Washington (CNN) - Thousands of demonstrators rallied Saturday in Washington to demand tougher gun control laws, many describing themselves as first-time capital marchers who've had enough of gun violence.
On a cold day, a vanguard led a blocks-long procession with a big blue banner, declaring "March on Washington for Gun Control: When we stand together, we stand a chance."
If you believe in personal responsibility, then closing the gun show loophole that allows for unlimited weapons purchases without a background check, is the right thing to do. Everyone knows that this loophole allows criminals and the mentally unbalanced easy access to guns they otherwise could not get. Responsible gun owners everyone would agree that closing this loophole is the least we can do to limit guns getting into the wrong hands.
Closing the loophole that allows unlimited weapons purchase without a background check at a gun show and banning assault-style weapons will leave plenty of guns available for people to defend themselves and their property.
And anyone incapable of letting go of their paranoid fear that if we do the above it will lead to the rise of tyranny gets their weapons immediately confiscated.
Gun owners, as represented by the NRA, are simplistic, black-and-white thinkers. Banning military-style weapons and high-capacity magazines, along with requiring background checks on ALL gun sales (including at gun shows), is not an infringement on people's Second Amendment rights – which specifically talks about a "well regulated" militia.
I'm guessing that the NRA, like the current GOP, penalizes those moderates among its membership who recognize the need for reasonable gun control. These moderates need to start standing up; otherwise, they are already victims of the tyranny they proclaim to despise.
Quick question for those out there who believe that the only thing between the U.S. government immediately attacking them is their military-style weapons and high-capacity magazines: Is this the same government whose military personnel you so ardently support and believe that if we cut even one dime from the defense budget, we'll immediately be attacked? Because if it is, then isn't your support of our troops and the defense budget aiding and abetting your OWN enemy?
Just a thought ...
Follow-up question: Do you honestly believe that, over 200 years of evidence to the contrary, that our own military would turn on our civilian population?
And if for some reason it did, that you – with your assault weapons and high-capacity magazines – would stand a chance against the U.S. military's capabilities (tanks, surface-to-air everything, nuclear weapons, etc.)?
You know, for a bunch of people who are so afraid of "government tyranny," why is the NRA and its supporters calling for armed guards in every public school – all of which are, by definition, an extension of the government?
Where's the guarantee that the NRA isn't just trying to put in place their own army so they can take over our schools and communities?
Just thought I'd throw out that bone for the conspiracy nuts to chew on ... I wouldn't put it past the NRA, though ...
The NRA and its supporters say that all we need to do is enforce the gun laws that are already on the books, that no new laws are needed.
Google the Tiarht Amendments (named for U.S. Representative Todd Tiahrt, Republican of Kansas). The amendments restrict cities, states and even the police from fully accessing and using Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) gun trace data, which can show where illegal guns are coming from. There are other restrictions, all aimed at making it virtually impossible for the ATF to do its job.
Guess who wrote the amendments? The NRA. Don't believe me? Just ask Rep. Tiahrt, who reassured his supporters that the NRA "approved" the language of the amendments ...
Perhaps these marchers are jousting at the wrong windmill?
The top 5 liberal strongholds in America are responsible for 58% of all gun related homicides:
LA, NYC, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Detroit.
Those cities produce about 5,300 of all gun homicides. That's a rate of 1 per 3200 or 31 per 100,000.
The rest of the country – 1 per 88,000 or 1.13 per 100,000
Deaths from "high capacity" rifles and magazines: 1 per 850,000 or .12 per 100,000 (in contrast the gun homicide rate in South Korea, the fourth safest nation in the world, is .13 per 100,000)
(From the CDC, MMRW, May 13, 2011 and the FBI Uniform Crime Report, 2011)
Funny I don't remember anything from CNN about the 500,000 people who were at the March for Life yesterday. I wonder why that is CNN?
Funny, I don't remember anything from CNN about the March for Life, I wonder why that is CNN?
The people march to washington to declare gun laws, now what who can stand up an promise the people that by people marching to washington stop letting the get guns getting into the wrong people their hands. No one can stop people from getting guns.
"I dont get it." Perhaps my favorite quote from "Big". Is it ignorance that is a driving factor, or is it apathy for that cause? Whatever it is, these people, while good intentioned, just "dont know and dont care" about the whole picture. They see a few dead children and people and need to campaign. How many people die from drowning, burning, overdosing, giving birth, abortions (if you look at it that way), drunk driving, etc that is already preventable (easily, for that matter)? Shouldnt we enforce the laws we have, instead of making more laws? If we ban semi-automatics, are police exempt, and further private security agents, or even further, prior LEO's and Vet's who have more then adequate training with, and would be willing to assist others? Where does the line get drawn? When/If this push is done, if new laws will exist, would you redact them if there are more problems after (and there will)?
The N.R.A. refused to come to the table with rational suggestions – choosing instead to create fear and division. As result, those who demand reasonable efforts to reduce gun violence will create laws without the gun advocate's input. The N.R.A. is now seen as just another lobby representing the gun industry – supported by right-wing extremists.
Where are the people driving drunk, on drugs, auto's backing up (they kill 2,600 children a year or 50 a week, hammers, dogs, trains, and many more.
The 20 killed this past year was a tragic event but we have a much bigger with children getting killed with guns lets start with children getting backed over. That's 50 children a week say it again 50 a week. How come you are not marching against the car markers. Cars kill more children in a week vs all the mass shootings last year.
When a gun looking like an assault was taken off the market the people that were getting killed didn't go down but when the law expired and the weapons were allowed back into the market the killings did go down that's straight from the FBI numbers they published.
People wake up and don't continue to tell us what we have to hold the people that kill other people held accountable it's not the guns but stupid people.