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#1 GarandCollector

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Posted 12 December 2017 - 09:45 PM

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Our new Memorial Day
Opinion: Ken Trainor
Tuesday, December 12th, 2017 12:30 PM

None of the many, many mass killings of the past decade has turned my stomach quite like the carnage visited upon Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, which took place five years ago tomorrow. Twenty first-graders and six staff (including the principal).

Twenty first-graders gunned down with an assault weapon. Let that image make you really, really uncomfortable because we need to remember this one. On Memorial Day, we hold it to be our sacred duty as citizens to remember those who gave their lives in war, defending our liberty. One of those liberties is enshrined in the Second Amendment, the right to keep and bear arms. So it is also our sacred duty to remember those who were victims of that liberty.

Gun owners should be leading the memorial services for the 20 first-graders who lost their lives indirectly caused by the NRA and its members failing to accept the responsibilities that go with those rights. Those who obstruct legislation designed to keep guns out of the hands of those who use them for mass killings enables those murders. If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem.

With rights come responsibilities. They are inseparable, inalienable. No responsibilities, no rights.

Ideally, it is up to the society at large to define what those responsibilities are. Not the NRA, not our lawmakers. Laws are how we formalize society's expectations. Articulating those expectations is our job. The lawmakers must then do our bidding. If, instead, they do the bidding of the highest bidder, they deserve to be voted out because they aren't representing the people. They're representing the gun manufacturers and the NRA.

By a strong majority, Americans want something done about the almost daily occurrence of mass murder in this country using firearms. But in the five years since Newtown, nothing has happened at the federal level. A few states passed tougher laws while other states passed more lenient laws, making guns even more readily accessible.

In Oak Park in 2014, over 92 percent of voters approved a non-binding referendum calling for a nationwide background check system, no loopholes, no exceptions, one system that everybody follows. Cook County voters in the same election approved a much broader non-binding referendum that included an assault weapon ban with roughly 80 percent voting in favor (85 percent in River Forest).

We know we're in the majority, but our will is not being enacted in Congress.

After the massacre of first-graders at Sandy Hook Elementary, their parents went to Washington DC to make impassioned pleas to do something about this national nightmare. One father said they went after the "low-hanging fruit" of national background checks. "I figured we'd at least get that," he said. But the Republicans voted it down.

You've got to be pretty hard-hearted to face the parents of massacred first-graders and say No. Or cowardly.

NRA members, many of whom agree that something should be done about mass killings (based on past surveys), are willing to accept greater responsibility and probably a re-enactment of an assault weapon ban, but they're afraid to say so because of the vilification they would suffer from the gun rights culture. So they remain silent.

Instead they advance lame "rationales," claiming that national background checks won't work. They don't know, of course, because it's never been tried. But they're skeptical, so better to do nothing, I guess, if you're not sure.

I think they're scared that background checks will work, if implemented properly, and prove them wrong.

But madmen and criminals will still find a way to get guns, they say, grasping at smaller and smaller straws.

We never said they would stop all killings. We said it would reduce them, but not alone. Other measures are needed: safe storage of guns so they don't get stolen in home break-ins (happens a lot), an assault weapon ban (they aren't used for hunting, aren't needed for self-defense), reducing the size of ammunition clips (slows down the shooter if he has to keep reloading), smart gun technology (only the owner can fire the weapon), and licensing all gun dealers (to weed out the "bad apples").

None of these alone will stop mass killings, but together we can make significant progress.

If the opposition were reasonable, they would at the very least support outlawing "bump stocks," which turn semi-automatic weapons into automatic weapons. Following the recent carnage in Las Vegas, the NRA has opposed even that. If you can't support regulating bump stocks, you can't support anything. That is the very definition of unreasonable.

All rights, no responsibilities: That should be the motto of the NRA. With rights come responsibilities: That is the motto of the Gun Responsibility Advocates, a local group of citizens pushing for common-sense regulation of firearms.

This Thursday night, the fifth anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre, GRA will show the powerful documentary Newtown - What remains after all is lost? which introduces some of the first-graders who were killed and describes what life has been like for the families in the aftermath. It starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Veterans Room and runs for 80 minutes, followed by discussion. Everyone is invited. Free admission.

Earlier that day, at 9:35 a.m., the bells of numerous Oak Park churches will toll 26 times for the victims. On the lawn at St. Edmund, Oak Park Avenue and Pleasant Street, the names will be read aloud.

Dec. 14 should be declared an annual day of mourning our new Memorial Day for all the victims of this country's unrivaled and shameful legacy of mass shootings.

Maybe even NRA members will take part and begin accepting the responsibilities that go with their rights.

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Posted 12 December 2017 - 10:20 PM

Ugh.......the amount of misinformation and fear mongering in that guys opinion makes my head hurt.  Why do you keep posting his stuff here ? Nobody cares what some anti gun idiot from Oak Park has to say. Their misguided opinions about our rights and freedoms are irrelevant to our way of life. We are never gonna stop defending our rights...We are never gonna meet them halfway....We are never going to come to terms with their perception of what reality is.

 

I seriously think the mods should start banning these accounts for posting this garbage. This isn't even the OPs opinion, summery or a discussion...This is literally just the spreading of lies and propaganda.


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Posted 12 December 2017 - 11:20 PM

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Posted 13 December 2017 - 01:40 AM

Blah, blah blah. Somebody turn off the speaker in that moron's facemask.



#5 BobPistol

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Posted 13 December 2017 - 05:36 AM

The guy who wrote that opinion piece is an narcissist or sociopath.  Has no shame in lying.


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Posted 13 December 2017 - 04:29 PM

Oak Park is the enemy. There is a disproportionate amount of people with severe mental disorders living there. Not everyone living there has severe mental disorders, there are milder cases.

But the author of the article is an example of a severe case. Because of the high number of mental cases in Oak Park, opinions like the one from the author of this article, and a similar one posted earlier by a different Oak Park resident appear normal to the rest of Oak Park's population.

Add in people like Don Harmon and Kwame Rauol, and Oak Park becomes a dangerous land of mental defectives. If you still live there and are not mentally strong, get out while you can.

They believe they live in a utopia and that the evil that lurks there can be wished away by pretending that the crime there is just a fluke, something occasional, and can be controlled by their police department.

I think we will see more and more in the future, people of Oak Park finally start to evolve, as they shake off the dreams of utopia and sugar plums in their head.

So while these stories and commentaries in their newspapers are ravings of lunatics, the people living there and reading these stories haven't really figured that out yet.

I think it's eye opening and informative when those stories are shared here. We get to see the face of our enemy up close. Many places don't have that opportunity.

Its easy to ignore the posts if you are tired of reading them, but sometimes it's a good idea to keep your enemies close. Just saying.
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Posted 13 December 2017 - 08:42 PM

Just to add to the message above. Oak Park and Evanston are the two primary towns where gun control starts that can impact the rest of the state. It is the festering sore that if left alone can infect the rest of the state. Oak Park is where the original handgun bans started. I spent years opposing views like the author of this article supports. Unfortunately, many people in Oak Park agree with him and some would go much farther.

This lousy paper is also read by Don Harmon and it influences his legislative actions.

If the administrators of the website want me to stop posting items such as this I will. It no longer impacts me. I moved recently from Oak Park to Georgia.

Edited by GarandCollector, 13 December 2017 - 08:46 PM.


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Posted 13 December 2017 - 09:40 PM

".....an assault weapon  sporter rifle ban (they aren't used for hunting, aren't needed for self-defense),,,,"

 

,,,, LIKE HECK THEY AREN'T!!!  They're used for hunting all the time. And if they weren't effective as tools for self defense, then law enforcement wouldn't be using them. The author is spreading lies to further his own personal agenda.



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Posted 15 December 2017 - 04:24 PM

Somebody drank that "kool-aid" !! :pinch:  :no:   :rofl: 


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Posted 15 December 2017 - 04:47 PM

Ugh.......the amount of misinformation and fear mongering in that guys opinion makes my head hurt.  Why do you keep posting his stuff here ? Nobody cares what some anti gun idiot from Oak Park has to say. Their misguided opinions about our rights and freedoms are irrelevant to our way of life. We are never gonna stop defending our rights...We are never gonna meet them halfway....We are never going to come to terms with their perception of what reality is.

 

I seriously think the mods should start banning these accounts for posting this garbage. This isn't even the OPs opinion, summery or a discussion...This is literally just the spreading of lies and propaganda.

 

Maye they really are the OP's beliefs. Difficult to tell these days who is legit and who isn't. A comment or two by the OP would have helped to determine if these thoughts were also his, or if he was just presenting a, "know your enemy", moment.


Edited by Talonap, 15 December 2017 - 04:48 PM.


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Posted 15 December 2017 - 06:02 PM

If I lived in Oak Park, and was that close to Austin, I wouldn't leave my home unarmed. They must be on some really strong stuff to not realize their peril. 

 

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