly it does happen elsewhere, and not in trivial numbers. Seven of the countries saw double-digit numbers of people killed in mass shootings during that period.

http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2015/jun/22/barack-obama/barack-obama-correct-mass-killings-dont-happen-oth/


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On April 28, 1996, a gunman opened fire on tourists in a seaside resort in Port Arthur, Tasmania. By the time he was finished, he had killed 35 people and wounded 23 more. It was the worst mass murder in Australia’s history.

Twelve days later, Australia’s government did something remarkable. Led by newly elected conservative Prime Minister John Howard, it announced a bipartisan deal with state and local governments to enact sweeping gun-control measures. A decade and a half hence, the results of these policy changes are clear: They worked really, really well.

At the heart of the push was a massive buyback of more than 600,000 semi-automatic shotguns and rifles, or about one-fifth of all firearms in circulation in Australia. The country’s new gun laws prohibited private sales, required that all weapons be individually registered to their owners, and required that gun buyers present a “genuine reason” for needing each weapon at the time of the purchase. (Self-defense did not count.) In the wake of the tragedy, polls showed public support for these measures at upwards of 90 percent.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/crime/2012/12/16/gun_control_after_connecticut_shooting_could_australia_s_laws_provide_a.html




The reasons I posted this are manifold,
but the main reason is to highlight that this is another case of American Exceptionalism that excludes us from using what has proven to work in other countries (like Health Care, Universal Education, etc).






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Sun Jun 12, 2016, 10:36 PM

51. Guess who I've been wanting as the VP on the Democratic ticket this year for awhile?

He continues to impress.

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Sun Jun 12, 2016, 11:11 PM

54. Nonsense.

The shooting did the shooting, and in support of Islamic State. I find this statement of his obnoxious.

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56. LOCKING THREAD AS ANALYSIS/OPINION (Lock-Retracted)

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Mon Jun 13, 2016, 10:55 AM

59. Damn right, congress is complicit.

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