Gun debate shows that even in a democracy, a passionate minority can defeat the majority

  • Article by: CHARLES BABINGTON , Associated Press
  • Updated: April 11, 2013 - 1:56 AM
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EleanoreApr. 11, 13 7:22 AM

The day that members of society promoting civil rights and upholding the constitution are the minority is the day society has been destroyed completely and we reenter a state of savage jungle existence. I don't believe this propaganda for a minute, American still support the constitution even if a strong corporatist element in society is attempting to destroy the nation. This battle hasn't even begun in earnest yet.

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EleanoreApr. 11, 13 7:42 AM

The day that members of society promoting civil rights and upholding the constitution are the minority is the day society has been destroyed completely and we reenter a state of savage jungle existence. I don't believe this propaganda for a minute, American still support the constitution even if a strong corporatist element in society is attempting to destroy the nation.

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cartoonconnApr. 11, 13 7:51 AM

That is the whole point of a constitutional republic. To avoid mob rule.

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markeyboyApr. 11, 13 8:13 AM

Everyone knows that this debate is not about your 12 year old kid going to an NRA firearms safety course and sewing the graduation patch on your shirt, and then going hunting with dad. The NRA and firearms industry have amendment rights pacs, lobbyist firewalls, and the GOP in their back pocket. This is not about hobbyists or passing your shotgun on to your kid. No politician will ever vote against that. The current soccer mom battle is just another day for lobbyists to snuff issues, deny problems and advocate anew with conservative politicians. Phony gambits advocated by the NRA of confiscation, firearm tracking and ammo sales limitations for decades has never even come close to reality. This play of paranoia has only filled the gun cabinets of enthusiasts/investors/traders/sellers, put more illegal firearms on the streets from irresponsible owners/dealers, created a firearms marketplace and made lots of money for the firearms manufacturing industry. Firearms free households across the country can't believe their ears when politicians continue advocating firearms/ammo sales to continue as is.

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EleanoreApr. 11, 1310:07 AM

There is no compromise on civil rights. They are inalienably vested in the citizen. They are above congresses authority to legislate.

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owatonnabillApr. 11, 1312:08 PM

"Gun debate shows that even in a democracy, a passionate minority can defeat the majority" ............ Yep. One has to wonder how long The-Sky-Is-Falling crowd will keep their heads buried in the sand. This supposed "90%" they keep tossing around for instance. The average nine-year-old can probably tell you that if 90% of an electorate feels strongly about an issue, then no politician who depends on that electorate for his job is going to buck such a number. Instead we see just about all Republicans and a sizeable number of Democrats who are ready and more than willing to vote "no" on just about any issue that imposes new laws restricting guns. Would they be doing that if 90% of the folks back home disapproved? Of course not. That is precisely why the gun control people have to pin their hopes on this bone being tossed their way--something so watered down it scarcely matters. The will of the people IS being expressed. The far left can rationalize all they want, but facts are facts, and all the doublespeak and phony statistics won't make the facts go away.

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jgmanciniApr. 11, 1312:13 PM

Bottom line: All of the sane people realize that we have too many gun deaths in this country. It's unacceptable. The NRA needs to stop asserting that nothing will work except flooding the nation with more guns. They want us to believe that nothing will stop the carnage, its the price we have to pay, and we might as well get used so, just so the gun industry can keep racking up profits. That's not going to fly anymore.

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EleanoreApr. 11, 13 1:19 PM

"Bottom line: All of the sane people realize that we have too many gun deaths in this country. It's unacceptable." - Totally. And while one side of the debate speaks of more security in schools, more mental health funding and the like, the other keeps pushing it's tired and incompatible gun banning efforts which are contrary to our basic human rights as stated in our civil compact. It's clear who the posers are in this discussion, the left.

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firefight41Apr. 11, 13 2:09 PM

Bottom line: All of the sane people realize that we have too many gun deaths in this country. It's unacceptable. ************ True, but the legislation that is being proposed will not stop the deaths. When will people learn that?

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firefight41Apr. 11, 13 2:17 PM

They want us to believe that nothing will stop the carnage, ********************* City With Strictest Guns Laws in America Reaches 40 Homicides for January. That's a headlines that was posted for Chicage. All the laws the government wants to pass will not "stop the carnage" The government needs to address the root of the problem.

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