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One hundred children lost because of irresponsible adults…innocent blood splattered across the sacred altar of the Second Amendment.
If nothing else, it is time for Congress to invoke the “well regulated” portion of the Second Amendment and start protecting the rest of us from the criminally stupid who cannot, or will not, secure their guns.
Somehow the adults involved in these tragic “accidents” need to be held “responsible.” Either through having their “right” to ever own a gun legally again stripped away, or through jail time, but something HAS to be done. Oh, and if after losing your legal “right” to own a gun, you somehow possess a gun “illegally” afterwards? You should be thrown into some deep hole where videos of the children killed because you were too ignorant to secure your guns are played in a loop on your cell wall 24 hours a day throughout the duration of your sentence. Your name should be placed on Federal list and you and your home, car and office should be subject to random searches to ensure your are not illegally in possession of a firearm. If you cannot, or will not, secure your weapons then you lose the right to ever have one again.
We the People, have a right to be protected from your stupidity!
We the People, have a right to believe our children are not going to be gunned down at school because some sociopath stole their parent’s weapons and murdered them while in Home Room!
We the People, have a right to believe Congress will start doing its job, stop protecting gun manufacturers and start protecting us!
The “right” to “bear arms” does not come without responsibility or consequence. It is not an inalienable right conferred by God to whomever has the means to pay for either guns or the ammo.
It is insane to think that 100 innocent children’s lives is the “price” of private gun ownership in the 21st century in the United States of America. If a terrorist had killed 100 of our children we would be bombing the living daylights out their country in retaliation, and yet because these 100 lost their lives through some gun nut’s inability to put their gun away, well, that’s OK.
Wake up people!
What will it take for this nation’s voters to realize the right to own a gun does not supersede someone else’s rights to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” all of which have been torn from the small lifeless fingers of these 100 victims? How many more children need to be sacrificed before we, as adults, do something to stop this madness?
According to news reports Connecticut lawmakers have announced a deal calling for some of the toughest gun laws in the country following the December mass shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, including a ban on new high-capacity ammunition magazines like the ones used in the brutal massacre of 20 children and six adults.
The proposed new legislation creates the nation’s first statewide “dangerous weapon offender registry”, requires new registration for existing magazines carrying 10 or more bullets, imposes immediate universal background checks for all firearms sales, creates a new “ammunition eligibility certificate,” and extends the state’s assault weapons ban to 100 new types of firearms stipulating a weapon would need only one of several features in order to be banned and could no longer be bought or sold in the state, while those already legally owned would be grand-fathered in owners will be required to register the weapons with the state; the legislation also addresses mental health issues and school security measures.
“No gun owner will lose their gun,” said House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero Jr., a Norwalk Republican. “No gun owner will lose their magazines.”
While states like New York strengthened local gun laws quickly following the attack, momentum has stalled in the United States Congress, whose members have decided it’s better to be the lick spittle’s of the National Rifle Association (NRA) than to protect innocent lives from weapons designed for the battlefield.
Connecticut should be seen as an example for lawmakers elsewhere, said Senate President Donald E. Williams Jr., a Brooklyn Democrat.
“In Connecticut, we’ve broken the mold,” he said. “Democrats and Republicans were able to come to an agreement on a strong, comprehensive bill. That is a message that should resound in 49 other states and in Washington, D.C. And the message is: We can get it done here and they should get it done in their respective states and nationally in Congress.”
The proposed legislation will be brought up for a vote this week in the Democratic Party controlled General Assembly, where passage is thought to be all but assured, after which it will be sent to Governor Dannel P. Malloy for signature.
Connecticut’s taking the lead the Federal Government should be taking, and that’s OK; if those who believe the gun industry has acquired too much power, and that it’s past time for sensible gun control can’t convince lawmakers in Washington that 20 butchered first graders is where we, as a nation must draw the line on the Second Amendment can’t convince the members of Congress we’ll take it one state at a time; two down, 48 to go.
According to news reports some moron at the National Rifle Association thought it was either a good idea, or maybe just funny, to make robocalls to residents of Newtown, Connecticut site of the infamous Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in December, and the states two senators were not amused.
Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy posted a letter to NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre demanding his organization stop making the calls.
Saying the calls “absolutely beyond the pale,” the two Democratic senators went further declaring the calls, which contained political messages attacking gun control, “open a wound that these families are still trying hard to heal.”
“You’d think [the NRA] could have scrubbed the list [of Newtown residents], just to be decent,” Newtown resident Tom Maurath told HuffPost. “Instead, you’re making an unsolicited call with no opt-out that my children could answer.”
Senator Blumenthal also reportedly wrote a blog post about the robocalls for Think Progress, saying, “NRA leadership demonstrated yet again last week just how low they are willing to go in their unconscionable effort to block any and all common sense, life saving gun violence legislation.”
Perhaps the NRA has overplayed its hand and enough people will take this latest affront to common decency as the opportunity to slap the group and its followers with real gun control – but I doubt it, the Democratic leadership in the Senate lacks any such courage.
Twelve people are gunned down and 70 are wounded in a movie theater in Colorado, gun nuts scream about their rights to own whatever kind of weapon they want and rush out to buy assault rifles and high capacity magazines; Twenty-six people, including 20 first graders, are massacred in an elementary school in Connecticut, the same gun nuts become hysterical about their Second Amendment rights and start throwing around words like “revolution”.
The United States Attorney General says under “an extraordinary circumstance” the government might use drone strikes against its own citizens on U.S. soil, and now suddenly the exact same whack jobs are anxious about enacting legislation concerning what weapons can and cannot be used in the United States.
It seems the right for people to own weapons capable of murdering 20 six and seven-year-olds in a matter of minutes is OK, but targeting domestic terrorists is an outrage? Both are offensive and wrong, it’s time for Republicans, Libertarians and Tea Party types to pull their heads out of their collective fourth point of contact, to grow up and start acting like adults. The Constitution no more guarantees your right to own assault rifles and high capacity magazines than it provides for the Federal Government to target citizens to a blazing death from above.