Move along, folks: Nothing to see here

  • Article by: GREG SARGENT , Washington Post
  • Updated: December 21, 2012 - 6:08 PM

The NRA's main strategy after Newtown is to distract us.

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luzhishenDec. 21, 12 6:27 PM

Absolutely amazing that he called for the creation of a militia of NRA members to protect schools. Just like Mogadishu or Tripoli...

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texas_technomanDec. 21, 12 6:29 PM

He did think that we need a national database of folks with mental illness....I guess instead of a database of registered gun owners? Makes sense to me....?

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jarlmnDec. 21, 12 6:45 PM

And so the supposed better "meaningful contribution" of the author and is ilk is what? To demonize scary-looking black firearms and once again, impotently propose the same type of restrictions that have previously done *nothing* to prevent such incidents? Rather than turn our schools into TSA franchises and rather than ban firearms based upon their looks and their magazine (not "clip")capacity, how about we ALL have a REAL "meaningful contribution" here? How about we just-for-once, eschew knee-jerk, superficial, and expedient feel-good measures? How about we instead take a good hard look at our social psychology, our undeservedly cherished school systems and especially at how we treat the mentally ill? Fat chance of that though.

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greg62Dec. 21, 12 7:03 PM

Why is the left attacking the NRA like this? By preventing the left from banning our right to protect ourselves and confiscating our personally owned property they have saved thousands of lives of innocent Americans. Let's not become another Mexico where Drug Lords can prey on law abiding citizens who have no way to protect themselves.

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crystalbayDec. 21, 12 8:12 PM

Let's see - 100,000 elementary schools; each school has 24 glass doors; this would only require 2 million full time armed guards. Perhaps this outlandish "solution" should be financed by the NRA's membership so they can maintain assault rifles and 100-round magazine clips proliferating. This lunacy all for the sacred 2nd amendment which values this "right" over human life.

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crystalbayDec. 21, 12 8:16 PM

" By preventing the left from banning our right to protect ourselves and confiscating our personally owned property they have saved thousands of lives of innocent Americans."................Perhaps you can enlighten all of us as to just how semi-automatic assault rifles and 100-round magazine clips are necessary to "protect ourselves". Take it even further and produce hard data on how owning such weaponry has "saved thousands of live of innocent Americans". Have you NO ideal how insane your comments are??? A simple handgun would suffice. Protecting oneself absolutely does not require a military-style weapon capable of mowing down dozens in mere seconds. It's simply and wholly incomprehensible that you or any rational adult can justify such weapons.

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Pelican54Dec. 21, 12 8:23 PM

Putting armed guards in schools is only a reaction to a problem not a solution. You need to look at why it's happening and fix that.

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george13Dec. 21, 12 8:30 PM

Wow. I don't know how this person could keep a straight face while spouting such utter nonsense.

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wwheinDec. 21, 12 9:28 PM

The NRA's twisted response to put armed guards into our schools does not address the problem of assault weapons in the hands of anyone that can put up the cash to buy one. How does this approach stop someone from shooting up a theater, shopping mall or a parking lot in Phoenix? Guns are designed to kill, .22 cal. rifles for small game, shotguns for upland birds and waterfowl, large caliber rifles for big game. Assault weapons are designed to kill people and should be limited to law enforcement and the military.

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direkayDec. 21, 1211:35 PM

Seems that guns/NRA have become scapegoats. And by reading all the responses to impending gun legislation I really feel like emotions are blinding everyone to the big picture. Do we need assault rifles to protect ourselves from the "bad guys". Not normally , we have state and federal militia(police and military) to protect us from that. HOWEVER, who do we have to protect us from the state and federal militia/governemnt? That responsibility is each and every free american citizens DUTY. That is the true meaning of the second amendment. You all may be OK in assuming that we will always have our rights and freedoms , but I intend to be ready to defend them from a potentially oppressive government, that guess what has assault rifles and 100 round clips. So please stop passing legislation based on emotions , and please do not be so willing to trade liberties for security. Have we already forgotten 9-11 and the patriot act?!?

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