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Sen. Lautenberg Stands His Ground On Gun Control

Sen. Lautenberg Stands His Ground On Gun Control

At least some Democrats are holding firm to their pledge to renew gun control efforts in the wake of the Aurora massacre.

Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) said Tuesday that he won’t remove a gun control amendment from a cybersecurity bill being debated in the Senate this week. The cybersecurity bill seeks to boost protections for the nation’s electrical grid, transportation systems and financial networks. Lautenberg’s amendment would ban high-capacity ammunition clips.

Lautenberg said his amendment “belongs in a security measure” like the cybersecurity bill and said he plans to keep pushing it until it gets heard on the Senate floor. He laughed when asked about Sen. Joe Lieberman’s statements saying his proposal was irrelevant.

“One man’s relevance is an obligation to the constituents,” he said.

Gun control, Launtenberg stressed, couldn’t wait. “When is a better time? When is more security sought by the people?” Lautenberg asked. “There is not a more, in my view, opportune moment than when there’s still a period of mourning coming from Colorado. Timing, it’s said, is everything. And this is the time.”

Banning online ammunition sales is a step in the right direction and definitely a reasonable regulation. Lautenberg’s history of leadership on this issue shows. Now if only the rest of his congressional colleagues would join him, perhaps we could get some laws in place to prevent another tragedy of this magnitude from taking place.

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10:49AM PDT on Sep 11, 2012

These are the issues we need to address, in our homes, our schools, and our society.

Guns are merely a tool. Yes, they are designed to kill, but that means they also protect and equalise. It is madness to think violent acts can be rectified and prevented through prohibiting anything, be it guns or knives or cars or chemicals that can be made into explosives.

And yes, I also agree that the death penalty should only be allowed if DNA evidence removes every shred of doubt. In fact, I would prefer to see those on death row offered a life sentence if they agree to allow modern medicine to use them for teasting new drugs and procedures on them. This would serve everyone, and the criminal would remain behind bars and unable to present a threat to society.

10:44AM PDT on Sep 11, 2012

As a patriotic, peace-loving American who understands the mechanics of liberty and who has taken the time to study history, I do not want more gun control. I do not want certain "loopholes" closed, because I understand only an armed population is truly free, and the authorities do not need to know who owns guns or how many each citizen has. The first act of any tyrant, be it an individual or a government, is to disarm the people. There is a lesson in that, one we should have all learned by now.

Yes, these shootings are terrible, and we should indeed address them, but they have nothing to do with a shortage of gun control laws. Such henious acts have only occurred since the implementation of the 1968 Gun Control Act, not before. They occurred since we lost sight of our natinal identity, since we removed discipline from our homes and schools, and since we began to blur the lines between right and wrong. THAT, my friends, is where the real problem lies.

For over four decades, we have bred a subculture of drugs and crime, as well as mistrust of our own authorities (and often not without cause). We've rewarded slovenly behaviour and funded irresponsible lifestyles. We've made competition a bad thing, refused to acknowledge those who achieve and those who fail. We've rewarded the greedy and punished the honest, working American. We've increased the rift between those who have more than they need and those who struggle to make ends meet. These are the issues we need

10:42AM PDT on Sep 11, 2012

It does not take "guts" to support gun control, especially when there have been so many mass shootings of late. What takes guts is to use logic and reason in the face of public reaction to these shootings, and to try to find the real cause behind such tragedies.

Sorry, guns are not the problem, to the contrary. Guns provide national and personal security. The Second Amendment is the foundation upon which all our other liberties stand, and without it the Consitution becomes nothing more than a symbolic piece of paper. Only one ignorant of history could fail to see the fact that the US being "saturated with guns" (as so many extremists say) has deterred invasion by enemy forces. And only one with his or her head buried in the sands of ignorance would fail to see this proliferation of firearms not only affords the law-abiding citizen the means of protecting his or her interests, but it also serves as a powerful safeguard against our own government turning corrupt and turning on us.

Personally, I see these facts as being well worth the sacrifice. Benjamin Franklin stated, "Show me a man who is willing to give up his personal liberty for a little, temporary peace and safety, and I'll show you a man who deserves neither peace nor safety."

As a patriotic, peace-loving American who understands the mechanics of liberty and who has taken the time to study history, I do not want more gun control. I do not want certain "loopholes" closed, because I understand only an ar

8:17AM PDT on Sep 9, 2012

A senator with guts! How refreshing. This is so long overdue in America. Tragedies happen -- witness Gabby bravely speaking the Pledge of Allegiance at the DNC -- and we don't draw the correct conclusions from them -- and as happens, memory fades quickly, except for those critically involved, like Brady and Giffords. The world laughs at our stupidity -- all the murders in the U.S., and no one thinks to link it with the proliferation of guns and high-caliber magazines. We deserve our consequences because of our stupidity. And when America is finally taken over by another, our guns will not help.

11:04PM PDT on Aug 11, 2012

Lee-
"Having said that, I believe it absolutely essential that DNA evidence must be present, to convict and give the death penalty. I know there have been too many convictions and innocent people that have been put to death due to a very flawed judicial system."

Absolutely!!!

5:16PM PDT on Aug 11, 2012

I appreciate your comment Robby and even there are a great many Progressives in this country who believe the death penalty is in order when these vile human beings destroy lives with no remorse. Even if remorse comes with getting caught, cold blooded murderers deserve to reap what they sow. Having said that, I believe it absolutely essential that DNA evidence must be present, to convict and give the death penalty. I know there have been too many convictions and innocent people that have been put to death due to a very flawed judicial system. With technology becoming virtually fool-proof, there should never be a guessing game when dealing with people's lives!

1:30PM PDT on Aug 11, 2012

Lee- as you know, we don't always agree on everything, but there are some things we agree on 100%, & this quote is one of them, despite the fact we don't entirely agree on all gun control issues...

"I don't believe anyone who go out and guns down innocent victims deserve avoiding the death penalty. It's amazing how eager they are to commit these heinous crimes but few of them ever commit suicide after their killing spree. They are plead insanity or as a last resort, guilty, to avoid the death penalty"

It seems the only thing these scumbags fear is death, so... why not give it to them? A good public hanging shown live on CNN for the most recent killers in WI, CO, etc would go a long way...

4:20PM PDT on Aug 8, 2012

Jane - again, no one is talking about banning guns of law-abiding owner, but closing gun loopholes and making ownership more restrictive is necessary. And yes, stringent laws are a deterrent. Will it stop crime? Now Jared Loughner is pleading guilty to avoid the death penalty and I don't believe anyone who go out and guns down innocent victims deserve avoiding the death penalty. It's amazing how eager they are to commit these heinous crimes but few of them ever commit suicide after their killing spree. They are plead insanity or as a last resort, guilty, to avoid the death penalty.

3:24PM PDT on Aug 8, 2012

Gun control will not prevent crime, period. Criminals and crazies will always be able to get their hands on guns.. With gun control we'll have more crime because criminals won't have to be afraid that a homeowner or anyone else will shoot at them if threatened by them breaking into their homes, cars etc.
Go after criminals and leave peacerful law-abiding citizens alone!!

6:39PM PDT on Aug 6, 2012

Another gun slaughter; this time in Wisconsin. Commonsense dictates we must have gun reform and it's time people stand up to the very powerful gun lobbyists and the NRA. How many innocent people have to be slaughtered before this country's leaders wake up. Another deranged gun toter deciding to slaughter those he perceived as Muslims.

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