I have a solution to all this. I think we should accept the gun people at face value – guns don't kill people, people do – and freaking ban people. Really. Send them all to Alaska or some random -stan. People cause 98% of our problems anyway (the other 3% are caused by strange foreign fish*).
I can't see anything going wrong with this.
* Including illiteracy in arithmetic. – Ed
At a moment when the country needs resolve and fearlessness to reduce the affliction of gun violence that kills more than 80 people a day, both presidential candidates have kicked away the opportunity for leadership. On Wednesday, reacting to the mass murder in Colorado last week, Mitt Romney and President Obama paid lip service to the problem but ducked when the chance arose to stand up for their former principles.
New York Times editorial, here.
The White House’s social media team apparently overlooked spell check in a Facebook post Thursday that botched the word “Americans.”
The typo was part of a statement touting the president’s new education initiative.
Also, White House social media team? Who says the government doesn't create jobs?
Even as this Scandinavian country, like other nations across Europe, bows to pressure from big media concerns to stop file sharing, a Swedish government agency this year registered as a bona fide religion a church whose central dogma is that file sharing is sacred.
President Obama is pledging to work with Congress and others "to arrive at a consensus" on ways to reduce gun violence in the wake of the nation's latest mass shooting.
Somehow I'm thinking The Great Consenser is just not going to work too well on the statue.
Twenty-somethings who postponed having babies because of the poor economy are still hesitant to jump in to parenthood — an unexpected consequence that has dropped the USA's birthrate to its lowest point in 25 years.
WASHINGTON - Days after the mass shootings in Colorado, guns shifted to the forefront of the presidential campaign as President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney engaged in their most extensive discussions on the issue since the tragedy.
Obama, in a speech to an African-American group Wednesday in New Orleans, embraced some degree of additional restrictions on guns.…
Romney said in a television interview that changing the nation's laws would not prevent gun-related tragedies.…
Shoulda stayed in bed.
Gun sales have increased in Colorado since the shooting in Aurora that left 12 dead and 58 wounded, with people seeking background checks increasing 41 percent after Friday’s shooting. “It’s been insane,” said Rocky Mountain Guns and Ammo Jake Meyers.
So go ahead and pop the corn.
President Barack Obama should stop talking about the middle class because it turns people against rich Americans, who should be embraced as the Michael Jordans of the U.S. economy, Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) said Monday.
Asked on Sunday whether Mr. Obama favored new gun control initiatives, his spokesman, Jay Carney, twice said the main focus of the president — who four years ago called for an assault-weapons ban — was to “protect Second Amendment rights.”
“He believes we need to take steps that protect Second Amendment rights of the American people but that ensure that we are not allowing weapons into the hands of individuals who should not, by existing law, obtain those weapons,” Mr. Carney said…
[All the weapons used in Colorado or legally acquired – Ed]
For his part, Mr. Romney reiterated Monday that he saw no need to renew the federal ban on assault weapons that expired in 2004.
“I still believe that the Second Amendment is the right course to preserve and defend and don’t believe that new laws are going to make a difference in this type of tragedy,” Mr. Romney told CNBC.
(Both quotes from today's New York Times.)
So, in other words, nothing.
Live with it (or die). Or find a third-party candidate to support.
8 a.m. A man said he had been robbed at 11 p.m. the previous night in Tavern Alley by three men, one of whom simulated a gun inside his sweatshirt. Lost was his wallet, $200 cash and his medication. He didn’t lose his cell phone to the robbers, though, as his roommate had already stolen that.
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