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Posted: 09 April 2013 12:47 PM   [ Ignore ]
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In the past two days there have been two cases of four year olds who shot ( in on case killed) someone with a gun that was carelessly left around. That’s reason alone to reconsider the number of guns in our society, but this STORY grabbed my attention today. Gun advocates are fond of saying the guns dont kill people, people kill people but look at this story and contrast it with what happened at Georgia tech or in Sandy Hook. This individual didnt have gun, just a knife. yes there were 14 people injured but the point is they were “injured”. There are 14 people for the ER to take care of not 14 bodies for the coroner to examine.

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Posted: 09 April 2013 02:11 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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And had that been an assault weapon Mac, every one of those fourteen victims would be dead and many more wounded. But the NRA will tout this as an example of how a demented felon can kill or injure innocent victims without a gun. They will say, “what’s next, banning knives”? They’re masters of the non sequitur and the slippery slope.


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Posted: 09 April 2013 04:58 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Thevillageatheist - 09 April 2013 02:11 PM

And had that been an assault weapon Mac, every one of those fourteen victims would be dead and many more wounded. But the NRA will tout this as an example of how a demented felon can kill or injure innocent victims without a gun. They will say, “what’s next, banning knives”? They’re masters of the non sequitur and the slippery slope.


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Absolutely right.  Nobody ever said all killings would stop if there is effective gun control.  But we know a lot of deaths would be avoided.  Judging from their ridiculous arguments, the NRA types are seriously lacking in intellectual ability and they shouldn’t have guns!  Maybe the best way to control guns is to administer an essay question: Why should we not have strict gun control in this country, state or community.  Applicants should be judged on their answer. Everyone should be refused a permit for even a pop gun if he can’t come up with an intelligent answer.  Anyone who can’t the answer question intelligently obviously isn’t able to handle a gun properly.

(I know it’s a pipe dream, but the rant makes me feel better, at least until someone else is killed with a gun, which, unfortunately. shouldn’t take more than a few seconds. No rest for the weary!)

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Posted: 09 April 2013 05:46 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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I’m a gun owner and a target shooter and I have a perfectly valid proposition to make to all teapartiers and strict constructionist gun owners out there. Conservatives constantly refer to the US Constitution as a document to be literally interpreted as our “Founding Fathers” did in 1787. If we are to honor the thinking of that period (teabaggers often dress in colonial garb during their rallies) I propose that all Americans should be allowed to own as many fire locks and pistoles from the post revolution period as they wish, shipped through the mail, traded at will at gun shows, swap meets and sold to neighbors and friends. Keep the background checks and age limits but absolutely NO registration with the government. These weapons may be used for , hunting, target shooting and personal defense with no permit needed to carry. There are many advantages to be had here, first they’re very inexpensive to fire being about a penny a shot, almost impossible to conceal (no crap about John Wilkes Booth, that was a cap and ball derringer and not allowed) and a single shot weapon. Flints are also very cheap. Any citizen who turns in their modern firearm will receive a voucher for a gun of their choice: Tower, Charleville, Committee of Public Safety, or a Pennsylvania Rifle. Washington should sit up and take notice of this compromise. it’ll end the deadlock while still keeping the citizens fully armed just as our sainted ancestors were against the hated British. Even Jefferson stated that every now and then we need a rebellion. this could be just what we need to defend ourselves from the hated government and their liberal masters.

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Posted: 09 April 2013 09:00 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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It was an X-acto knife, though. It’s not a good killing weapon. If he had used most any other knife, there would have been at least a few deaths.

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Posted: 10 April 2013 04:02 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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I don’t think so Mike. Remember the rampage in China where a crazed neighbor attacked school kids injuring 21? None of the injuries was fatal. But that’s not the point. Had it been an assault weapon everyone of them would be dead or critically injured and probably many more. You can’t run away from a bullet but you can fron a craft knife. You only get one chance to do harm with a blade but 20 with a bushmaster.

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Posted: 10 April 2013 05:13 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Thevillageatheist - 10 April 2013 04:02 AM

Had it been an assault weapon everyone of them would be dead or critically injured and probably many more. You can’t run away from a bullet but you can fron a craft knife.

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No disagreement about that, but I think you’re misunderstanding me a little.

I’m saying it’s a stretch to equate this knife attack to a mass shooting with an assault rifle. No one died, and X-acto knives are just not really lethal weapons anyway; obviously some knives are, in the right hands, however.

For instance, if this guy had used a hunting knife or steak knife, some of those students would have been killed.

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Posted: 10 April 2013 06:56 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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I’ve never read much about it, but it has always struck me that the 2nd amendment is confusing and opaque.  It’s seems pretty clear that the group who wrote the constitution could, when they chose, be extremely precise and lucid and I’ve always wondered if the language of the amendment is intentionally vague.  Perhaps it was a way to address and yet not address the issue.  Early in U.S. history the ruling class was intensely concerned about the possibility of rebellion.  Shay’s rebellion had just occurred in 1787, yet I was taught the success Revolutionary war was made much more possible due to the citizenry owning fire arms, and that fire arms were nearly essential on the frontier, (for good and bad reasons), Certainly there must have been some conflicting opinions among the signers.  Did the founding fathers palm off the issue onto future generations?

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Posted: 10 April 2013 08:31 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Jeciron - 10 April 2013 06:56 AM

I’ve never read much about it, but it has always struck me that the 2nd amendment is confusing and opaque.  It’s seems pretty clear that the group who wrote the constitution could, when they chose, be extremely precise and lucid and I’ve always wondered if the language of the amendment is intentionally vague.  Perhaps it was a way to address and yet not address the issue.  Early in U.S. history the ruling class was intensely concerned about the possibility of rebellion.  Shay’s rebellion had just occurred in 1787, yet I was taught the success Revolutionary war was made much more possible due to the citizenry owning fire arms, and that fire arms were nearly essential on the frontier, (for good and bad reasons), Certainly there must have been some conflicting opinions among the signers.  Did the founding fathers palm off the issue onto future generations?

Jeciron here’s my 2 cents: The authors wrote that amendment at a time when there were no armament factories.  Guns were made in small quantities by small shops who hand built them.  The need to raise armies or militia was dependent on how many guns could be had.  Guns were supplied by the British and French from their somewhat more advanced manufacturing “plants” but overall the Founding Fathers also had to rely pretty heavily on the privately owned weapons of civilians.
So…writing this amendment at that time(a revolution) it is easy to see that they would want to reinforce the importance of having an armed citizenry.
Here’s an analogy:  Let’s say a Restaurant was writing a list of rules and imperatives.  And they were writing it at the time of their grand opening.
At the time of the grand opening they got an unexpected influx of business.  One of their prime ingredients for their most desired dish was eggs.
During the peak of their business rush eggs almost ran out.  They had made arrangements to secure eggs from suppliers, but at 1 or 2 times the eggs almost didn’t come through.  There was a small panic.  If they ran out of eggs they would be finished.
Now in the back room of the restaurant while this busy rush is happening a guy is writing the laws and rules of the restaurant.  As his second rule on the list he writes:
Always be well supplied with eggs!
The restaurant succeeds into the future and obviously obtaining eggs is never a problem again.  The restaurant owners look back at the second law about eggs and have a good chuckle… remembering their panic.
The other very important factor is they wrote that amendment when they were organizing a temporary army.  They made very little plans for armies and didn’t envision an army after the revolution. There was an army in name I suppose but it was never large…the Founders just envisioned a citizen militia for the most part.
It was very ad hoc.  You had to bring your own gun and horse for the most part.  I’m sure you knew this already though.

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Posted: 10 April 2013 08:40 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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No disagreement about that, but I think you’re misunderstanding me a little.

I’m saying it’s a stretch to equate this knife attack to a mass shooting with an assault rifle. No one died, and X-acto knives are just not really lethal weapons anyway; obviously some knives are, in the right hands, however.

For instance, if this guy had used a hunting knife or steak knife, some of those students would have been killed.

Possibly, and it would depend on where he stabbed them. In this case in the neck and head. If he cut the carotid artery, definitely and his chances with a hunting knife would be much higher. But I still contend that you can run from a knife and after seeing someone stabbed, students have one of two choices, fight the guy or run. Most would run. And if you aren’t trained to use a knife as he clearly wasn’t, he was deaf too, chances are the potential victims would survive. Anyway, who knows how to knife fight these days?

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Thevillageatheist - 09 April 2013 05:46 PM

I’m a gun owner and a target shooter and I have a perfectly valid proposition to make to all teapartiers and strict constructionist gun owners out there. Conservatives constantly refer to the US Constitution as a document to be literally interpreted as our “Founding Fathers” did in 1787. If we are to honor the thinking of that period (teabaggers often dress in colonial garb during their rallies) I propose that all Americans should be allowed to own as many fire locks and pistoles from the post revolution period as they wish, shipped through the mail, traded at will at gun shows, swap meets and sold to neighbors and friends. Keep the background checks and age limits but absolutely NO registration with the government. These weapons may be used for , hunting, target shooting and personal defense with no permit needed to carry. There are many advantages to be had here, first they’re very inexpensive to fire being about a penny a shot, almost impossible to conceal (no crap about John Wilkes Booth, that was a cap and ball derringer and not allowed) and a single shot weapon. Flints are also very cheap. Any citizen who turns in their modern firearm will receive a voucher for a gun of their choice: Tower, Charleville, Committee of Public Safety, or a Pennsylvania Rifle. Washington should sit up and take notice of this compromise. it’ll end the deadlock while still keeping the citizens fully armed just as our sainted ancestors were against the hated British. Even Jefferson stated that every now and then we need a rebellion. this could be just what we need to defend ourselves from the hated government and their liberal masters.

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They should also be required show up once a week for state militia drill.

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Posted: 10 April 2013 11:01 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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Yep, and on the village green as was specifically stated. BTW Gary, have you ever visited where it all began? Lex. Mass. Shouldn’t be all that far I would think. But I’ve never visited your neck of the woods. But if you have any interest in Am. Hst it’s a trip to stand on the spot!

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mid atlantic - 09 April 2013 09:00 PM

It was an X-acto knife, though. It’s not a good killing weapon. If he had used most any other knife, there would have been at least a few deaths.

Ok, and how many deaths if he’d had a fully loaded automatic weapon?

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Jeciron - 10 April 2013 06:56 AM

I’ve never read much about it, but it has always struck me that the 2nd amendment is confusing and opaque.  It’s seems pretty clear that the group who wrote the constitution could, when they chose, be extremely precise and lucid and I’ve always wondered if the language of the amendment is intentionally vague.  Perhaps it was a way to address and yet not address the issue.  Early in U.S. history the ruling class was intensely concerned about the possibility of rebellion.  Shay’s rebellion had just occurred in 1787, yet I was taught the success Revolutionary war was made much more possible due to the citizenry owning fire arms, and that fire arms were nearly essential on the frontier, (for good and bad reasons), Certainly there must have been some conflicting opinions among the signers.  Did the founding fathers palm off the issue onto future generations?


The Constitution was ratified by people haggling over every phrase and making changes every step of the way get the votes they needed. Many probably said “Take this out,” “Take that out,” “Put this in’” “Put that in,” “Change this” “Change that,” or we won’t vote for it.  It’s amazing that the Constitution is as coherent as it is.  The state representatives meant something by putting in the phrase about the militia.  It probably wasn’t what we think it was—certainly not what the NRA thinks it was. We will never know exactly what they meant to say. I doubt they were palming anything off to future generations. The sighners knew what it meant, even if we don’t. But we’re stuck with it. I doubt they would have written it the way they did if they could have imagined how it would be interpreted today and what kinds of weapons would be available to citizens and that citizens with no connection at all to a militia would be able to arm themselves as if they were small independent armies.  I’m sure the would never have written the 2nd amendment  as they did if they had a clue  about the gun related crimes  we would  have in the 20th and 21st centuries,including mass killings.  They couldn’t have imagined it in their wildest nightmares or they would have written restrictions into it, as any intelligent body would have.

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Thevillageatheist - 09 April 2013 05:46 PM

I’m a gun owner and a target shooter and I have a perfectly valid proposition to make to all teapartiers and strict constructionist gun owners out there. Conservatives constantly refer to the US Constitution as a document to be literally interpreted as our “Founding Fathers” did in 1787. If we are to honor the thinking of that period (teabaggers often dress in colonial garb during their rallies) I propose that all Americans should be allowed to own as many fire locks and pistoles from the post revolution period as they wish, shipped through the mail, traded at will at gun shows, swap meets and sold to neighbors and friends. Keep the background checks and age limits but absolutely NO registration with the government. These weapons may be used for , hunting, target shooting and personal defense with no permit needed to carry. There are many advantages to be had here, first they’re very inexpensive to fire being about a penny a shot, almost impossible to conceal (no crap about John Wilkes Booth, that was a cap and ball derringer and not allowed) and a single shot weapon. Flints are also very cheap. Any citizen who turns in their modern firearm will receive a voucher for a gun of their choice: Tower, Charleville, Committee of Public Safety, or a Pennsylvania Rifle. Washington should sit up and take notice of this compromise. it’ll end the deadlock while still keeping the citizens fully armed just as our sainted ancestors were against the hated British. Even Jefferson stated that every now and then we need a rebellion. this could be just what we need to defend ourselves from the hated government and their liberal masters.

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Yes, an excellent idea, Jack.
Here’s an indication what the founding Fathers meant when they spoke of a militia and the right to bear arms in the 2nd amendment.

From the Militia Act of 1792:

I. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, That each and every free able-bodied white male citizen of the respective States, resident therein, who is or shall be of age of eighteen years, and under the age of forty-five years (except as is herein after excepted) shall severally and respectively be enrolled in the militia, by the Captain or Commanding Officer of the company, within whose bounds such citizen shall reside, and that within twelve months after the passing of this Act. And it shall at all time hereafter be the duty of every such Captain or Commanding Officer of a company, to enroll every such citizen as aforesaid, and also those who shall, from time to time, arrive at the age of 18 years, or being at the age of 18 years, and under the age of 45 years (except as before excepted) shall come to reside within his bounds; and shall without delay notify such citizen of the said enrollment, by the proper non-commissioned Officer of the company, by whom such notice may be proved. That every citizen, so enrolled and notified, shall, within six months thereafter, provide himself with a good musket or firelock, a sufficient bayonet and belt, two spare flints, and a knapsack, a pouch, with a box therein, to contain not less than twenty four cartridges, suited to the bore of his musket or firelock, each cartridge to contain a proper quantity of powder and ball; or with a good rifle, knapsack, shot-pouch, and powder-horn, twenty balls suited to the bore of his rifle, and a quarter of a pound of powder; and shall appear so armed, accoutred and provided, when called out to exercise or into service, except, that when called out on company days to exercise only, he may appear without a knapsack. That the commissioned Officers shall severally be armed with a sword or hanger, and espontoon; and that from and after five years from the passing of this Act, all muskets from arming the militia as is herein required, shall be of bores sufficient for balls of the eighteenth part of a pound; and every citizen so enrolled, and providing himself with the arms, ammunition and accoutrements, required as aforesaid, shall hold the same exempted from all suits, distresses, executions or sales, for debt or for the payment of taxes.

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Yes, an excellent idea, Jack.
Here’s an indication what the founding Fathers meant when they spoke of a militia and the right to bear arms in the 2nd amendment.

Good job Lois! Impressive research and very applicable today especially if you’re a teaparty constitutional unionist (new group BTW at least on facebook) and I’m not kidding about the proposition. If they want to live by the “book” so to speak then they should own the same weapons. Likewise conservative fundamentalists should stone me to death for apostasy, it’s in the book, the inerrant word of god as is the constitution, god inspired and therefore sacred and unchanging, although James Madison added a few amendments!

 

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