Wednesday March 13, 2013, 5:56 am
It is highly unusual for 91% of Americans to favor anything, but when we do, one might think that political support for such things would be nearly universal. But that does not take into account today’s Republican Party, that continues to goose-step in lock step behind Wayne LaPierre and the gun industry.
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 8:10 am
not surprising unless you forget that GOP is only supportive of the weathy, BIG BUSINESS (i.e. the greedy, poisoning, polluters that also abuse workers,etc), and NRA and Military Industrial Complex......
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 9:56 am
The GOP of today is nuts...they are not in their "right" mind. They would rather see children mowed down and slaughtered than lose their gun rights. Nobody wants to take gun rights away - we just want a common sense gun program. The fact that the Repugs are ignoring the fact that 91% of Americans want this too could bring their house of cards down! They are on a slippery slope.
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 2:30 pm
Wayne the brain. Less. Even if his organization has the membership he says it does, it is less than 2% of Americans. And 91% do not get shouted down by that close minded bunch of loudmouths. Let the teapublicans get in bed with Wayne, I'm sure they'll make really homely babies, even better they'll make for wide margin losses in 2014 and beyond. So keep it you fools, you are doing more damage to yourselves and your "causes" than any Democratic ads could do. I sort of enjoy that part.
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 2:36 pm
Thanks Tom, Crazy looking picture of Wayne LaPierre it fits him, 91% of the American people want some common sense laws while the GOP are acting like that they don't have to listen to the people I am so sick of them and what they are trying to do to this country have they forgot that they work for us.
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 3:24 pm
Thanks Tom for the post, video and link to the full CNN story. I have high hopes that a decent background check bill will make it through Congress but would love to the the assault weapons ban enacted also. I fear the only way sensible gun laws will be enacted is if each individual state takes on the task. The NRA will then have to take each law through the appeals process. Read, viewed and noted.
Here is another crazy long over due for retirement. That man is one cold calculating, manipulative SOB. His concern for the American people would be ranked below zero on any scale. I don't believe those children killed in New Town even caused him loss of sleep for a night. His answer is that we need but arm the teachers. There lobbyist who are snakes and there are some lower than a snakes belly.
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 5:01 pm
I am so tired of some Americans who berate me (not on this site!) for being anti-gun. I am anti gun, however I also recognise that the US is not my country. I have modified my view to call for gun control that is consistent with the regulations around driving a motor vehicle that TC enumerated in his following post: http://www.politicsplus.org/blog/2012/12/21/open-thread12212012/comment-page-1/
These are very reasonable. My country has gun control and a much lower rate of homocide from a firearm. I object to people being able to go to thw US and buy firearms without so much as a background check. They smuggle back their nefarious purchase and it goes from there. Aproximately 90% of the guns used in crimes in Canada are brought into Canada from the US.
As far as Wayne LaPierre is concerned, I think he should be declared Public Enemy #1 and his picture hung on the Post Office wall while the US still has a Post Office. The NRA no longer carries out its original function and is nothing more than a shill for the weapons industry. It should be declared a terrorist organisation given the negative influence it holds over the elected officials of the US. And there needs to be legislation to take money out of politics to prevent such lobbies (not just limited to the NRA) from having such a stranglehold on government officials.
In an ABC Poll, that 91% of polled Americans favour background checks is awesome, and as some have said is unprcedented. But why is it that all 8 members of the Republican/Teabagger delegation in the Senate Judiciary Committee voted against background checks, against the American people? These Republican/Teabaggers are totally out of touch with the people they represent. They clearly represent the gun industry, weapons industry corporations. Despite what Citizens United would have you believe, corporations are not people and money is not speech. Isn't it amazing at just how far reaching Citizens United has become. Keep remembering all these things because 2014 is coming and the maximum number of domestic terrorist Republican/Teabaggers must be swept out of the halls of Congress. With that, the SCOTUS must also be cleaned up.
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 11:35 pm
Do not be misled. The media would divide us at a time when we really need to come together on the budget. The political parties wish to fragment the populace and have then vote against their best interest.
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 11:37 pm
I followed the link given in anon paranoid's comment - and, indeed, the pictures of those shattered children SHOULD be widely publicized, or at least such descriptions are were given in that link, so that those having empathy, buried however deeply beneath their currently thoughtless dismissal of the results of the lack of reasonable gun laws such as most democracies have, will realize that sensible gun regulations are required in any society having any pretence of civilization.
Thursday March 14, 2013, 8:12 am
Gene, I think they've already made some ugly babies - to whit, La Pierre and then there's Mitch the Turtle McConnell and John the Orange and Lyin' Ryan - the sad thing is that they are ugly on the inside, too, and have no compassion for anything beyond their bank accounts and their damn Second Amendment.