This topic has been debated here 1001 times. Let it pass, another tragedy occurs and it comes up for mention again.
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“The Second Amendment is timeless for our Founders grasped that self-defense is three-fold: every free individual must protect themselves against the evil will of the man, the mob and the state.”
― Tiffany Madison
I have one last thing to say, then I'm pretty sure I'm done talking about this crap.
In response to the OP, no now is most emphatically NOT the time to talk about changing gun laws. Laws should not be made in a time when the nation is in an uproar, when emotion is running high and reason is drowned in grief, panic and fear. That is the worst possible time to make new law, because it tends to lead to knee-jerk reaction law, emotionally driven law, law that is not based on reason and logic.
Now is the time to grieve and mourn, not the time to legislate.
Fiddling While Rome Burns
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The world will be a better place when people realize its grey. Life & reality are grey, not black & white, come to the middle, come to reality. I'm Pro-choice, Pro-human rights, pro-gun, pro-equal rights. ZEF is my favorite, factually, non-bigoted acronym.
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"In the U.S.S.R. work is a duty: “He who does not work, neither shall he eat.”"' --Stalin 1936
“Self reliance means, if anyone will not work, neither should he eat.” -- Michelle Bachman
The only people who would be hindered by more oppressive gun legislation are the people who care about the law... ie, the law abiding citizens.
Lawbreakers will not be hindered or affected by new laws. They will do as they always do: Break the law.
I wonder how many fewer people would have been killed in aurora if three or four of the movie watchers were carrying legal concealed weapons. Perhaps there would have been some defense among the innocent against this monster.
"We need to ask some very tough questions of the senator from Illinois. It's not enough to be black, it's not enough to be articulate, it's not enough to be eloquent and a media darling. The only question will be how deaf an ear, or how blind an eye will people turn in order to turn a frog into a prince." -Eddie Huff
And sometimes we got legislation and sometimes we did not get legislation.
But we always had the national discussion. It was considered as what we in education call "a teachable moment". In other words, the events of the day bring the issue before us, interest is high, and it is he perfect time to build on that interest which already exists.
However, over the last twenty years, the right has taken over the issue of guns and gun rights and laws having to do with those things. And with each passing year, their control of that issue only increases. One of the things the gun lobby and the right intentionally and purposely did was to attempt to take OFF THE TABLE any discussion of gun legislation at the very time the public concern was at its highest- in other words, during and right after these sort of tragic events involving guns.
They made a tactical political decision that their opponents would have less chance in a less favorable environment when the issue had died down and was no longer on the front page. So instead of the nation discourse being what it had been for at least three decades, the national discourse changed and we were not suppose to "not talk about it until the proper time". And the proper time was always when the issue had died down and fewer cared about it.
This is the perfect time to discuss these matters. There is no better time to discuss how you got the venereal disease than when you get the medical test back and they give you the bad news. It is the perfect time.
Unless of course you are the whore on the corner who wants the customers to keep coming back so you discourage any change in sexual habits and behaviors out of your own self interest.
Now is the time. I would like to say there will be be no other time. But we all know that is wrong. There will be plenty of opportunities down the road.
Yes, there will be no other time until the next national tragedy when we again express our revulsion, go through the nation store of kleenex and pretend we grieve for somebody we never knew a thousand miles away because we dare not do anything else.
There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.... John Rogers
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