Gun lobby counts on our complacence

  • Article by: E.J. DIONNE JR. , Washington Post
  • Updated: December 20, 2012 - 9:04 PM

Sure, after Newtown, people want action. But just wait ...

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martiankingDec. 20, 1211:09 PM

An idea to jump start gun control. Like the sin tax on cigs, how about a death tax on guns and ammo? Like 100% on weapons and $50 a bullet? Sounds fair. All proceeds to go for the victims of gun violence and their coffins.

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pumiceDec. 20, 1211:28 PM

From the article: "[The gun lobby and the weapons merchants] are counting on the Democrats' desire to maintain control of the U.S. Senate and the fact that in 2014, Harry Reid's party is defending seats in states that have been bastions of opposition to gun legislation..." when they should be trembling before the outrage prompted by this latest mass murder. Job One is keeping our children safe. Citizens are demanding that the representatives we hired do the job we hired them to do. A cynical electorate has realized that millions of votes are more powerful than millions of dollars.

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phatcatpatDec. 21, 12 7:13 AM

The gun lobby is dwarfed by the unions and abortion lobby. Of course, liberals thrive on hate and always need a target to direct it at.

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phatcatpatDec. 21, 12 7:16 AM

Here is a great idea: You don't want a gun don't buy a gun. Your odds of getting shot are slim to none. Or, better yet, pack your bags and move to Chicago where guns were illegal until recently and shootings are virtually unheard of. Gun laws have worked beautifully there!

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barbjensDec. 21, 12 8:17 AM

I am not a gun owner but I NEVER lose my anger regarding the ability of people to get the weapons that serve no use other than kill people. That does not include the guns people have for hunting, etc. but it does include the guns that can kill many people without reloading.

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Don9539Dec. 21, 12 8:25 AM

With 300,000,000 firearms already out there has that horse not already escaped the barn? Many if not most untraceable to the current owner.

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jgmanciniDec. 21, 12 8:43 AM

The other day, I was thinking back on the drunk driving debate that raged in the '80s. Very similar to the debate that's raging now. There was a hard core group of people, backed by the liquor and bar industries, that insisted it was their right to drive drunk and without seat belts. Sounds crazy now, right? That's because sane, reasonable people, mostly parents, finally put their foot down. They decided their kids' lives were more important than someone's "right" to drink and drive. I hope we're finally seeing the same quiet revolution on the gun control front. It's time.

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elind56Dec. 21, 1212:32 PM

"...a broad and bold set of measures to end our culture of violence."--------------------------------So the president is going to single-handedly transform human nature? You can bring violent crime down drastically by oppressing the masses as was proven in the old East Germany, but who would want to live in such a society? The Germans sure as heck didn't. Living in a free society carries some minimal risk but the alternative is chillingly unthinkable

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