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If politicians are truly sorry, let them act to rein in guns

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If politicians are truly sorry, let them act to rein in guns I may be the only American who was not moved emotionally by President Obama’s visit to the vigil for victims of the Newtown grade school massacre [Dec. 16 Gazette]. Of course, this gesture of compassion is what presidents are meant to do in our modern photo-op “I-feel-your-pain” atmosphere. What made me cynical was the lack of sincerity — the man has been in ...


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ThePhilistine
December 28, 2012
10:21 a.m.

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George and George you have no idea what you are talking about. The context of the 1st amendment has also changed, the fore fathers had no idea the internet, tv, radio or phones would come around should we get rid of the 1st amendment too? Well good news for you guys, if they get rid of the 2nd they will be coming for the 1st shortly.

When I want a semi auto:

Multiple assailants. Also the stress of a life-or-death encounter severely effects your motor skills hearing and vision limiting your ability to complete simple tasks.

Citizens face threats before the police.

Civil disturbances. Check out the looting rapes and loss of property during the Rodney King riots, and Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy to name a few.

Bad guys may be armed with high cap magazines and illegal high powered full auto weapons. They dont care about the laws.

Also talking what the guns "look like" means nothing they do not operate the same as the military's weapons. You have no idea what your are talking about for defense or sporting either. Armchair quarterbacking at its finest.

gina99
December 28, 2012
6:37 p.m.

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Senator Farley has a huge district that is more than just the bankrupt City of Schenectady. Stop blaming him for decades of Democratic rule in the City. Joe why don't you list 5 accomplishments in the last 37 years for the all Democratic City Councils? Right-highest taxes in Upstate New York. Now it's Senator Farley's fault that Mayor McCarthy can't even afford to pay the City taxes due the school district.

smith
December 28, 2012
7:47 p.m.

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Alex: Garbage in, garbage out. A person becomes what they feed themselves. Maybe they don't have the nerve to shoot someone, so they run them off the road, cut them off, tailgate, run through traffic signals to be first; road rage. General incivility, narcissism, willing to kill a baby for a 10 second muscle spasm, this all comes from what is fed to the brain. Life is cheap.

wmarincic
December 28, 2012
7:58 p.m.

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Chicago, one of the strictest gun laws in the U.S. Hows that working out?
http://news.yahoo.com/chicago-reaches-50...

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago has logged its 500th homicide of 2012.

The last time the city reached the 500-homicide mark was in 2008, when the year ended with 512 killings. Last year, city records show Chicago had 435 homicides.

On Thursday, officials with the Chicago Police Department said the city was one homicide away from the 500 mark. Hours later, a 40-year-old man was fatally shot in the Austin neighborhood on the city's West Side. Police say Nathaniel Jackson was found on the sidewalk outside a convenience store with a gunshot wound to the head late Thursday.

The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office says Jackson was pronounced dead at Stroger Hospital early Friday.

Jackson's death remains under investigation. No arrests have been made.
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gazettereader
December 28, 2012
8:03 p.m.

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And do you think there will be less homicides if there were more guns?

wmarincic
December 28, 2012
9:25 p.m.

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Yes, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kennesaw,_G...
Kennesaw County Ga. requires all citizens to have guns and is one of the best counties in the U.S. for families and has a crime rate of less than half of U.S. averages.

gazettereader
December 28, 2012
11:26 p.m.

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What if you compare Kennesaw to Morton Grove, Illinois? A suburb of Chicago with a similar population, but goes the opposite route, with a handgun ban? From 1999-2005 (the range of stats I could find), Morton Grove had 0 murders ( http://www.city-data.com/crime/crime-Mor... ), while Kennesaw had 4 ( http://www.city-data.com/crime/crime-Ken... ). And that number doesn't include accidental gun deaths which are something that comes with having a lot of guns around.

wmarincic
December 29, 2012
7 a.m.

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gazettereader, Morton Grove Ill removed it's gun ban in 2008.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morton_Grov...

gazettereader
December 29, 2012
11:27 p.m.

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I was talking about 1999-2005, though. I don't really agree with complete banishment of guns like that, but it does make for a good experiment. It showed there was less gun crime in a place where handguns weren't allowed, than a place were guns were mandatory. Even though the place with no handguns was just a 15-minute drive from Chicago, one of the worst cities in America for gun violence.

Do you listen to much Dan Carlin? A lot of what he says is pretty universally agreed upon by both those on the left and right. His last show was all about gun violence. I was wondering if he said anything that you'd disagree with. Here's a direct link to the show - http://traffic.libsyn.com/dancarlin/cswd...

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