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The Scientist
What fresh hell is this?
04:51 PM on 02/10/2011
Charlton Heston II.

Alzheimer's comes early and often to the GOP.
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04:50 PM on 02/10/2011
yeah, better to hush it up and sweep it under the rug so nobody ever knows that yet another gun-toting NRA freak slaughtered a bunch of great people, and it never should have been allowed to happen. better that nobody knows, right?
05:22 PM on 02/10/2011
Loughner was an NRA freak?
02:34 PM on 02/11/2011
it would be nice if the civilian disarmament advocates told the truth, but that would make their agenda impossible
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Moxo
Our enemies are in the GOP.
04:49 PM on 02/10/2011
I'm guessing he would prefer if the Media just glorified the gun used instead.
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Suzan S
I detest cheap sentiment.
04:47 PM on 02/10/2011
Who in their right mind saw Laughner as a celebrity?? Of course his picture was plastered everywhere, it was news. Would it have been different if he had used a knife or a bomb? No.
So there goes that argument.
05:17 PM on 02/10/2011
I believe the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence turned him into a celebrity -
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=185375048156735&set=pu.147886928572214
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Suzan S
I detest cheap sentiment.
08:00 PM on 02/10/2011
I'm not sure if that is considered celebrity or more like poster child, Sot of like showing Pics on Timothy McVeigh as a poster child as to what a terrorist looks like. But as for mainstream media goes, they are going to show his picture as it is news.
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XFilesTheTruthIsOutThere
Author of Take Me Home by Richard Custer
04:47 PM on 02/10/2011
What planet is this guy from. It's the NRA that's making Loughner a celebrity.
05:17 PM on 02/10/2011
How?
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A Jay
04:47 PM on 02/10/2011
Utterly ridiculous
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Jerry Bourbon
04:45 PM on 02/10/2011
"Reasonable Gun Control" seems to be working rather well in Egypt.

From the government's point of view, anyway.
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SubgeniusMustHaveSlack
Snowboarder, vegetarian, organic gardener.
05:05 PM on 02/10/2011
Yeah, an attempted armed insurrection would have been SOOOOO successful.

Are you ever even remotely in touch with reality?
05:18 PM on 02/10/2011
Thank god the military is on the people's side. They would be at Mubarak's mercy otherwise.
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unclelew
08:07 PM on 02/10/2011
And if the population had been as heavily armed as Americans there would have been blood flowing in the streets from both pro-Mubarak and anti-Mubarak forces when they clashed using mostly rocks. And an untrained populace going up against a trained army is a formula for even more bloodshed.
Things will in all likelihood sort themselves out without your John Wayne formula coming into play.
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Fang1944
04:44 PM on 02/10/2011
Once upon a time the NRA did benign things like teaching gun safety to Boy Scouts. Under LaPierre it has become straight-up subversive.
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Jerry Bourbon
04:59 PM on 02/10/2011
Yes! The NRA criticizes The Leader, which is OBVIOUSLY subversive.

Can't we put these people into a camp and re-educate them, or something. That would be the "progressive" thing to do...
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SubgeniusMustHaveSlack
Snowboarder, vegetarian, organic gardener.
05:10 PM on 02/10/2011
republickan projection is sociopathy.
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LonosCurse
Some may never live, but the crazy never die
05:26 PM on 02/10/2011
Hey, Jerry, are you by any chance related to Cheap Whiskey?
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04:43 PM on 02/10/2011
I don't believe his assessment is correct. At least, not yet. I certainly don't think that the shooter has been made into a celebrity and Mr. Lapierre only hopes for no new regulations and to maintain the status quo. I often wonder if the grand plan of the NRA is to rule the world or just to sell as many assault weapons as possible to criminals. Seems that is what their actions say.
05:00 PM on 02/10/2011
If only guns were made illegal those criminals wouldn't be able to get them. Like drugs for instance. Oh thats right criminals have no respect for the law, nevermind.
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11:00 AM on 02/11/2011
Goolsbee is that you? Someone has to buy the gun, they don't give 'em away. Things would be a bit more lively if they were free. Yea, why not require everyone to have an AK. That would be exciting. Make AZ gun laws national. I am glad that stopped the Tucson tragedy. Oh, it didn't, nevermind.
05:32 PM on 02/10/2011
The NRA sucks!
peowlemeow
Democrat,non-military,undereducated,semi-retired.
04:41 PM on 02/10/2011
People actually wrapping themselves with flags sums up that bunch in a heartbeat.
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prodemlib
Nanny, nanny, boo, boo! :-P
04:40 PM on 02/10/2011
Why is it that the most paranoid seem to be the biggest supporters of guns?
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schotts
This We'll Defend
01:50 AM on 02/11/2011
So some 60 million people are the most paranoid in this Country? That's a lot of paranoid people.

I have a number of guns. i don't think i'm paranoid. I don't think anyone I know thinks I'm paranoid. I have a very good job, more friends than I can count, a great wife, kids, neighbors that come to me first for help...paranoid. Whatever!
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prodemlib
Nanny, nanny, boo, boo! :-P
01:58 PM on 02/11/2011
Well,as you said....whatever.
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04:32 PM on 02/10/2011
I think the comments about making the shooter into a celebrity are accurate. Certainly it doesn't discourage people from doing that type of thing. Instead of making them famous they should be forgotten. Erase their names from history.
04:50 PM on 02/10/2011
Only a psychopath would look at the news and see this murderer as a celebrity and hero. La Pierre is only trying to deflect criticism away from his organization. Scapegoating, it's the conservative way.
05:13 PM on 02/10/2011
The NRA is scapegoating by pointing out that we basically turn mass murderers into celebrities by delving into their lives and putting their pictures all over the news for a week? If the NRA is defending itself it is only because the left is attempting to scapegoat the NRA and conservatives for the actions of a psycopath. I guess the NRA should just be silent and let the left attack it and the rights that the group was founded to protect. Then you would be happy with them? Somehow I doubt it.
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b1rd67
Secular Humanist for Reason, Ethics and Justice.
05:06 PM on 02/10/2011
How do you propose doing that?
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b1rd67
Secular Humanist for Reason, Ethics and Justice.
04:29 PM on 02/10/2011
"...he called on Congress to allow all law-abiding Americans to have the right to carry a firearm for their own protection."

And all we're asking is that the loopholes in the laws that allow NON LAW ABIDING NUTJOBS TO BUY GUNS AT GUN SHOWS WITH NO BACKGROUND CHECK be closed.
04:44 PM on 02/10/2011
But it's already illegal for such persons to buy a gun, from a private seller on craigslist or at a gun show, or at a retailer. Requiring background checks for all purchases will literally have no effect on crime or bad guys getting guns. Currently, regular people and criminals sell to criminals. If such a law were to pass then criminals would continue selling to criminals.
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b1rd67
Secular Humanist for Reason, Ethics and Justice.
05:04 PM on 02/10/2011
Both Loughner and Cho (from VTech) would most likely not have been able to commit their crimes if they had been forced submit to background checks before they were allowed to purchase their weapons. It is not as easy as you think to buy illegal guns off the street. Not many middle class kids like Loughner or Cho have a phone number for an illegal gun deaaler in their address book. You have to have a license and pass a test to operate a car and you have to report to your DMV when you sell the car. Guns should be treated the same way.

I've been trained to use rifles, shotguns and handguns for both military and law enforcement and I've participated in combat pistol competitions. I'm pro-second amendment and I don't want my right to own a gun taken away but guns need to be licensed, registered and every sale tracked. I don't want untrained i.d.i.o.t.s carrrying guns!
05:35 PM on 02/10/2011
So we should do nothing? Of course there will always be a black market but making it easy for criminals to purchase from suppliers at gun shows, legally, makes no sense. Even polls of gun owners show that the majority support closing the gun show loophole. Guns are part of the culture war and Republicans and the NRA gain money and votes by taking a hard and irrational stance.
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lisakaz2
Da ministero dell'interno di Snark.
04:29 PM on 02/10/2011
But nothing is wrong that a craazy person (or drunk, as per another poster here) can buy weapons and a 30 bullet clip, huh?
04:56 PM on 02/10/2011
Only Police will be allowed to own them, cause they need 'em to gun down unarmed blaque people, just ask Amadou Diallo.
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unclelew
06:26 PM on 02/10/2011
Lame.
06:01 AM on 02/11/2011
lisakaz--I have no problem with changing the existing laws so that people with mental illness that makes them dangerous get into the appropriate databases, but privacy advocates balk at that
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lisakaz2
Da ministero dell'interno di Snark.
12:35 PM on 02/11/2011
Why is this any different than keeping weapons from convicts? Why isn't privacy a concern there? Ahem, PUBLIC SAFETY.