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Old 10-03-2015, 12:58 AM   #286
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His response is so disgustingly ignorant, I can't even. "That happens everytime...we haven't done anything...so obviously that's not the issue."
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I just don't get it. We can discuss, and HAVE discussed, virtually every other issue under the sun that might have any sort of impact on mass shootings-violence in the media, violent video games, mental illness, etc.

But for some reason, when it comes to talking about the actual weapon that was responsible for killing these people, somehow that's suddenly off limits for conversation? Those people weren't being shot at with a video game. They weren't killed by a violent program. A mental illness didn't strike them down, either.

A bullet took their lives. A bullet that came from a gun. It's kind of hard to shoot people without a gun, after all.

WHY is that fact so hard for people to acknowledge?
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I just watched this dvd again the other day.

http://youtu.be/egQncpYH90g

How sad - almost 15 years later and nothing has changed.
I just don't get it. But like someone else said if the sight of 20 dead first graders doesn't do anything, nothing will. My friend said that everyone in favor of guns should get a folder with pictures of what those first responders had to see in Sandy Hook, but I'm afraid not even that would change anything, because y'know stuff happens.

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What confuses me the most about this, actually, is not his hypocrisy but the implication that pools need not be fenced and that a pool without a fence is acceptable. From an Australian perspective, a fence might as well be an integral part of a pool, in the same way every car has a seatbelt and airbags or cinemas have emergency exits or a twentieth-floor balcony has a railing.

Of course you pass laws to keep pools fenced, and you definitely pass laws to fucking regulate weapons designed specifically to kill. The influence of the NRA and its supporters boggles my mind. These people actually have shit for brains.
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Given the lengths that Jeb is going in order to disassociate himself from his brother, arguably the worst president in history, you'd think he'd avoid sounding like Rumsfeld circa 2003/4.
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Mom of Oregon shooter bragged about her arsenal of weapons online: report


The mother should be locked up.
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She's lucky he didn't turn on her like the guy in Newtown.

I'm not sure that anything will ever change. Maybe if some lunatic went into a maternity ward and shot up a bunch of pregnant women so that the Republicans are torn between guns and fetuses. And even then they'd argue that the outcome would have been different if the moms and nurses were packing.
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And even then they'd argue that the outcome would have been different if the moms and nurses were packing.

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Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and being surprised when the results are the same.

We do nothing over and over again, and can't figure out why nothing changes.
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This exchange with my cousin is depressing:

Cousin: Did you know that 60 gun related deaths happened in Chicago alone in September ...deadliest September since 2002 .chicago has the strictest gun laws and yet Obama doesn't mention this from his very own hometown?

Me: And Indiana has some of the weakest gun control laws. No one wants to mention that either. This is what happens when you let the states decide on an issue like this. Illinois can do what they want, but they can't make it harder to get a gun in the state that's right next door.

Him: So your telling me they can come over with their Illinois drivers license and come to Indiana and purchase a gun ? You better do some more research because they can't.

Me: Yes. I am telling you that

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Stephen Colbert said something similar when talking about this on his show last night, Cori. It was a good speech.

Re: the Oregon shooter's mom-holy crap, that article.

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“And when the mood strikes, and as long as we’re tossing around brand names, I sling an AR, Tek-9 or AK over my shoulder, or holster a Glock 21 (not 22), or one of my other handguns, like the Sig Sauer P226, and walk out the door,” Harper bragged. “I find the shotguns are a little too cumbersome to open carry.”
Here's my two simple questions: Why the fuck is this something worth bragging about? Do people really think this makes them look cool, look like a badass?

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I'm not sure that anything will ever change. Maybe if some lunatic went into a maternity ward and shot up a bunch of pregnant women so that the Republicans are torn between guns and fetuses. And even then they'd argue that the outcome would have been different if the moms and nurses were packing.
Yeah, seriously, for all our "Think of the children!" hand-wringing we do on a regular basis in this country when it comes to any other issue that poses some potential threat to them, for all our talk about being "pro-life" and how "every life is sacred", it's stunning how a bunch of children being murdered in cold blood by nutjobs with guns doesn't seem to be enough to make us do a damn thing.

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What confuses me the most about this, actually, is not his hypocrisy but the implication that pools need not be fenced and that a pool without a fence is acceptable. From an Australian perspective, a fence might as well be an integral part of a pool, in the same way every car has a seatbelt and airbags or cinemas have emergency exits or a twentieth-floor balcony has a railing.
But...but that's "big government interference", you see! That's just the government trying to tell us what to do with our lives and treating us like idiot babies who can't make our own choices!

(Seriously, that is what people actually say and believe in response to your suggestions. No joke.)
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The conversation continues:

Cousin: Your referencing gun shows ... You cannot go to a gun store and purchase a firearm . Gun shows would be like me selling my Arsenal and not really caring about the purchaser because all I care about is money . Gun shows are like carnies and sneaky underhanded dealings happen ... The almighty dollar controls that


Me: right. And that's what people are asking for. Stricter control on things like Gun shows. This shouldn't be acceptable, and it's the cause of the perceived failure of gun laws in Illinois.

Someone...please...I don't...I don't understand...


EDIT: Now he's apparently on my side of the argument, lol. Enough of that for one day.
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I feel very sad for all of you, all Americans, who are on the right side of this debate. The depression you must feel when these things happen and nothing gets done must be absolutely crushing. Obama's speech went round the world and it was amazing, how sad that he will be replaced by either a Republican who loves guns or a Democrat who won't want to tread on toes early in his/her Presidency and won't do anything. That deaths via guns vs terrorism graph was so hard to look at. Conservatives aren't bad people, I'm sure, but when you put it like that... wow.

Again, no mass shootings here since we decided to change our gun laws. We're a country of 25 million people. Fucked.
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My cousin has now deleted the whole status chain, so I can't go back and find it, but I tried to point out the Australia thing to him and ask him why he thinks Americans are so inherently incapable of change if it works elsewhere...no answer.
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