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Yes, it's shocking that Rupert Murdoch would like to take away American citizen's right to defend themselves. Absolutely shocking.
Posted by NancyBalls on December 16, 2012 at 1:08 PM · Report this
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I think you're wrong there, Charles.
If Murdock was serious about gun control why wouldn't he have Fox News start pushing it?
I think this is just more Murdock playing politics.
He's funding an organization that OPPOSES gun control (Fox News) while publicly decrying the opposing political party's inability to advocate gun control.
Posted by fairly.unbalanced on December 16, 2012 at 1:15 PM · Report this
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NRA never says anything after one of these things. Their website is bizarre. I've been there a dozen times and never found anything worth reading.
Posted by jt on December 16, 2012 at 1:20 PM · Report this
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Perhaps the bold action he's hoping for is arming teachers and students? Does he have any ideological investment in Fox's positions?

Tough to tell what he really means, but that's Twitter for you... In any case, cognitive dissonance from an Aussie with financial interests in Fox wouldn't surprise me.
Posted by Centrists Rule the World today on December 16, 2012 at 1:20 PM · Report this
emma's bee 5
Dear NancyBalls @1: cut the BS about being a liberal and socialist. You're about as real as "gay dude for Romney". Stop sock-puppetting for the NRA, because nobody buys your schtick.
Posted by emma's bee on December 16, 2012 at 1:32 PM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 6
NRA hopes we have a short memory. You know us, the voters.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on December 16, 2012 at 1:34 PM · Report this
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@1 yes by all means if you have a bushmaster in your home
for self defense
it could work as well as the one did for this suburban NJ mom.
thank god she had a bushmaster, and a glock, and a sig sauer whateverthefuck it was!
very defended she was there.
n her own home.
my god without those weapons and her training at local target ranges, she might be dead today!

Posted by oh, wait.... on December 16, 2012 at 1:44 PM · Report this
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@5 Yes, I'm really a liberal, and I strongly support gun rights. The two are not mutually exclusive.

It's not productive to marginalize opinions that don't fit your preconceived notions.
Posted by NancyBalls on December 16, 2012 at 1:49 PM · Report this
Lew Siffer 9
Fuck Rupert Murdock with an Enumclaw horse cock. That old fuck should be roasting in flames. He deserves as much of a platform as my spent jizz leaking down the shower drain does.
Posted by Lew Siffer on December 16, 2012 at 2:00 PM · Report this
Bauhaus I 10
As for the NRA? Not peep/tweet from them since all hell broke loose.


And there won't be for another week or so, then they'll act (as will many other gun lovers) as if it never happened. They may even be bold enough to suggest that the shootings wouldn't have happened if the school had had an armed guard. Wasn't something like that said after the movie house shootings in Colorado? Didn't they say - and don't they always say - if someone had been armed, the shooter could have been taken out?

I don't know what to do about it - when gun sales are hitting all time highs and gun laws are becoming ever more lenient. Time to re-watch Bowling for Columbine.
Posted by Bauhaus I on December 16, 2012 at 2:10 PM · Report this
Karlheinz Arschbomber 11
They call him "the digger" in the UK. Far more distrusted/hated than he is here, except by his fellators in 10 Downing St., et al.
Posted by Karlheinz Arschbomber http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arschbombe on December 16, 2012 at 2:19 PM · Report this
seatackled 12
Don't know about the NRA, but the second largest guns-for-all group piped up real quick, saying teachers should be armed, according to A-blog.

“Gun control supporters have the blood of little children on their hands. Federal and state laws combined to insure that no teacher, no administrator, no adult had a gun at the Newtown school where the children were murdered. This tragedy underscores the urgency of getting rid of gun bans in school zones. The only thing accomplished by gun free zones is to insure that mass murderers can slay more before they are finally confronted by someone with a gun.” -Larry Pratt, head of Gun Owners of America.
http://americablog.com/2012/12/gun-nuts-…
Posted by seatackled on December 16, 2012 at 2:35 PM · Report this
seatackled 13
And Wayne LaPierre of the NRA quickly said that the NFL player's girlfriend who was shot should have had a gun.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl…
Posted by seatackled on December 16, 2012 at 2:38 PM · Report this
Sargon Bighorn 14
I think "Geezer" is like "Nigger". They are both hate words.
Posted by Sargon Bighorn on December 16, 2012 at 2:44 PM · Report this
emma's bee 15
@8: oh sure, there are plenty like you out in the wild, Wild West. Most of them didn't register on Slog 5 minutes ago, though.
Posted by emma's bee on December 16, 2012 at 2:51 PM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 16
Founding fathers would be absolutely appalled we let people have assault weapons that can machine gun down our citizens in public places. Appalled.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on December 16, 2012 at 3:29 PM · Report this
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@8 I think it's productive to call gun nuts out for what they are, no matter what they call themselves.
Posted by shabadoo on December 16, 2012 at 3:52 PM · Report this
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Calling for the president to step up and start the fight against the deluded loons who think they can John Woo their way out of a mugging?

Turns out even evil clocks are right twice a day.
Posted by mubhappy on December 16, 2012 at 3:59 PM · Report this
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@16
Possibly. Although they did include provisions for "Letters of marque" so that private citizens with sailing ships and cannons (the WMD of the day) could hunt "enemies".
Posted by fairly.unbalanced on December 16, 2012 at 4:03 PM · Report this
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Buh buh buh but fweedumb!
Posted by Americans are an enigma to sane people on December 16, 2012 at 4:08 PM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 21
Yes, Of Course, Gun Control. But We Also Need More Crazy-Person Control

It's a common myth that American massacres are total surprises, where no one imagined the perpetrator capable of such the crime.

In fact, as this 2002 Secret Service report (pdf) on school shootings concluded, "most attackers engaged in some behavior, prior to the incident, that caused others concern or indicated a need for help." Yet those concerned others often did not or could not act; the help wasn't proffered.

Can we imagine that this has nothing to do with our patient-centered culture, in which the troubled person's rights and needs come before anything else?


http://bigthink.com/Mind-Matters/yes-of-…
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://www.you-read-it-here-first.com on December 16, 2012 at 4:20 PM · Report this
Cynic Romantic 22
Control guns, assist mentally and emotionally unstable people, and stop glorifying violence in the media.
Posted by Cynic Romantic on December 16, 2012 at 4:55 PM · Report this
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Let's Do Something about the STIGMA of TREATMENT of Our Children Suffering From MENTAL ILLNESS.....I have family members and extended family who have Needed Treatment and Gotten It.......We can't just "Home School" our Kids and HOPE they "G
row Out of It".......PLEASE GET TREATMENT for Your Child or Family Member who's Suffering From Depression or Mental Illness......Don't Put It Off.......!
NOBODY Knows what make a Person SNAP until it's Too Late!
Posted by DakotahJohn on December 16, 2012 at 5:20 PM · Report this
Griffin 24
@1, of course. All gun owners need to be able to defend themselves from their 16 year old granddaughters: http://www.kttc.com/story/20345143/2012/…

Here's the thing that gets lost on the anti-gun crowd: shooting things (like targets) is great fun. Hunting, for a not-insignificant part of the country, is still a means of getting meat for the year when you can't otherwise afford it. And urban deer and geese need to be dealt with somehow as they have no predators left.

What's lost on the pro-gun crowd? Pistols are meant to kill people, and nothing else. You don't need an AK47 to hunt. And the second amendment grants the right to bear arms as part of a well-regulated militia. Mentally ill persons, the recently divorced and on a vendetta, and the stalkers of this world are not well-regulated, and therein lies the problem.
Posted by Griffin on December 16, 2012 at 5:32 PM · Report this
Catherwood 25
POTUS speaking right now; turn on your tv or radio.
Posted by Catherwood on December 16, 2012 at 5:52 PM · Report this
Original Andrew 26
Who are the real monsters?

The lunatics who carry out these attacks or the deranged AmeriKKKans who can look at a school full of dead kids and teachers, shrug and say "who gives a damn about them--I want more guns!"
Posted by Original Andrew on December 16, 2012 at 6:02 PM · Report this
Tacoma Traveler 27
I support gun control. I have ever since the 1980's, when First confronted the issue as a child.

Over the years, I've heard every counter-argument in the book. I've seen popular opinion drift from pro to con and back again numerous times. Right after a disaster like Sandy Hook, we see the country move sharply in favor of gun control. Popular opinion then drifts back to the NRA position until the next disaster. There are a few hard-core people such as myself and those on the opposing side who never waver in their position; the majority is fickle and driven by the circumstances.

This phenomenon is also seen in funding for disaster management agencies at every level, public health departments, economic intervention and social welfare programs. Funding always comes after the horrible has taken place, never in a preventative way, always in a reactionary way.

We are an adolescent society. We live entirely in the moment or in the future. The past simply does not exist. We are completely self-absorbed, and only concern ourselves with the greater good when our own survival is tied in with that of others. The market reacts to every passing fad as if it were a total experience. We cling to poetry rather than logic, and resent every restriction, on principle. The world is absolute and concrete. I exist, and everything else is just a product of my desires.

This lack of depth is why disasters befall us over and over again. Markets boom and then bust. Though we know that communicable disease is inevitable, we always act surprised when the plague comes. Massacres happen with increasing regularity, and all discussion of prevention is eschewed with great disdain.

In this chaotic swell of popular opinion tides, I hold the line. I see those on the opposite shore, and I respect them, for at least they are consistent, if consistently wrong. We pull the fluid masses between us back and forth, in an endless game of tug-of-war. And on those tides sail politicians, most of whom drown, while few become legendary navigators of public opinion.

I hold the line.

More...
Posted by Tacoma Traveler on December 16, 2012 at 6:06 PM · Report this
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Ol' Murdoch also owns the most "liberal" news outlets oversees. Why? Because he is a crass, lying vulture who sits outside partisan politics, controlling both sides of the dialectic globalist bankster pals.
Posted by Spindles on December 16, 2012 at 6:49 PM · Report this
passionate_jus 29
In DC there's a rally at the NRA headquarters:

https://www.facebook.com/events/30755474…
Posted by passionate_jus on December 16, 2012 at 8:04 PM · Report this
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Machine guns and weapon that can fire multiple bullets with one trigger pull have been illegal to own since 1934. Assault weapons sold to civilians are fired manually, one trigger pull for each round fired. The weapon that that crazy person used(I won't use his name, in fact all of us should stop using his name) were two pistols and a non automatic rifle. All legal. If we are going to argue about gun control, let's at least get the facts straight.
Posted by Racetothebottom on December 16, 2012 at 9:46 PM · Report this
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I hate the NRA's politics. I love the bill of rights. I hate senseless mass killings.
The story's australia 'facts' are carefully worded to avoid revealing the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. The truth is, the australia gun ban reduced ONLY those three stats listed. In every other gun crime category, gun crime either remained the same, or went UP after banning. Gun bans lower gun murder but increase gun crime: I hate that NRA said it first, but it seems to be true: if you ban guns, then criminals, and only criminals, will have those guns. The UK gun ban is even worse: while gun murder lowered, ALL OTHER gun crime stats went up DRAMATICALLY (35% in # of incidents) after the 1997 handgun ban.
Here are the changes I need to see:
1. Expensive and trackable bullets mandated by law. Cabela's is selling rounds of .22 ammo right now in Tulalip - a value pack of 525 rounds - for $22. (but why stop there... www.cabelas.com/catalog/product.jsp?prod… )
4 cents a life seems just plain STUPID.
2. News coverage that denies the shooter any fame.
3. Longterm and honest violence/aggression research about (anti-depressant) drug side FX. It's not the identifying or therapy of mentally ill that we need to worry about as much as the slapshod regulations that allow SSRI's for sale having "aggressive violence may occur" to be an acceptable side effect for patients getting pharmalogical treatment.
Posted by JulietteF on December 17, 2012 at 1:54 AM · Report this

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