"Thinkagain" is all over the page here unashamed of being ignorant obviously.
"Armed to the teeth". Sure, if we want to be and we should be, this is America. No police officer or government agent will ever save your life and that is a fact. You have to protect yourself and your family and you have that Right. If you do not wish to have Rights then so what, just keep your hands off my Rights.
We "have congress by the nuts"? Hello calling all idiots: Yes and that is the way it is supposed to be and I believe we need to squeeze those "nuts" much harder. I want all those morons out of office every 4 years. All of them. Career politicians is one bad idea. They are corrupt and they are ignorant about life in this country.You want a government that runs you? There are plenty around the world like that, pick one, go there, stay there. Open your mouth when you are there and your beloved leaders will probably have you killed. That is what you want but you are not going have it here. Ever.
There is no debating the issue and those who have problems with clear thinking and logic such as yourself really should not try to out-think Thomas Jefferson. It is not about "gun control" either. It is about The Bill of Rights so try not being a myopic ignorant bigot and wrap your mind around the concept. It will take some time but you being ignorant cannot be pleasant as you stated it is. Don't listen to your brother as he is not any smarter than the box of hammers you call "family".
Jan Zeis is now the number one moron, surpassing all others with the most ignorant comments to date. Anything written too long ago is irrelevant? Toss your Bible in the trash along with classic novels by Dickens and all the rest. Jan Zeis is all things modern and trendy. Then I see thinkagain comments about half the males in her/his family have shot themselves! Well thinkagain a firearm just sits there until someone touches it and then it does whatever the person touching it allows. Your family of complete and utter idiots, Curly, Moe and Larry etc should not be allowed to touch anything at all.
The aforementioned pair of chuckle heads make owning firearms necessary and not just a Right. That people have died for you two to be free is just not right or fair and an utter waste.
trying to thinkagain, but it ain't working: Let's see, I own a small pistol that belonged to my dad and hasn't been fired in nearly 50 years. I also own a couple of shotguns for bird hunting. My teeth must be hurting for being so armed.
Ever notice how the emotional liberal always believes that he/she is in the majority and actually couldn't bear not thinking so-- "...we in the majority..." indeed. Guess what sweetheart, you are not in the majority.
How is passing useless, unenforceable feel-good measures "sensible"? The correct word for such laws is STUPID.
"What is sad (and frightening) is there seems to be more and more of these mindless twits appearing every day and even voting."
FRIGHTENING??? YOU'RE the guys who are armed to the teeth.
And YOU have Congress by the nuts, or else we in the Majority could get sensible gun control laws.
C'mom Dave H., it just isn't fair when you use superior intellect and logic in dealing with the liberal mind. They can only communicate in emotion and cannot think for themselves. Therefore, they are relegated to repeating idiotic minutia they pick up from MSNBC, Comedy Central, The Daily Kos and Mother Jones. What is sad (and frightening) is there seems to be more and more of these mindless twits appearing every day and even voting.
thinkagian wrote: "I've lived a perfectly enjoyable life for 70+ years, without ever owning a gun of any kind. "
"I've witnessed half of my male relatives killed or injured by their beloved guns,"
Have to call BS on that. Or maybe you only have two male relatives.
"I guess I'll just never understand the worship of, and neurotic need to own a boatload of weapons. If someone could explain it to me, I'm listening."
No, you aren't listening. You have already made up your mind that we worship and have a neurotic need to own a boatload of weapons. In real simple terms, you are a closed minded bigot. And trying to explain things to close minded bigots is like trying to teach pigs to sing -- it frustrating and fruitless and does nothing but annoy the pig.
My brother offered this comment:
The letter about gun control makes perfect sense. But trying to reason with a gun nut is about the same as having a discussion with your cat: it might seem satisfying to YOU, but doesn't accomplish much.
I've lived a perfectly enjoyable life for 70+ years, without ever owning a gun of any kind. I've witnessed half of my male relatives killed or injured by their beloved guns, one as young as 4 years old. (I grew up in Texas, home of more artillery than half the rest of the U.S. owns.)
I guess I'll just never understand the worship of, and neurotic need to own a boatload of weapons. If someone could explain it to me, I'm listening.
thinkagain wrote "A majority of NRA members actually SUPPORT sensible laws such as were passed in our state!!"
None of the laws recently passed in our state are sensible. They are idiotic, snake oil, feel-good measures that will have no affect on violence and are very difficult to enforce.
"The NRA is now mostly a tool of the arms manufacturers"
85% of the NRA's funding comes from dues, promotional items, member services, and individual donations.
"The NRA is the sole reason that every mentally unstable criminal type in our country is armed to the teeth, since this group successfully fought every proposed law designed to control access to even the most destructive military weaponry."
Such an incredibly false statement that it truly shows you have no clue what you are talking about. In fact the NRA has supported numerous gun control laws, something which has put them at odds with much of their membership at times and caused people to form far more hardcore groups like the SAF, GOA, CRKBA, etc.
As for the military weaponry and "military mode destruction", please show me where I can go to buy a brand new M-16 or M4 rifle, or any new full-auto firearm AKA machine gun. I dare you.
"The Second Amendment was clear in its day. Today? "
Today it is just as clear as it was 200+ years ago.
"I have not heard of any proposal by the government or anyone else that your guns are going to be confiscated."
Confiscations have happened in several places including NY, CA, and New Orleans. Further, if you think they are going to confiscate all at once, you are the one who is mistaken. First it will be the evil "assault weapons" (a vague term used to describe any firearm the hoplophobes don't like that particular day). Then it will be another type, and another type, etc. That is how it happened in other countries until there was almost nothing left.
"Can you imagine our government trying to round up over 100 million guns (probably a conservative figure). "
Over 300 million in the US.
"But wait, you do not need weapons of war, and you know it."
ANY weapon or firearm is a "weapon of war".
"And what is so terrible about a background check? "
Because it won't fix anything and it is nearly unenforceable as well as setting a precedent for ever increasing restrictions -- a cycle we have basically been in for 75+ years.
"By the way, what about the rights of the majority of Americans who are for stricter gun laws?"
Actually, depending on the poll, the majority of the people in the US feel we don't need any more laws. Further, the US is not a strictly "majority rule" country -- therein lies an important difference between a democracy and a republic.
Jan, You're right on about the idiocy of average citizens needing weapons with military mode destruction. Hunters, if you really need 100 rounds to get that deer, maybe you need a different sport!
The NRA is the sole reason that every mentally unstable criminal type in our country is armed to the teeth, since this group successfully fought every proposed law designed to control access to even the most destructive military weaponry. The NRA is now mostly a tool of the arms manufacturers for selling their hideous products!! A majority of NRA members actually SUPPORT sensible laws such as were passed in our state!!
One thing, Jan, it is more like 300 million weapons, not 100 million, that would have to be confiscated! Quite an impossible task!!!
Jan, just curious, were you attempting to be facetious, sarcastic, cute?
Another brilliant letter writer - J. Robert Skinner. Everything would be wonderful, if we simply followed Bob's brilliance.
Gosh Marisa, you have it all figured out for conservatives. If they would only think like you....
If anyone reading agrees with Joyce Cheney's letter, then please feel free to sign the online petition linked below, and, more importantly, pass it on to your friends, neighbors, and colleagues.
Though I'm a cynic like "Old Crank" at times, I do believe that in this instance, there is hope.
Thank you for your time.
@ Joyce Cheney, re "Say no to Kum & Go"
I hear ya, but this is the city where the mantras of "free enterprise" and "free market" are right up there with the ten commandments (which most "followers" don't bother to follow, but that's another story for another day).
This is also the city where the same majority abhors having government do anything like make plans or demonstrate intelligent foresight and creative zoning.
If your ideas require any taxpayer funds to complete, you can forget about it, the city is broke, thanks yet again to the lunacy called TABOR.
You'll get a kum n go whether you like or not, whether it makes sense or not, whether it's good for the city or not. When the big money talks ... the GOP politicians bend over ... but hey, you can apply for a wonderful minimum wage job with no benefits that kum n go brings our city.
Prey vs. pray... do you faux news swallowers ever have to think for yourselves. I know that most of the time you just parrot the lies you hear from this republican propaganda network. the article is talking about the potential for flooding due to heavy rains. why would anyone pray for that? I know you self righteous faux religious probably don't understand prayer but think for yourselves for once.
Mr. Hammond: I agree with you, as do most Americans. However, it does not matter what the people want or believe to be fair. The Federal government (both parties) has been enticing illegals to enter our country for many years. Regardless of the lies they have been telling the citizens, government has been offering to illegals free schooling (now including favorable college rates), food stamps, welfare, subsidized housing, free legal and -the biggie- free medical to all illegals and jobs if they want them.
You can't blame the people from other countries. The shame falls on our own government.
David M. Justice! What a name! Supreme court type justice? They cannot read and comprehend a sentence either. While the other commenters filled you in on where you are sorely mistaken I might add that it was May 4,1970 that National Guard (which did not exist in 1776 just as semi or full auto weapons did not either) shot and killed 4 protestors at Kent State University. Those Americans had every Right to protest whether you like it or not. Those Guardsmen are murderers acting under a tyrants orders. The National Guard is a branch of military which is NOT a militia. This incident at Kent State is just one of many that prove we need our Rights more than ever. Your letter is so riddled with assumptions and self-made facts I would judge your age to be 17. You need to read up on Thomas Jefferson and the period in which he lived.
I can own any weapon I choose. If the government wants to kill me Waco-style for that then there it is. If you think your Rights are needless then by all means shut the f*ck up. You do not have the Right to free speech just as you think I do not have the Right to arm myself. The Supreme Court and the United States government are out of touch and out of control. The Right of the People shall not be infringed so I must ask:"Who in the hell do you think you are?" If you try to take my Rights from me then you are my enemy and you will die.
If you ever get a chance to learn to read then American History is your first assignment.
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