Blumenthal: Nothing in the current gun bill would have prevented Newtown

posted at 8:41 am on April 1, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

A rare moment of clarity arose during yesterday’s State of the Union interview with Senator Richard Blumenthal, after Candy Crowley challenged the gun-control advocate on the usefulness of the gun-control bill making its way through the Senate at the moment, which Blumenthal admits — implicitly, if not explicitly — would have done nothing to stop the tragedy Democrats keep exploiting to push it (via NRO’s Eliana Johnson):

“How would anything in the bill, as it currently stands, have stopped anything that went on in Newtown?” Crowley asked. “The majority leader has assured me and other proponents of these measures that we can offer amendments on both the assault-weapons ban and the prohibition on high-capacity magazines, so there will be both,” Blumenthal responded, adding that he intends to offer an amendment that would ban high-capacity magazines.

Actually, nothing in the original proposal would have prevented it, either.  Don’t forget that Connecticut already had an “assault weapon” ban in place at the time of the shooting.  Blumenthal should know this — he was Attorney General for several years in the state.  How effective was that law in preventing the Sandy Hook shooting? Better yet, how many prosecutions did Blumenthal bring to enforce that existing law in Connecticut?  Whether that number is zero or a thousand, it didn’t do anything to stop someone intent on committing mass murder, and I’d suspect that the number is closer to the former than the latter.

Blumenthal tries to avoid the question by talking about amendments for other measures, specifically to limit magazine size. The high-capacity magazine ban would only have worked if one expects six- and seven-year-olds to rush a shooter while he’s reloading.  The expanded background checks won’t do it, either, mainly because the current background checks worked. The shooter attempted to buy his own guns but got stopped by the background checks in place, at which point he did what most criminals do to procure firearms … he stole them. And let’s not forget that the federal government almost never follows up on failed background checks, which might actually prevent deaths.

Basically, the bill intends to offer a public-relations win for politicians while limiting the freedom of the law-abiding and doing nothing at all to improve public safety.


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“It deserves a vote”

Electrongod on April 1, 2013 at 8:46 AM

Blumenthal should know this — he was Attorney General for several years in the state.

Yeah, so should Crowley, but the question she asked was about as tough as she can muster to a fellow gun grabber. Every time I see that little twerp, I want to…I just can’t stand his draft-dodging* butt.

*In the 60s and early 70s, the USMC Reserves guaranteed you wouldn’t go to Vietnam.

cartooner on April 1, 2013 at 8:58 AM

Is material missing at the end?

BuckeyeSam on April 1, 2013 at 8:59 AM

Candy Crowley – two C words that don’t deserve mentioning in public. I thought you had better taste, Ed.

beatcanvas on April 1, 2013 at 8:59 AM

I say we ban people from walking aimlessly in a giant circle around firehouses.

Akzed on April 1, 2013 at 8:59 AM

Candy Crowley challenged the gun-control advocate on the usefulness of the gun-control bill making its way through the Senate at the moment

Crowley only put down the bucket of fried chicken long enough to ask that question because she wants even more restrictive legislation. The woman is a paid spokespig for the current administration.

Happy Nomad on April 1, 2013 at 9:00 AM

A man in China committed a similar atrocity with a knife.

Everything the socialist do is designed to further their cause. That and nothing else.

dogsoldier on April 1, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Candy Crowley – two C words that don’t deserve mentioning in public.

beatcanvas on April 1, 2013 at 8:59 AM

Charlie Crist
Chris Christie
Candy Crowley……

Three examples of double C words that don’t deserve mentioning among polite people.

Happy Nomad on April 1, 2013 at 9:02 AM

“It deserves a vote”

Electrongod on April 1, 2013 at 8:46 AM

Why?

Happy Nomad on April 1, 2013 at 9:04 AM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun_politics#Cyprus

Cyprus has strict gun control. Private citizens are completely forbidden from owning handguns and rifles in any calber, even .22 rimfire. Only shotguns are allowed, and these require a license. Shotguns are limited to two rounds.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-03-31/cyprus-presidents-family-transferred-tens-millions-london-days-deposit-haircuts

A day after former Cypriot President Vassilou was found to be among many elite Cypriot (politicians and businessmen) who had loans written-off by the major (now insolvent) banks; it appears the rot is far fouler than expected. In a somewhat stunning (or purely coincidental) revelation, ENETEnglish reports that Cypriot newspaper Haravgi claims that current President Nicos Anastasiades’ family businesses transferred ‘dozens of millions’ from their Laiki Bank accounts to London just a week before the devastating depositor haircuts were unleashed upon his people.

Gun control has nothing to do with the barbaric acts of insane people.

dogsoldier on April 1, 2013 at 9:06 AM

Happy Nomad on April 1, 2013 at 9:02 AM

Well done!

roy_batty on April 1, 2013 at 9:07 AM

What would have prevented Newtown would have been laws that enabled relatives to quickly and easily refer disturbed people for psychiatric evaluation, while protecting their civil rights.

As controversial as it was, Giuliani’s gun grab was aimed at making it easy to get thugs off the streets (the one law liberal lawyers wouldn’t do pro bono for gangbangers was defending them from gun charges). This made sure average New Yorkers knew a phone call could get the drug dealer off their front steps for a long, long time. Which meant more average New Yorkers made those phone calls. Making it easy to get a shrink to look at your psycho kid with an eye towards commitment to a psych facility would mean more parents making that call.

I’m all for keeping weapons out of the hands of psychos—by making sure the psychos in question are identified and treated.

Sekhmet on April 1, 2013 at 9:11 AM

Why?

Happy Nomad on April 1, 2013 at 9:04 AM

It’s a quote from our fearless leader.

Electrongod on April 1, 2013 at 9:12 AM

Three examples of double C words that don’t deserve mentioning among polite people.

Happy Nomad on April 1, 2013 at 9:02 AM

Oh, the profanity!

beatcanvas on April 1, 2013 at 9:14 AM

Whatever he says, pro or con is irrelevant, even if he occasionally tells the truth. One has to condemn the very idea of democracy when they view the voting patterns of educated people who ought to know better the repercussions for voting for a known liar. Way to go Connecticut….

Don L on April 1, 2013 at 9:14 AM

Gun control has nothing to do with the barbaric acts of insane people.

dogsoldier on April 1, 2013 at 9:06 AM

I’d be very careful with this answer, however true, because the anti-freedom left will say the same exact words when they institute what they really are after; people control!

Don L on April 1, 2013 at 9:16 AM

Oh Man – Blumenthal is probably getting a beatdown by Biden and Obama about now….
I am sure Blumenthal will come out today and “clarify” his statement.

redguy on April 1, 2013 at 9:17 AM

then the current bill doesn’t go far enough.

nonpartisan on April 1, 2013 at 9:18 AM

Why?

Happy Nomad on April 1, 2013 at 9:04 AM

It’s a quote from our fearless leader.

Electrongod on April 1, 2013 at 9:12 AM

Who’s that and when did the rat-eared coward leave office? ;0

Seriously, there should be no gun control legislation until the proponents can coherently explain what the legislation would do that improves public safety or something. It’s fine to go on Sunday talk shows hosted by porcuine partisans and talk vaguely about universal background checks or assault weapons but the fact of the matter is that the gun-grabbers have yet to propose legislation that makes sense let alone would do anything but curtail our civil rights.

And BTW, universal background checks would not have prevented Sandy Hook but can’t be enacted without universal registration of weapons which is why it is on the gun-grabbers agenda.

Happy Nomad on April 1, 2013 at 9:22 AM

then the current bill doesn’t go far enough.

noforeskin on April 1, 2013 at 9:18 AM

…how far up your a$$ do you want it?

KOOLAID2 on April 1, 2013 at 9:23 AM

KOOLAID2 on April 1, 2013 at 9:23 AM

frankly, that’s uncalled for. let’s not drop the level of discourse to such petty insults.

nonpartisan on April 1, 2013 at 9:25 AM

then the current bill doesn’t go far enough.

nonpartisan on April 1, 2013 at 9:18 AM

I know I’m going to regret feeding one of the more worthless concern trolls but the question begs asking……

Far enough in doing what? What is the intent when thugs like DiFi or Blumenthal goes before cameras and announces that they want Americans to cede their civil rights for a radical left agenda?

Happy Nomad on April 1, 2013 at 9:27 AM

then the current bill doesn’t go far enough.

nonpartisan on April 1, 2013 at 9:18 AM

You can throw vomit down like that without specifics.. Without an all out ban which is a clear violation of the 2nd amendment, what legal measures would have stopped a mad man from killing a gun owner stealing her gun, and killing women and children stuck in a closet?

melle1228 on April 1, 2013 at 9:27 AM

frankly, that’s uncalled for. let’s not drop the level of discourse to such petty insults.

nonpartisan on April 1, 2013 at 9:25 AM

Frankly it gets a little hard to be civil to people who want to take away your Constitutional rights…

melle1228 on April 1, 2013 at 9:29 AM

Happy Nomad on April 1, 2013 at 9:27 AM

I’m of the thought that these piecemeal gun laws are utterly useless. Hence why ppl always point to chicago as a failure of gun control where shootings are high despite tough gun control laws.

Gun control, to be successful, has to be done on a federal level imo.

nonpartisan on April 1, 2013 at 9:30 AM

Democrats have no shame and using this tragedy as a means of advancing their political objectives is despicable.

Yes, In an unusual moment of honesty Blumenthal admits this bill would not have prevented the tragedy at Newtown. But is that what he and his colleagues have been telling the families as they peddle this foolish nonsense and use them as props?

Furthermore, magazine limits have been arbitrarily developed and have no basis in fact. Why 10 rounds or 7? Why not 11 or 13? What is their reasoning? The answer is- they have no logical case or material facts to support their whimsical ignominy.

We have also yet to see a report from the Connecticut State Police on how many rounds were expended from each magazine by the murderous POS, psycho. Reports are they were not fully utilized. Truth or fiction? One might think this is material to the conversation we are having.

If anyone, Blumenthal should be the person to inform us of the relevant details. But he won’t because it doesn’t fit into the fiction he is trying to sell.

Disgusting.

Marcus Traianus on April 1, 2013 at 9:30 AM

melle1228 on April 1, 2013 at 9:29 AM

it used to be constitutional to own slaves, until a war was fought over it. The constitution is NOT a perfect document, our founding fathers did not have INFINITE foresight or wisdom, they were fallible men capable of mistakes. It is my belief that the 2nd amendment is an anachronism that has no place in the modern society.

nonpartisan on April 1, 2013 at 9:31 AM

Still no discussion of why police took twenty minutes from the first 911 calls to arrive on site. Why is this?

With nothing but six-year olds and a bunch of scared women there, he could have used a single-shot 22 rifle.

slickwillie2001 on April 1, 2013 at 9:34 AM

it used to be constitutional to own slaves, until a war was fought over it. The constitution is NOT a perfect document, our founding fathers did not have INFINITE foresight or wisdom, they were fallible men capable of mistakes. It is my belief that the 2nd amendment is an anachronism that has no place in the modern society.

nonpartisan on April 1, 2013 at 9:31 AM

Please cite which amendment in the Bill of Rights that said that it was okay to own slaves? Slaves were freed by an AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION.

Furthermore, you are quite the government useful idiot. What if someone said the first amendment was a anachronism that has no place in modern society? If you don’t like the 2nd amendment that repeal it with another amendment. Until you do that, you have no basis to restrict it.

melle1228 on April 1, 2013 at 9:35 AM

Basically, the bill intends to offer a public-relations win for politicians while limiting the freedom of the law-abiding and doing nothing at all to improve public safety.

Would Registration have stopped Sandy Hook?

Supposedly that scam will help solve crimes – that usually isn’t the case with those mass murders. Either the perp offs himself or surrenders to bask in the BSM media glow.

The precursor to CONFISCATION is only useful if one wants to tax or take guns.

Galt2009 on April 1, 2013 at 9:35 AM

Candy Crowley – two C words that don’t deserve mentioning in public.

beatcanvas on April 1, 2013 at 8:59 AM
Charlie Crist
Chris Christie
Candy Crowley……

Three examples of double C words that don’t deserve mentioning among polite people.

Happy Nomad on April 1, 2013 at 9:02 AM

…Cow C_ _ _…ryhmes with runt.

KOOLAID2 on April 1, 2013 at 9:37 AM

Hence why ppl always point to chicago as a failure of gun control where shootings are high despite tough gun control laws.

Gun control, to be successful, has to be done on a federal level imo.

nonpartisan on April 1, 2013 at 9:30 AM

Please explain why this isn’t an issue with other cities that let people the freedom to defend themselves?

And please explain the failure of people control in Mexico?

Galt2009 on April 1, 2013 at 9:38 AM

Still no discussion of why police took twenty miing nutes from the first 911 calls to arrive on site. Why is this?

With nothing but six-year olds and a bunch of scared women there, he could have used a single-shot 22 rifle.

slickwillie2001 on April 1, 2013 at 9:34 AM

Yep, it wouldn’t have mattered if he had to reload. They were largely in closets and it was like duck in a barrel to him. He was doing a realistic first person shooter in which he assigned points. Heck, the man killed himself because he didn’t want to lose his points by getting killed by the police.

Background checks worked. He was denied a gun the week before. You can’t legislate crazy..

melle1228 on April 1, 2013 at 9:39 AM

dogsoldier on April 1, 2013 at 9:06 AM

The answer in Cyprus is piano wire, not guns.

slickwillie2001 on April 1, 2013 at 9:39 AM

frankly, that’s uncalled for. let’s not drop the level of discourse to such petty insults.

noforeskin on April 1, 2013 at 9:25 AM

….that’s not an insult…to you…that’s a favor!

KOOLAID2 on April 1, 2013 at 9:39 AM

Galt2009 on April 1, 2013 at 9:38 AM

different demographics means different propensities to commit crimes

nonpartisan on April 1, 2013 at 9:42 AM

It is my belief that the 2nd amendment is an anachronism that has no place in the modern society.

nonpartisan on April 1, 2013 at 9:31 AM

I wish Democrat politicians were as honest as you about their view of the 2nd amendment.

Wigglesworth on April 1, 2013 at 9:43 AM

It is my belief that the 2nd amendment is an anachronism that has no place in the modern society.

nonpartisan on April 1, 2013 at 9:31 AM

And it is my belief that it should be a worldwide right.

OldEnglish on April 1, 2013 at 9:44 AM

He left off, but we’re gonna pass it anyway just like we passed Ocare. It’s part of their agenda to command and control.

Kissmygrits on April 1, 2013 at 9:45 AM

it used to be constitutional to own slaves, until a war was fought over it.

nonpartisan on April 1, 2013 at 9:31 AM

The only problem with your comment is that it isn’t true.

You can’t point to the amendment in the Constitution that repeals the right to own slaves because the Constituion never stated that slavery was Constitutional. And the Civil War was fought for a variety of reason however abolition of slavery was not one of them other than how it involved the economic factors that was a casus belli.

And the fact that you consider the Second Amendment really does not matter. It is a stated civil right. Who the hell are you to tell other citizens to cede their explicitly stated civil rights just because it doesn’t fit into your leftist agenda of trying to control every aspect of an individual’s life.

What’s next? Getting warrantless searches because you shouldn’t object if you have nothing to hide? I’d call you a moron but that is an insult to morons.

Happy Nomad on April 1, 2013 at 9:51 AM

It is my belief that the 2nd amendment is an anachronism that has no place in the modern society.

nonpartisan on April 1, 2013 at 9:31 AM

This modern society that you speak of is it the one that permits the killing of unwanted, preborn children, the changing of the meaning of a core family and marriage between other than a man and a woman? I’m sure the citizens who wrote the Constitution thought of themselves as well as each generation since then as ‘modern’. We should think of ourselves as civil and bring back a little civility.

Kissmygrits on April 1, 2013 at 9:54 AM

I wish Democrat politicians were as honest as you about their view of the 2nd amendment.

Wigglesworth on April 1, 2013 at 9:43 AM

I agree. Dems claim the Second Amendment is nothing but a provision for hunters and sportsmen. It is an intellectually dishonest position that completely ignores the reasons why the founding fathers thought that the right to keep and bear arms was important enough to specifically enumerate as a civil right.

Happy Nomad on April 1, 2013 at 9:54 AM

It is my belief that the 2nd amendment is an anachronism that has no place in the modern society.

partisan on April 1, 2013 at 9:31 AM

Phuck Off..idiot. No one gives a chit what your beliefs are. No one.

HumpBot Salvation on April 1, 2013 at 9:55 AM

I’d be very careful with this answer, however true, because the anti-freedom left will say the same exact words when they institute what they really are after; people control!

Don L on April 1, 2013 at 9:16 AM

Exactly.

It is my belief that the 2nd amendment is an anachronism that has no place in the modern society.

nonpartisan on April 1, 2013 at 9:31 AM

The stupid is strong with this one.

dogsoldier on April 1, 2013 at 9:55 AM

Gun control, to be successful, has to be done on a federal level imo.

nonpartisan on April 1, 2013 at 9:30 AM

Yeah, why stop there? It ought to go to the international level. The UN is already at work trying with Obama and the left to disarm free citizens that they may institute one world order (control) over humans who seek to control their own destiny.

I’m certain the Benghazi attackers will support such irrational thinking as yours.

Don L on April 1, 2013 at 10:01 AM

It is my belief that the 2nd amendment is an anachronism that has no place in the modern society. nonpartisan on April 1, 2013 at 9:31 AM

Hitler, Castro, Stalin, Mao etc all agreed.

Akzed on April 1, 2013 at 10:01 AM

Don L on April 1, 2013 at 10:01 AM

one world order…you’re one of those conspiracy nuts arentcha?

nonpartisan on April 1, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Galt2009 on April 1, 2013 at 9:38 AM

different demographics means different propensities to commit crimes

nonpartisan on April 1, 2013 at 9:42 AM

What????

Answer the question please:

Please explain why guns aren’t an issue with other cities that let people the freedom to defend themselves?

And please explain the failure of people control in Mexico?

Galt2009 on April 1, 2013 at 10:05 AM

frankly, that’s uncalled for. let’s not drop the level of discourse to such petty insults.

noforeskin on April 1, 2013 at 9:25 AM

….that’s not an insult…to you…that’s a favor!

KOOLAID2 on April 1, 2013 at 9:39 AM

“How could you; I’m a woman!”

slickwillie2001 on April 1, 2013 at 10:06 AM

The high-capacity magazine ban would only have worked if one expects six- and seven-year-olds to rush a shooter while he’s reloading.

Since it took the cops twenty minutes – TWENTY MINUTES – to respond to a report of shots fired at a school, the shooter could have killed just as many people with a MUSKET!

Where are the hearings on why it took them TWENTY MINUTES to respond?

CurtZHP on April 1, 2013 at 10:09 AM

one world order…you’re one of those conspiracy nuts arentcha?

nonpartisan on April 1, 2013 at 10:03 AM

You don’t have to be a conspiracy nut to see that history shows us that when people like you become apathetic and cede their rights to daddy government; the government will always take it too far.

I laugh because you don’t trust the citizenry with weapons, but you will trust politicians with it..

melle1228 on April 1, 2013 at 10:11 AM

It is my belief that the 2nd amendment is an anachronism that has no place in the modern society.

partisan on April 1, 2013 at 9:31 AM

Phuck Off..idiot. No one gives a chit what your beliefs are. No one.

HumpBot Salvation on April 1, 2013 at 9:55 AM

Actually I do because I’m a big fan of identifying the savages in society, makes it easier to see them coming.

Bishop on April 1, 2013 at 10:14 AM

It is my belief that the 2nd amendment is an anachronism that has no place in the modern society.

nonpartisan on April 1, 2013 at 9:31 AM

This April fool hasn’t quite figured out that the latest talking points from Sheep Central aren’t any more effective than the previous ones.

The “shame and embarrassment” attempt didn’t work, because law abiding gun owners have nothing to be ashamed of.

The “gun is just an extension of your pen1s” attempt didn’t work, because law abiding gun owners don’t suffer from that sort of envy (especially those of us with way more kids than is ecologically acceptable).

The latest attempt, “the Second Amendment is an anachronism, and you luddites need to get with the times,” won’t work either, because freedom is never out of style. What’s outdated is marxism that informs your “thinking.” History is piled high with the corpses that resulted from its failure.

CurtZHP on April 1, 2013 at 10:17 AM

Gun control, to be successful, has to be done on a federal level imo.

nonpartisan on April 1, 2013 at 9:30 AM

Sure. That’s the way they do it in Cypress. It works there.

a capella on April 1, 2013 at 10:23 AM

nonpartisan on April 1, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Answer these questions please:

Please explain why guns aren’t an issue with other cities that let people the freedom to defend themselves?

And please explain the failure of people control in Mexico?

Galt2009 on April 1, 2013 at 10:24 AM

Anyone who knows Blumenthal knows he gets in trouble when he strays from the talking points he’s been handed.

Lonetown on April 1, 2013 at 10:25 AM

Ugh! Cypress = Cyprus.

a capella on April 1, 2013 at 10:28 AM

Oh Man – Blumenthal is probably getting a beatdown by Biden and Obama about now….
I am sure Blumenthal will come out today and “clarify” his statement.

redguy on April 1, 2013 at 9:17 AM

It’s a good thing then that Blumenthal can draw upon all of that combat experience in Vietnam.

Oh wait…

Resist We Much on April 1, 2013 at 10:34 AM

Ten to One

30K firearms deaths. 300,000 + obesity deaths and they likely eat up (pun) a lot more healthcare dollars.

I asked before and I ask again, when will CNN do something about C. Crowley?

Her girth is a bad example!

Think of the children!

She gets a gastric bypass or they do a Surgeon General’s warning on her camera image.Sweet Mitt may have been worried about speaking up in the debate out of fear of giving the immense lady a heart attack or stroke.

If Lady Liberty looked like her, we wouldn’t have had any immigration. So c’mon!

IlikedAUH2O on April 1, 2013 at 10:35 AM

It is my belief that the 2nd amendment is an anachronism that has no place in the modern society.

nonpartisan on April 1, 2013 at 9:31 AM

Then, repeal it. Until then, go away.

Resist We Much on April 1, 2013 at 10:35 AM

A day after former Cypriot President Vassilou was found to be among many elite Cypriot (politicians and businessmen) who had loans written-off by the major (now insolvent) banks; it appears the rot is far fouler than expected. In a somewhat stunning (or purely coincidental) revelation, ENETEnglish reports that Cypriot newspaper Haravgi claims that current President Nicos Anastasiades’ family businesses transferred ‘dozens of millions’ from their Laiki Bank accounts to London just a week before the devastating depositor haircuts were unleashed upon his people.

dogsoldier on April 1, 2013 at 9:06 AM

Well, if this happens here, I can’t speak for anyone else, but I promise that my reaction will be astoundingly violent.

Midas on April 1, 2013 at 10:38 AM

It is my belief that the 2nd amendment dangerous leftist mindset is an anachronism that has no place in the modern society.

nonpartisan on April 1, 2013 at 9:31 AM

FIFY.

Now go f*ck yourself.

Midas on April 1, 2013 at 10:39 AM

rankly, that’s uncalled for. let’s not drop the level of discourse to such petty insults.

nonpartisan on April 1, 2013 at 9:25 AM

then the current bill doesn’t go far enough.

nonpartisan on April 1, 2013 at 9:18 AM

Said the poster who offers nothing but petty and vapid comments.

CW on April 1, 2013 at 10:40 AM

Me bets nonpartisan does nothing about the 2nd Amendment ….but troll internet sites.

CW on April 1, 2013 at 10:44 AM

[nonpartisan on April 1, 2013 at 9:18 AM]

Are you back again? You claimed you didn’t read what you considered fiction.

Dusty on April 1, 2013 at 10:54 AM

Galt2009 on April 1, 2013 at 9:38 AM

This just shows the Hubris of the American Left. Where other countries fail at something they are convinced they can get a different and better result because they are so d*mned “smart.”

chemman on April 1, 2013 at 11:01 AM

The link below is truly worth saving. It appears in Imprimis, a Hillsdale College publication. The school is dedicated to furthering a knowledge and understanding of our founding documents.

The piece puts to rest the silly Leftist arguments about what a “well-regulated militia” means and emphasizes that our rights are protected through the Second Amendment.

http://www.hillsdale.edu/news/imprimis.asp

onlineanalyst on April 1, 2013 at 11:01 AM

it is my belief that the 2nd amendment is an anachronism that has no place in the modern society.

nonpartisan on April 1, 2013 at 9:31 AM

It is my belief that the current education system is an anachronism that has no place in modern society. Data point number one for my opinion is your total lack of thinking and logic skills.

chemman on April 1, 2013 at 11:05 AM

Well, if this happens here, I can’t speak for anyone else, but I promise that my reaction will be astoundingly violent.

Midas on April 1, 2013 at 10:38 AM

You won’t be alone.

dogsoldier on April 1, 2013 at 11:26 AM

300,000 + obesity deaths and they likely eat up (pun) a lot more healthcare dollars.

IlikedAUH2O on April 1, 2013 at 10:35 AM

I keep tellin’ you. We MUST ban assault forks!

dogsoldier on April 1, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Blumenthal – just another WE HAVE TO DO SOMETHING idiot.

As for the current background checks (NICS) – there are holes a mile wide in it.

Do we fix the holes?

Nah, lets just ban guns. They’ll be a lot easier to find than 11 million ILLEGAL ALIENS.

GarandFan on April 1, 2013 at 11:31 AM

And let’s not forget that the federal government almost never follows up on failed background checks, which might actually prevent deaths.

Glad to see this situation is slowly creeping into the narrative.

The true agenda of the gun control nuts is exposed by the fact that they will not enforce laws that would actually reduce gun crime. Thousand of times a year, convicted felons and others banned from gun ownership commit a felony by falsifying Form 4473 in attempts to purchase firearms. The DOJ’s own statistics says these criminals are 28% more likely to re-offend in the next five years than other convicts, but these guys have a better chance of being hit by lightning than being prosecuted. (No joking, the lightning strike odds are better.)

Gun control isn’t about reducing crime, it is about restricting guns in the hands of the law-abiding. So they won’t prosecute laws that would reduce crime, and demand ever more “common sense, reasonable” restrictions on the law-abiding which they know beforehand will have no impact on crime. When the new restrictions on the law-abiding predictably have no impact on crime, the gun control nuts demand further restrictions, because the “common sense, reasonable” steps previously taken “didn’t go far enough”

This process has been amply demonstrated here today by one of the trolls who lives under the bridge.

novaculus on April 1, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Gun control, to be successful, has to be done on a federal level imo.

nonpartisan on April 1, 2013 at 9:30 AM

So you believe that there are not any federal gun laws? That’s pretty stupid.
There are hundreds of federal gun laws and regulations…and none of them stopped the sandy hook shooting.

You constantly talk out of your ass. If you don’t like America and our Constitution, why don’t you find a nice socialist country (with 100% open borders, lol) and move there? You’d be happier – and so would we.

Solaratov on April 1, 2013 at 11:48 AM

different demographics means different propensities to commit crimes

nonpartisan on April 1, 2013 at 9:42 AM

That’s pretty stupid…and racist, as well.

Did you actually mean to imply that the black population of Chicago are naturally violent savages and there is no way to keep them from killing each other? It would seem that you did. Do you think that applies to all black people – or just the ones in chicago? Why do you think blacks are more violent than other people?

And, you didn’t answer the question about Mexico. There, ALL gun control is on the federal level; and their gun control laws are among the most restrictive in the world (there is ONE gun shop in all of Mexico).
Now, since the mexican FEDERAL government controls all the guns, one would expect a land of peace, love, and contentment. Instead, we find a country with tens of thousands of people murdered with guns each year – with a murder rate far higher than that of America.
To what – aside from the obama administration running guns to the mexican drug cartels – do you attribute that fact?

Solaratov on April 1, 2013 at 12:07 PM

It is my belief that the 2nd amendment is an anachronism that has no place in the modern society.

nonpartisan on April 1, 2013 at 9:31 AM

And it is my belief that it should be a worldwide right.

OldEnglish on April 1, 2013 at 9:44 AM

It is, OE. It’s a natural human right.

But other people are denied that right because they allowed politicians (despots) to abrogate that right. And the only way they’ll get it back is to fight for it.

Solaratov on April 1, 2013 at 12:11 PM

“What difference does it make now?”, Killary ’16

trs on April 1, 2013 at 12:31 PM

It is my belief that the 2nd amendment is an anachronism that has no place in the modern society.

nonpartisan on April 1, 2013 at 9:31 AM

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Yeah, … that’s the view of anyone who opposes an armed civilian population.

The Second Amendment was not just instituted for “frontier pioneers” who had no phone to contact a non-existent 911 service.

The Second Amendment is fully intended to:

#1 – enable the civilian population to act as a “sword of Damocles” over our own government.

#2 – enable citizens to act as their own first line of defense against common criminals.

The advancements in weapons technology, and the creation of our “modern” civilian police agencies complete with 911 communication centers are MEANINGLESS as pertains to the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

listens2glenn on April 1, 2013 at 12:35 PM

The high-capacity magazine ban would only have worked if one expects six- and seven-year-olds to rush a shooter while he’s reloading.

Au contraire. Be fair. They could have just vomited on him.

Apparently, we need a children’s show to teach these lazy 5 and 6 year olds to do their patriotic duty and sacrifice themselves for the state. The Palestinian Authority has soooo much to teach us.

/sarc, of course

There Goes The Neighborhood on April 1, 2013 at 12:38 PM

nonpartisan on April 1, 2013 at 9:18 AM

The world will be a better place when you are dead and gone.
Feel free to hurry the process along.

S. D. on April 1, 2013 at 6:40 PM

it is my belief that the 2nd amendment is an anachronism that has no place in the modern society.

nonpartisan on April 1, 2013 at 9:31 AM

When violent criminals have no place in a modern society, then your stupid nonsense may seem a little less stupid.

Maybe.

JackM on April 2, 2013 at 7:22 AM