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Friday, December 28, 2012

Enough is Enough II

I’m convinced 2013 will be a repeat of 2012, unless we get beyond ideology and steadfast positions on which they are based on. We have problems coming out of out of our ears, yet some members in Congress are more worried about the voters of Tupelo. Mississippi than they are about the rest of the country. For example, house Republicans are willing to let this country go over the so called fiscal cliff just so their anti-tax record can remain spotless. They don’t care if someone in their district will not get their unemployment check or will pay more income tax for a couple of weeks. You see; they think by voting for a tax cut for 98% of Americans on January 4, 2013; they will fool their constituents. The representatives don’t think much of their constituent’s intelligence.

Our local conservatives seem to think that they know what the founders thought about the Second Amendment. Some will quote George Washington not knowing that in a proper context, he was talking about keeping the British government in check. It’s obvious that the Second Amendment is not absolute, or we wouldn’t have the restrictions that we do. Every letter that I read in our newspaper supporting anti- gun control measures is submitted by someone who uses hyperbole instead of substantiated facts to plead their case. They will lace their letter with name calling, out of context analogies, personal opinions, and a theory that if the Supreme Court would not have ruled for the clause “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion" incidents like the one in Newtown; Connecticut would not have happened. How little faith have thee? God does not take his marching orders from the Supreme Court of the United States.

Jerry Koerth of Yoakum said that he was shocked because everyone doesn’t see that gun control is just another under the table power grab by the crooked liberals in the White House. While it is true that Dianne Feinstein is sponsoring the new ban on semi-automatic weapons; conservative Democrat's senators like Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Mark Warner of Virginia and conservative  talk show host Joe Scarborough are open to her legislation. Republicans talk in awe of former President Ronald Reagan, but they ignore his core beliefs. “In May 1994, the former president joined Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford to support a ban on the future manufacture, sale, and possession of assault weapons. In a letter to the House of Representatives, the three leaders said: "This is a matter of vital importance to the public-safety… although assault weapons account for less than 1 percent of the guns in circulation, they account for nearly 10 percent of the guns traced to crime." They continued: "While we recognize that assault-weapon legislation will not stop all assault-weapon crime, statistics prove that we can dry up the supply of these guns, making them less accessible to criminals… We urge you to listen to the American public and to the law enforcement community and support a ban on the further manufacture of these weapons."

I have yet to hear logical explanation of why one needs a high-capacity ammo clip, silencer, or a semi-automatic assault like weapon? All I hear is a misinterpretation of the Second Amendment or some paranoid feeling of government gun confiscation, without any facts whatsoever. I would also like to know why politicians are so scared of an organization like the NRA who only has a little over four million members. We don’t need government; a local grocery chain in Los Angeles California instituted a buyback program; gift cards for guns. As of yesterday, they collected 901 handguns, 698 rifles, 363 shotguns and 75 assault weapons. Similar programs are being conducted throughout the nation. Sandy Hook was the tipping point because the feeling to do something about the mass killings has been brewing for a long time.


Mike said...

President Obama will meet with that three congressional leaders this evening but first he has to lay out some ground rules.

1.He has to remind the GOP that he won the election. They still think winning house districts gives them a mandate.
2.He also has to remind John Boehner that he lost the only bargaining chip be had when his own party rejected Plan B
3.He needs to tell Mitch McConnell that if he doesn’t have any ideas to just get out of the way and let those who do, have an up or down vote.
4.Any plan needs to address the debt ceiling once and for all, so it won’t get in the way of future negotiations.
5.The ball is in the GOP’s Court; the president made his proposal and his party is ready to back it.

Mike said...

People need to be educated about our guns laws because I believe most people think that all assault weapons are already registered. Nothing could be further from the truth. I believe that’s the reason the polls do not favor an assault weapon ban but that’s just my opinion.

“According to a USA Today/Gallup poll released Wednesday, 51 percent of those surveyed between December 19 and 22 were against an assault weapons ban. Only 44 percent were in favor.”

“About 43 percent of respondents in a late 2011 poll said gun laws should be made more strict. That number is now 58 percent. Support for new gun legislation is at 47 percent, compared with 35 percent support in October 2011.

The poll also shows overwhelming support – 92 percent – for a law that would require background checks before people, including gun dealers, could buy guns at gun shows. While licensed dealers are required to run background checks, not everyone who sells a gun is required to be a licensed dealer, and unlicensed dealers are not required to run background checks.

A former ATF agent said that if a gun dealer cannot account for say 1000 weapons he could only be charged with a misdemeanor because local DAs normally do not want to prosecute them.

I've seen (on TV) of plants telling gun sellers at gun shows that they couldn't pass a background check but it didn't matter to the seller because he is not required to run a background check...That's a loophole that needs to be done with.