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Will gun violence destroy this country?

We certainly seem to be on that path.The Second Amendment is not absolute.
The right to live trumps the Second Amendment.Far too many guns in far too many people's hands that should not have them!!
What the NRA and gun lobby aided and abetted
by Congressman Chris Smith and his ilk do  is stop reasonable control.The tragedy that took place in Santa Barba and others before will continue.No school, no town, no church-nowhere is safe.If you heard the father of one of the students killed at UC Santa Barbara speak, you would have to be made of stone not to be touched.
I have no doubt "gun rights" supporters will disagee with my view-fine-let the public decide.
Sidney Alweis June 01, 2014 at 10:19 AM
I dont know what you look like and I care even less.However since you want to use popular phrases I would say to you. "If it looks like a loon and quacks like a loon it is a loon!!Clearly you regard anybody who disagrees with as a government agent.That is pathetic. BTW, the latest polling shows the vast number of Americans approve of at the very least uniform, comprehensive background checks.To many innocents and too many service people have died to defend our democratic values which lets even the ill informed like you speak their minds.!!! By the way, though I am not in any way connected to the Federal Government, have a little respect for those in the FBI, CIA, ATF who daily put their lives on the line for all of us!!
Fred Stone June 01, 2014 at 11:09 AM
good for you, Sidney. some people love their country and its brave servants, and other people--usually neo-Nazi militia members from Wyoming and Montana--like to think of our democratically-elected federal government as a vast conspiracy to deny peoples' freedom.
Sidney Alweis June 01, 2014 at 11:21 AM
Thank you Fred and DC4 for your vocal support I think there are a vast majority of people out there who will not be silenced.Too many service people and real patriots gave their blood and lives defending this democracy.Part of that democracy allows the far, far right to shout and write their venom but it is our right to challange that venom.The ultimate test I think Fred is-When we look at our selves in the mirror-do we like what we see.?
Fred Stone June 01, 2014 at 11:29 AM
by the way, I have equal contempt for the far left. at some point, the extremes on both ends come together with a mutual desire to throw away the greatest and longest-lasting democracy in human history.
Sidney Alweis June 01, 2014 at 12:00 PM
Agree-its just the Far Right is much more vocal with its Ted Cruz Louie Gomert types who are unapologetic in their contempt of anyone who diasgrees with them and in their Neanderthal views of the rights of a women to decisions over her own body. Ultimately, the good sense of the American people will win out-rejecting the extremists on both sides and reaching a reasonable concensus.

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