|The Gun debate will get us nowhere , and why.....|
The gun debate has begun . President Obama made an impassioned plea for gun control measures at a rally in Connecticut. Families who lost loved ones in the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School descended on Washington, D.C. to press their case with lawmakers. Senate Republicans on Capitol Hill threaten to prevent gun-control legislation from even coming up for debate as states around the country decide to both strengthen and weaken gun laws.Citizens need to "get the facts," Obama said at the Denver Police Academy in Colorado. "We're not proposing a gun registration system. We're proposing background checks for criminals." The Senate's top Democrat said Tuesday he will force a vote this week on whether to open debate on tougher gun laws, increasing pressure on legislators from both parties negotiating a possible compromise on a package that some Republicans have threatened to filibuster.A GOP filibuster would mean Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid needs 60 votes on Thursday just to begin Senate consideration of the package based on proposals by President Barack Obama. What is shameful is no one was doing anything when hundreds of children have been getting killed by stray bullets in black neighborhoods. But when 20 white kids and some teachers get killed that is when its time for them to act. Newtown is not the main reason but it has to do with all the senseless killings of our children and youth that has been happening in our country for the last decade because of the fetish sense of having a gun/assault weapon. What are you doing with those guns at night? And how many laws stopped Lanza? ( remember Lanza got his weapons from his parents legally ) Oh that's right none of them. More laws is never the answer if the current ones are poorly enforced. Every major incident has occurred in a gun free zone including fort hood. How many do you count have occurred in police stations? Or anywhere guns are plentiful? I suppose your answer to any problem is more rules even if they are never enforced. Since the Newtown shooting months ago, the Fact Checker has devoted 14 columns to examining various statistics about guns and gun violence, as well as claims made in pro-gun and anti-gun advertisements.Yet some of these disputed facts keep turning up in the political discourse, and in news reports, even if many of the claims made by both sides simply do not hold up to scrutiny. Most recently, President Obama last week repeated the claim that 40 percent of gun sales lack a background check, even though the Fact Checker, PolitiFact and the Associated Press had pointed out the figure was unreliable. (The president did not, however, repeat the statistic in his most recent speech on gun violence this week.) Here is some historical fact checks on the gun debacle . According to Daniel Vice, senior attorney for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Obama has previously said that he supports the renewal of the Federal Assault Weapons Ban, which was signed by President Bill Clinton in 1994 and expired in 2004. However, after his first year in office, the Brady Campaign gave the Obama administration an "F" on a report card detailing efforts regarding gun control - including reinstating the assault weapons ban. President Ronald Reagan signed a bill into law that banned the manufacture of automatic weapons for sale to civilians. There is absolutely no proof that if we had gun control, gun crime & violence would go down. Violence by guns are off the chart in states such as Illinois & states in the North East, they have the STRICTIST of this country's gun laws. "President Obama ... urged Americans to read the proposals for themselves." That is really hard to do when the people trying to pass the laws are doing everything they can to prevent the Citizens from reading the legislation before it gets passed. New York gave its lawmakers 20 minutes to read the SAFE Act before passing it. Connecticut gave its residents about 6 hours to read its latest gun control law. This stuff is very, very important. These laws effect every single Citizen of this Nation. This is not something where you can pass the law and then we'll see what you did after you did it.
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At the last Presidential debate : Romney made an excellent point regarding guns. He mentioned Fast and Furious, the Obama administration's insane program that actually allowed thousands of unsurveilled guns to walk into the hands of Mexican drug lords, and which killed hundreds of innocents. Romney should have pinged Obama on his executive order attempt to cover it all up.