Gee? Really? The best part is that it’s been steadily reaching this point for 12 years and for the last four, half the people in the country intentionally ignored it and for the eight prior to that, yadda yadda yadda. Everyone will realize it within the next few years and I’m sure it will somehow be Boehner’s fault.
California gun sales jump; gun injuries, deaths fall – Sacramento Bee
No gloom and doom today despite getting a large download of it recently from a friend.
So, just enjoy today. I know I’ll be trying.
“After what we’ve gone through over the past several months, a devastating hurricane and now one of the worse tragedies in our memory, the country deserves the folks to be willing to compromise for the greater good.”
The tacit implication being “If you don’t do what I want you to do with taxes, you don’t care about dead kids.” Gotta give the guy credit, he strives to be the most unique president we’ve ever had.
My gut feeling is that it’s probably the homicidal lunatic’s fault.
I also know that people who immediately call for gun control after incidents like the one in Connecticut contribute absolutely nothing to the solution.
Look, I understand why citizens post that sort of thing after a tragedy like this. We need someone to blame, we know nothing of the individual but we do know that guns are scary things. So we need to get rid of them. It takes the boogeyman out of the story and creates the impression that there’s a solution for dealing with psychopaths that inflict horrific violence upon their community.
Let’s take a moment to look at the facts of the case as they’re now known. The killer attempted to purchase a gun from Dick’s Sporting Goods and was denied by the staff. Instead, he obtained them from his mother. This was a psychologically unwell individual. He had a mother who was a gun enthusiast that had the incredibly bad judgement to not only teach her son how use firearms, but to encourage him to be an enthusiast as well. Teaching a child (once they’re old enough) to safely use a firearm is a rewarding and responsibility-building experience. Sport shooting and hunting (if you’re into that) is one of the rare activities that you can share with a child that they will both enjoy and experience personal growth. The exception to this is that of course, firearms don’t belong in the hands of the mentally ill regardless of their age.
The mental health profession discourages language that tends to stigmatize psychiatric patients. But it may be worth asking whether damage to the self-esteem of kooks is worth turning lose a fucking nutbag on a community full of children. I’d be willing to bet everything I own that at more than one point, this kid exhibited behavior in front of a medical professional that led said professional to believe that this kid could be dangerous and yet I’m equally positive that these medical professionals did not take steps such as advising the mother that he should not have access to firearms or heaven forbid, call the local police department and advise them that their patient has access to firearms when he shouldn’t. To do so may infringe on the right of a murderous lunatic. To quote Dirty Harry, “Well, I’m all broken up over that man’s rights.”
The politicians of the Left wasted no time after this massacre. The bodies weren’t even cold (and none of the facts were known) and they were using this to further their political agenda:
I could post twenty other links here.
A more rational approach to this problem is to work to make it more difficult for the non-adjudicated mentally ill to come into possession of a weapon. This will be difficult; It will require the cooperation of the medical community (doctors, therapists, school counselors) and law enforcement. But it can be done if there’s pragmatism and cool heads.
The saddest thing is that none of the teachers had a gun. These sorts of horrific events tend to be stopped very early when just one of the good guys is armed.
What bothers me the most about this event, aside from the obvious, is that 43 people have been murdered in Chicago since the 1st of November. The murder capital of the country is a city where guns are banned. Not a weekend goes buy without a few people getting killed and always by guns, many of them children. Why is that story not every bit as meaningful as the event in Connecticut?
The bottom line here is that no laws were broken. Nobody sold this kid a firearm when they shouldn’t have. The kid was crazy and he had a BAD parent raising him.
Resist the urge when a politician asks you to give up your rights in the name of fear. We’ve had twelve years of that now and it hasn’t been working out well for us.
What’s missing from that headline is that she was never hospitalized and won’t be testifying on Benghazi because of this. Nobody that’s not on the Left will buy this of course.. and they shouldn’t. The question is whether the Left in this country will finally wake up and point a critical eye at this Administration. There’s a reason that Valerie Jarrett refers to their base as “useful idiots”.
We’ve been reminded, chastised even by several members of the media when people express alarm at our President’s actions over the past few weeks that “elections have consequences”. Yet these same people wring their hands over the events in Michigan recently and Wisconsin months back. All elections have consequences, even the stolen ones.
Elections were held in Michigan. An election was held in Wisconsin last November and again this past summer. In a supposed democratic Republic, not even the public employee unions are exempt from the consequences of elections. The events in Michigan and Wisconsin are simply a re-balancing of power that, after decades of flush times and lax negotiating, had become imbalanced. This is something that, from time to time, happens in our alleged democracy.
We’ve had far too many state legislatures of both parties that have been cowed by the political power of the unions and enacted contracts that force state and city governments to be run for the benefit of their employees, rather than for their citizens.
Boehner is trying, Obama is not – Washington Post
Even the mainstream media has taken the time to remove their head from our President’s backside and notice what’s going on. At some point I suspect that a significant percentage of the populace will start to realize that our President has no desire to avoid the fiscal cliff. Destruction of the economy is not something to be avoid but rather the goal.
Chicago vows to fight concealed carry ruling – WBEZ News
First of all, congratulations to the people of Chicago for getting their 2nd Amendment back. If the city of Chicago is unsuccessful in their future bids to circumvent the ruling, we’ll finally see crime drop in one of the most violent cities in the world. Crime always goes down when the good guys get guns.