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Is the nation too divided to have a serious conversation about guns?

L.A. Times 2013/01/11 17:38:53
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It is hard to have a reasoned discourse about guns when one side of the discussion seems to be dominated by people ready to hole up in an Idaho survivalist camp to await the arrival of the black U.N. helicopters filled with Kenyan commandos coming to disarm America.

President Obama has given Vice President Joe Biden the task of surveying a wide range of interested parties to formulate a remedy for the horrific gun violence that bedevils American society. The shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and innocent bystanders at a shopping mall in Tucson, the slaughter in a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., the heartbreaking murder of a class of first-graders in a schoolroom in Newtown, Conn., and a long string of similarly horrific incidents have become a recurring nightmare from which we all want to awake.

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  • zbacku 2013/01/11 20:13:14
    No
    zbacku
    +51
    It's our Constitutional Right, PERIOD.
    Oh, by the way. Nice biased Avator you used. The guy looks more like one that would be on Food Stamps.

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  • burningsnowman 2013/02/12 07:55:49
    No
    burningsnowman
    +1
    The phrase "Serious Conversation" is rarely used by people who actually want one. It's taken on an increasingly Orwellian meaning like many things in our society.
  • Anna 2013/02/10 19:15:45
    Yes
    Anna
    I don't know if about guns. But try to have a regular conversation on anything; It's almost impossible.
  • charles nelson 2013/01/21 03:11:57
    No
    charles nelson
    and I'll blow you fricken chicken brain out if you say that agin
  • wysiwis 2013/01/20 19:56:43
    No
    wysiwis
    +1
    But the liberal biased media, nor the current administration, will allow it.
  • phil.ol... wysiwis 2013/01/21 23:15:55
    phil.olding.3
    What do you mean? We can have an intelligent, rational, serious discussion on guns.

    No one's opinion will ever override the bill of rights.

    There. We've had an intelligent, rational, serious discussion on guns.
  • Mr. Won... phil.ol... 2013/01/22 00:44:39
    Mr. Wonderful
    You still pretending to be rational?
  • phil.ol... Mr. Won... 2013/01/22 02:46:58
    phil.olding.3
    +1
    You're still not banned? I thought you got banned for cyberbullying and posting copyrighted images without permission, like you did last time.
  • Mr. Won... phil.ol... 2013/01/22 02:48:12
    Mr. Wonderful
    You keep proving you are indeed out of your mind.
  • Flash Gordon 2013/01/19 22:07:58
    No
    Flash Gordon
    +2
    Having a gun is my civil right . End of conversation !
  • Mr. Won... Flash G... 2013/01/22 00:51:12 (edited)
    Mr. Wonderful
    Actually the Supreme Court rules it isn't. Too bad you don't have the education to understand what limits the Supremes ruled the feds may impose. So a suggestion, take you rifle to bed with you tonight, cuddle up with it, caress it, make love to it for all I care because some day soon, you're not getting any more guns and what you can buy will be restricted. The vast majority of Americans have had a belly full of your looney gun lovers and we're taking over. Don't like it, tough cookies. We're demaning tougher gun laws at a minimum 100% registration, 100% background checks and we won't be stopped. Take that to the bank.
  • ur XLNC... Mr. Won... 2013/02/10 19:20:06
    ur XLNC-PWCM
    +1
    Too bad that posting STUPID isn't against the rules! You would have been gone long ago!
  • red baron Mr. Won... 2013/05/20 01:58:27
    red baron
    +1
    oh dear, listen to me you hippie piece of trash the constitution says and the supreme court that it is each mans rights to bear arms too deny that is to deny a fact ! which goes to show how stupid you are. You leftys want to stop us why don't you try ? . Your all mouth and no trousers like the rest of your kind because you know we'd wipe the floor with you in the new civil war in which you'd be out-manned and out gunned. Then we would start to make America a beautiful, free and hopeful country again ! .
  • red baron Mr. Won... 2013/05/20 02:26:12
    red baron
    Oh dear, listen to me you hippie piece of trash the constitution says and the supreme court that it is each mans rights to bear arms too deny that is to deny a fact ! which goes to show how stupid you are. You leftys want to stop us why don't you try ? . Your all mouth and no trousers like the rest of your kind because you know we'd wipe the floor with you in the new civil war in which you'd be out-manned and out gunned. Then we would start to make America a beautiful, free and hopeful country again ! .
  • Tina 2013/01/19 01:58:04
    Yes
    Tina
    Whatever happened to compromise? I hate this country. Too split, too angry.
  • george ... Tina 2013/01/19 05:39:14
  • Flash G... george ... 2013/01/19 22:15:37
    Flash Gordon
    +1
    One thing that is not to be compromise is the Constitution of the United States. I'm not angry, just saying it like it is. Don't be angry... it just won't be compromised!
  • charles... Flash G... 2013/01/21 03:13:14
    charles nelson
    is, you say, I say is not, so there
  • george ... charles... 2013/01/21 23:36:09
  • charles... george ... 2013/01/21 23:51:03
    charles nelson
    +1
    Keep the M16's at the range and don't that make the Prez schizophrenic?
  • george ... charles... 2013/01/24 00:53:27
  • charles... george ... 2013/01/24 03:42:31
    charles nelson
    nah, don't think you got the code yet.
  • Mr. Won... george ... 2013/01/22 00:53:01
    Mr. Wonderful
    Oh look another radical looney on Sodahead. What a shock!
  • george ... Mr. Won... 2013/01/24 00:54:35
  • phil.ol... Tina 2013/01/21 23:00:05
    phil.olding.3
    Who wants to compromise the security of a free state?

    You're an idiot.
  • lucky 2013/01/17 16:00:54
    No
    lucky
    +1
    No the "Nation" is not the political parties on the other hand are. If you could get a group of Republican gun owners and Democrat gun owners in a room together without political interference from politicians nor the media, there may be some arguments but that group could come out with a logical solution to our gun crime problem. Its the guns before all and the no guns at all crowd that is causing all the disagreements.

    Oh and your comic is a good representation of cultural racism.
  • Professor Wizard 2013/01/15 20:08:02
    Yes
    Professor Wizard
    +4
    Yes... because the gun grabbers would never have a serious discussion, unless it were heavily leaning toward them taking guns.
  • David (oYo) 2013/01/15 20:02:44
  • David (... David (... 2013/01/15 20:05:39
  • phil.ol... David (... 2013/01/18 10:46:51
    phil.olding.3
    Wow. Did your account get hacked?
  • David (... phil.ol... 2013/01/18 10:53:14
  • phil.ol... David (... 2013/01/18 10:55:37
    phil.olding.3
    +1
    Oh. So you're actually an arrogant prick with no concept of reality who doesn't realize that he lives in a far less safe country than America.
  • David (... phil.ol... 2013/01/18 11:01:06
  • phil.ol... David (... 2013/01/18 12:03:05
    phil.olding.3
    You really don't know what the hell you're talking about.

    The crime rate of my city is less than 1/10th that of Britain.
  • David (... phil.ol... 2013/01/18 12:07:34
  • David (... phil.ol... 2013/01/18 12:08:50
  • phil.ol... David (... 2013/01/18 12:16:30
    phil.olding.3
    More than 70% of US cities have a lower crime rate than the UK.

    The more you know.
  • David (... phil.ol... 2013/01/18 12:57:10
  • phil.ol... David (... 2013/01/18 13:43:30
    phil.olding.3
    +1
    Gun murders, or actual murders?

    Because while your murder rate is barely lower than the US average murder rate, ours includes gang and drug violence. You're not on the same land mass as Mexico.

    You guys have a higher murder rate than almost all cities in the US, except some major cities that have gang problems.

    The UK is FAR smaller than the US, too.

    Fact is - your violent crime is FAR higher than ours, and WAAAAY higher than my home town.
  • David (... phil.ol... 2013/01/18 20:05:42
  • phil.ol... David (... 2013/01/20 00:08:13
    phil.olding.3
    +1
    All the stats, all of the idiots with opinions - none of it changes the fact that I have the right to keep and bear (that's possess, carry, and use) arms (that's weapons, for KILLING PEOPLE). Because I have this right, I am safer, and the security of my free state is safer. Because the security of a free state depends on people like me having that right, that right SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED!
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