Our grief isn't enough. We can and must put politics aside, stand up to the NRA, and work together to try to stop this from happening again.
With one breath, she says to eschew politics. Then, with the very next breath, she puts them back!!!
Talk about a lying hypocrite!!
She's a bag of excrement. You see...the left doesn't see their positions against their political adversaries to be political. Thank God she's not president...that's all I can say.
Another senseless tragedy befalls us...and I'll admit, I have no answers. And, all the knee-jerk calls for vague "common-sense, reasonable" gun restrictions make me almost as ill as the thought of dozens of innocent people lying in the Las Vegas morgue.
I am deeply saddened...but I'm also very angry. I'm angry about people dying. I'm angry about politicians using the incident for their own gain. This isn't about saving lives. It's about getting power for themselves.
I just keep asking the thing I always ask when these horrific events happen...
1) What does it have to do with me as a peaceful, law-abiding citizen and gun owner? When someone decides to use a car, knife, hammer, etc for irresponsibly or with evil intent, do we put restrictions on everyone else's access to those implements? No. We place blame at the feet of the perpetrator. Sure, you could argue that a gun is more deadly than a car. I suppose that's so. Does the potential deadliness actually matter? Or, are we concerned with actual results? Is our primary concern to end a certain kind of death...or to reduce the overall number of deaths? Because I think reducing certain kinds of death is an appeal to emotion. It says those deaths are more worthy of our attention. I think if I'm shot and killed or run over by a car and killed, it makes zero difference to me. I'm dead either way. Reducing the overall number of deaths must be the goal if we employ logic. So, why not ban cars or certain types of cars? No one "needs" more than 150hp. Right? Cars kill FAR more people than guns...despite the fact that guns are designed for killing and FAR outnumber cars. If we care only about reducing the overall number of deaths, doesn't it make sense to focus on cars? Swimming pools? Bathtubs? Boats? Disease? Alcohol-related deaths outpace gun deaths by two times. Tobacco-related deaths are 10 times as many as gun-related deaths!
2) Tell me specifically which law you'd implement that would have prevented this incident. It's not enough to say that we need "strong", "common-sense", and "reasonable" laws. Spell out what those laws would be and explain to me how they would have prevented ANY mass shooting in recent memory. Sandy Hook. Fort Hood. San Bernardino. Colorado. Pulse. Columbine. Take your pick. Name the law that would have prevented any of them had that law been in place at the time. I've thrown this challenge out all over the internet. I have yet to see one cogent reply. "Ban all guns" is not a reasonable response because it's not reasonable or realistic. That will never happen. It's not even possible to do if you wanted to.
Just keep asking your anti-gun friends to answer these questions. Maybe someone will come up with an idea. I sure wish I had the answer. I don't want to throw up my hands and say nothing can be done, but I'm pretty close to that. I want to live in a country with freedoms. We would all be much safer in cages...but I'd rather die than live that way. The alternative is to live free and accept the risks that go along with that. The politicians will promise you a safe life if you'll just compromise on your freedoms. But the safety they promise never comes and your freedoms are gone forever. Is it worth it? In what other instance would you give something in a negotiation in return for nothing but empty promises? Regardless of what anyone says, this country is still the freest in the world and we need to stand firm and guard those freedoms jealously. I'm not only protecting my own freedoms...but the freedoms of my children and grandchildren that are yet to be born. You think for a minute I don't take that deadly seriously? If you do, you've got another thing coming. I would kill or die for my children. Do you feel that strongly about taking my rights from me? I think previous generations did a very poor job protecting our liberties and it's time to say "no more".
In places without the right to own guns, other freedoms are falling by the wayside. Freedom of speech itself is under attack. You can't say this or that or anything that offends people without risking fine or imprisonment. I don't think it's a coincidence that other freedoms are being eroded when the government has no fear of the people because the people are disarmed. If we are going to be free in a country of 300 million people, there's no escaping the statistical reality that a certain number of people will abuse their freedoms and harm or kill other people. I don't see a way around it. I'm willing to consider proposals to stop the carnage. But, I insist they make sense. I'm not going to support doing something just to do something. In fact, when you hear the call to "do something" without specifics, that's the time to dig in your heels. Good decisions are rarely made under emotional duress. Good law is rarely made either.