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America needs tougher gun control laws

2012 saw a string of high-profile mass shootings, raising the issue of gun control. Supporters argue that gun control laws in the United States need to be tightened in order to stop the sale of dangerous automatic weapons and high-capacity magazines in order to prevent future gun violence. In January of 2013, President Obama signed 23 executive actions intended to strengthen existing laws, reduce gaps in mental health measures and promote federal research on gun crime through the Centers for Disease Control which had been suspended. President Obama also announced support for a number of legislative proposals including reinstating the federal assault weapons ban, banning the sale of high-capacity magazines, and closing the so-called "gun show" loophole.
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Guns prevent crime
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Gun control prohibited by the Constitution
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We don’t need another GOP senator who opposes common sense gun control. Watch @edmarkey’s new ad: http://t.co/AJFS4GcXFm #masen
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Moreover, our investigation made clear that so-called "good guys with guns" do not stop public shooting rampages.
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Here's an analogy folks, I ask you to think of this: You folks in Chicago, want me to get castrated because you're families are having too many kids. It spells out exactly what is happening here! You want us to get rid of guns...
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I still haven't gotten over Connecticut. I'd like assault weapons to go to war, not in our own country. And I'd like assault weapons eliminated.
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I know people get (upset) and go, 'They're going to take away the assault weapon.' Who ... needs an assault weapon? Like really, unless you're carrying out an assault. ... You can't hunt with it. ... Who's going to attack your house, a (expletive) army?
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One question to address: If the real problem is that guns can be purchased in other jurisdictions, then why are America's other major cities seeing such huge declines in their murder rates, despite the fact that nearly all of them are near states with relatively lax gun laws?
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I’m very happy we’re doing some reaction to the gun tragedy in the short term because we have to do it very quickly.
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If the slaughter of 20 babies does not capture and hold your attention, then I give up, because I don’t know what else will.
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You and I are literally surrounded. The gun-grabbers in the Senate are about to launch an all-out-assault on the Second Amendment. On your rights.
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If we stuck with the polls, though, we'd have had slavery a lot longer than we did.
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[I]f we are going to see any meaningful new gun-control legislation, we must first see a major congressional push from the White House, not just an executive order to crack down on existing laws. Sadly, Obama's past actions suggest he'd prefer not to.
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We applaud him for issuing executive actions to reduce gun violence.
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I cannot support any action by the President to limit gun ownership for American citizens punishing law-abiding gun owners for the actions, however horrible, of one mentally ill individual
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As painful as this tragedy is, we must remember that the problem is not the firearm, but the person behind the trigger.
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Guns are the only protection some people have.
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My biggest problem was that by focusing on guns, [President Obama] misses the forest for the trees.
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We must come together to protect our children from gun violence and I think President Obama put a comprehensive package on the table.
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The President’s executive actions, as well as his legislative proposals, are cause for serious concern.
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President Obama put forth today a bold set of proposals to help address gun violence in this nation – violence that steals lives every single day.
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Pres Obama's proposal violates the #Constitution, circumvents Congress & has been proven not to be effective in preventing gun violence!
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The Obama Administration has a long track record of advocating policies that infringe on the liberty and freedom of the citizenry and, unfortunately, today’s proposals follow the same pattern.
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I stand with @BarackObama in the effort to keep our kids and communities safe from gun violence. #NowIsTheTime http://t.co/BGUssRA1
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As President Obama said today, there is no set of laws – nor a piece of legislation – that will prevent every tragedy. Limiting Second Amendment rights for law-abiding citizens is not the appropriate reaction to senseless acts of violence. Congress – rather than the President through Executive Orders – should instead look for ways to protect the people that are in keeping with our constitutional rights.
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Despite what you may be hearing from the NRA noise machine, public polling shows significant support for many of the president’s proposals.
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“I will continue to strongly support the Second Amendment. In that regard, I oppose any effort to reinstate an assault weapons ban, add restrictions on accessories, restrict ammunition purchases or construct further limitations on the Second Amendment rights of law abiding citizens.
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Learn about @BarackObama’s proposals to put an end to gun violence in America. http://t.co/8s5hfftQ #NowIsTheTime
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This President and the anti-gun lobby continue to ignore the fact that violence is driven by a number of different factors, and that experience has shown gun control does not curb violent acts.
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I am proud to support the President's plan to prevent gun violence #NowIsTheTime
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Strongly support proposals and exec actions announced by @BarackObama. Newtown tragedy must serve as clarion call to action #NowIsTheTime
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President Obama’s gun control proposals are a radical overreach by a power-hungry executive branch that is committed to restricting the 2nd Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans, without any concern for either the constitution or how this plan would actually work in the real world.
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I applaud the President's comprehensive approach to curbing gun violence. I hope the House GOP works w/ him to help keep our kids safe.
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Proud to attend today's Democratic Steering and Policy Committee regarding ways to reduce gun violence in our communities. Time for action!
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Banning weapons or tracking gun sales won't make people safer. Criminals steal guns and don't follow laws. They harm law-abiding citizens.
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I'm interested in doing something that will prevent the kinds of slaughters we experience too often...
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The Second Amendment exists to protect the grand American experiment in self-government. Call me a “Constitution nut,” but I’m crazy about allowing people to live their lives with the maximum freedom possible.
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It’s a shame that it takes a tragedy to focus the attention of the entire nation and create the momentum that we need to see.
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Vice President Biden would do well to read the 2nd Amendment and revisit the meaning of the phrase 'shall not be infringed.
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I'm so proud of Gabby. She and Mark are launching a tremendous effort for common sense & safety. We all must help. http://t.co/J9saqb2W
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What we do want is what the majority of NRA members and other Americans want: responsible changes in our laws to require responsible gun ownership and reduce gun violence.
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.@WSJ: 10 years after the UK banned handguns in 1998, handgun crime had doubled. http://t.co/aR6B4A4h #ar2
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I am in favor of outlawing assault weapons. I don’t believe you need to see them in the hands of civilians. I just don’t.
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People who own and legally carry guns in America do so because they believe in the Boy Scout motto of be prepared.
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Simply, new gun regulations will never change the sickness and depravity that drive someone to murder school children and teachers.
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...With motor-vehicle deaths falling and gun fatalities climbing, more Americans will die from gunfire in 2015 than in road and highway incidents.
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We must do a better job of screening those who want to purchase firearms and also invest more in mental health to better prevent gun violence.
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These [shooters] are obviously cowards anyway and if someone starts shooting back, they’re going to take cover, maybe go ahead and commit suicide like most of them have.
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.@NRA’s position: More #guns, esp. in schools. Outlaw rap music, hurricanes & Mortal Kombat. #Newtown deserves thoughtful reform, not farce.
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It's not a gun problem; it's a people problem.
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Daily Kos/PPP Poll: NRA & GOP grossly out-of-step w/America ... including Republicans http://t.co/b8GBKcQS. EVERYONE supports restrictions
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The only way to stop an armed man is with another armed man.
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Advocates must pressure members to pass legislation swiftly reinstating the assault weapons ban and outlawing high-capacity magazines.
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Mass shootings are actually down in this country compared to years past. There were a lot of them in the fifties.
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We can't just shake our heads. We need to take action.
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Stricter Gun Control Laws Will Only Make Citizens Less Safe. Go support & get active http://t.co/T0jEbMPR
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Stood w/ my Congressional colleagues today calling for #AssaultWeaponsBan & banning extended ammunition clips #Newtown http://t.co/FTlib7Vp
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The shooting at Sandy Hook elementary wasn't a failure of gun-control laws. You cannot legislate crazy people.
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I'm sure I would vote against anything that impacts, in a negative way, the Second Amendment.
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I'm pushing for that action now before we have to mourn more innocent lives lost.
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I think we ought to restore that assault weapons ban.
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[N]one of us is powerless. It’s past time that we start a sensible dialogue about gun safety in our communities.
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The states with the highest level of gun homicides — Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama — are among those with the highest levels of gun ownership.
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If, in fact, the United States has turned a corner on gun violence — and I hope we have — New York should lead the way.
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What the ghetto, the inner city, the blighted neighborhood have in common with the bucolic Newtown is the mayhem of guns. This is a national calamity; a national absurdity.
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You can have your guns, but you have responsibilities -- you have to keep track of them, you have to pay their real costs, you have to understand and acknowledge the consequences of owning them.
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Almost universally, every shooting that has taken place in the last 20 years has taken place in a gun-free zone. That’s the problem.
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We need a comprehensive approach that includes improving access to mental health services, better enforcement of our current laws, and we need to get deadly assault weapons off our streets.
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The cost of this definition of freedom is too high...
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You tweet defending the right to arm yourself to protect from crazies.And gun control advocates tweet back w/ threats that make your point.
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If we don't deal with this problem, it's going to continue to pop up around our country.
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Four adults are killed in Benghazi and the right-wing politicizes it endlessly. But 20 small children are slaughtered in Connecticut, and the nation is told to do nothing.
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In two weeks, the polling will go back down and the focus will be on the mental health system that let this individual free on society.
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I have repeatedly voted for an assault weapons ban and will do so again as soon as we can get a bill to the Senate floor.
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Sadly, they [gun-control advocates] will try to exploit this to make people less safe.
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If I had been a teacher or the principal at the Sandy Hook Elementary School and if the school district did not preclude me from having access to a firearm, either by concealed carry or locked in my desk, most of the murdered children would still be alive, and the gunman would still be dead, and not by suicide.
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It's worth remembering that gun control doesn't work: http://t.co/LgFqh7Og
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We have no greater responsibility than keeping our most vulnerable and most precious resource — our children — safe.
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If we parents ever decided to take a stand between our children and the gun lobby, we would perhaps be shielding thousands of our kids from the deadly bullets yet to come.
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To senselessly lose so many innocent lives breaks your heart... Perhaps an awful tragedy like this will bring us together so we can do what it takes to prevent this horror from being repeated again.
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What is needed is gun control—strict, comprehensive gun control that places the values of public safety and security before the values of deer hunting and a perverse ahistorical reading of the Second Amendment.
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I hope I am wrong, but I don’t think it will have a major impact on the debate in Congress. We’ve had a number of gun tragedies in recent years without any action being taken.
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This isn't about gun control, last thing we need is more laws. No rulers, no kings.
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Sandy Hook must not become just one more footnote in the history of mass shootings in this country. It is a call to action for ALL of us.
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US networks keep talking about "solutions" after Newtown killings but much keener on grief, heroism & choirs than mentioning gun control
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I'm not sure so -- and I'm sure I'll get nailed for this -- I wouldn't want one person in a school armed, ready for this kind of thing
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end gun show loophole that allows private dealers to sell guns w/o a license and w/o background checks - reinstate the assault weapons ban
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I think an assault weapon ban can be revived at the federal level. I think that is practical and feasible, especially with the kind of change in debate that I would anticipate.
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It's time for Washington to stop trying to win endless wars overseas while we're losing the war at home... We must give no more ground... I choose life, and I choose change.
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What it will take is for the majority of Americans, and the majority of thoughtful gun owners and hunters, to agree that there must be reasonable limits on gun ownership and weapons.
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if stricter gun control saves even one child's life isn't it worth it?
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@ariannahuff if we don't rethink gun control after NewTown..I shudder to think what next horror must occur to wake us up.
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Please, please take 2 minutes to sign this. This cant go on... http://t.co/D2tCaFjI
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Harpers piece explains well why, even as a big-city liberal, I don't favor banning or taking away the ~200M U.S. guns: http://t.co/AZgVucZ4
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I'm for self-reliance/defense. But our US gun laws not in sync with intent of 2nd Amend. We need 21st Cent gun policy. http://t.co/1ntGccqf
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Amen RT @rupertmurdoch Terrible news today. When will politicians find courage to ban automatic weapons? As in Oz after similar tragedy.
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Australia had a lot of guns. Right-wing government tried a modest buy-back 10 years ago. It reduced homicides by 60%. http://t.co/koDrEhmt
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I hate guns..I don’t care if u do or don’t. I’m not trying to change ur opinion, but can we at least agree on a stricter gun control policy?
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Children are supposed to be our future, maybe these tragic victims who have passed can at least make this world a better place. #guncontrol
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stricter gun control- why have we not adopted new rules and laws??? what is wrong with us????
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A country that does nothing about gun control while witnessing the mass killings of innocent precious life, MUST wake up! Shattered.
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If your response to calls for gun control is “Should we get rid of cars too?” the answer is, for you, yes. You should not have a gun or car.
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But there is really only one fact that makes such violence comprehensible: This man woke up in a country in which virtually anyone can purchase weapons -- with little more effort than is required to put gasoline in the tank of their car -- that give them the power to murder people.
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Today IS the day: Sponsor strict gun control laws in the wake of the CT school massacre http://t.co/VaH3SJd9
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YEP...I signed it: "Immediately address the issue of gun control through the introduction of legislation in Congress." http://t.co/3i5v26Qc
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This is THE official gun control petition. You don't have to be American to sign it. Takes four minutes https://t.co/EmFIXAl4
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Gun Control will create even more crime-like the Drug Wars.
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There are many things about this country I love... Gun control is not one of them. #PrayerForNewtown something must change sooner or later..
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I'm appalled by today's shooting. The only reasonable reaction is to completely overhaul gun control policy. Anything else is disgraceful.
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We keep seeing these horrors as “teachable moments” and then forget the lessons until the next horror. Enough.
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It is not the gun. It is the soul.
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When is enough enough people?! This country obviously needs gun control now. So saddened by this recent tragedy.
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We as a society must unify and once and for all crack down on the guns that have cost the lives of far too many innocent Americans.
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In the whole of 2011, the entire death toll from gun crime in the UK was 39. In a population of 70m. Like it or not, gun control works.
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Band-Aids-on-Band-Aids @NRA people want MORE access to guns to combat all the people w access to guns.
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So sad! Those poor innocent babies, teachers & principals. Thoughts & prayers to everyone. Gun control people! We have 2 stop this madness!
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Looking forward to National Time to Talk About Gun Control Day, which is always tomorrow.
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Will our twisted, gutless political class ever do anything about gun control? Can any atrocity bring the US to reality?
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GUN CONTROL LEGISLATION NOW. #enough
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It's time America just admitted that these shootings will never, ever stop until we tighten gun control.
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I don't know who I find more troubling. Gun control deniers or climate science deniers.
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Since the expiration of the gun ban in 2004, the number of shootings per year has doubled, and the number of victims per year has nearly tripled.
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Remember, we can never talk about gun control. RT @cnnbrk Several people shot as gunman opens fire at #Oregon mall. http://t.co/dFS4U2O7
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So let's ask ourselves: Aren't we all in danger of being complicit in throwing up our hands and allowing the gun lobby to write our gun laws?
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Now more than ever we need to address issues surrounding the proliferation of assault weapons in American society.
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The best way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.
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In America, we are supposed to like constitutional rights.
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Arguments that gun safety legislation won’t help the situation seem to me illogical or blindly ideological.
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Had Nicole Simpson been carrying a gun, might she be alive today? Ditto Kasandra Perkins.
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Did Kasandra Perkins have a chance against an NFL linebacker’s murderous rage? Certainly not while unarmed.
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Bob Costas issues a common sense plea for gun control after Belcher murder-suicide and the right explodes! Tweet so we can share on #edshow!
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In the coming days, Belcher’s actions will be analyzed through the lens of concussions and head injuries. Who knows? Maybe brain damage triggered his violent overreaction to a fight with his girlfriend. What I believe is, if he didn’t possess/own a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today.
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O.J. Simpson, if you believe he killed his wife, didn’t need a gun to get the job done.
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[P]oliticians... have been cowed by gun rights absolutists who demand no new restrictions on firearms and the accessories that make them even deadlier than they already are.
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Record editorial on #NJ polling shows support for smart gun laws & says it's time for all politicians to get on board http://t.co/tbPi5kcQ
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The United States stands out from the rest of the world not because it has more nutcases – I think we can assume that those people are sprinkled throughout every society equally –but because it has more guns.
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After Aurora, Tucson, Columbine, VT, etc. some ppl get agitated if you propose simple restrictions on high-capacity clips. Odd.
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A moment of remembrance and peace. Courage required to disarm the gun lobby.
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We need stricter gun laws to control people who stubbornly ignore murder laws. #liberallogic
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The #Aurora tragedy has touched & horrified our entire nation. We need gun control reform now. My prayers go to victims' family & friends.
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"@PGourevitch: Anyone else tired of presidential candidates saying they value American life but never a sane word about gun control?" Yes.
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It is my hope we remember that day & honor the victims by enacting gun safety protections so it never happens again. http://t.co/3ClIGs50ts
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The gun-control debate is an exercise in changing the subject.
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In the end, that was the difference between growing up and becoming a lawyer, a mother and first lady of the United States and being shot dead at the age of 15.
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President Obama at #SOTU speaking about the countless communities ripped open by gun violence – “They deserve a vote!” #NowIsTheTime
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In light of the tragic events that have led the nation and our President to reconsider our priorities with respect to addressing gun violence as it relates to the safety of our young people, you recently introduced a bill that would stop the sale, transfer, importation and manufacturing of assault weapons as well as large ammunition magazines, strips and drums that hold more than ten rounds.
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More than 48,000 Americans will be murdered with guns during the President's next term. How can President Obama face that fact without a strategy to end gun violence? It's time to Demand a Plan.
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Assault weapons will remain readily available to crazy people until the powerful pro-gun forces in this country decide to do a similar turnaround....Until that happens, shooting sprees will continue.
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Man, some of these politicians are idiots. I'm a gun guy, but I don't need an uzi!
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Obviously, given the news out of a Lone Star college, Texas needs more guns. #NRA http://t.co/pQLD6VdO
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You say enough times, ‘the government is going to take my guns, I’ll stand up to them, I’ll shoot them,’ and the government will take away your f**king guns. That’s just the way it goes if you act crazy like that.
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I applaud the President’s sensible proposals to stem gun violence. I urge Congress to act. http://t.co/mAtdcvxe #NowIsTheTime
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There isn’t any amount of gun regulation or gun executive orders that will solve the problem of identifying people who could potentially do this and making sure they get the help and their families get the help so they don’ t do this. I’ve said it all along that this is wrong headed...I think it is an agenda driven by something other than school shootings.
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Regardless of our position on gun ownership, we all have a moral obligation to reduce the broader epidemic of gun violence in this country.
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When it’s for self protection, you need as much firepower as needed to protect your family.
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We need to find a comprehensive approach that improves access to mental health services, closes loopholes in background check requirements, and bans military-style and excessively violent assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.
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In the past, many elected officials have been reluctant to support stronger gun laws, but I hope that the recent tragedies across America -- from Connecticut to Colorado -- will spur bipartisan passage of common sense proposals like mandatory background checks for gun purchases and a ban on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazine clips.
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I will NOT support any legislation or executive action that seek to limit the second amendment rights of law abiding citizens.
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Where I do disagree with the President is on his recommendations for laws Congress should pass.
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It is rather telling that the day after Republican Members read the U.S. Constitution on the House floor -- a bid to encourage the whole body to recommit to the principles we're sworn to defend -- the President of the United States is today holding a press conference detailing his plans to attempt to weaken the 2nd Amendment -- a foundational provision of that very same foundational document.
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New laws are not the answer. Stricter enforcement of the laws on the books is where we need to start.
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I will fight any effort to further infringe on 2ndAmdt rights of Americans, whether it is legislation or executive action by the President
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As the President said today, we must act to strengthen background checks and eliminate large-capacity magazines, such as those that were used in the tragic shootings in Tucson, Arizona, Aurora, Colorado and Newtown, Connecticut.
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This proposal will not stop criminals from getting their hands on weapons and using them for harm.
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I commend the President and Vice President for taking strong, common-sense steps to curb gun violence in our communities.
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However, the best way to deal with crime is not to limit the availability of firearms to law-abiding citizens...
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Universal background checks (including sales made at gun shows), limiting the number of bullets a magazine can hold (for non-military users)? Sure, why not!
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Restricting the freedom of responsible gun owners who safely use guns for hunting & protection is not the solution to gun violence.
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The President and our task force agree that we need a comprehensive approach to reduce and prevent gun violence. #GunControl
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Unlike the President, I do not support restricting the 2nd Amendment rights of law abiding gun owners.
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As POTUS stated, no single step can end gun violence, but because we cannot do everything does not mean we should do nothing. #GtownLawLeahy
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As an attorney, citizen, and your member of Congress, I will not stand for new attempts to further restrict your constitutional rights. Any law that seeks to limit the rights of law-abiding citizens from owning firearms is a step towards an out-right ban on firearms.
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As a strong supporter of Second Amendment rights, I reject this threat from the White House and am prepared to introduce legislation to repeal any executive order that infringes on our right to keep and bear arms.
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Half of all mass killings in the U.S. occurred since the assault weapons ban expired.
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My thoughts simply were that regardless of what argument somebody might make about having the right to own and possess a gun, there was no common sense reason for someone to have an assault weapon.
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I don't think the proposals being discussed now make sense.
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The calls for increased gun control after the Newtown shooting are...an emotional reaction.
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So we need laws to stop criminals from voting but nothing to stop them from getting guns?
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With regard to the regulation of fire arms, first, the intent to protect one's loved ones is an honorable one, but simply put, guns are too easily accessible.
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I don't know if there's anything Lindsey Graham can do in the Senate to stop mass murder from somebody that's hell bent on doing crazy things.
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I agree with President Obama that we must take meaningful action.
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We’ve got thousands of retired police officers, veterans, and the like who were saying, ‘We’ll volunteer and do whatever we have to do to make the NRA’s dream a reality.
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Taking a restrictive approach to our Second Amendment rights would be the worst possible decision.
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As President Obama said so poignantly, the killings stir in each of us the powerful instinct to keep our children safe. We know, of course, that we can't always succeed. But there's nothing more important than doing all we can to try.
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The United States...has by far and away has the highest firearm homicide rate in the world.
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Perhaps the tragedy in Newtown will prompt an overdue reassessment.
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Maybe this time will be different. Maybe the horror of first-graders gunned down in their school will shock us into action on serious gun control. I hope so, but I also know that our usual pattern is emotional catharsis that turns into inconclusive wrangling, until the next big issue distracts us, and gun control once more slips beneath the political horizon.
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The tragedy at Sandy Hook came about because we turned a blind eye to the carnage our lax gun laws bring us.
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The American free market is the most effective means ever created to spur innovation in consumer products. But in the case of firearms, the success of this innovation has had tragic consequences.
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Today I joined @HouseDemocrats to call for bipartisan passage of the McCarthy-DeGette Assault Magazine Ban Bill. http://t.co/uAxwfMJ3
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I’ll be speaking on House floor around noon about #Newtown & moving forward on meaningful gun control. Watch live: http://t.co/lthqwlgD
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Supporting a ban on high-capacity ammo clips. We owe the families of all mass shooting victims reasonable reform to prevent future tragedy.
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[I'm] not convinced that more gun laws and restrictions are going to provide the security the country is looking for.
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[S]aying that we can't talk about the policy implications of tragedies like this is over.
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[I]t is time to take a close look at two gun-related issues—assault weapons and large ammunition magazines.
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We have much more violence perpetrated with guns in our society...because we don’t have any reasonable regulation of acquisition of guns.
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So I can’t help wondering if the bullets of Sandy Hook Elementary will be for Obama what the snarling dogs and high-pressure fire hoses of Birmingham, Alabama, were for John F. Kennedy in 1963: the human tragedy that will force him to take a political risk, simply because it is right.
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More gun control might be good PR, it might make people feel better, but there are thousands of people killed annually by criminals who apparently don't pay attention to gun control.
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Amid the cries for “doing something” about guns, we ought pause and recognize that, by any measurable statistic, America is a safer country than it has ever been.
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I am a strong supporter of the Second Amendment and the right to bear arms — but we must take action to deal with the easy availability of assault weapons and extended magazines.
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Want to know who’s to blame? Each and every one of us, gun owners and non-gun owners. Muffled outrage and wringing of hands are not enough.
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I don’t know, why do you need that? You can have guns. Fifty percent of the households in this country have guns, so we’re never going to say you can’t have guns. But I honestly – and I’ve been around wildlife quite a lot – I’ve never seen a deer worth 30 rounds of ammo and an automatic rifle.
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Politicians and anti-gun activists often use vague terms like "assault weapon" to stigmatize broad categories of guns or to hide their own ignorance about firearms.
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Perhaps now is a time for our elected officials to lead on the issue rather than be led by what the polls say.
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We in this Congress have done nothing to protect the innocent lives of children gunned down in Connecticut.
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The irreducible challenge the Second Amendment poses to gun restrictionists is that it does not bestow upon the people a right they previously lacked. It proscribes the government from infringing upon a right the people already have. It is not that the people are allowed to arm. It is that the government is disallowed to disarm them.
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So you can't get rid of drugs by banning them - in fact, they insist, you only create a big money underground market - but you can get rid of guns by doing the exact same thing.
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Why is any law billed as "comprehensive" is monstrous fraud? E.g. amnesty and gun control.
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No single law can prevent the action of a madman, but that is no excuse not to take action.
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If people were armed, not just a police officer, but other school officials who were trained and chose to have a weapon, certainly there'd have been an opportunity to stop aggressors coming into the school.
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Weapons of war have no place on our streets, in our schools or in our homes. I’ll work with my colleagues to reinstate assault weapons ban.
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Hopefully (and probably), that's true, but the fact is that stigmatizing and alienating the homes that it could happen in does not help as much as, say, better access to mental healthcare, better support for the families of the mentally ill and, yes, better gun control undoubtedly could.
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Arguments over the merits of gun control are made all the more difficult to navigate by the Left’s stubborn denial that we are already having a debate on the issue.
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Here's an idea: Why don't we levy a healthy excise tax on bullets?
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I hope and pray that the flood of sympathy and condolences offered to the victims and survivors of this unspeakable crime will ignite the dedication and ingenuity of our nation to end this scourge of violence.
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In response to this wave of violence, which reaches far beyond this one tragic incident, we must commit ourselves to taking action to review and strengthen our national gun laws as we approach the beginning of a new year and a new Congress.
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I'm a conservative and a Republican, and I believe in the Constitution and all of the amendments. But the reality is, there are restrictions on lots of our freedoms.
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My heart goes out to the families affected by this tragedy. I look fwd to a debate for sensible gun laws & resources to treat mental illness
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...those of us who support gun control are perhaps maddest of all—right now.
Dec 17, 2012
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In congress we need to commit ourselves to finally confront the issue of gun control. We can't ignore it any longer @DNDailyPolitics
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If we fail to enact meaningful gun control, now, then we mathematically define the lives of 20 5-year olds as acceptable collateral damage.
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Thank you @SenFeinstein for pledging to reintroduce the #AssaultWeaponsBan. Sign our petition to tell Congress to act: http://t.co/uW9synJs
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People fighting each other about mental health and gun control. Most people fighting are on the same side, they just want to be MORE right.
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I don't know anyone who in the hunting or sporting arena that goes out with an assault rifle. I don't know anybody that needs 30 rounds in the clip to go hunting.
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The only item on the agenda of today’s antigun advocates that realistically could have prevented a psychopath from stealing his mother’s legally registered guns would be banning and confiscating the more than 300 million firearms in the United States.
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You can, to be sure, name one or two things that might make a marginal difference: ban extended-capacity magazines, and require background checks for private sales. As a proponent of reasonable gun control that in some ways goes farther than current rules (I'd like to require that people pass a shooting and gun safety test before they can own a gun), these rules don't strike me as crazy.
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I think most of us, realize that there are ways to get to rational gun control. There are ways to grapple with the obvious challenges of mental illness.
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President Clinton and I fought to pass the assault weapons ban. It's time to renew and strengthen it. An easy vote. cc @maigcoalition
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"The clamor for gun control is the cry of sheltered utopians believing that evil is a substance as finite as guns…" - http://t.co/lGlicN5S
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Individual gun ownership — and gun violence — has long been a distinctive feature of American society, setting us apart from the other industrialized democracies of the world.
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I was deeply moved by President Obama's statement yesterday, and I support his call that meaningful action needs to be taken to prevent more gun violence.
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People calling for more gun-control laws have yet to cite one example that would've prevented the school shooting. cc: @MikeBloomberg
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What happened after gun control in Australia? This. RT @designprovidenc: @umairh http://t.co/u1O5jbWp
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Terrible news today. When will politicians find courage to ban automatic weapons? As in Oz after similar tragedy.
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Dec 15, 2012
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...maybe yesterday’s horror will provoke some fresh thought, and [Democrats] will realize that this does not have to go on.
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I haven't read a single advocate of gun control present an idea that would have prevented today, unless "something" is an actual solution
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Wow @DavidFrum, wish I'd written this: Every Day is the Day to Talk About Gun Control http://t.co/r1FbHjgR via @thedailybeast
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Now is not the time to talk about gun control. Yesterday was.
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The children of Sandy Hook Elementary School and all victims of gun violence deserve leaders who have the courage to participate in a meaningful discussion about our gun laws - and how they can be reformed and better enforced to prevent gun violence and death in America. This can no longer wait.
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We are long overdue for a serious national discourse on gun control.
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Nothing can replace today's tragic loss of life but we must work to prevent the next tragedy, including passing federal assault weapon ban.
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Gun control petition pops up on WH website: Today IS the day. http://t.co/AHI8ft1S
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GUN CONTROL. A Glock and a Sig Sauer aren't for hunting deer and they won't protect 'We the people' from a drone attack.
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Sad day today. Prayers to all the families. Gun Control!!!
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How many more innocent people have to die senseless deaths until we enact stricter rules that address unfettered access to guns?
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I voted for him, but Obama ought to be ashamed about today's shooting & his administration's gun control record. http://t.co/xEdTdSvp
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Another NRA-sponsored massacre for Christmas 2012.
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Hard to think of a more destructive and reactionary organization in the US today than the @NRA
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How much more suffering & loss will it take before we better regulate the sale of arms in our country? Let @NRA know how you feel.
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My heart is destroyed over this truly senseless tragedy in my home state. Please, if you have a soul, support gun control. This must stop.
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I hope the government realizes that words will not be enough after today's events. We need something to change. #mentalhealth #guncontrol
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Some those kids are younger than my 7 year old daughter!! Makes me scared to take her to school with all the guns here! PLEASE #guncontrol
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A shooting in OR. A shooting in CT. Mass shootings becoming commonplace. New masculinity and easy acces to weapons a deadly combination.
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You people that use a horrible act of evil to promote your gun control agenda should be ashamed of yourselves.
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Come at me, and us, all you want. We love our children more than you love your guns. This fight is over. Gun control now.
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What is it going to take? #guncontrol
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Dear @BarackObama and other politicians, we need changes in gun control now. Your silence is sickening. Sincerely, a mom
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Only minutes away from pundits & politicians say, "This isn't the time to talk about gun control." Really? When is that moment?
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I am all for sweeping gun control laws but must acknowledge they are a superficial solution for a society enthralled by violence. #newtown
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But we can say that if the United States worked harder to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people, there would be many, many fewer atrocities like the one in Connecticut.
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Conservatives say we shouldn't debate gun control on days when there is a fatal shooting in America. Thus, we never debate it.
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Americans bought so many firearms on Black Friday that the FBI’s background-check system crashed twice.
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It's awfully hard to stab 70 people and kill 12 of them in a short period of time like that. It's very easy to murder those same people if you have an AR-15 assault rifle, a shotgun and two glocks.
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When will the government turn its armed forces from being the neighbors and friends and family members that it is now into the mindless killing drones that you're so sure are just around history's corner?
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And before you go whipping out the classic right-wing fallacy of "why should we have strict gun laws since criminals aren't known for abiding by laws," let me just preemptively shut that myopic argument down by saying that's akin to shopkeepers just leaving their million dollar merchandise unprotected with surveillance since criminals just steal anyway.
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Members of the NRA are Patriots RT @CainTV: Bob Costas's favorite gun control columnist: 'NRA is the new KKK' http://t.co/HimO24vY
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Takes courage to even discuss gun safety. Bob Costas & Jason Whitlock try to move the ball forward on this topic http://t.co/EHqneYTk
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...perspective has a very short shelf life, since we will inevitably hear about the perspective we have again regained the next time ugly reality intrudes upon our game.
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I want to give a standing and loud ovation to Bob Costas for his stance on gun control.
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Our Bill of Rights does not establish a right to buy machine guns used to terrorize innocent Americans.
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Too many people in the media cannot seem to tell the difference between reporting the news and creating propaganda.
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People have a right to handguns and hunting rifles. I don’t think they have a right to semi-automatic, quasi-machine guns that can shoot hundred bullets at a time.
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Because of the Aurora, Colorado tragedy, the American Congress must review its mistaken legislation on guns. It's doing damage to us all.
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#Aurora is another wake-up call. How many senseless tragic acts have 2 happen & lives have 2 be lost b4 enacting sensible gun control laws?
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If USA had common sense we would have rational gun control. Today we have neither: http://t.co/Ihl5hX9K
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Join the convo! The left already using the Aurora massacre to push gun control, roll back 2nd amendment rights...even regulate talk radio.
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In sum states u can vote with a gun license but not a college ID! More Americans were killed n Chicago in the last 10years than Afghanistan!
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You too can buy a semiautomatic rifle much like the one reportedly used by the shooter in Colorado to kill at least 12 people at a movie theater. Is this a great country or what?
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+ 1 more statement
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We reduce gun violence RT @nationaljournal Gun deaths since Newtown now surpass number of Americans killed in Iraq http://t.co/kQilnIgRHH
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I support common-sense steps to reduce gun violence. #NowIsTheTime to act. Share this if you agree: http://t.co/VPq4N58ngp
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Let's put the threats in perspective. More people die from gun violence in the United States every 15 months than died in the Korean War.
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In 1989 a shooter carrying an AK47 entered the Cleveland School yard in Stockton, California and rained death on five children and injured 29, including a teacher. As the State Senator representing Stockton, seeing the death and destruction wrought by this weapon in the hands of a homicidal individual, I supported the legislation still on the books of California to ban military assault weapons in the state. My support for bans on assault weapons and large capacity magazines and in favor of background checks and improved mental health services continues to this day.
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I don't know what more we can need to know before we take decisive action to prevent gun violence. The time to act is now.
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Assault weapons act as a deterrent against foreign invasion.
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While the courts are still sorting out Heller's implications, politicians should not assume that they have a free hand to restrict private gun ownership. Decades of case law interpreting and applying the other provisions of the Bill of Rights show that there are hard-and-fast limits on gun control.
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The president and the first lady are kind of like the mom and dad of the country. And when your dad says something, you listen. And when you don't it usually bites you ....
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Our focus should be on enforcing the laws we have, not on creating new laws and presidential orders that chip away at our freedoms without making our children any safer.
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The Second Amendment does not pose a barrier to gun regulation, it requires it.
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The president wants to use Lanza’s horrific slaughter of 20 babies in a public school in Connecticut with a stolen gun as an excuse to restrict the freedoms of all law-abiding gun-owning Americans, any one of whom would have stopped Lanza in a heartbeat with a lawful gun, before the police could, had they been in that school.
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While [President Obama's] proposals assume the answer is more laws and fewer guns, millions of other Americans want an increased ability to protect themselves and their families.
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I was thinking, you know, because I saw you on the TV talking about the whole gun [control] thing, and I was talking to one of my friends and I said, ‘You know what? You should go get me a gun or me go with you to get a gun and then show how easy it is for me to get a gun.
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I'm not comparing the president to Adolf Hitler. It's the thought of disarming citizens, and this has happened throughout history. What's the true intention of the Second Amendment? It was to protect us from a tyrannical government, God forbid.
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They are used to defend our property and our families and our faith and our freedom, and they are absolutely essential to living the way God intended for us to live.
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I strongly support the President’s proposal announced today, which represents a comprehensive plan to keep guns out of the wrong hands, increase gun safety, and prevent future acts of gun violence.
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If you have to get a license to drive a car in Maryland . . . you should have to be licensed in order to operate a firearm.
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We need to ban those weapons that have the functionality that can kill a whole bunch of folks in just a few seconds.
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...I strongly support the President’s other legislative proposals, including a ban on assault weapons, limits on high-capacity magazines and new gun trafficking laws to crack down on the spread of weapons across the country.
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It is unfortunate that the president is using the tragedy in Newtown to advance a set of proposals that would do little, if anything, to prevent these kinds of shocking events.
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The requests the president made of Congress today fly in the face of those rights, and demonstrate an increasingly reckless disregard for the Constitution and congressional authority. I will not support such measures.
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Little, if anything, the President announced today that would have prevented the tragedy at Sandy Hook. That’s the problem.
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...it is incumbent on Congress to act to amend the law to require background checks for all gun sales, reinstate the ban on assault weapons and high capacity magazines, and ensure that gun traffickers are held responsible for helping place guns into the hands of criminals.
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I support the President's call--echoed by the law enforcement community--for a renewal of the ban on military-style assault weapons and new bans on high-capacity ammunition magazines and armor-piercing bullets. I also support closing the many loopholes that undermine the federal background check system intended to prevent potentially dangerous individuals from purchasing guns.
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We know that the safe use and responsible ownership of firearms has time and time again safeguarded individual and public safety. In fact, guns are used more often to protect lives, not take lives.
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We can protect gun rights while continuing to support responsible legislation to reduce crime and make our schools and communities safer – goals that are not mutually exclusive.
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Since our nation’s founding, Americans have had the freedom and right to bear arms. As a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, I do not believe that limiting the rights of law-abiding citizens will prevent future acts of violence.
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I applaud President Obama for putting forward a comprehensive and responsible approach to alleviating gun violence.
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While I recognize responsible limits on gun ownership, such as the long-standing prohibition of gun ownership by convicted felons and the mentally ill, I do not support laws that would infringe on law-abiding citizens’ constitutional right to own and possess a gun. The Second Amendment guarantees this right and protects against infringements on it.
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The #PreventGunViolence hearing just ended. We must take the ideas discussed here & work to implement them. http://t.co/Rym6pCF8
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Pres Obama & @VP Biden's plan on gun violence meets commonsense test & adheres to 2nd Amdt. D+Rs need to work together to protect kids+fams.
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Several critical ideas the President outlined, such as closing background check loopholes and banning military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines need legislative action to be reality.
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The President is right, #NowIsTheTime to end gun violence. http://t.co/jNH7V8sU
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We need to move quickly on POTUS's common sense reforms & keep fighting for comprehensive approach to address #gunviolence
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Cheers PBO @whitehouse calling 4 100% background checks, ban on assault weapons & lge capacity magazines. Bold call 4 Congress 2 act #now.
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President Obama is targeting the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens instead of seriously addressing the real underlying causes of such violence.
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The White House’s recent announcement they will use executive orders and executive actions to infringe on our constitutionally-protected right to keep and bear arms is an unconstitutional and unconscionable attack on the very founding principles of this republic.
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An arms race has begun in the United States, a trend that anyone concerned with the proliferation of weaponry should find concerning.
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I will use every means at my disposal to combat the agenda of the Executive branch to undermine our Second Amendment rights. I will also fight any legislative action that is taken to implement more gun control.
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With each passing day, the urgency that accompanied the Newtown shooting slips further away.
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News flash: most gun owners support common-sense gun-safety laws. I should know; I’m one of them.
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In 1939 Germany established gun control [sic]; from 1939 to 1945 six million Jews, seven million others, unable to defend themselves, were exterminated... Hitler wrote ... that his agenda would not be possible unless the people were disarmed.
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Thank you to Asbury Park Mayor Ed Johnson for standing up against gun violence and calling for an assault weapons ban http://t.co/HceLpOY9
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The time has come for elected leaders to pass sane, modern, common sense gun safety laws to protect our children and our communities.
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Now is the time for a national policy on guns that takes the loopholes out of the laws, the automatic weapons out of our neighborhoods and the tragedies like today out of our future.
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Great to hear President @BarackObama speak out against gun violence.
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As a state legislator in Massachusetts I supported an assault weapons ban thinking other states would follow suit. But unfortunately, they have not and innocent people are being killed. As a result, I support a federal assault weapons ban, perhaps like the legislation we have in Massachusetts.
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We cannot continue to be shackled by politically correct, reflexive, anti-gun sentiment in the face of the obvious – our schools are soft targets.
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What the #NRA proposed is disgracefully out-of-touch w/ the common-sense reforms mainstream America (inc. sensible gun owners) demand.
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The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.
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The power of the weapon, the number of bullets that hit each child, that was so, to me, just so chilling, it haunts me. It should haunt every public official.
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Liberals are the first ones to call 911 if they are under attack. Why do they do that? It is because they want someone with a gun there.
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The solution is to empower the good guys to be able to defend themselves.
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Traditionally states that enact rigid, inflexible gun laws do not show a corresponding diminishment in crime. I think we need to be careful there. I think we need to look at how the mentally impaired get access to firearms.
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But this time is different. Action is demanded and changes must be made.
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And as politically difficult as it may be, we must deal with the instruments of destruction—keeping deadly weapons out of the hands of violent and deranged people, and removing weapons of mass killing from our streets
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At press conference calling on Congress to pass #HR308 to ban high-capacity magazines like those used in #Newtown
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Through my life I've met around 100,000 autistic & Aspergers people, sweetest, most harmless souls. Find something else 2 blame #guncontrol
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I continue to disagree that increased gun control is going to resolve the issues of violence that we have in our society.
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The problem is not with the gun but with the person pulling the trigger.
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I have long supported reauthorizing the 1994 assault weapons ban, as well as other efforts to promote gun safety.
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No question, meaningful gun law reform still faces major obstacles. And all of our leaders — Obama included — have badly failed to lead on this in the past.
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Guns are not like alcohol and drugs, both of which we have tried unsuccessfully to prohibit. Many people have an intense desire for alcohol or drugs that is independent of what other people may do. But the need for a gun for self-defense depends on whether other people have them and how effective the protection and deterrence provided by the state are.
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...gun control is not going to be something that I would support.
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My dad is a hunter & a retired cop. I've been around guns my whole life. He never needed more than 10 rounds & neither should anyone else.
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While there is no magic wand to prevent these kinds of occurrences, there is no time better than now to take steps to strengthen gun safety laws. Now is the time to heed President Obama’s call for ‘meaningful action’ to prevent tragedies like the mass shooting Friday at a Connecticut elementary school.
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I certainty don’t think people use assault-style weapons to hunt or in their homes, so I do think it makes sense to look at common-sense gun-safety provisions, and that would be one of them.
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This will also require that "pro-Second Amendment" types drop their hyperboles and hypotheticals and contribute scientifically and meaningfully to one point of agreement: If a person wants to purchase a gun for the sole and only purpose of murdering someone, that person should not be able to get a gun, let alone thousands of rounds of ammunition.
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Why is it that somebody need a magazine with twenty shots in it?
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The human enactment of these repeated failures was played out in the most horrific terms imaginable on a bright Friday morning last week. We cannot let this happen again.
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You should be able to carry your handgun anywhere in this state.
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If we can’t get this thing done, I’m with the mayor of New York City, if we can’t get this thing done, I don’t know what kind of country we have.
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Like many, I'm frustrated, sick and angry. We've had enough debates about guns. We need action.
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There are just evil people in the world. There's nothing you're going to do to prevent evil from occurring.
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Weapons designed expressly to kill human beings, and then modified (wink wink) to meet the federal machine-gun ban, have no legitimate place in American society.