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Squawk of the day - August 22, 2012

"If guns kill people, then pencils must misspell words, cars must make people drive drunk and spoons must make people fat."

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chinaberry25 1 year, 7 months ago

This dysfunctional society has to blame something for our short comings. We have turned away from everything that our ancestors hailed as proper and morally good. So how do we expect God to not turn away from us.

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waltspecht 1 year, 7 months ago

No, I believe it is forks not spoons that make people fat. Plus I have been long suspecious of the Knife member of this trio.

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Jimboob 1 year, 7 months ago

Same thing we here after a mass killing involving firearms. Some people want to eliminate all firearms and some, including the NRA believe it's your God given right to own any weapon the gun industry produces. Surely reasonable people could come to a compromise... Oh, never mind.

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Bubbavet_rureel 1 year, 7 months ago

Yes, so you agree more gun laws are needed.

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waltspecht 1 year, 7 months ago

Why not just enforce the ones that are already there. Oh Ya, the jails are overcrowded and enforcing the mandatory sentences would only add to the overcrowding. So lets make laws that only law abiding Citizens will follow and we can sleep better at night.

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bigbob 1 year, 7 months ago

The criminals want gun laws more than anyone. That way when they break into your house or bussiness to rob you they won't have a chance of getting shot. Oh ya & they will still have their gun because they don't obey laws, Dumb A$$.

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USTPC 1 year, 7 months ago

It is not just the criminals you need to protect yourself against. An armed citizenship is also the first defense against tyranny and dictatorship. Don't believe me? Here are quotes from two of our founding fathers:

Thomas Jefferson

" Every citizen should be a soldier. This was the case with the Greeks and Romans, and must be that of every free state."

"No freeman shall be debarred the use of arms"

George Washington

"Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth."

And yes, Jimboob, I think law abiding American citizens should be allowed to own whatever firearms are available if they desire to do so.

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RedEric 1 year, 7 months ago

OK, guns are off the list. I think the spoon should be removed also. I see people driving around eating a full course meal, finger food. Between that and the cell phone it is a wonder there are not cars up a telephone pole at every intersection. The drive throughs at allof the fast food places are busiest. Spare the kangaroo and take the meat out of McDonalds!

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Cartman 1 year, 7 months ago

If laws will fix it; why don't they just make shooting people a crime? Oh wait.

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Jimboob 1 year, 7 months ago

I couldn't agree more... With Washington and Jefferson that is. Everyone should be trained in the proper care and use of firearms. I do not believe that our founding fathers were clairvoyant and could foresee what was available to the average citizen. USTCP believes all the firepower made should be allowed in your neighbor’s house. You know, the one that doesn’t like those kids down the street. Walking across his lawn… It’s not the criminal that kills 10 or 12 people. It’s the “law abiding citizen” that goes a little nuts. We can’t take his guns but we can lower the body count. Limit clip sizes. Limit the amount of ammo that can be purchased at one time. Some reasonable rules for responsible gun ownership.

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USTPC 1 year, 7 months ago

First, your comment about the founding fathers not being clairvoyant...by that statement then all of us should only be allowed to have cap and ball muskets because that is all that was available at the time.

Second, show me one article where anyone killed a kid for walking across their lawn.

Third, limiting ammunition purchases will not prevent a psycho from accumulating ammo. Say you limit it to 100 rounds a day. All that means is that he is going to go to 5-6 different stores buying 100 rounds at each and in 10 days he has his 6000 rounds. Of course you can require that the purchase be recorded into a database that each store has to check to see if the person bought any that day. So then he or she just buys a 100 rounds a day for 60 days. The only thing this accomplishes is making it more expensive for the law abiding citizen to get ammunition.

Fourth, reasonable rules...what is reasonable? If you talk to the gun control nuts "reasonable" is making it illegal to own any gun. What is reasonable to you may not be reasonable to me or my neighbor.

Fifth, you have 65 million registered concealed carry citizens across the United States and you have 330 million citizens in the United States and because 10 of those 330 million citizens go on a shooting spree you want to impact the freedoms of the other 330 million. That sounds "reasonable" to me.

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Jimboob 1 year, 7 months ago

I agree that all gun sales should be limited to what was available when the second amendment was written. All other objections are hereby withdrawn.

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waltspecht 1 year, 7 months ago

Are any of you aware of the fact that Switzerlands Standing Army is all it's Citizens. They have their military weapons in their houses. It is a true standing Militia. Complete with real Assault Weapons, Machine Guns and Mortors. Why don't those weapons jump up and commit mass killings? Plus they must qualify, and participate in shooting matches with those weapons. I also believe they have a proportional number of crazys to ours. Maybe they just deal with them differently. By the way, if you remember when folks accidently lose control of their car and drive onto crowded sidewalks they do more damage than many shooters. I still find it hard to believe acts like the one in New York were the result of an episode, especially after the individual got mad at the folks sitting in the sidewalk restaurant.

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USTPC 1 year, 7 months ago

I am aware of this Walt and strongly think it should be that way in the United States.

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willie 1 year, 7 months ago

Guns,pencils,cars and spoons do what they do when the hand moves............

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USTPC 1 year, 7 months ago

If you have not read the article "Future of the Republic hangs on 2012 election" I would recommend you do so. The article is by Diana West. Here is a link:

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