A Gun Owner Perfectly Explains How We Can Reduce Gun Violence With Common Sense

gun violenceIn the wake of last week’s shooting in Oregon which left 10 dead, many gun fanatics are screaming about their Second Amendment rights, and how President Obama wants to confiscate their guns. Despite the fact that the United States has a disproportionate amount of gun violence when compared to other countries, they want you to believe that the only solution is more god and more guns.


Our friend Bobby Cole dropped this truth bomb on Facebook, and we felt that we should share these facts about guns and gun violence with you. With that said, we’re going to go ahead and let Bobby explain further.

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Article 4 of the Constitution guarantees our right to travel. In order to do that with any sort of convenience we have to pass an eye test, written test, and any number of driving tests depending on the type of driving one plans to do before buying a license. If we purchase a vehicle, then we have to pay for liability insurance, state inspections for the vehicle, and pay a tax to use and maintain the roads.

Many medical conditions can restrict and/or prevent someone from conveniently enjoying their right to movement. We do this because motor vehicles are dangerous in the hands of the irresponsible, which is why we take away the right to drive from people who have demonstrated they are not able to operate one in a safe or responsible manner.

The right to keep and bear arms being guaranteed by the Constitution doesn’t mean that purchasing a gun should be as easy as a quick trip to Walmart. Why don’t we require written safety tests, shooting exams, licenses, or liability insurance before trusting someone with a device that’s designed to kill or maim? So what if it makes it inconvenient to purchase a gun?

I’m a gun owner. I’m very well-trained in handling and firing multiple weapons, and I see that training as setting me apart from any schmuck who thinks he can buy an AR-15 with no training and become an instant bad ass. Other gun owners should view each other as members of a brotherhood that not just any asshole can join.

One of the most common retorts from gun fanatics is, “Oh, but making it more difficult to purchase a gun impedes our ability to exercise our Second Amendment right. It’ll punish responsible, law-abiding gun owners.”


No. It won’t. Those who are responsible and law-abiding citizens will suffer the same minimal inconvenience that all responsible, law-abiding drivers go through at the DMV every four years. If waiting around for a couple of hours to get a license is too much responsibility to bear, I have to question how responsible you are when handling a firearm.

This is just one of the many common sense angles we can implement to help curb the ridiculous amount of gun violence in this nation. There’s so much nuance to the situation that volumes and volumes of books can be written. Poverty, mental healthcare and its stigma, the war on drugs, the endless glorification of violence not only by entertainers but by the news media, and our growing lack of empathy for each other are a few other areas that need to be addressed and repaired.

It’ll require time, effort, and money. It’s going to be difficult, but this is no time to be lazy and greedy, looking for one quick fix for multiple problems. Rome is burning and if we just stand by and watch, we deserve to lose everything.

Bobby Cole is a bleeding heart science communicator and reformed Republican from northern Mississippi. Currently trying to finish a degree in biochemistry, Bobby is best known as The Skeptical Beard on Facebook and Twitter where he offers up daily doses of snark and education with the occasional beard-grooming tips.



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  • Jim Bean

    The problem is this. Liberals and the NRA alike know that the ‘sensible’ gun control laws the left wants, if enacted, will do very little to curb the gun problems we have. And, Liberals and the NRA alike know that after the ‘sensible’ law has been put into place and found to be ineffective, Liberals will want another ‘sensible’ law. And then another, and then another, until such time as all law abiding people have been effectively disarmed. At the point, liberals will say “Oh well. I guess we just have to learn to accept these gun related deaths the same way we accept auto related deaths.”

    No way in hell liberals will say, “We were wrong with our ‘sensible’ gun laws and now need to revoke them and restore the liberties of the law abiding people among us to whom we’ve done a disservice.’ That level of maturity is not even in the Liberals DNA.

    That’s why I support the NRA even though under better circumstances I could support some gun regulations that they resist. Liberals cannot be trusted. Period.

    • Ellen Roofe Kuykendall

      That’s a bunch of HORSE manure. In 2013, “bought senators” voted against amendments that would have prevented future mass killings. Among the 42 Republicans who voted against stronger background checks, 40 are rated A or A+ by the NRA, meaning they virtually always vote with the NRA. Among the 41 Democrats who voted in favor of stronger background checks, 35 received ratings of D or F from the gun organization
      .
      Of course the background check amendment was not the only gun control proposal NRA supporters helped defeat. Senators also voted down a ban on assault weapons (40-60), a limit on large capacity magazines (46-54), and what might have seemed a thoroughly noncontroversial measure to make gun trafficking a crime (58-42). On top of that, they nearly passed (57-43) what is probably the NRA’s top legislative priority, a “reciprocity” measure that would have allowed citizens holding concealed weapons permits from any state to legally carry them in any other state that allows for concealed carry, even those with much tougher rules.

      IT’S ABOUT THE PROFIT OF GUN MAKERS AND THE NRA BENEFITS FROM THOSE PROFITS. Meanwhile the NRA’s most recent lobbying report shows that the organization and its legislative affiliate spent at least $800,000 lobbying the federal government during the first three months of 2013. In the previous year, the NRA spent $2.5 million on lobbying, 62 times as much money as the $40,000 spent by the leading pro-gun control advocacy organization, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

      THE NRA AND THE SENATORS THEY BUY CANNOT BE TRUSTED!!!

      • Jim Bean

        You made a lot of noise. Blamed a lot of stuff on the NRA. Pointed to a lot of legislation proposed an not passed – none of which would have prevented the tragedies you claim make obvious the need for the legislation.

      • Nexialist

        Like all good liberals, this woman wants to be judged on her good intentions, even though the proposals she supports don’t accomplish anything. Process, not results.

      • Ellen Roofe Kuykendall

        I will continue to make a lot of noise. Those that believe in the common person in today’s world being able to possess or hoard military type weaponry of course will focus on the parts of the 2nd Amendment they need to justify their own personal agenda; however, the United States has more mass murders than any other industralized country; student, children and families are being shot in theaters, college campuses, grade schools, work places and in churches, and rather than being horrified by that and expecting legislators to create laws that are as similar to the same responsibilities that we have in order to own a vehicle, you would instead defend the right for people to buy and use guns at will with absolutely no personal accountability or responsibility. And if you think the NRA isn’t involved for profit, all you have to do is follow the money….
        http://www.opensecrets.org/orgs/summary.php?id=D000000082
        This is a site that tracks all donations. Explore who receives that money.
        “The National Rifle Association goes to great lengths (and spends a huge sum of money) to defend the right to bear arms. It is opposed to virtually every form of gun regulation, including restrictions on owning assault weapons, retention of databases of gun purchases, background checks on purchasers at gun shows and changes in the registration of firearms.”

      • Nexialist

        Gun crime has been cut in half the past 25 years, according to the FBI crime database. During that period the so called assault weapon ban expired in 2004, and gun crime continued to fall. Since 2007 the number of conceal carry gun permits has risen from 4 million to 13 million, and the recently released FBI data from 2014 confirms gun crime continues to fall. Mass shootings make up 0.2% of all homicides. If for whatever reason mass shootings are rising in frequency while overall gun homicides are falling, no rational person could conclude the rise in mass shootings is because of the gun. And you cannot buy a military style assault weapon in this country without a special permit. But if you are one of those people who believe private ownership of firearms is illegitimate, the facts won’t matter to you.

      • Ellen Roofe Kuykendall

        Which part of this partial list pertains to those stats, Nexialist? The point again is that gun buyers and gun sellers need to be as responsible and accountable. Legislators need to do their job for Americans rather than corporations and lobbyists…

        This partial list dates to the deadliest mass shooting in
        U.S. history — when, in 2007, a student opened fire at Virginia Tech University
        in Blacksburg, killing more than 30 people and injuring many more. The most
        recent shooting was at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., on Oct. 1,
        in which a gunman killed 10 and injured seven.

        Community college students, evacuated Thursday, described
        how a public speaking class became a scene of carnage and panic.

        Oct. 1, 2015. Roseburg, Ore.

        At least 10 people were shot dead at Umpqua Community
        College in southern Oregon after gunman Chris Harper Mercer, 26, opened fire.
        The gunman died in an exchange of fire with the police.

        F.B.I. agents at the scene at the Armed Forces Career Center
        in Chattanooga, Tenn., in July.
        Credit Kevin Liles for The New
        York Times

        July 16, Chattanooga, Tenn.

        Four Marines and a Navy petty officer were killed after a
        man opened fire at two military locations. The Federal Bureau of Investigation
        identified the gunman, who also died, as Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, 24.

        June 18, 2015. Charleston, S.C.

        Nine people are shot dead in a historic black church in
        Charleston, S.C. The victims range in age from 26 to 87 and include the Rev.
        Clementa C. Pinckney, a prominent state senator. Police arrest Dylann Storm
        Roof, 21, a white man with a history of anti-black views.

        Oct. 24, 2014. Marysville, Wash.

        Four people died after a 15-year-old student opened fire in
        his high school cafeteria. The student, Jaylen Ray Fryberg also killed himself.

        2 Die, Including Gunman, in Shooting at Washington State
        High School

        Students and others gathered at a park in Isla Vista,
        Calif., in May for a candlelight vigil.
        Credit Jae C. Hong/Associated
        Press

        ​May 23, 2014. Isla Vista, Calif.

        A college student killed six people, three in his apartment
        and others on the streets of his small town. The gunman, Elliot O. Rodger, 22,
        committed suicide shortly after the rampage.

        April 2, 2014.
        Killeen, Tex.

        A veteran of the Iraq war opened fire at Fort Hood, killing
        three and wounding 16, before committing suicide. Police identified the killer
        as Ivan Lopez.

        Iraq Veteran at Fort Hood Kills 3 and Himself in Rampage

        Sept. 16, 2013. Washington, D.C. Twelve victims and a gunman
        died at the Washington Navy Yard, leading authorities to lock down the nation’s
        capital. Police say the gunman is Aaron Alexis, 34, a former Navy reservist who
        was working for a military subcontractor.

        Gunman and 12 Victims Killed in Shooting at D.C. Navy Yard

        June 7, 2013. Santa Monica, Calif.

        A gunman clad in black roamed Santa Monica, firing at cars,
        a public bus and buildings and killing five people. The police killed the
        gunman, John Zawahri, at Santa Monica College Library.

        Dec. 14, 2012. Newtown, Conn.

        Sandy Hook Elementary school became the scene of the
        nation’s second deadliest school shooting when gunman Adam Lanza opened fire,
        killing 20 elementary students and six school employees. He also killed his
        mother and himself.

        Nation Reels After Gunman Massacres 20 Children at School in
        Connecticut

        Oct. 21, 2012. Brookfield, Wis.

        Three women died in a day spa after a gunman entered. Police
        identified the shooter as Radcliffe F. Haughton, 45, who also killed himself.
        Spa-goers fled, some bloody and still wearing bathrobes.

        Sept. 27, 2012. Minneapolis, Minn.

        Five victims were killed after agunman entered his former
        workplace. Police said Andrew Engeldinger, 36, had been fired from the
        business. Reuven Rahamim and Keith Basinski were among those killed. The gunman
        also died.

        Minnesota: Shooting Toll Rises to Six Mourners embrace at
        the memorial service for the victims of the shooting at the Sikh Temple of
        Wisconsin.

        ​Aug. 5, 2012. Oak Creek, Wis.

        An armed man walked into a Sikh temple and killed six
        people. Authorities said the gunman was Wade Michael Page, 40, the leader of a
        white-power band called End Apathy who had ties to white supremacist groups.
        The police shot and killed him.

        Gunman Kills 6 at a Sikh Temple Near Milwaukee

        July 20, 2012. Aurora, Colo.

        A screening of the Batman film “The Dark Knight Rises”
        turned to chaos when a gunman clad in body armor entered the theater. Twelve
        people died, including a six-year-old named Veronica Moser-Sullivan, and 70
        were wounded. The gunman, James Holmes, survived and was later sentenced to
        life in prison.

        Gunman Kills 12 in Colorado, Reviving Gun Debate

        April 2, 2012. Oakland, Calif.

        Seven people die at a religious college after a former
        student opens fire. Police take custody of One L. Goh, 43, the suspected
        shooter, who turns himself in.

        Gunman Kills 7 in a Rampage at a Northern California
        University

        Oct. 12, 2012. Seal Beach, Calif.

        A quiet seaside city is rocked by a shooting at a salon that
        left eight people dead. Police said the killer is Scott Dekraai, 41, who later
        pleaded guilty and could face the death penalty. The police said the dead
        included Mr. DeKraai’s ex-wife, Michelle Fournier.

        Custody Battle May Have Fueled Killings at Salon, Victims’
        Kin Say

        ​Jan. 8, 2011. Tucson, Ariz.

        Six people died and at least 14 were injured when Jared
        Loughner opened fire outside a supermarket while U.S. Representative Gabrielle
        Giffords met with constituents. Rep. Giffords survived a point-blank gunshot to
        the head. Those who died included a 9-year-old aspiring veterinarian named
        Christina Green; John M. Roll, the chief federal judge in Arizona; and Phyllis
        Schneck, 79, a great-grandmother who liked to sew aprons for church
        fundraisers.

        Evidence Points to Methodical Planning

        Aug. 3, 2010, Manchester, Conn.

        An angry employee drew a handgun at Hartford Distributors,
        moving through the warehouse and killing colleagues, a company executive and a
        union president, before killing himself. Eight people were killed Troubles
        Preceded Connecticut Workplace Killing

        Feb. 12, 2010. Huntsville, Ala.

        Three biology professors at the University of Alabamain
        Huntsville die and others were seriously wounded. The shooter was Amy Bishop, a
        neurobiologist who was sentenced to life in prison. Ms. Bishop had just learned
        that she would not receive tenure at the university. The dead are G. K. Podila,
        the department’s chairman; Maria Ragland Davis; and Adriel D. Johnson Sr.

        Professor Said to Be Charged After 3 Are Killed in Alabama

        ​Nov. 5, 2009. Killeen, Tex.

        Thirteen people were killed at Fort Hood when a military
        psychiatrist opened fire inside a processing center crowded with soldiers
        returning from or about to be sent abroad. The gunman, Nidal Malik Hasan Hasan
        was eventually sentenced to death. More than 30 people were injured.

        April 3, 2009. Binghamton, New York

        An immigration center became a scene of violence when a
        gunman entered during citizenship classes, killing 13 victims and himself.
        Police found 37 survivors hiding in closets and a boiler room and said the
        gunman is Jiverly Wong, 42, who lived in nearby Johnson City.

        13 Shot Dead During a Class on Citizenship

        Feb. 14, 2008. Dekalb, Ill.

        Steve Kazmierczak walked quietly into a large classroom at
        Northern Illinois University, opened fire, and killed five students and wounded
        16 before shooting himself.

        Dec. 5, 2007. Omaha, Neb.

        Eight people died at the Westroads Mall when Robert Hawkins,
        19, entered with a rifle, took the elevator to the third floor, and opened
        fire. He eventually killed himself. Six victims were store employees and two
        were customers and they ranged in age from 24 to 66.

        ​April 16, 2007. Blacksburg, Va.

        The deadliest shooting rampage in U.S. history unfolded on
        the campus of Virginia Tech. Thirty two victims died and many were injured by
        the gunman, Seung-Hui Cho, 23, a senior. The gunman killed himself.

        Virginia Tech Shooting Leaves 33 Dead

      • Ellen Roofe Kuykendall

        The total of contributions to candidates from Smith & Wesson PACs is 12 times larger than contributions from individuals. Smith & Wesson hire lobbyists to wine and dine our legislators. PACS don’t have to disclose individual names. The lobbying firm hired by Smith & Wesson for 2015 is Kelley, Drye & Warren. The two lobbyists that were former government workers are Joseph Corregon and David Hickey. From factcheck.org the following….

        The National Rifle Association of America, on the other hand, reported $227.8 million in revenues in 2010 — nearly half of which came from member dues ($100.5 million) and program fees ($6.6 million).

        This is not to say that the NRA does not benefit from gun sales. It does. Not only does it receive contributions from willing gun customers at the point of purchase, but gun manufacturers are major contributors to the NRA. Smith & Wesson in May became a member of the NRA’s “Golden Ring of Freedom,” which is for donors who contribute more than $1 million. In 2008, the Beretta Group — another “Golden Ring of Freedom” member — exceeded $2 million in donations.

        In one case, the gun manufacturer Sturm, Ruger & Company tied its donations directly to gun sales in a program called the “Million Gun Challenge.” According to an April 2012 press release, Ruger promised to donate $1 to the NRA-ILA for each gun it sold over the course of a year, from May 2011 to May 2012. The “Million Gun Challenge” exceeded its goal and raised $1.25 million.”

        The “business of Americans killing Americans”…. brought to you by the NRA and gun makers.

      • PavePusher

        So, ALL the money DOES trace directly back to the pocket of the consumer.

        Good to know.

      • noah vail

        they will never see the light until it’s their kid that gets killed , then they will blame obama for not having tighter gun control laws…ROTFLMFAO…with them it’s always someone elses fault

      • Marlene Ross

        Since they are so against gun control laws and the action to help prevent the sale of guns to those who are otherwise ‘unfit’ to own them, I believe the only thing left to do is to repeal the 2nd Amendment. With a strong move for its appeal, I’ll bet they will then reconsider the gun control issue, which might then be the lessor of the two evils for them. Frankly, I see the 2nd Amendment as outdated and ought to be repealed anyway.

      • noah vail

        without a doubt the best solution i have seen here or in any other forum on gun control

      • PavePusher

        Article 5 of the Constitution awaits your action. Please post regular progress reports…..

      • James J Bright

        all i can say is are you a man?

      • Ellen Roofe Kuykendall

        I will continue to make a lot of noise. Those that believe in the common person in today’s world being able to possess or hoard military type weaponry of course will focus on the parts of the 2nd Amendment they need to justify their own personal agenda; however, the United States has more mass murders than any other industralized country; student, children and families are being shot in theaters, college campuses, grade schools, work places and in churches, and rather than being horrified by that and expecting legislators to create laws that are as similar to the same responsibilities that we have in order to own a vehicle, you would instead defend the right for people to buy and use guns at will with absolutely no personal accountability or responsibility. And if you think the NRA isn’t involved for profit, all you have to do is follow the money….
        http://www.opensecrets.org/org
        This is a site that tracks all donations. Explore who receives that money.
        “The National Rifle Association goes to great lengths (and spends a huge sum of money) to defend the right to bear arms. It is opposed to virtually every form of gun regulation, including restrictions on owning assault weapons, retention of databases of gun purchases, background checks on purchasers at gun shows and changes in the registration of firearms.”

      • Jim Bean

        The NRA is a non-profit – like Planned Parenthood. Its not making any profit.

        Tell me – yes or no – do you believe that gun laws similar to vehicle driving laws will eliminate the gun violence problem?

        (BTW- we had an assault weapons ban in place for ten years. The law had a sunset clause and was not renewed because no one could produce an ounce of evidence that it did any good. Now why would you want to repeat something already tried and confirmed not to work? )

      • Chadlius

        Mr. Bean, tell me yes or no do regulations on drivers and cars eliminate carnage on the highways? The all or nothing fallacy is evident. So by your “reasoning” we should have no regulations unless they eliminate the problem perfectly? M.A.D.D. lobbied for regulations to REDUCE drunk driving which has gone down by 50% without trying to prohibit alcohol generally. Seems logical to me and well worthwhile for the tens of thousands saved.

      • Jim Bean

        I agree. Difference is, such regulation was made by possible because there was no lunatic left wing fringe screaming to ban all access to alcohol thereby creating resistance to it.

      • Ellen Roofe Kuykendall

        That’s a ridiculous comment. No one here is screaming to BAN all guns. Just the same reasonable and responsible requirements that will reduce the mass murders due to gun deaths. Proof of being responsible enough to own , training (just like driver’s education), licensing, tracking of ownership, buyer/seller accountability, liability insurance in case of misuse). Geez. Labeling and attacking a premise and judging it politically rather humanity wise is what is irresponsible and unreasonable, Jim Bean.

      • Jim Bean

        You’re wrong.

        smash451 a day ago

        Bullshit. These mass shootings need to be politicized. This country needs to be outraged over what is happening and if the truth hurts it hurts. Lets face it the Republicon party is in the pocket of the NRA and some Dems are too. What the President is saying is the electorate needs to vote these people out of office if we want change. I agree. It’ll work as it did in Australia. Who buys the con bullshit and that’s all it is. Be damned with the 2nd Amendment. That needs to be changed too. I am a Vietnam Vet and the last time I picked up a weapon was after I was discharged from the military. In this country there is no need for M-16’s on the street.

      • Jim Bean

        There’s another as if on cue:

        noah vail 8 minutes ago

        then the next logical step would be to confiscate all guns if the NRA can’t control their minions

        see more Reply

      • noah vail

        your most specious argument yet…

      • PavePusher

        Repeating your errors doesn’t make you any more convincing or accurate.

      • noah vail

        then the next logical step would be to confiscate all guns if the NRA can’t control their minions

      • Jim Bean

        Ya mean like they did in Venezuela? You know how that worked I’m sure. Well . . . then again . . .maybe you haven’t a clue, but not to worry. Hanging around to give you a clue is my job.

        http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/26/venezuela-homicide-rate_n_4506363.html

      • noah vail

        ,no, like they did in australia…and of all the people on line the last person i would listen to is you…mr. fox talking point

      • Jim Bean

        No, lets forget Australia. I want us to use Mexico and Venezuela so we don’t engage in opportunistic cherry picking and fall off the ladder and hurt ourselves in the process. .

      • noah vail

        let’s not forget Australia…and you seem to be doing a little cherry picking of your own…hypocrite maybe?

      • Jim Bean

        You started it.

      • noah vail

        i’m sure you will be able to come up with a better response when you get to 5th grade…lmao

    • noah vail

      and the conservatives have shown themselves too be rational and accomodating to those that want to live without fear of their fellow americans??? you sir, are full of shit

      • Jim Bean

        What have guns got to do with that? The fellow Americans you should be in fear of are the ones with a cell phone and a drivers license.

      • noah vail

        i’m pretty sure that most of the gun nut mass murderers are people with cell phones and drivers licences…NEXT

      • Jim Bean

        Which do you believe is a bigger threat to your safety.

        (Be careful. It not a trick question but its tricky if you are evidence-adverse.)

      • noah vail

        well, i’ve never heard of anyone who has been harmed by a cell phone or a drivers license so i would have to say THE GUN…when talking of gun violence the gun is primary in the discussion…too difficult for you to understand?

      • Jim Bean
      • Jim Bean

        And since all the Amish have guns and are never involved in gun violence, the gun has to go to the bottom of the list of causal factors.

      • Dan

        “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”
        -Benjamin Franklin

      • noah vail

        with so many assholes running around with guns i certainly don’t feel safe and i don’t see that registering a gun is giving up my liberty

      • Dan

        How can you expect people to take you seriously if you lack the ability to have a conversion with out the use of vulgarity? Usually people who resort to to that type of behavior during a debate have no informational standing, but relay on passion to get them through. However we are a nation built on law and informational fact, not ideologies that just burden and violate citizens rights.

      • noah vail

        registering a gun is NOT violating anyones civil rights any more than registering your car does…as for a nation of laws, tell that to your right wing assholes that are limiting peoples right to vote and trying to take women’s health care away, both of which are LAWS

      • Dan

        Owning a gun is a constitutionally protected right, owning a car is not. Now, becoming a registered gun owner is completely within the constitution. Just as you must register to vote. However, voting doesn’t require that I register who I voted for nor should I have to register what guns I own.
        Even with that logic, I’ll pay along briefly with your ideas. Having to register every gun one person owns and a background check on all sales would stop violence how? Chicago has very strict laws in place for more than half a century, yet has the highest murder rate in the nation. The Oregon shooter as well as Charlestown both passed background checks. I’m not saying more guns equals less crime, but I’m saying less guns didn’t equal less crime. (Go ahead and bring up the Aussies and I’ll bring up that they have the highest violent crime rate in the modern world)
        We do agree on some things tho, people on the fringe of a political party are usually fanatic, stubborn, and irate, kind of like the language you choose to use.

      • noah vail

        aussies have the most violent crime rate in the world?…arguable but i’ll give you that one, but their violence doesn’t seem to end up with masses of people being killed like it does here…i changed my mind…by any measure america is the most violent country in the world against our own and against other nations

      • Marlene Ross

        Yes, Chicago has strict laws in place, but states around do not and therefore guns can flow freely. What is needed are consistent gun control laws across the nation.

    • noah vail

      “We were wrong with our ‘sensible’ gun laws and now need to revoke them and restore the liberties of the law abiding people among us to whom we’ve done a disservice.’ ….do you mean the way the right wing does with Planned Parenthood…or maybe to the parents of the little kids that were killed by NRA approved gun owners…

      • Jim Bean

        A lot more babies were killed in the parents swimming pool than with their guns.

  • noah vail

    i think the NRA should be assigned the label TERRORIST ORGANIZATION

    • Jim Bean

      ///http://le.nra.org/training.aspx ///

    • Ellen Roofe Kuykendall

      Agree Noah –

      And if you think the NRA isn’t involved for profit, all you have to do is follow the money….

      http://www.opensecrets.org/orgs/summary.php?id=D000000082

      This is a site that tracks all donations. Explore who receives that money.

      “The National Rifle Association goes to great lengths (and spends a huge sum of money) to defend the right to bear arms. It is opposed to virtually every form of gun regulation, including restrictions on owning assault weapons, retention of databases of gun purchases, background checks on purchasers at gun shows and changes in the registration of firearms.”

      The total of contributions to candidates from Smith & Wesson PACs is 12 times larger than contributions from individuals. Smith & Wesson hire lobbyists to wine and dine our legislators. PACS don’t have to disclose individual names. The lobbying firm hired by Smith & Wesson for 2015 is Kelley, Drye & Warren. The two lobbyists that were former government workers are Joseph Corregon and David Hickey. From factcheck.org the following….

      “The National Rifle Association of America, on the other hand, reported $227.8 million in revenues in 2010 — nearly half of which came from member dues ($100.5 million) and program fees ($6.6 million).

      This is not to say that the NRA does not benefit from gun sales. It does. Not only does it receive contributions from willing gun customers at the point of purchase, but gun manufacturers are major contributors to the NRA. Smith & Wesson in May became a member of the NRA’s “Golden Ring of Freedom,” which is for donors who contribute more than $1 million. In 2008, the Beretta Group — another “Golden Ring of Freedom” member — exceeded $2 million in donations.

      In one case, the gun manufacturer Sturm, Ruger & Company tied its donations directly to gun sales in a program called the “Million Gun Challenge.” According to an April 2012 press release, Ruger promised to donate $1 to the NRA-ILA for each gun it sold over the course of a year, from May 2011 to May 2012. The “Million Gun Challenge” exceeded its goal and raised $1.25 million.”

      The “business of Americans killing Americans”…in colleges, grade schools, churches, work places and theaters… . brought to you by the NRA and gun makers.

    • PavePusher

      Then you are a Fascist bint.

      • noah vail

        “Then you are a Fascist bint.”…..huh?? english only please…

      • PavePusher

        The dictionary is your friend.

  • Dan

    Driving is a privilege, not a right that is guaranteed by article 4 of the U.S. constitution. If you want to talk Apple’s to Apple’s, then let’s make “common sense responsibilities” for voting….every voter should have liability insurance, you never know of they may want to vote in a tyrant.

  • noah vail

    REPUBLICANS TO AMERICA…our guns are more important than any childs life…if you dont like it TFB… when you can contribute as much money as the NRA and gun manufacturers to our elections then maybe we” start listening to you