Gun Sales Continue to Surge, Fears of New Gun Laws Cited

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    The American people have the right... (5.00 / 3) (#1)
    by Dadler on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 04:22:59 PM EST
    ...to be wrong.  

    And they often are.

    The end.

    Peace, y'all.

    Exhibit six of the final link (none / 0) (#2)
    by oculus on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 04:24:47 PM EST
    makes Sen. Feinstein's efforts important.  

    When 75 watt light bulbs are outlawed... (none / 0) (#3)
    by EL seattle on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 04:29:34 AM EST
    ...only outlaws will have 75 watt light bulbs.

    I think that some folks have been stocking up on those, too.

    And Twinkies, too.

    Given that two-thirds of all guns ... (none / 0) (#4)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 01:26:19 PM EST
    ... in private hands are owned by 20% of the population, and further that the percentage of households with firearms has actually decreased markedly over the last three decades from 50% in 1980 to 32% today, I'd argue that we are not in fact witnessing a surge in new gun owners.

    Rather, it's likely further indicative of yet another senseless amassment of even more more high-powered weaponry by the same paranoid right-wing minority of hate radio and Fox News devotees, whose fears are stoked regularly by both the National Rifle Association and the Republican Party.

    This paniced lemming behavior.. (none / 0) (#5)
    by jondee on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 01:55:43 PM EST
    I wonder if the same people who just have to have
    all these guns are the same people who could only feel safe and secure with the knowledge that we had just as many nukes and chemical weapons as the Rooskies did (or as we were told they did.)

    Do more and more guns, nukes, land mines, cluster bombs, flamethrowers, throwing knives and blow guns allow people to rest easier; to be less suspicious, and serene and at peace with one's neighbors?



    Illness and guns (none / 0) (#6)
    by ZtoA on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 03:28:20 PM EST
    Groups of people, families, societies, cultures, can become mentally ill. Ill individuals can concentrate the sickness of a group, often because the group needs to image and then distance and then blame.

    This culture is one that loves guns as an expression of emotion. So while Lanza might well have what we would call a disorder, his expression of that fits right into our culture.

    In India women are very vulnerable to rape for many cultural reasons and the laws reflect that too. It is very difficult to prosecute rape there. Now that culture is reflecting on itself and its laws after the horrific rape/murder. We need to reflect too.

    We love guns. We put gun "rights" above other rights. So unless the larger picture starts to be questioned, we can expect more rejected, isolated, mentally disturbed individuals will use guns to express their emotions.

    mental health (none / 0) (#7)
    by bobmark on Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 08:05:09 AM EST
    'So unless the larger picture starts to be questioned, we can expect more rejected, isolated, mentally disturbed individuals will use guns to express their emotions.'

    Yes, it's unfortunate that for the poor the mental health system is jail or suicide, sometimes murdering others for the attention.