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Pope Peabrain 2
President Obama has an impressive record of doing what he sets out to do. He gets things done.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on December 19, 2012 at 11:24 AM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 3
Good luck getting anything even close to a gun control bill through the House these days.

Obama can work around the clock to do so, but it is out of his hands. Sad but true.

I would be curious to see how the gun control polls will/have changed after this tragedy. Most Americans are against more gun control measures, and I am curious to see how a pile of dead children affects that.

Or perhaps does not affect it.
Posted by Theodore Gorath on December 19, 2012 at 11:35 AM · Report this
biffp 4
@1, I guess Obama pre-empted all your usual b.s. supporting the status quo since you're left arguing against a policy that is not even proposed.

Posted by biffp on December 19, 2012 at 11:47 AM · Report this
I am so grateful that this conversation is on the table. I support change!

I’d like to also suggest that rather than waiting until the children exhibit symptoms of trauma, all of the children (and adults for that matter) should seek individual and/or group counseling. By the time symptoms are recognized and appointments have been scheduled, people (children especially) have already experienced an unnecessary amount of continued trauma and self torment as they process/cope in their own way. Individual coping skills will vary depending upon the individual and a collection of their past experiences, therefore it is not safe to assume that any individual (both child and adult) is equipped with the skills and support necessary to heal. Too many people are slipping through the cracks as a result.

I believe that every person exposed to severe trauma should receive therapy to ensure that healthy coping skills are being developed and to ensure that no one goes unnoticed and untreated. Our problems as a society stem from a collaboration of failed systems… the mental health system, the child welfare system, and the prison system unfortunately tend to coincide far too often.

Guns should be extinct by now. We can do way better than this…Nothing is out of the hands of the people anymore.

I pray for peace on our planet.
Posted by nichellealderson on December 19, 2012 at 11:49 AM · Report this
"Good luck getting anything even close to a gun control bill through the House these days."

It's all about the voters.
All Obama has to do is be able to answer the question of how taking away Bobby-Joe's gun is supposed to make kids safer.
And he'll have to do that without invoking the specter of "Obama's coming fer mah guns!"…

Cue the conspiracy nuts and everyone who predicted that Obama would use his 2nd term to push through his Socialist / UN / gun-control agenda.
Posted by fairly.unbalanced on December 19, 2012 at 12:19 PM · Report this
matt 8
A transcript would be awesome.
Posted by matt on December 19, 2012 at 12:20 PM · Report this
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn 9
It isn't just the myths about the causes of gun violence, or the myths about the Second Amendment's meaning that need to be debunked. It's the myth of the gun lobby's power.

The NRA spent millions in 2012 -- $9 million in anti-Obama ads -- and they had a 99% failure rate in elections big and small across the country. The candidates the NRA poured money into lost in almost every case.

The NRA knows what a paper tiger they are. You can see that in the way they operate. You'd think with a budget of $300 million a year, and armies of think tank flacks to research and argue for them, they'd be thrilled to join a discussion of gun violence and the Second Amendment. You'd think they'd be ready to win over every American with the truth.

Yet what do they do? Insist the debate on guns is over, and insist there is only one way to read the Second Amendment. They are desperate to fool everyone that the debate is over. Why?

Not only that, they got their wingnuts in congress to pass laws saying the CDC can't study gun violence, and saying the ATF can't publish data on guns. At the high water mark of their political influence, they worked to hide the truth from the public. Just like the wingnuts tried to squelch a non-partisan report on tax policy.

They fear the debate on guns. The fear a discussion on the Second Amendment. Their policy experts have studied this for thirty five years. (The NRA only just thought up their extreme interpretation of the Second Amendment in 1976; it's quite non-traditional.) They've seen the data and the facts and they know in the open marketplace of ideas, they'd lose. So instead they bluff.
Posted by Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn on December 19, 2012 at 12:23 PM · Report this
Posted by rob! on December 19, 2012 at 1:00 PM · Report this
Bauhaus I 11
Thank you, Mr. President. Count me in.

I don't hold much hope for change in this regard because there is so much green stuff behind the gun lobby given to many members of Congress (that's how a congressman goes to DC with $75,000 in savings and comes home with $10M). And we all know that money almost always wins. But the President is correct. That shouldn't stop us from trying.
Posted by Bauhaus I on December 19, 2012 at 1:28 PM · Report this
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn 12

Um, no. We do not know that money almost always wins. See "National Rifle Association shut out on E…"

If you followed the money on the races the NRA was involved in, you would have picked the wrong horse 99% of the time.
Posted by Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn on December 19, 2012 at 1:45 PM · Report this
biffp 13
@12, agree with you. Jesus Christ, what is going to change if we don't get involved? I'm calling representatives, and signing petitions. I am scared for my kids safety after the Cafe Racer shootings and Sandy Hook. It could happen anywhere, any day in this country. If wingnuts want to secede and form a little state in Texas, armed to the teeth like Jo'burg, let them fucking do that.
Posted by biffp on December 19, 2012 at 2:01 PM · Report this
Bauhaus I 14

Not talking about campaign contributions for potential members of the House of Senate. I'm talking about "contributions" to sitting, voting members of the Congress.

And yes, money almost always wins. Few people in Congress have the intestinal fortitude to stand up to money. That's why Profiles in Courage was titled that way.
Posted by Bauhaus I on December 19, 2012 at 2:04 PM · Report this
hans millionaire 15
screw gun regulation, I WANT BANKING REGULATIONS BACK: reinstate: Glass–Steagall Act
Posted by hans millionaire on December 19, 2012 at 2:34 PM · Report this
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn 16

If you actually believed that you'd not be wasting your time moaning about it so much. You's sit back and let money run the world.

If money were such a deciding factor, Mitt Romney would be our next President. It's just easy for lazy people to bleat "follow the money", like it makes them sound clever.
Posted by Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn on December 19, 2012 at 3:06 PM · Report this
runswithnailclippers 17
The first thing to look at in the culture of violence might be Obama's drones murdering children in Pakistan and Yemen.
Posted by runswithnailclippers on December 19, 2012 at 5:53 PM · Report this
Free Lunch 18
The government doesn't need to take away anyone's guns.

Instead, they can make future sales of assault weapons, large capacity magazines, etc., illegal, and then institute a buy-back program. No questions asked, even for those turning in now-illegal fully automatic weapons.

There are around 4 million assault rifles out there. Offer a couple grand per gun, and $6 billion would reduce that number to a million. Seems like money well spent, and a drop in the bucket compared to the overall budget.

Some people wouldn't sell, sure, but $2,000 will make a lot of gun owners realize that an AK-47 is a luxury when their dozen-or-so legal guns can keep them from cowering shitless at the imagined scenarios that made them arm themselves in the first place.
Posted by Free Lunch on December 19, 2012 at 7:42 PM · Report this
Jebus you morons, can't you see he's not serious about gun control. I mean, look at who he put in charge of it - Crazy Uncle Joe. Biden will make some inappropriate comments and the effort will die an embarrassing death in about 6 months...
Posted by delbert on December 19, 2012 at 9:04 PM · Report this
passionate_jus 20

You mean like when Biden said things that "forced" the president to come out for marriage equality?

I'm pretty sure they give roles to Biden in which he can say things that the president wants to but can't.
Posted by passionate_jus on December 20, 2012 at 7:07 AM · Report this

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