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fishmike
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2/26/2018  4:05 PM
martin wrote:
TPercy wrote:
martin wrote:
TPercy wrote:
martin wrote:
Gudris wrote:
SupremeCommander wrote:what I find fascinating is that high school students are leading the charge. Us adults have failed them. Kudos to them for recognizing that and recognizing that this **** isn't normal. I really applaud them for their ability to stand up and take action during what would normally be the "thoughts and prayers" stage

They have more information from the outside USA, they see how students live in normal countries without guns. Less than a half of adults have been outside of USA, so they think it is normal how they live.

I doubt it.

Kids aren't yet influenced by $$$ and aren't as misinformed by read/watch on TV because their sources of info aren't locked in and bad info isn't as ingrained.


Are you kidding me? These kids are worse than the adults. They believe that the NRA is a child murdering organization and that politicians that take money from them are also child murders even though the NRA are a very financially weak institution compared to other donor groups. Seriously Martin, explain to me how an organization of 5 million members totalling meager revenues $350 million can effectively buy politicians vote on an issue that is so fundemntal to millions of americans.Do the math, it dosen't add up. These kids are defending the coward officer that didn't go in to the building while actual students put their bodies on the line for each other. These kids have defended the the deputy that didn't go in to confront the shooter while kids got sprayed. They don't know what the hell they are talking about.

Feel like what you responded with really has no no direct correlation to do with the topic I responded to.

If you feel the kids in this incident as a whole do not match up to the primary adults - in this case the NRA and their related politicians - feel free to provide that information. I haven't see it as you have laid out.

And I do not personally understand why politicians have seemed to fall in line with the NRA nor do I understand the full nature of the NRA's funding but they do seem to have a firm grasp on R's.


You stated that the kids aren't misinformed when they clearly are. At the CNN Town Hall and in numerous interviews with media they have referred to the NRA as mass murderers and people who are buying politicians for their votes as the reason this country lacks "common sense" gun reform that would have prevented these shootings when that is clearly not the case. They haven't aided the gun debate at all unless you consider pissing off millions of gun owners/ like-minded conservatives around the country.

The only reason why the NRA appears to have a firm grasp on R's is that it is a lie that has been repeated over and over again by media outlets, politicians, late-night comedy, and celebrities. As previously stated, their revenues total $350 million and they make up 5 million members( about $70 per member which is nothing). They aren't even top 100 in Campaign donations or Lobbying. The so-called $200 million they have spent since 1990 has been matched by Corporate donations to Democrats in a single election cycle. If the issue had anything to do with money, Bloomberg would have been able to buy out all the Republicans with NRA funding. Guns are just an issue that is central to a lot of those on the right and the NRA are great at getting them out to vote. If these kids want to show that they are different than the adults who just spew talking points from their favorite news anchor, then they will actually do the research, use sound logic and evidence to make SPECIFIC policy proposals.

I guess that's one take, I don't find too much in common with it.

This incident and the kids and people around it have had a profound affect on the debate moving forward, I hope it continues.

TPercy this what I was trying to do in my earlier posts. The more both sides alienate the greater the divide the less that gets done.

I tried to make some basic points about the country's culture. That 42% of households in the US own a legal firearm. That their rights to firearms are protected by the constitution. The laws that protect guns are deep and entrenched not only legally but culturally as well. I urged people to look deeper. People dont want to do the work. They just want to feel better.

Anyone look up the Dickey Amendment yet?

Martin I hope you are right. Cultural change like this takes time because what really happens is the old people who clung to it start dying, and the young people have the truth to choose from, where as the last generation did not.

Do people even realize the reason we dont have better data on the impact of guns in the home is we are not ALLOWED to?

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2/26/2018  5:06 PM
fishmike wrote:
martin wrote:
TPercy wrote:
martin wrote:
TPercy wrote:
martin wrote:
Gudris wrote:
SupremeCommander wrote:what I find fascinating is that high school students are leading the charge. Us adults have failed them. Kudos to them for recognizing that and recognizing that this **** isn't normal. I really applaud them for their ability to stand up and take action during what would normally be the "thoughts and prayers" stage

They have more information from the outside USA, they see how students live in normal countries without guns. Less than a half of adults have been outside of USA, so they think it is normal how they live.

I doubt it.

Kids aren't yet influenced by $$$ and aren't as misinformed by read/watch on TV because their sources of info aren't locked in and bad info isn't as ingrained.


Are you kidding me? These kids are worse than the adults. They believe that the NRA is a child murdering organization and that politicians that take money from them are also child murders even though the NRA are a very financially weak institution compared to other donor groups. Seriously Martin, explain to me how an organization of 5 million members totalling meager revenues $350 million can effectively buy politicians vote on an issue that is so fundemntal to millions of americans.Do the math, it dosen't add up. These kids are defending the coward officer that didn't go in to the building while actual students put their bodies on the line for each other. These kids have defended the the deputy that didn't go in to confront the shooter while kids got sprayed. They don't know what the hell they are talking about.

Feel like what you responded with really has no no direct correlation to do with the topic I responded to.

If you feel the kids in this incident as a whole do not match up to the primary adults - in this case the NRA and their related politicians - feel free to provide that information. I haven't see it as you have laid out.

And I do not personally understand why politicians have seemed to fall in line with the NRA nor do I understand the full nature of the NRA's funding but they do seem to have a firm grasp on R's.


You stated that the kids aren't misinformed when they clearly are. At the CNN Town Hall and in numerous interviews with media they have referred to the NRA as mass murderers and people who are buying politicians for their votes as the reason this country lacks "common sense" gun reform that would have prevented these shootings when that is clearly not the case. They haven't aided the gun debate at all unless you consider pissing off millions of gun owners/ like-minded conservatives around the country.

The only reason why the NRA appears to have a firm grasp on R's is that it is a lie that has been repeated over and over again by media outlets, politicians, late-night comedy, and celebrities. As previously stated, their revenues total $350 million and they make up 5 million members( about $70 per member which is nothing). They aren't even top 100 in Campaign donations or Lobbying. The so-called $200 million they have spent since 1990 has been matched by Corporate donations to Democrats in a single election cycle. If the issue had anything to do with money, Bloomberg would have been able to buy out all the Republicans with NRA funding. Guns are just an issue that is central to a lot of those on the right and the NRA are great at getting them out to vote. If these kids want to show that they are different than the adults who just spew talking points from their favorite news anchor, then they will actually do the research, use sound logic and evidence to make SPECIFIC policy proposals.

I guess that's one take, I don't find too much in common with it.

This incident and the kids and people around it have had a profound affect on the debate moving forward, I hope it continues.

TPercy this what I was trying to do in my earlier posts. The more both sides alienate the greater the divide the less that gets done.

I tried to make some basic points about the country's culture. That 42% of households in the US own a legal firearm. That their rights to firearms are protected by the constitution. The laws that protect guns are deep and entrenched not only legally but culturally as well. I urged people to look deeper. People dont want to do the work. They just want to feel better.

Anyone look up the Dickey Amendment yet?

Martin I hope you are right. Cultural change like this takes time because what really happens is the old people who clung to it start dying, and the young people have the truth to choose from, where as the last generation did not.

Do people even realize the reason we dont have better data on the impact of guns in the home is we are not ALLOWED to?


I agree with that as well. Young people have a lot of potential to change the name of the game at the moment;however, the same thing was said about the generation before and the generation before that as well. I think its great that young people are engaging in activism however right now I haven't been impressed.

Why we can't properly investigate guns through the CDC is beyond me as well. There is so much data I would like to have on the debate. What percent of guns today are semiautomatic? What percent of gun purchases are "Straw purchases" or "gifts"? Etc... While there are certain policies that can be enacted right off the bat, if we want to figure out how to effectively reduce all gun crime, it is evident that we need more data.

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2/26/2018  7:51 PM
TPercy wrote:
fishmike wrote:
martin wrote:
TPercy wrote:
martin wrote:
TPercy wrote:
martin wrote:
Gudris wrote:
SupremeCommander wrote:what I find fascinating is that high school students are leading the charge. Us adults have failed them. Kudos to them for recognizing that and recognizing that this **** isn't normal. I really applaud them for their ability to stand up and take action during what would normally be the "thoughts and prayers" stage

They have more information from the outside USA, they see how students live in normal countries without guns. Less than a half of adults have been outside of USA, so they think it is normal how they live.

I doubt it.

Kids aren't yet influenced by $$$ and aren't as misinformed by read/watch on TV because their sources of info aren't locked in and bad info isn't as ingrained.


Are you kidding me? These kids are worse than the adults. They believe that the NRA is a child murdering organization and that politicians that take money from them are also child murders even though the NRA are a very financially weak institution compared to other donor groups. Seriously Martin, explain to me how an organization of 5 million members totalling meager revenues $350 million can effectively buy politicians vote on an issue that is so fundemntal to millions of americans.Do the math, it dosen't add up. These kids are defending the coward officer that didn't go in to the building while actual students put their bodies on the line for each other. These kids have defended the the deputy that didn't go in to confront the shooter while kids got sprayed. They don't know what the hell they are talking about.

Feel like what you responded with really has no no direct correlation to do with the topic I responded to.

If you feel the kids in this incident as a whole do not match up to the primary adults - in this case the NRA and their related politicians - feel free to provide that information. I haven't see it as you have laid out.

And I do not personally understand why politicians have seemed to fall in line with the NRA nor do I understand the full nature of the NRA's funding but they do seem to have a firm grasp on R's.


You stated that the kids aren't misinformed when they clearly are. At the CNN Town Hall and in numerous interviews with media they have referred to the NRA as mass murderers and people who are buying politicians for their votes as the reason this country lacks "common sense" gun reform that would have prevented these shootings when that is clearly not the case. They haven't aided the gun debate at all unless you consider pissing off millions of gun owners/ like-minded conservatives around the country.

The only reason why the NRA appears to have a firm grasp on R's is that it is a lie that has been repeated over and over again by media outlets, politicians, late-night comedy, and celebrities. As previously stated, their revenues total $350 million and they make up 5 million members( about $70 per member which is nothing). They aren't even top 100 in Campaign donations or Lobbying. The so-called $200 million they have spent since 1990 has been matched by Corporate donations to Democrats in a single election cycle. If the issue had anything to do with money, Bloomberg would have been able to buy out all the Republicans with NRA funding. Guns are just an issue that is central to a lot of those on the right and the NRA are great at getting them out to vote. If these kids want to show that they are different than the adults who just spew talking points from their favorite news anchor, then they will actually do the research, use sound logic and evidence to make SPECIFIC policy proposals.

I guess that's one take, I don't find too much in common with it.

This incident and the kids and people around it have had a profound affect on the debate moving forward, I hope it continues.

TPercy this what I was trying to do in my earlier posts. The more both sides alienate the greater the divide the less that gets done.

I tried to make some basic points about the country's culture. That 42% of households in the US own a legal firearm. That their rights to firearms are protected by the constitution. The laws that protect guns are deep and entrenched not only legally but culturally as well. I urged people to look deeper. People dont want to do the work. They just want to feel better.

Anyone look up the Dickey Amendment yet?

Martin I hope you are right. Cultural change like this takes time because what really happens is the old people who clung to it start dying, and the young people have the truth to choose from, where as the last generation did not.

Do people even realize the reason we dont have better data on the impact of guns in the home is we are not ALLOWED to?


I agree with that as well. Young people have a lot of potential to change the name of the game at the moment;however, the same thing was said about the generation before and the generation before that as well. I think its great that young people are engaging in activism however right now I haven't been impressed.

Why we can't properly investigate guns through the CDC is beyond me as well. There is so much data I would like to have on the debate. What percent of guns today are semiautomatic? What percent of gun purchases are "Straw purchases" or "gifts"? Etc... While there are certain policies that can be enacted right off the bat, if we want to figure out how to effectively reduce all gun crime, it is evident that we need more data.

they are terrified that quantifiable non biased info gathered by a transparent gov. organization *might* just show that all things factored and weighed that people who grow up with guns in the house are more prone to violence. You know... something like that. Well know that might just be more info than we spend money on finding (in best redneck drawl). I find that piece of law to be the deepest level of phuckery. Why? Dems cant even get it overturned! But like I said... people want knee jerk reactions like banning AR-15s. Yea sure... lets spend all our resources on THAT battle. 10 years later.... This is deep. Lets start with the truth. Can we be allowed to gather that? Please?
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2/27/2018  1:52 AM
fishmike wrote:
TPercy wrote:
fishmike wrote:
martin wrote:
TPercy wrote:
martin wrote:
TPercy wrote:
martin wrote:
Gudris wrote:
SupremeCommander wrote:what I find fascinating is that high school students are leading the charge. Us adults have failed them. Kudos to them for recognizing that and recognizing that this **** isn't normal. I really applaud them for their ability to stand up and take action during what would normally be the "thoughts and prayers" stage

They have more information from the outside USA, they see how students live in normal countries without guns. Less than a half of adults have been outside of USA, so they think it is normal how they live.

I doubt it.

Kids aren't yet influenced by $$$ and aren't as misinformed by read/watch on TV because their sources of info aren't locked in and bad info isn't as ingrained.


Are you kidding me? These kids are worse than the adults. They believe that the NRA is a child murdering organization and that politicians that take money from them are also child murders even though the NRA are a very financially weak institution compared to other donor groups. Seriously Martin, explain to me how an organization of 5 million members totalling meager revenues $350 million can effectively buy politicians vote on an issue that is so fundemntal to millions of americans.Do the math, it dosen't add up. These kids are defending the coward officer that didn't go in to the building while actual students put their bodies on the line for each other. These kids have defended the the deputy that didn't go in to confront the shooter while kids got sprayed. They don't know what the hell they are talking about.

Feel like what you responded with really has no no direct correlation to do with the topic I responded to.

If you feel the kids in this incident as a whole do not match up to the primary adults - in this case the NRA and their related politicians - feel free to provide that information. I haven't see it as you have laid out.

And I do not personally understand why politicians have seemed to fall in line with the NRA nor do I understand the full nature of the NRA's funding but they do seem to have a firm grasp on R's.


You stated that the kids aren't misinformed when they clearly are. At the CNN Town Hall and in numerous interviews with media they have referred to the NRA as mass murderers and people who are buying politicians for their votes as the reason this country lacks "common sense" gun reform that would have prevented these shootings when that is clearly not the case. They haven't aided the gun debate at all unless you consider pissing off millions of gun owners/ like-minded conservatives around the country.

The only reason why the NRA appears to have a firm grasp on R's is that it is a lie that has been repeated over and over again by media outlets, politicians, late-night comedy, and celebrities. As previously stated, their revenues total $350 million and they make up 5 million members( about $70 per member which is nothing). They aren't even top 100 in Campaign donations or Lobbying. The so-called $200 million they have spent since 1990 has been matched by Corporate donations to Democrats in a single election cycle. If the issue had anything to do with money, Bloomberg would have been able to buy out all the Republicans with NRA funding. Guns are just an issue that is central to a lot of those on the right and the NRA are great at getting them out to vote. If these kids want to show that they are different than the adults who just spew talking points from their favorite news anchor, then they will actually do the research, use sound logic and evidence to make SPECIFIC policy proposals.

I guess that's one take, I don't find too much in common with it.

This incident and the kids and people around it have had a profound affect on the debate moving forward, I hope it continues.

TPercy this what I was trying to do in my earlier posts. The more both sides alienate the greater the divide the less that gets done.

I tried to make some basic points about the country's culture. That 42% of households in the US own a legal firearm. That their rights to firearms are protected by the constitution. The laws that protect guns are deep and entrenched not only legally but culturally as well. I urged people to look deeper. People dont want to do the work. They just want to feel better.

Anyone look up the Dickey Amendment yet?

Martin I hope you are right. Cultural change like this takes time because what really happens is the old people who clung to it start dying, and the young people have the truth to choose from, where as the last generation did not.

Do people even realize the reason we dont have better data on the impact of guns in the home is we are not ALLOWED to?


I agree with that as well. Young people have a lot of potential to change the name of the game at the moment;however, the same thing was said about the generation before and the generation before that as well. I think its great that young people are engaging in activism however right now I haven't been impressed.

Why we can't properly investigate guns through the CDC is beyond me as well. There is so much data I would like to have on the debate. What percent of guns today are semiautomatic? What percent of gun purchases are "Straw purchases" or "gifts"? Etc... While there are certain policies that can be enacted right off the bat, if we want to figure out how to effectively reduce all gun crime, it is evident that we need more data.

they are terrified that quantifiable non biased info gathered by a transparent gov. organization *might* just show that all things factored and weighed that people who grow up with guns in the house are more prone to violence. You know... something like that. Well know that might just be more info than we spend money on finding (in best redneck drawl). I find that piece of law to be the deepest level of phuckery. Why? Dems cant even get it overturned! But like I said... people want knee jerk reactions like banning AR-15s. Yea sure... lets spend all our resources on THAT battle. 10 years later.... This is deep. Lets start with the truth. Can we be allowed to gather that? Please?

Last time I checked, there were’t any redneck bloods, cryps or ms13. Why are gang members getting a pass in favor of calling out rednecks as homicidal gun owning maniacs. It’s very strange that nobody cares when blacks kill blacks or hispanics kill hispancs. Also strange that nobody cares about firearms that are bought and traded illegally. How about those cool rap songs glorifying gang culture that everyone loves. Where’s the boycot on that ****? Anyone here living in the projects want to blame rednecks for having to dodge bullets while walking to the convenience store. I’m sure some of you live in some pretty violent neighborhoods and there probably aren’t to many rednecks there.

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2/27/2018  9:39 AM
Rookie wrote:
fishmike wrote:
TPercy wrote:
fishmike wrote:
martin wrote:
TPercy wrote:
martin wrote:
TPercy wrote:
martin wrote:
Gudris wrote:
SupremeCommander wrote:what I find fascinating is that high school students are leading the charge. Us adults have failed them. Kudos to them for recognizing that and recognizing that this **** isn't normal. I really applaud them for their ability to stand up and take action during what would normally be the "thoughts and prayers" stage

They have more information from the outside USA, they see how students live in normal countries without guns. Less than a half of adults have been outside of USA, so they think it is normal how they live.

I doubt it.

Kids aren't yet influenced by $$$ and aren't as misinformed by read/watch on TV because their sources of info aren't locked in and bad info isn't as ingrained.


Are you kidding me? These kids are worse than the adults. They believe that the NRA is a child murdering organization and that politicians that take money from them are also child murders even though the NRA are a very financially weak institution compared to other donor groups. Seriously Martin, explain to me how an organization of 5 million members totalling meager revenues $350 million can effectively buy politicians vote on an issue that is so fundemntal to millions of americans.Do the math, it dosen't add up. These kids are defending the coward officer that didn't go in to the building while actual students put their bodies on the line for each other. These kids have defended the the deputy that didn't go in to confront the shooter while kids got sprayed. They don't know what the hell they are talking about.

Feel like what you responded with really has no no direct correlation to do with the topic I responded to.

If you feel the kids in this incident as a whole do not match up to the primary adults - in this case the NRA and their related politicians - feel free to provide that information. I haven't see it as you have laid out.

And I do not personally understand why politicians have seemed to fall in line with the NRA nor do I understand the full nature of the NRA's funding but they do seem to have a firm grasp on R's.


You stated that the kids aren't misinformed when they clearly are. At the CNN Town Hall and in numerous interviews with media they have referred to the NRA as mass murderers and people who are buying politicians for their votes as the reason this country lacks "common sense" gun reform that would have prevented these shootings when that is clearly not the case. They haven't aided the gun debate at all unless you consider pissing off millions of gun owners/ like-minded conservatives around the country.

The only reason why the NRA appears to have a firm grasp on R's is that it is a lie that has been repeated over and over again by media outlets, politicians, late-night comedy, and celebrities. As previously stated, their revenues total $350 million and they make up 5 million members( about $70 per member which is nothing). They aren't even top 100 in Campaign donations or Lobbying. The so-called $200 million they have spent since 1990 has been matched by Corporate donations to Democrats in a single election cycle. If the issue had anything to do with money, Bloomberg would have been able to buy out all the Republicans with NRA funding. Guns are just an issue that is central to a lot of those on the right and the NRA are great at getting them out to vote. If these kids want to show that they are different than the adults who just spew talking points from their favorite news anchor, then they will actually do the research, use sound logic and evidence to make SPECIFIC policy proposals.

I guess that's one take, I don't find too much in common with it.

This incident and the kids and people around it have had a profound affect on the debate moving forward, I hope it continues.

TPercy this what I was trying to do in my earlier posts. The more both sides alienate the greater the divide the less that gets done.

I tried to make some basic points about the country's culture. That 42% of households in the US own a legal firearm. That their rights to firearms are protected by the constitution. The laws that protect guns are deep and entrenched not only legally but culturally as well. I urged people to look deeper. People dont want to do the work. They just want to feel better.

Anyone look up the Dickey Amendment yet?

Martin I hope you are right. Cultural change like this takes time because what really happens is the old people who clung to it start dying, and the young people have the truth to choose from, where as the last generation did not.

Do people even realize the reason we dont have better data on the impact of guns in the home is we are not ALLOWED to?


I agree with that as well. Young people have a lot of potential to change the name of the game at the moment;however, the same thing was said about the generation before and the generation before that as well. I think its great that young people are engaging in activism however right now I haven't been impressed.

Why we can't properly investigate guns through the CDC is beyond me as well. There is so much data I would like to have on the debate. What percent of guns today are semiautomatic? What percent of gun purchases are "Straw purchases" or "gifts"? Etc... While there are certain policies that can be enacted right off the bat, if we want to figure out how to effectively reduce all gun crime, it is evident that we need more data.

they are terrified that quantifiable non biased info gathered by a transparent gov. organization *might* just show that all things factored and weighed that people who grow up with guns in the house are more prone to violence. You know... something like that. Well know that might just be more info than we spend money on finding (in best redneck drawl). I find that piece of law to be the deepest level of phuckery. Why? Dems cant even get it overturned! But like I said... people want knee jerk reactions like banning AR-15s. Yea sure... lets spend all our resources on THAT battle. 10 years later.... This is deep. Lets start with the truth. Can we be allowed to gather that? Please?

Last time I checked, there were’t any redneck bloods, cryps or ms13. Why are gang members getting a pass in favor of calling out rednecks as homicidal gun owning maniacs. It’s very strange that nobody cares when blacks kill blacks or hispanics kill hispancs. Also strange that nobody cares about firearms that are bought and traded illegally. How about those cool rap songs glorifying gang culture that everyone loves. Where’s the boycot on that ****? Anyone here living in the projects want to blame rednecks for having to dodge bullets while walking to the convenience store. I’m sure some of you live in some pretty violent neighborhoods and there probably aren’t to many rednecks there.


you are trying to bring up a lot of different things with not enough context, and none of your points are wrong or bad. Gun violence is not only promoted in the rap songs and culture targeting a black audience. I mean you have a very liberal hollywood that makes it money off movies with guns. Promoting gun violence is not unique to one culture. Its ubiquitous in our society.

Rednecks in this thread I think refers to rural Americans who legally own firearms. Bloods and cryps are criminals shooting other criminals. None of the firearms used in those crimes are legally owned. Are gangs running around with guns an issue? Of course its an issue. However it is different. When you are killed by criminal with an illegal weapon its different from being killed by someone with a weapon that the gov says is OK to have.

How different? Not much.. because you still wind up dead. What is different is what happens before. Bloods and Cryps are going to find ways to kill each other. That is one debate. Here is another debate. If Nikolas Cruz does not have access to legally acquire weapons does he still find a path to carry out his massacre?

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2/27/2018  11:34 AM
fishmike wrote:
Rookie wrote:
fishmike wrote:
TPercy wrote:
fishmike wrote:
martin wrote:
TPercy wrote:
martin wrote:
TPercy wrote:
martin wrote:
Gudris wrote:
SupremeCommander wrote:what I find fascinating is that high school students are leading the charge. Us adults have failed them. Kudos to them for recognizing that and recognizing that this **** isn't normal. I really applaud them for their ability to stand up and take action during what would normally be the "thoughts and prayers" stage

They have more information from the outside USA, they see how students live in normal countries without guns. Less than a half of adults have been outside of USA, so they think it is normal how they live.

I doubt it.

Kids aren't yet influenced by $$$ and aren't as misinformed by read/watch on TV because their sources of info aren't locked in and bad info isn't as ingrained.


Are you kidding me? These kids are worse than the adults. They believe that the NRA is a child murdering organization and that politicians that take money from them are also child murders even though the NRA are a very financially weak institution compared to other donor groups. Seriously Martin, explain to me how an organization of 5 million members totalling meager revenues $350 million can effectively buy politicians vote on an issue that is so fundemntal to millions of americans.Do the math, it dosen't add up. These kids are defending the coward officer that didn't go in to the building while actual students put their bodies on the line for each other. These kids have defended the the deputy that didn't go in to confront the shooter while kids got sprayed. They don't know what the hell they are talking about.

Feel like what you responded with really has no no direct correlation to do with the topic I responded to.

If you feel the kids in this incident as a whole do not match up to the primary adults - in this case the NRA and their related politicians - feel free to provide that information. I haven't see it as you have laid out.

And I do not personally understand why politicians have seemed to fall in line with the NRA nor do I understand the full nature of the NRA's funding but they do seem to have a firm grasp on R's.


You stated that the kids aren't misinformed when they clearly are. At the CNN Town Hall and in numerous interviews with media they have referred to the NRA as mass murderers and people who are buying politicians for their votes as the reason this country lacks "common sense" gun reform that would have prevented these shootings when that is clearly not the case. They haven't aided the gun debate at all unless you consider pissing off millions of gun owners/ like-minded conservatives around the country.

The only reason why the NRA appears to have a firm grasp on R's is that it is a lie that has been repeated over and over again by media outlets, politicians, late-night comedy, and celebrities. As previously stated, their revenues total $350 million and they make up 5 million members( about $70 per member which is nothing). They aren't even top 100 in Campaign donations or Lobbying. The so-called $200 million they have spent since 1990 has been matched by Corporate donations to Democrats in a single election cycle. If the issue had anything to do with money, Bloomberg would have been able to buy out all the Republicans with NRA funding. Guns are just an issue that is central to a lot of those on the right and the NRA are great at getting them out to vote. If these kids want to show that they are different than the adults who just spew talking points from their favorite news anchor, then they will actually do the research, use sound logic and evidence to make SPECIFIC policy proposals.

I guess that's one take, I don't find too much in common with it.

This incident and the kids and people around it have had a profound affect on the debate moving forward, I hope it continues.

TPercy this what I was trying to do in my earlier posts. The more both sides alienate the greater the divide the less that gets done.

I tried to make some basic points about the country's culture. That 42% of households in the US own a legal firearm. That their rights to firearms are protected by the constitution. The laws that protect guns are deep and entrenched not only legally but culturally as well. I urged people to look deeper. People dont want to do the work. They just want to feel better.

Anyone look up the Dickey Amendment yet?

Martin I hope you are right. Cultural change like this takes time because what really happens is the old people who clung to it start dying, and the young people have the truth to choose from, where as the last generation did not.

Do people even realize the reason we dont have better data on the impact of guns in the home is we are not ALLOWED to?


I agree with that as well. Young people have a lot of potential to change the name of the game at the moment;however, the same thing was said about the generation before and the generation before that as well. I think its great that young people are engaging in activism however right now I haven't been impressed.

Why we can't properly investigate guns through the CDC is beyond me as well. There is so much data I would like to have on the debate. What percent of guns today are semiautomatic? What percent of gun purchases are "Straw purchases" or "gifts"? Etc... While there are certain policies that can be enacted right off the bat, if we want to figure out how to effectively reduce all gun crime, it is evident that we need more data.

they are terrified that quantifiable non biased info gathered by a transparent gov. organization *might* just show that all things factored and weighed that people who grow up with guns in the house are more prone to violence. You know... something like that. Well know that might just be more info than we spend money on finding (in best redneck drawl). I find that piece of law to be the deepest level of phuckery. Why? Dems cant even get it overturned! But like I said... people want knee jerk reactions like banning AR-15s. Yea sure... lets spend all our resources on THAT battle. 10 years later.... This is deep. Lets start with the truth. Can we be allowed to gather that? Please?

Last time I checked, there were’t any redneck bloods, cryps or ms13. Why are gang members getting a pass in favor of calling out rednecks as homicidal gun owning maniacs. It’s very strange that nobody cares when blacks kill blacks or hispanics kill hispancs. Also strange that nobody cares about firearms that are bought and traded illegally. How about those cool rap songs glorifying gang culture that everyone loves. Where’s the boycot on that ****? Anyone here living in the projects want to blame rednecks for having to dodge bullets while walking to the convenience store. I’m sure some of you live in some pretty violent neighborhoods and there probably aren’t to many rednecks there.


you are trying to bring up a lot of different things with not enough context, and none of your points are wrong or bad. Gun violence is not only promoted in the rap songs and culture targeting a black audience. I mean you have a very liberal hollywood that makes it money off movies with guns. Promoting gun violence is not unique to one culture. Its ubiquitous in our society.

Rednecks in this thread I think refers to rural Americans who legally own firearms. Bloods and cryps are criminals shooting other criminals. None of the firearms used in those crimes are legally owned. Are gangs running around with guns an issue? Of course its an issue. However it is different. When you are killed by criminal with an illegal weapon its different from being killed by someone with a weapon that the gov says is OK to have.

How different? Not much.. because you still wind up dead. What is different is what happens before. Bloods and Cryps are going to find ways to kill each other. That is one debate. Here is another debate. If Nikolas Cruz does not have access to legally acquire weapons does he still find a path to carry out his massacre?

The reason I bring these other groups up is because they are responsible for the majority of violence in this country. Cruz is one person and this tragedy could have been avoided if the sheriff's dept and FBI didn't ignore the complaints and warning signs. To repeat, Cruz could have and should have been stopped before he hurt anyone.

There are over 1 Million gang members in the United States. All of whom are involved in some violent criminal activity. That is a lot of illegal firearms on the street in the hands of violent youth who spend every single day engaging in illegal activity or are for engaging in illegal activity waiting to get out to get back to engaging in violent activity.https://www.statisticbrain.com/gang-statistics/

Total number of gang members in the U.S. 1,150,000
Number of street and prison gangs in the U.S. 24,250
Percent of gang members who are under 18 years of age 40%
Percent of gang members who are female 8%
Percent of juvenile boys in a correctional facility with gang affiliation 90%
Percent of U.S. cities with 100,000+ population that reported gang activity 86%

Drug Trafficking 63%
Assault 44%
Threats / Intimidation 41%
Robbery 38%
Burglary 29%
Weapons Trafficking 27%
Larceny / Theft 25%
Motor Vehicle Theft 22%

Black gang members 31%
Hispanic gang members 47%
White gang members 13%
Asian gang members 7%
Other 2%

In my opinion this is a large problem. If any of you live in the projects or in a bad neighborhood I'm sure you know of at least one person with an illegal firearm. You wan't to be a good citizen, then report them because if you don't and come on the internet complaining about the gun problem in this country and then do nothing about it in real life in your own neighborhood, you are a hypocrite.

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2/27/2018  2:35 PM
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fishmike wrote:http://NRA Leader Warns Conservatives Of 'Socialist Wave' In Wake Of Shooting - NPR
https://apple.news/AWc7Xka2cTuuH-aRGe5nNkA

Seems like a sensible guy. An ofcourse unbiased. Here is another piranha.

Your type of crowd?

Wasn’t there a mass shooting in Kansas City last saturday? Ok, I’ll answer the question, yes there was. It was black gang members shooting up a party, where’s the national coverage? Gang violence is a real problem, but the media chose not to cover that mass shooting. It might sound harsh and uncaring, but she is calling out the media for their double standard and yet that message is lost

Agree it's a problem. Both are tragic. Did I miss the same NRA spokesperson speak against that shooting as well? Or Call black mothers "media gold". What that thing said was insensitive to those that just lost one of their kids. You have kids? Karma is a bitch, and so is that spokes spider.

That's either a typo or you did't actually listen to what she said....or heard what you wanted to hear. She said 'crying white mothers are media gold'. Like I said, there was a mass shooting in Kansas City 3 days after the Florida tragedy. One dead, seven injured. Here check it out for yourself. https://www.kshb.com/news/crime/police-focus-on-gang-violence-after-mass-shooting-in-kck

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2/27/2018  4:30 PM    LAST EDITED: 2/27/2018  4:30 PM
fishmike wrote:http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/02/26/georgias-lieutenant-gov-blasts-delta-for-cutting-ties-with-nra-warns-will-block-legislation-favoring-airline.html

I just saw a statistic that said 'states with stricter gun laws have fewer gun deaths'

Then when I did data search for gun deaths, I see the State of California had 3,184 gun related homicides (2017) and the State of Montana had 194. Yet California has a rating of 7.9 and Montana has a rating of 18.9

The reason for this is that California has a higher populating and the ratings are adjusted for deaths per 100,000 people. So technically the statement is correct that California has a lower gun death 'rating' even though it has substantially more gun deaths. If you take the statement verbatim, it is false since California has the second most gun deaths of any other state in the country right behind Texas (3,353) and followed closely by Florida (2,704).

The only thing I can really determine for sure is that the data can be manipulated to make completely opposite points of view.

Another fact is that California has 3 Cities in the top ten of worst cities to live in criteria being poverty, violent crime, urban decay. (Modesto, Oakland & Stockton)

Here is just one example of a community living outside of normal society. Imagine your bad luck if you were born here.

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2/27/2018  8:35 PM
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But this is why discussions disintegrate. When you start calling people ignorant and accusing them of knee jerk reactions. The majority of the country at one time owned and wanted slaves, that was a much more deeply rooted part of the culture and it was the law. Someone then started to see the error in their ways because a small minority at first started pushing back on the establishment ideology. Then it gained momentum and became a movement. Yes the other side won't give up without a fight but it doesn't have to be "fought" with weapons.

I guess MLK, didn't get the memo that culture cannot be changed, because he must have sounded pretty stupid, right?

No one said it's going to be easy or the other side can be sweet talked or will be willing to cave in. What I am asking for is movement to start the fight and to take it to the other side. This is not a knee jerk reaction. I don't have a colleague charged out plan to convince the other side. I think it's stupid to think like that.

Culture change is hard but you need an idea to fight another idea. Our side hadn't articulated a common idea or a goal. Incremental hacking at something else is not an idea. It's why nothing ever changes. Is why we keep having the discussion on the NRA's terms and context.

No you start a movement by focusing on what seems impossible, it takes faith, it takes trust and it takes a village. Then over time it evolves naturally into a movement that CAN change the world. But you can't chart it's course ahead of time or define how it will work. You can only set it up and let it run its own course.

I am not an idealist, anyone who reads my posts here will see a heavy dose of cynicism. But I can absolutely guarantee we are not going to win the fight against guns by incremental progress and dicking around with mental health issues.

ignorance is a lack of knowledge and information. Thats from Webster.
knee-jerk
1.(of a response) automatic and unthinking.
"a knee-jerk reaction"
synonyms: impulsive, automatic, spontaneous, instinctive, mechanical, unthinking, hasty, rash, reckless, impetuous, precipitate

I really have not heard anything but the above. That is meant as a challenge. Not as an attack.

I cant think of something more different than civil rights. Throwing MLK out there an example of the above.

Are guns responsible for infringing on the constitutional rights of 18 million people? I am sorry but comparing gun control to civil rights strikes me as slight to the civil right movement. One was the (and is) repressing the rights of American citizens. Civil rights is about fighting for the equality the constitution promises. How are you correlating that to gun control?

Also all the evidence points to the fact that most gun owners are responsible. Who is the enemy here? When you talk about changing the culture who are you even talking about?

I am not saying guns and slaves are the same thing
I gave you an example of how ingrained culture against something that has constitutional support can be changed. You are intentionally creating a strawman to change the subject.

If anyone here is providing knee jerk reactions with right wing talking points it's you.
When I am talking about changing culture I am talking about people who need to own guns to feel safe. Because people everywhere else on the world are doing without them.

I gave you an example of how ingrained culture against something that has constitutional support can be changed.
Not really. You gave me two examples. Slavery ended with war that killed more people than every other war combined.

The other example was civil rights, which did NOT have constituional support. The exact opposite. Jim Crow was literally unconstitutional. Thats is eventually why the civil rights movement was successful in eliminating Jim Crow.

If anyone here is providing knee jerk reactions with right wing talking points it's you.
Name one. Please.

Yes I gave two examples of two different things-

One was Slavery - the example was it's possible to overturn ingrained cultural beliefs and constitutional rights, I don't support war but if it takes war then war needs to happen. The lives of inncoent children are more important that whackjobs and their gun rights. Fuck anyone who says anything else.

Second example was MLK - because he articulated a position against it the predominant cultural narrative of the time. And yes according to you people who articulate views against guns are the problem. So **** that as well.

Example of knee jerk reaction -

Are guns responsible for infringing on the constitutional rights of 18 million people? I am sorry but comparing gun control to civil rights strikes me as slight to the civil right movement. One was the (and is) repressing the rights of American citizens. Civil rights is about fighting for the equality the constitution promises. How are you correlating that to gun control?
Completely irrelevant bull****. Because I wasn't correlating civil rights to guns, I was presenting evidence that people who speak up against cultural norms are not the problem and they are not stupid because you say so.

And as for the stuff you posted about why you bolded one part of the sentence and not the other. what was your comment? One is plain language the other is hard to follow? So it's your position we should cherry pick fragments of sentences from the constitution that meets the pervasive level of redneck illiteracy to inform our legal system? Fuck that.

So here is a classic example of when someone doesnt see things your way the next move is shut down dialogue and resort to name calling. You have proven my exact point about why these discussions go nowhere and nothing changes.

I ask you questions to clarify your points, you curse at me.

And yes according to you people who articulate views against guns are the problem
You have yet to articulate anything. That is what I am pushing you on. You opted NOT to articulate, and resort to name calling.

So far the level of understanding you have demonstrated is about as deep as the guy on this site who posted videos of black people doing bad things with the message that Americans would be less racist if blacks were just better behaved. How did that sit with you? I am challenging you to come up with something deeper than point the finger.

So there is a problem, with a large group of people who's view is backed by law and the constitution. Your tact to change that culture is call them all dump phucking rednecks? Sorry if you think that is a solution. Your attitude IS part of the problem. You are literally the voice for non change. The types of things you have posted are fuel for non-change. You sound like a Russian bot posting on an NRA message forum.

42% of American households own a fire arm. 42%. Very close to half.
https://www.statista.com/statistics/249740/percentage-of-households-in-the-united-states-owning-a-firearm/
42% of American households are listening to you. What is your message?

Sorry to call you our specifically. Honestly I am.

I dont own firearms and have no intention to. If you polled me on every political position I would test out as liberal democrat. I can stomach the 2nd amendment and have some respect for its origins. I think (especially in rural areas) people should have the right to protect their homes with a firearm, especially in a nation where so many are armed. I am dead set against military style weapons and equally so handguns. If could choose to ban one I would pick handguns... easy. I also understand neither of those are going away anytime soon, and its pretty easy to understand why, if you choose to.

My goal in this "discussion" was to ask questions and make people think a little bit.

My hope was for something a little bit deeper than VMart's "all gun owners have murder in their heart" or your own comments about phucking rednecks which not only yield nothing, but actually fuel to cement opposing views and are used to fund that opposition.

42% of households.

Stop spinning your wheels, calling names and start learning. Do you know what the Dickey Amendment is? Start with a google on that one. Go from there. If you want to start change it starts with education and awareness, not name calling and not labeling 42% of America as idiotic rednecks or murderers waiting to happen. Unless you want that name calling. For many its more important to voice their disgust and trash those who do not see it their way. Its your internet. If that is what you want its your right as well. Again... my point is if you want the change you claim stop pointing fingers and start learning. Start with the Dickey Amendment. Start with data and information. Its not happening with this generation. Until YOU change your attitude and approach you will lose the next generation as well.

How will you change the culture?
How will a ban on AR-15s keep us safe when there are already 5-10 million sold?
How will a ban on ALL assault rifles stop a kid from walking into school with 5 handguns and 200 rounds strapped on under his coat?

Are these not common sense questions? How hard to you want to fight for rules that have no impact? How can you make them more impactful?

Funny how quick you were to say things like "fishmike's interpretation" of the 2nd amendment. All I am doing is asking questions and you call me names, misquoted me and stomped around like a virtual toddler with phuck this and phuck that. Is that going to get you closer to the change culture change you say is so possible? Was that MLK's approach to changing culture during civil rights?

Names? What names? Fishmike's interpretation is name calling?
I did articulate my position very early on. Guns don't have a place in civilized society and they should be banned. Second amendment should be repealed or replaced. And Demicrats need to start taking the fight to the NRA instead of trying to find compromise. They are weak ass scumbags that are corrupt and in bed with the NRA, and they don't do anything to move the needle. Tell me I am repeating myself and this isn't news to you???

I don't actually care if you disagree with me, I want to be clear I am not trying to find common ground, that I think is the problem. The NRA doesn't try to find common ground, it's why they are successful. Democrats make the mistakes of taking marginal improvements as moral victories that's no way to fight systemic corruption and abuse of power. Start with the problem, build support to overturn the second amendment. It won't be easy but it has to be started. When and if they come in power make sales of all kinds of guns taxable at 800%. Do I need to draw a diagram? Do you realize the second amendment taken literally, the way you stated it actually gives people the right to own homemade nuclear bombs as well? Should we make uranium legal as well? There's already black market for it.

I am annoyed at people trying to broker compromise with ****heads that talk about how many guns they own when children are being shot to death.

Do you have data on how many kids are being massacred using cars in countries that do ban guns? That was your point right? Guns don't kill, people do, should we ban cars....blah blah blah. Any data on number of school children killed in those other countries in a year?

Nope, all you got are empty talking points. And this politically correct bull**** about compromise. Fuck compromise.

How do we implement this? Well we do what all these other countries did, where is the rocket science? Are you gonna sit and listen to people who tell you it won't work in the US? That's bull**** and you know it. It works everywhere else. And you start by putting people in jail for owning guns and making examples out of them. Like I said it's not going to be popular or politically correct. If that's what keeps you from doing the right thing, God help you.

One last clarification, I am NOT talking about banning AR15s, I am talking about banning guns. I said this before and I will repeat it again, I am not looking for specific policies at this time. I am looking for Democrats to start and lead a large scale movements to permanently ban guns in the US. You can't change culture unless you force the conversation. All I want right now is for people to force the conversation, I am not asking for everything to be banned starting tomorrow.

Posts like this are what the NRA puts into their pamphlets that they use to get more donations to back more politicians that will fight gun laws. Fuck compromise! Great job getting your message across.

Do you have data on how many kids are being massacred using cars in countries that do ban guns? That was your point right? Guns don't kill, people do, should we ban cars....blah blah blah. Any data on number of school children killed in those other countries in a year?
No that was not my point. You are too angry to read and learn anything. You just want people who think and feel how you do. That is not how laws are passed and laws are changed. The emotion you bring to the issue strengthens the other side and weakens your own.

As someone that would value seeing meaningful gun legislation passed you are as big an obstacle for change as the NRA itself. If you dont want to hear my message that is on you. I dont have to tell you that your anger and ranting is useless and fruitless. Thats easy to see.

Did you even google the Dickey Amendment yet? Or are you too angry to use your brain? When your done rattling your can and banging your head against rocks while blaming others come back to the discussion.

I wasn't going to respond to this - because you and I are basically talking past each other. But I think you are at least one of the more balanced posters here so I will give it one more shot. While it will read like an attack on your premises, it's meant to help you see things from different POV. The democrats that think like you have been trying to bring in "serious gun legislation" for twenty five years and they don't have jack **** to show for it. Trying the same thing over and over again and expecting different outcomes s the definition of insanity.

You are worried about posts like this being used by the NRA to fan their base? See taht's exactly my point. You are worried about what the NRA will say to their base and I am not. The NRA has made it clear again and again they don't give a rat's ass about dead kids, as long as they can sell guns. The republicans have made it clear they will block any legislation of any type that will try to controlguns in teh US. This isn't anger and ranting it's basic common sense.

Let me ask what have your "discussions" and "adult conversations" yielded over the last 10 years? How many gun control laws did you get passed through "seriouse discussions", and "compromise"? I'll help you out here the answer is ZERO. The biggest school shootout in the history of the US just happened. How many legislations in states, cities and Federal govt have brought forward gun control bills to vote? ZERO. While you are imparting your endless wisdom and "discussing gun control like a serious adult" (fukk these memes) - here is one very real bill that have been proposed - Florida GOP has asked to vote for MORE GUNS to be sold now to teachers. Trump has made this his new top issue - let's sell even more guns to people completely ill equipped to handle any kind of situation. See how this works? Democrats are showing outrage and "having adult discussions" while the right wing filth are creating lwas to sell more guns.

You think I am the problem FISHMIKE? Because without me posting this here the NRA was going to come to the table with you to compromise? That's all you got? Your level of naivete and denial are sad and delusional. No dear wise one, YOU are the problem with your eternal bull**** about adult discussions and endless compromise. You say you want gun control and then you sign up to do the NRA's work for them by attempting to "compromise" with them - while they are giving speeches about why they would never compromise on their "rights". Wisdom is not about having "adult conversations" it's about being able to wake the fukk up and smell the coffee.

I am not asking for compromise, I am asking for leadership from Democrats in starting a movement that takes on the NRA. Because the NRA is not going to be part of the solution, the NRA IS THE PROBLEM. I have had it with compromise, not because I am angry but because I can at least see through this transparent ruse to manipulate the electorate over the years. I guess you can't or won't see that but I don't need to get into that. This is the last you will hear from me. Carry forward with your "enlightened discussions and compromise".

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Here is the issue we can all agree the ar 15 has more mass killings then most other weapons in recent history, and that they do not belong in untrained hands. The second amendment says a "well regulate Militia" so my question to the NRA and the people that support that stand where is the well regulated part? I am a gone owner and vet of the US Army and I feel that the AR and the AK has very limited use in the general public, it really can not be used for hunting legally the round causes to much damage for a serious hunter as well. I do not mind the weapon in well trained hands and that needs to be regulated.

The death toll to the wrong people having this weapon is something like 177 deaths over the last 5 yrs I believe that is counting Orlando and Vegas where the count is over 100. Hey you want a weapon to protect your house, in an urban environment like a regular neighborhood the ar or the ak is the wrong weapon those bullets when the miss the target will go through someone elses' wall or windows and you could kill your neighbor.

Now for the people thinking that owning an ar or ak will help them when the government comes for them to oppose the government you and buddies are not going to stop the US Army or Marines or even SWAT with an AR or and AK. An average infantry squad carries 1 saw if not 2 and 1 grenade launcher, access to some kind of military vehicle that is armored against small caliber rounds and they have access to heavier support. So lets put that nonsense you need to gun to keep the government inline because that is not going to work.

Like I said I support the 2nd amendment but there needs to be tighter regulation, and for people thinking they are going to go after your pistols next that is not going to happen. I understand the argument you cant blame the gun, but if my kid hits someone with a stick I remove the stick and punish the child. The same principle should be applied here. The issue here is you have people on the far right and the far left and they have no interest in finding common ground. And Yes I know deaths and shootings happened this weekend and the far right is saying no one has said nothing about that. But that is untrue as well because Black Lives matter keeps trying to hammer the point. (As a Latin I still think if Black lives matters want to make a point they should just change it to Lives matter but that is a different subject).

Don't think I am correlating civil rights to guns, but if the NRA was serious about the second amendment they would go into these areas where crime is high and start a training program, gun safety and put their money where their mouths are. Until then the population needs protection from people who should not have these weapons getting them. For people supporting the NRA and the 2nd amendment the pressure should be on them to stop it or come with a compromise. Until the right people are in office then we need to keep voting people out who are unwilling to protect the population.

I had a close friend that lost his brother in law he was the football coach trying to save kids at Stoneman Douglas. I would ask everyone to consider his widow and family (all the families affected by violence) when not willing to discuss this polarizing topic. Because the one thing everyone deserves is the right to go home to there family at night. The to be killed by violence like that is the ultimate violation of your civil rights so when not willing to budge on the topic please consider that

A mass shooting is considered 4 or more people killed at one time. Look at the below from Time just after vegas and the Washington Post from October both are missing the 17 deaths and injuries from Broward

http://time.com/4965022/deadliest-mass-shooting-us-history/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2018/national/mass-shootings-in-america/?utm_term=.fd800e6b9c8c

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BRIGGS wrote:Sorry but I cant let this pass.

17 more people dead in a school.

Time to break into the military budget and fight real wars like poverty lack of health insurance school safety education and health care for all keep drugs out of our country. What the he ll does having so many submarines aircraft carriers ships bombs mean when kids die like this? They NEED PROTECTION NOW. Im sick of it

Build a wall. Meanwhile domestic terror is perpetrated by our own.
Military parade.
Nice Budget. Trump wants to cut Medicare? He promised he would not.
When we put "party" before the people this is what you get. NRA lobby pays off its guys. AR15 is a killing machine.
Fuck the NRA.
I Encourage Republicans to ask their representatives to put country before party.

I agree a tainted election a fraud and lair in office. The sad part he is screwing the poor people that voted him into office because they believed him. This is the same person who says he is a great businessman but ran a casino bankrupt. He is very good at accumulating debt. This is the same man the dodge the draft but he would run into a building where shots were fired. Jesus Christ he could not even entire the nation of Vietnam never mind one building. I have a hard time any intelligent human in this country would be believing or supporting him.

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rammagen wrote:Here is the issue we can all agree the ar 15 has more mass killings then most other weapons in recent history, and that they do not belong in untrained hands. The second amendment says a "well regulate Militia" so my question to the NRA and the people that support that stand where is the well regulated part? I am a gone owner and vet of the US Army and I feel that the AR and the AK has very limited use in the general public, it really can not be used for hunting legally the round causes to much damage for a serious hunter as well. I do not mind the weapon in well trained hands and that needs to be regulated.

The death toll to the wrong people having this weapon is something like 177 deaths over the last 5 yrs I believe that is counting Orlando and Vegas where the count is over 100. Hey you want a weapon to protect your house, in an urban environment like a regular neighborhood the ar or the ak is the wrong weapon those bullets when the miss the target will go through someone elses' wall or windows and you could kill your neighbor.

Now for the people thinking that owning an ar or ak will help them when the government comes for them to oppose the government you and buddies are not going to stop the US Army or Marines or even SWAT with an AR or and AK. An average infantry squad carries 1 saw if not 2 and 1 grenade launcher, access to some kind of military vehicle that is armored against small caliber rounds and they have access to heavier support. So lets put that nonsense you need to gun to keep the government inline because that is not going to work.

Like I said I support the 2nd amendment but there needs to be tighter regulation, and for people thinking they are going to go after your pistols next that is not going to happen. I understand the argument you cant blame the gun, but if my kid hits someone with a stick I remove the stick and punish the child. The same principle should be applied here. The issue here is you have people on the far right and the far left and they have no interest in finding common ground. And Yes I know deaths and shootings happened this weekend and the far right is saying no one has said nothing about that. But that is untrue as well because Black Lives matter keeps trying to hammer the point. (As a Latin I still think if Black lives matters want to make a point they should just change it to Lives matter but that is a different subject).

Don't think I am correlating civil rights to guns, but if the NRA was serious about the second amendment they would go into these areas where crime is high and start a training program, gun safety and put their money where their mouths are. Until then the population needs protection from people who should not have these weapons getting them. For people supporting the NRA and the 2nd amendment the pressure should be on them to stop it or come with a compromise. Until the right people are in office then we need to keep voting people out who are unwilling to protect the population.

I had a close friend that lost his brother in law he was the football coach trying to save kids at Stoneman Douglas. I would ask everyone to consider his widow and family (all the families affected by violence) when not willing to discuss this polarizing topic. Because the one thing everyone deserves is the right to go home to there family at night. The to be killed by violence like that is the ultimate violation of your civil rights so when not willing to budge on the topic please consider that

A mass shooting is considered 4 or more people killed at one time. Look at the below from Time just after vegas and the Washington Post from October both are missing the 17 deaths and injuries from Broward

http://time.com/4965022/deadliest-mass-shooting-us-history/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2018/national/mass-shootings-in-america/?utm_term=.fd800e6b9c8c

Thanks for your post - I appreciate your POV and your candor. We won't agree on gun ownrship issue but it's refreshing to read someone who posts without cynicism about something important. Sorry for your friend's loss.

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meloshouldgo wrote:
fishmike wrote:
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meloshouldgo wrote:My phone is not letting me "quote" the last post.
But this is why discussions disintegrate. When you start calling people ignorant and accusing them of knee jerk reactions. The majority of the country at one time owned and wanted slaves, that was a much more deeply rooted part of the culture and it was the law. Someone then started to see the error in their ways because a small minority at first started pushing back on the establishment ideology. Then it gained momentum and became a movement. Yes the other side won't give up without a fight but it doesn't have to be "fought" with weapons.

I guess MLK, didn't get the memo that culture cannot be changed, because he must have sounded pretty stupid, right?

No one said it's going to be easy or the other side can be sweet talked or will be willing to cave in. What I am asking for is movement to start the fight and to take it to the other side. This is not a knee jerk reaction. I don't have a colleague charged out plan to convince the other side. I think it's stupid to think like that.

Culture change is hard but you need an idea to fight another idea. Our side hadn't articulated a common idea or a goal. Incremental hacking at something else is not an idea. It's why nothing ever changes. Is why we keep having the discussion on the NRA's terms and context.

No you start a movement by focusing on what seems impossible, it takes faith, it takes trust and it takes a village. Then over time it evolves naturally into a movement that CAN change the world. But you can't chart it's course ahead of time or define how it will work. You can only set it up and let it run its own course.

I am not an idealist, anyone who reads my posts here will see a heavy dose of cynicism. But I can absolutely guarantee we are not going to win the fight against guns by incremental progress and dicking around with mental health issues.

ignorance is a lack of knowledge and information. Thats from Webster.
knee-jerk
1.(of a response) automatic and unthinking.
"a knee-jerk reaction"
synonyms: impulsive, automatic, spontaneous, instinctive, mechanical, unthinking, hasty, rash, reckless, impetuous, precipitate

I really have not heard anything but the above. That is meant as a challenge. Not as an attack.

I cant think of something more different than civil rights. Throwing MLK out there an example of the above.

Are guns responsible for infringing on the constitutional rights of 18 million people? I am sorry but comparing gun control to civil rights strikes me as slight to the civil right movement. One was the (and is) repressing the rights of American citizens. Civil rights is about fighting for the equality the constitution promises. How are you correlating that to gun control?

Also all the evidence points to the fact that most gun owners are responsible. Who is the enemy here? When you talk about changing the culture who are you even talking about?

I am not saying guns and slaves are the same thing
I gave you an example of how ingrained culture against something that has constitutional support can be changed. You are intentionally creating a strawman to change the subject.

If anyone here is providing knee jerk reactions with right wing talking points it's you.
When I am talking about changing culture I am talking about people who need to own guns to feel safe. Because people everywhere else on the world are doing without them.

I gave you an example of how ingrained culture against something that has constitutional support can be changed.
Not really. You gave me two examples. Slavery ended with war that killed more people than every other war combined.

The other example was civil rights, which did NOT have constituional support. The exact opposite. Jim Crow was literally unconstitutional. Thats is eventually why the civil rights movement was successful in eliminating Jim Crow.

If anyone here is providing knee jerk reactions with right wing talking points it's you.
Name one. Please.

Yes I gave two examples of two different things-

One was Slavery - the example was it's possible to overturn ingrained cultural beliefs and constitutional rights, I don't support war but if it takes war then war needs to happen. The lives of inncoent children are more important that whackjobs and their gun rights. Fuck anyone who says anything else.

Second example was MLK - because he articulated a position against it the predominant cultural narrative of the time. And yes according to you people who articulate views against guns are the problem. So **** that as well.

Example of knee jerk reaction -

Are guns responsible for infringing on the constitutional rights of 18 million people? I am sorry but comparing gun control to civil rights strikes me as slight to the civil right movement. One was the (and is) repressing the rights of American citizens. Civil rights is about fighting for the equality the constitution promises. How are you correlating that to gun control?
Completely irrelevant bull****. Because I wasn't correlating civil rights to guns, I was presenting evidence that people who speak up against cultural norms are not the problem and they are not stupid because you say so.

And as for the stuff you posted about why you bolded one part of the sentence and not the other. what was your comment? One is plain language the other is hard to follow? So it's your position we should cherry pick fragments of sentences from the constitution that meets the pervasive level of redneck illiteracy to inform our legal system? Fuck that.

So here is a classic example of when someone doesnt see things your way the next move is shut down dialogue and resort to name calling. You have proven my exact point about why these discussions go nowhere and nothing changes.

I ask you questions to clarify your points, you curse at me.

And yes according to you people who articulate views against guns are the problem
You have yet to articulate anything. That is what I am pushing you on. You opted NOT to articulate, and resort to name calling.

So far the level of understanding you have demonstrated is about as deep as the guy on this site who posted videos of black people doing bad things with the message that Americans would be less racist if blacks were just better behaved. How did that sit with you? I am challenging you to come up with something deeper than point the finger.

So there is a problem, with a large group of people who's view is backed by law and the constitution. Your tact to change that culture is call them all dump phucking rednecks? Sorry if you think that is a solution. Your attitude IS part of the problem. You are literally the voice for non change. The types of things you have posted are fuel for non-change. You sound like a Russian bot posting on an NRA message forum.

42% of American households own a fire arm. 42%. Very close to half.
https://www.statista.com/statistics/249740/percentage-of-households-in-the-united-states-owning-a-firearm/
42% of American households are listening to you. What is your message?

Sorry to call you our specifically. Honestly I am.

I dont own firearms and have no intention to. If you polled me on every political position I would test out as liberal democrat. I can stomach the 2nd amendment and have some respect for its origins. I think (especially in rural areas) people should have the right to protect their homes with a firearm, especially in a nation where so many are armed. I am dead set against military style weapons and equally so handguns. If could choose to ban one I would pick handguns... easy. I also understand neither of those are going away anytime soon, and its pretty easy to understand why, if you choose to.

My goal in this "discussion" was to ask questions and make people think a little bit.

My hope was for something a little bit deeper than VMart's "all gun owners have murder in their heart" or your own comments about phucking rednecks which not only yield nothing, but actually fuel to cement opposing views and are used to fund that opposition.

42% of households.

Stop spinning your wheels, calling names and start learning. Do you know what the Dickey Amendment is? Start with a google on that one. Go from there. If you want to start change it starts with education and awareness, not name calling and not labeling 42% of America as idiotic rednecks or murderers waiting to happen. Unless you want that name calling. For many its more important to voice their disgust and trash those who do not see it their way. Its your internet. If that is what you want its your right as well. Again... my point is if you want the change you claim stop pointing fingers and start learning. Start with the Dickey Amendment. Start with data and information. Its not happening with this generation. Until YOU change your attitude and approach you will lose the next generation as well.

How will you change the culture?
How will a ban on AR-15s keep us safe when there are already 5-10 million sold?
How will a ban on ALL assault rifles stop a kid from walking into school with 5 handguns and 200 rounds strapped on under his coat?

Are these not common sense questions? How hard to you want to fight for rules that have no impact? How can you make them more impactful?

Funny how quick you were to say things like "fishmike's interpretation" of the 2nd amendment. All I am doing is asking questions and you call me names, misquoted me and stomped around like a virtual toddler with phuck this and phuck that. Is that going to get you closer to the change culture change you say is so possible? Was that MLK's approach to changing culture during civil rights?

Names? What names? Fishmike's interpretation is name calling?
I did articulate my position very early on. Guns don't have a place in civilized society and they should be banned. Second amendment should be repealed or replaced. And Demicrats need to start taking the fight to the NRA instead of trying to find compromise. They are weak ass scumbags that are corrupt and in bed with the NRA, and they don't do anything to move the needle. Tell me I am repeating myself and this isn't news to you???

I don't actually care if you disagree with me, I want to be clear I am not trying to find common ground, that I think is the problem. The NRA doesn't try to find common ground, it's why they are successful. Democrats make the mistakes of taking marginal improvements as moral victories that's no way to fight systemic corruption and abuse of power. Start with the problem, build support to overturn the second amendment. It won't be easy but it has to be started. When and if they come in power make sales of all kinds of guns taxable at 800%. Do I need to draw a diagram? Do you realize the second amendment taken literally, the way you stated it actually gives people the right to own homemade nuclear bombs as well? Should we make uranium legal as well? There's already black market for it.

I am annoyed at people trying to broker compromise with ****heads that talk about how many guns they own when children are being shot to death.

Do you have data on how many kids are being massacred using cars in countries that do ban guns? That was your point right? Guns don't kill, people do, should we ban cars....blah blah blah. Any data on number of school children killed in those other countries in a year?

Nope, all you got are empty talking points. And this politically correct bull**** about compromise. Fuck compromise.

How do we implement this? Well we do what all these other countries did, where is the rocket science? Are you gonna sit and listen to people who tell you it won't work in the US? That's bull**** and you know it. It works everywhere else. And you start by putting people in jail for owning guns and making examples out of them. Like I said it's not going to be popular or politically correct. If that's what keeps you from doing the right thing, God help you.

One last clarification, I am NOT talking about banning AR15s, I am talking about banning guns. I said this before and I will repeat it again, I am not looking for specific policies at this time. I am looking for Democrats to start and lead a large scale movements to permanently ban guns in the US. You can't change culture unless you force the conversation. All I want right now is for people to force the conversation, I am not asking for everything to be banned starting tomorrow.

Posts like this are what the NRA puts into their pamphlets that they use to get more donations to back more politicians that will fight gun laws. Fuck compromise! Great job getting your message across.

Do you have data on how many kids are being massacred using cars in countries that do ban guns? That was your point right? Guns don't kill, people do, should we ban cars....blah blah blah. Any data on number of school children killed in those other countries in a year?
No that was not my point. You are too angry to read and learn anything. You just want people who think and feel how you do. That is not how laws are passed and laws are changed. The emotion you bring to the issue strengthens the other side and weakens your own.

As someone that would value seeing meaningful gun legislation passed you are as big an obstacle for change as the NRA itself. If you dont want to hear my message that is on you. I dont have to tell you that your anger and ranting is useless and fruitless. Thats easy to see.

Did you even google the Dickey Amendment yet? Or are you too angry to use your brain? When your done rattling your can and banging your head against rocks while blaming others come back to the discussion.

I wasn't going to respond to this - because you and I are basically talking past each other. But I think you are at least one of the more balanced posters here so I will give it one more shot. While it will read like an attack on your premises, it's meant to help you see things from different POV. The democrats that think like you have been trying to bring in "serious gun legislation" for twenty five years and they don't have jack **** to show for it. Trying the same thing over and over again and expecting different outcomes s the definition of insanity.

You are worried about posts like this being used by the NRA to fan their base? See taht's exactly my point. You are worried about what the NRA will say to their base and I am not. The NRA has made it clear again and again they don't give a rat's ass about dead kids, as long as they can sell guns. The republicans have made it clear they will block any legislation of any type that will try to controlguns in teh US. This isn't anger and ranting it's basic common sense.

Let me ask what have your "discussions" and "adult conversations" yielded over the last 10 years? How many gun control laws did you get passed through "seriouse discussions", and "compromise"? I'll help you out here the answer is ZERO. The biggest school shootout in the history of the US just happened. How many legislations in states, cities and Federal govt have brought forward gun control bills to vote? ZERO. While you are imparting your endless wisdom and "discussing gun control like a serious adult" (fukk these memes) - here is one very real bill that have been proposed - Florida GOP has asked to vote for MORE GUNS to be sold now to teachers. Trump has made this his new top issue - let's sell even more guns to people completely ill equipped to handle any kind of situation. See how this works? Democrats are showing outrage and "having adult discussions" while the right wing filth are creating lwas to sell more guns.

You think I am the problem FISHMIKE? Because without me posting this here the NRA was going to come to the table with you to compromise? That's all you got? Your level of naivete and denial are sad and delusional. No dear wise one, YOU are the problem with your eternal bull**** about adult discussions and endless compromise. You say you want gun control and then you sign up to do the NRA's work for them by attempting to "compromise" with them - while they are giving speeches about why they would never compromise on their "rights". Wisdom is not about having "adult conversations" it's about being able to wake the fukk up and smell the coffee.

I am not asking for compromise, I am asking for leadership from Democrats in starting a movement that takes on the NRA. Because the NRA is not going to be part of the solution, the NRA IS THE PROBLEM. I have had it with compromise, not because I am angry but because I can at least see through this transparent ruse to manipulate the electorate over the years. I guess you can't or won't see that but I don't need to get into that. This is the last you will hear from me. Carry forward with your "enlightened discussions and compromise".

Here is the problem and here is where you have listened to nothing I have said. You keep saying "my approach" you keep saying "what laws have I passed" you are taking your agenda and you are making me the face of it. I am not offering wisdom. I am suggesting you broaden your understanding of those you are trying to change. You continue to utterly fail to do that. That is on you... not on me.

You are wrong about nothing changing. Laws have changed and areas with tougher gun laws have less gun violence. This has been proven. Is it enough? Am I saying its enough? Seems you need to believe I am saying this. I have never said this is enough, I have NOT said its working. I have simply said YOUR proposal of smashing through this wall in front of you with "no comprimise" is laughable and demonstrates your lack of understanding of the issue from top to bottom. You will take that as an insult. It is not meant to be one. MY HOPE is that people that appear as passionate about this as you do actually do some work to understand HOW and WHAT they can change rather than just spouting anger has long been proven to be counterproductive, especially when the law is not on your side.

I am not "worried" about your posts being used by the NRA. They are. Its a fact. Keep hammering away. Keep rattling your can and keep blaming.

You say you want gun control and then you sign up to do the NRA's work for them by attempting to "compromise" with them - while they are giving speeches about why they would never compromise on their "rights". Wisdom is not about having "adult conversations" it's about being able to wake the fukk up and smell the coffee.
Let me be blunt. You have listening to nothing I have said. You are quoting opinions that I dont have. I have never mentioned compromising with the NRA. They do not make the laws.

Let me be more blunt. You have no idea what your talking about. Your best talking point is for everyone that doesnt think like you do to "wake the phuck up."
You do not have the law on your side
You do not have the law makers on your side
You do not have the those to interpret the law on your side

I am not asking for compromise, I am asking for leadership from Democrats in starting a movement that takes on the NRA.
Why do you think that doesnt happen?

This is what happens when you mix feelings into a discussion on how to change a bureaucracy. I get that your upset. I honestly respect your feelings on the subject. I am not trying to change them either. I am trying to generate a discussion that involves solutions and real change.

You read about the Dickey Amendment yet? Or you to busy writing angry posts to start working on the problem which starts with understanding the specific roadblocks involved? I am very interested attacking those hurdles.

You are waiting for the democrats to make something happen? Thats your solution man? Considering how strongly you feel on the subject I would hope for more than the democrats need to fix this.

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Instead of being angry a FISHMIKE for a bunch of **** he never said start doing some reading instead.

https://www.google.com/search?q=law+against+gun+violence+research&rlz=1C1GGRV_enUS752US752&oq=laws+against+gun+re&aqs=chrome.2.69i57j0l4.7820j0j8&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

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2/28/2018  10:19 AM
meloshouldgo wrote:
rammagen wrote:Here is the issue we can all agree the ar 15 has more mass killings then most other weapons in recent history, and that they do not belong in untrained hands. The second amendment says a "well regulate Militia" so my question to the NRA and the people that support that stand where is the well regulated part? I am a gone owner and vet of the US Army and I feel that the AR and the AK has very limited use in the general public, it really can not be used for hunting legally the round causes to much damage for a serious hunter as well. I do not mind the weapon in well trained hands and that needs to be regulated.

The death toll to the wrong people having this weapon is something like 177 deaths over the last 5 yrs I believe that is counting Orlando and Vegas where the count is over 100. Hey you want a weapon to protect your house, in an urban environment like a regular neighborhood the ar or the ak is the wrong weapon those bullets when the miss the target will go through someone elses' wall or windows and you could kill your neighbor.

Now for the people thinking that owning an ar or ak will help them when the government comes for them to oppose the government you and buddies are not going to stop the US Army or Marines or even SWAT with an AR or and AK. An average infantry squad carries 1 saw if not 2 and 1 grenade launcher, access to some kind of military vehicle that is armored against small caliber rounds and they have access to heavier support. So lets put that nonsense you need to gun to keep the government inline because that is not going to work.

Like I said I support the 2nd amendment but there needs to be tighter regulation, and for people thinking they are going to go after your pistols next that is not going to happen. I understand the argument you cant blame the gun, but if my kid hits someone with a stick I remove the stick and punish the child. The same principle should be applied here. The issue here is you have people on the far right and the far left and they have no interest in finding common ground. And Yes I know deaths and shootings happened this weekend and the far right is saying no one has said nothing about that. But that is untrue as well because Black Lives matter keeps trying to hammer the point. (As a Latin I still think if Black lives matters want to make a point they should just change it to Lives matter but that is a different subject).

Don't think I am correlating civil rights to guns, but if the NRA was serious about the second amendment they would go into these areas where crime is high and start a training program, gun safety and put their money where their mouths are. Until then the population needs protection from people who should not have these weapons getting them. For people supporting the NRA and the 2nd amendment the pressure should be on them to stop it or come with a compromise. Until the right people are in office then we need to keep voting people out who are unwilling to protect the population.

I had a close friend that lost his brother in law he was the football coach trying to save kids at Stoneman Douglas. I would ask everyone to consider his widow and family (all the families affected by violence) when not willing to discuss this polarizing topic. Because the one thing everyone deserves is the right to go home to there family at night. The to be killed by violence like that is the ultimate violation of your civil rights so when not willing to budge on the topic please consider that

A mass shooting is considered 4 or more people killed at one time. Look at the below from Time just after vegas and the Washington Post from October both are missing the 17 deaths and injuries from Broward

http://time.com/4965022/deadliest-mass-shooting-us-history/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2018/national/mass-shootings-in-america/?utm_term=.fd800e6b9c8c

Thanks for your post - I appreciate your POV and your candor. We won't agree on gun ownrship issue but it's refreshing to read someone who posts without cynicism about something important. Sorry for your friend's loss.


Thanks I will relay it. People should have the right to own guns hunting, target shooting, protection but when it comes to military grade/type weapons there needs to be common sense and unfortunately I believe there is not any. I go shooting I enjoy it but I do not own an AR or an AK I own a shotgun I am licensed and took gun safety classes, and if the laws changed and said you need to get a license and insurance I would have no issue with that. We get those to drive cars. People who think they need an Ar for home defense are wrong because that weapon was not designed for that and is very limited in range of use. Is the threat 150 yrds away then yes use an ar but then is it really a threat to their safety?

People also confuse the issue by posting numbers of gang related violence, yes that is an issue but the not the issue at hand the issue at hand is the wrong people getting their hands on these weapons legally, that needs to stop. Any responsible person would agree with that. That is why with the above post i specified mass murder as four or more (that seemed to be the definition of consensus in articles).

The next best country to look at gun violence is Switzerland please note the Swiss have a well regulated militia that is the key word here. You want guns fine, the 2nd amendment even says a well regulate militia but we are far from that, and the NRA does not have an interest in getting closer to that mark. The founding father would be ashamed of what a mess big business made of the constitution.
https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/florida-school-shooting_what-can-the-swiss-teach-the-us-about-guns-/43923350

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2/28/2018  2:55 PM    LAST EDITED: 2/28/2018  3:08 PM
fishmike wrote:
meloshouldgo wrote:
fishmike wrote:
meloshouldgo wrote:
fishmike wrote:
meloshouldgo wrote:
fishmike wrote:
meloshouldgo wrote:
fishmike wrote:
meloshouldgo wrote:My phone is not letting me "quote" the last post.
But this is why discussions disintegrate. When you start calling people ignorant and accusing them of knee jerk reactions. The majority of the country at one time owned and wanted slaves, that was a much more deeply rooted part of the culture and it was the law. Someone then started to see the error in their ways because a small minority at first started pushing back on the establishment ideology. Then it gained momentum and became a movement. Yes the other side won't give up without a fight but it doesn't have to be "fought" with weapons.

I guess MLK, didn't get the memo that culture cannot be changed, because he must have sounded pretty stupid, right?

No one said it's going to be easy or the other side can be sweet talked or will be willing to cave in. What I am asking for is movement to start the fight and to take it to the other side. This is not a knee jerk reaction. I don't have a colleague charged out plan to convince the other side. I think it's stupid to think like that.

Culture change is hard but you need an idea to fight another idea. Our side hadn't articulated a common idea or a goal. Incremental hacking at something else is not an idea. It's why nothing ever changes. Is why we keep having the discussion on the NRA's terms and context.

No you start a movement by focusing on what seems impossible, it takes faith, it takes trust and it takes a village. Then over time it evolves naturally into a movement that CAN change the world. But you can't chart it's course ahead of time or define how it will work. You can only set it up and let it run its own course.

I am not an idealist, anyone who reads my posts here will see a heavy dose of cynicism. But I can absolutely guarantee we are not going to win the fight against guns by incremental progress and dicking around with mental health issues.

ignorance is a lack of knowledge and information. Thats from Webster.
knee-jerk
1.(of a response) automatic and unthinking.
"a knee-jerk reaction"
synonyms: impulsive, automatic, spontaneous, instinctive, mechanical, unthinking, hasty, rash, reckless, impetuous, precipitate

I really have not heard anything but the above. That is meant as a challenge. Not as an attack.

I cant think of something more different than civil rights. Throwing MLK out there an example of the above.

Are guns responsible for infringing on the constitutional rights of 18 million people? I am sorry but comparing gun control to civil rights strikes me as slight to the civil right movement. One was the (and is) repressing the rights of American citizens. Civil rights is about fighting for the equality the constitution promises. How are you correlating that to gun control?

Also all the evidence points to the fact that most gun owners are responsible. Who is the enemy here? When you talk about changing the culture who are you even talking about?

I am not saying guns and slaves are the same thing
I gave you an example of how ingrained culture against something that has constitutional support can be changed. You are intentionally creating a strawman to change the subject.

If anyone here is providing knee jerk reactions with right wing talking points it's you.
When I am talking about changing culture I am talking about people who need to own guns to feel safe. Because people everywhere else on the world are doing without them.

I gave you an example of how ingrained culture against something that has constitutional support can be changed.
Not really. You gave me two examples. Slavery ended with war that killed more people than every other war combined.

The other example was civil rights, which did NOT have constituional support. The exact opposite. Jim Crow was literally unconstitutional. Thats is eventually why the civil rights movement was successful in eliminating Jim Crow.

If anyone here is providing knee jerk reactions with right wing talking points it's you.
Name one. Please.

Yes I gave two examples of two different things-

One was Slavery - the example was it's possible to overturn ingrained cultural beliefs and constitutional rights, I don't support war but if it takes war then war needs to happen. The lives of inncoent children are more important that whackjobs and their gun rights. Fuck anyone who says anything else.

Second example was MLK - because he articulated a position against it the predominant cultural narrative of the time. And yes according to you people who articulate views against guns are the problem. So **** that as well.

Example of knee jerk reaction -

Are guns responsible for infringing on the constitutional rights of 18 million people? I am sorry but comparing gun control to civil rights strikes me as slight to the civil right movement. One was the (and is) repressing the rights of American citizens. Civil rights is about fighting for the equality the constitution promises. How are you correlating that to gun control?
Completely irrelevant bull****. Because I wasn't correlating civil rights to guns, I was presenting evidence that people who speak up against cultural norms are not the problem and they are not stupid because you say so.

And as for the stuff you posted about why you bolded one part of the sentence and not the other. what was your comment? One is plain language the other is hard to follow? So it's your position we should cherry pick fragments of sentences from the constitution that meets the pervasive level of redneck illiteracy to inform our legal system? Fuck that.

So here is a classic example of when someone doesnt see things your way the next move is shut down dialogue and resort to name calling. You have proven my exact point about why these discussions go nowhere and nothing changes.

I ask you questions to clarify your points, you curse at me.

And yes according to you people who articulate views against guns are the problem
You have yet to articulate anything. That is what I am pushing you on. You opted NOT to articulate, and resort to name calling.

So far the level of understanding you have demonstrated is about as deep as the guy on this site who posted videos of black people doing bad things with the message that Americans would be less racist if blacks were just better behaved. How did that sit with you? I am challenging you to come up with something deeper than point the finger.

So there is a problem, with a large group of people who's view is backed by law and the constitution. Your tact to change that culture is call them all dump phucking rednecks? Sorry if you think that is a solution. Your attitude IS part of the problem. You are literally the voice for non change. The types of things you have posted are fuel for non-change. You sound like a Russian bot posting on an NRA message forum.

42% of American households own a fire arm. 42%. Very close to half.
https://www.statista.com/statistics/249740/percentage-of-households-in-the-united-states-owning-a-firearm/
42% of American households are listening to you. What is your message?

Sorry to call you our specifically. Honestly I am.

I dont own firearms and have no intention to. If you polled me on every political position I would test out as liberal democrat. I can stomach the 2nd amendment and have some respect for its origins. I think (especially in rural areas) people should have the right to protect their homes with a firearm, especially in a nation where so many are armed. I am dead set against military style weapons and equally so handguns. If could choose to ban one I would pick handguns... easy. I also understand neither of those are going away anytime soon, and its pretty easy to understand why, if you choose to.

My goal in this "discussion" was to ask questions and make people think a little bit.

My hope was for something a little bit deeper than VMart's "all gun owners have murder in their heart" or your own comments about phucking rednecks which not only yield nothing, but actually fuel to cement opposing views and are used to fund that opposition.

42% of households.

Stop spinning your wheels, calling names and start learning. Do you know what the Dickey Amendment is? Start with a google on that one. Go from there. If you want to start change it starts with education and awareness, not name calling and not labeling 42% of America as idiotic rednecks or murderers waiting to happen. Unless you want that name calling. For many its more important to voice their disgust and trash those who do not see it their way. Its your internet. If that is what you want its your right as well. Again... my point is if you want the change you claim stop pointing fingers and start learning. Start with the Dickey Amendment. Start with data and information. Its not happening with this generation. Until YOU change your attitude and approach you will lose the next generation as well.

How will you change the culture?
How will a ban on AR-15s keep us safe when there are already 5-10 million sold?
How will a ban on ALL assault rifles stop a kid from walking into school with 5 handguns and 200 rounds strapped on under his coat?

Are these not common sense questions? How hard to you want to fight for rules that have no impact? How can you make them more impactful?

Funny how quick you were to say things like "fishmike's interpretation" of the 2nd amendment. All I am doing is asking questions and you call me names, misquoted me and stomped around like a virtual toddler with phuck this and phuck that. Is that going to get you closer to the change culture change you say is so possible? Was that MLK's approach to changing culture during civil rights?

Names? What names? Fishmike's interpretation is name calling?
I did articulate my position very early on. Guns don't have a place in civilized society and they should be banned. Second amendment should be repealed or replaced. And Demicrats need to start taking the fight to the NRA instead of trying to find compromise. They are weak ass scumbags that are corrupt and in bed with the NRA, and they don't do anything to move the needle. Tell me I am repeating myself and this isn't news to you???

I don't actually care if you disagree with me, I want to be clear I am not trying to find common ground, that I think is the problem. The NRA doesn't try to find common ground, it's why they are successful. Democrats make the mistakes of taking marginal improvements as moral victories that's no way to fight systemic corruption and abuse of power. Start with the problem, build support to overturn the second amendment. It won't be easy but it has to be started. When and if they come in power make sales of all kinds of guns taxable at 800%. Do I need to draw a diagram? Do you realize the second amendment taken literally, the way you stated it actually gives people the right to own homemade nuclear bombs as well? Should we make uranium legal as well? There's already black market for it.

I am annoyed at people trying to broker compromise with ****heads that talk about how many guns they own when children are being shot to death.

Do you have data on how many kids are being massacred using cars in countries that do ban guns? That was your point right? Guns don't kill, people do, should we ban cars....blah blah blah. Any data on number of school children killed in those other countries in a year?

Nope, all you got are empty talking points. And this politically correct bull**** about compromise. Fuck compromise.

How do we implement this? Well we do what all these other countries did, where is the rocket science? Are you gonna sit and listen to people who tell you it won't work in the US? That's bull**** and you know it. It works everywhere else. And you start by putting people in jail for owning guns and making examples out of them. Like I said it's not going to be popular or politically correct. If that's what keeps you from doing the right thing, God help you.

One last clarification, I am NOT talking about banning AR15s, I am talking about banning guns. I said this before and I will repeat it again, I am not looking for specific policies at this time. I am looking for Democrats to start and lead a large scale movements to permanently ban guns in the US. You can't change culture unless you force the conversation. All I want right now is for people to force the conversation, I am not asking for everything to be banned starting tomorrow.

Posts like this are what the NRA puts into their pamphlets that they use to get more donations to back more politicians that will fight gun laws. Fuck compromise! Great job getting your message across.

Do you have data on how many kids are being massacred using cars in countries that do ban guns? That was your point right? Guns don't kill, people do, should we ban cars....blah blah blah. Any data on number of school children killed in those other countries in a year?
No that was not my point. You are too angry to read and learn anything. You just want people who think and feel how you do. That is not how laws are passed and laws are changed. The emotion you bring to the issue strengthens the other side and weakens your own.

As someone that would value seeing meaningful gun legislation passed you are as big an obstacle for change as the NRA itself. If you dont want to hear my message that is on you. I dont have to tell you that your anger and ranting is useless and fruitless. Thats easy to see.

Did you even google the Dickey Amendment yet? Or are you too angry to use your brain? When your done rattling your can and banging your head against rocks while blaming others come back to the discussion.

I wasn't going to respond to this - because you and I are basically talking past each other. But I think you are at least one of the more balanced posters here so I will give it one more shot. While it will read like an attack on your premises, it's meant to help you see things from different POV. The democrats that think like you have been trying to bring in "serious gun legislation" for twenty five years and they don't have jack **** to show for it. Trying the same thing over and over again and expecting different outcomes s the definition of insanity.

You are worried about posts like this being used by the NRA to fan their base? See taht's exactly my point. You are worried about what the NRA will say to their base and I am not. The NRA has made it clear again and again they don't give a rat's ass about dead kids, as long as they can sell guns. The republicans have made it clear they will block any legislation of any type that will try to controlguns in teh US. This isn't anger and ranting it's basic common sense.

Let me ask what have your "discussions" and "adult conversations" yielded over the last 10 years? How many gun control laws did you get passed through "seriouse discussions", and "compromise"? I'll help you out here the answer is ZERO. The biggest school shootout in the history of the US just happened. How many legislations in states, cities and Federal govt have brought forward gun control bills to vote? ZERO. While you are imparting your endless wisdom and "discussing gun control like a serious adult" (fukk these memes) - here is one very real bill that have been proposed - Florida GOP has asked to vote for MORE GUNS to be sold now to teachers. Trump has made this his new top issue - let's sell even more guns to people completely ill equipped to handle any kind of situation. See how this works? Democrats are showing outrage and "having adult discussions" while the right wing filth are creating lwas to sell more guns.

You think I am the problem FISHMIKE? Because without me posting this here the NRA was going to come to the table with you to compromise? That's all you got? Your level of naivete and denial are sad and delusional. No dear wise one, YOU are the problem with your eternal bull**** about adult discussions and endless compromise. You say you want gun control and then you sign up to do the NRA's work for them by attempting to "compromise" with them - while they are giving speeches about why they would never compromise on their "rights". Wisdom is not about having "adult conversations" it's about being able to wake the fukk up and smell the coffee.

I am not asking for compromise, I am asking for leadership from Democrats in starting a movement that takes on the NRA. Because the NRA is not going to be part of the solution, the NRA IS THE PROBLEM. I have had it with compromise, not because I am angry but because I can at least see through this transparent ruse to manipulate the electorate over the years. I guess you can't or won't see that but I don't need to get into that. This is the last you will hear from me. Carry forward with your "enlightened discussions and compromise".

Here is the problem and here is where you have listened to nothing I have said. You keep saying "my approach" you keep saying "what laws have I passed" you are taking your agenda and you are making me the face of it. I am not offering wisdom. I am suggesting you broaden your understanding of those you are trying to change. You continue to utterly fail to do that. That is on you... not on me.

You are wrong about nothing changing. Laws have changed and areas with tougher gun laws have less gun violence. This has been proven. Is it enough? Am I saying its enough? Seems you need to believe I am saying this. I have never said this is enough, I have NOT said its working. I have simply said YOUR proposal of smashing through this wall in front of you with "no comprimise" is laughable and demonstrates your lack of understanding of the issue from top to bottom. You will take that as an insult. It is not meant to be one. MY HOPE is that people that appear as passionate about this as you do actually do some work to understand HOW and WHAT they can change rather than just spouting anger has long been proven to be counterproductive, especially when the law is not on your side.

I am not "worried" about your posts being used by the NRA. They are. Its a fact. Keep hammering away. Keep rattling your can and keep blaming.

You say you want gun control and then you sign up to do the NRA's work for them by attempting to "compromise" with them - while they are giving speeches about why they would never compromise on their "rights". Wisdom is not about having "adult conversations" it's about being able to wake the fukk up and smell the coffee.
Let me be blunt. You have listening to nothing I have said. You are quoting opinions that I dont have. I have never mentioned compromising with the NRA. They do not make the laws.

Let me be more blunt. You have no idea what your talking about. Your best talking point is for everyone that doesnt think like you do to "wake the phuck up."
You do not have the law on your side
You do not have the law makers on your side
You do not have the those to interpret the law on your side

I am not asking for compromise, I am asking for leadership from Democrats in starting a movement that takes on the NRA.
Why do you think that doesnt happen?

This is what happens when you mix feelings into a discussion on how to change a bureaucracy. I get that your upset. I honestly respect your feelings on the subject. I am not trying to change them either. I am trying to generate a discussion that involves solutions and real change.

You read about the Dickey Amendment yet? Or you to busy writing angry posts to start working on the problem which starts with understanding the specific roadblocks involved? I am very interested attacking those hurdles.

You are waiting for the democrats to make something happen? Thats your solution man? Considering how strongly you feel on the subject I would hope for more than the democrats need to fix this.

OMFG - You want me to listen to you? Have you listened to anything I said? No you have taken fractions of statements and spin them into arguments that I don't even engage in. Along the same way you"choose" to read fragments of sentences of the Constitution - when you make broad generalized commitments.

Let me be blunt with you as well.
I never said they Constitution is on my side
The law is on my side
The lawmakers are on my side

I said they are wrong and they need to change. THAT is why I have slavery as an example. Get your head out your ass long enough to understand that. The first thing I posted on this thread is that the Constitution is a framework and it's not infallible.

And yes I am waiting for someone to articulate a vision of a society with no guns and then to keep hammering that message. But that will never happen because people like you get in the way with your BS realism. I am not even asking for that to become reality - I am asking for someone to fight this idea that the "Constitution gives them this right and so it cannot be changed" with an idea of their own.

And no you haven't listened to anything I have said either. I am looking for someone to articulate a vision and create support for a gun free society. I am not looking to change the NRA and it's supporters but you have utterly failed to grasp that. That's on you, not on me.

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But this is why discussions disintegrate. When you start calling people ignorant and accusing them of knee jerk reactions. The majority of the country at one time owned and wanted slaves, that was a much more deeply rooted part of the culture and it was the law. Someone then started to see the error in their ways because a small minority at first started pushing back on the establishment ideology. Then it gained momentum and became a movement. Yes the other side won't give up without a fight but it doesn't have to be "fought" with weapons.

I guess MLK, didn't get the memo that culture cannot be changed, because he must have sounded pretty stupid, right?

No one said it's going to be easy or the other side can be sweet talked or will be willing to cave in. What I am asking for is movement to start the fight and to take it to the other side. This is not a knee jerk reaction. I don't have a colleague charged out plan to convince the other side. I think it's stupid to think like that.

Culture change is hard but you need an idea to fight another idea. Our side hadn't articulated a common idea or a goal. Incremental hacking at something else is not an idea. It's why nothing ever changes. Is why we keep having the discussion on the NRA's terms and context.

No you start a movement by focusing on what seems impossible, it takes faith, it takes trust and it takes a village. Then over time it evolves naturally into a movement that CAN change the world. But you can't chart it's course ahead of time or define how it will work. You can only set it up and let it run its own course.

I am not an idealist, anyone who reads my posts here will see a heavy dose of cynicism. But I can absolutely guarantee we are not going to win the fight against guns by incremental progress and dicking around with mental health issues.

ignorance is a lack of knowledge and information. Thats from Webster.
knee-jerk
1.(of a response) automatic and unthinking.
"a knee-jerk reaction"
synonyms: impulsive, automatic, spontaneous, instinctive, mechanical, unthinking, hasty, rash, reckless, impetuous, precipitate

I really have not heard anything but the above. That is meant as a challenge. Not as an attack.

I cant think of something more different than civil rights. Throwing MLK out there an example of the above.

Are guns responsible for infringing on the constitutional rights of 18 million people? I am sorry but comparing gun control to civil rights strikes me as slight to the civil right movement. One was the (and is) repressing the rights of American citizens. Civil rights is about fighting for the equality the constitution promises. How are you correlating that to gun control?

Also all the evidence points to the fact that most gun owners are responsible. Who is the enemy here? When you talk about changing the culture who are you even talking about?

I am not saying guns and slaves are the same thing
I gave you an example of how ingrained culture against something that has constitutional support can be changed. You are intentionally creating a strawman to change the subject.

If anyone here is providing knee jerk reactions with right wing talking points it's you.
When I am talking about changing culture I am talking about people who need to own guns to feel safe. Because people everywhere else on the world are doing without them.

I gave you an example of how ingrained culture against something that has constitutional support can be changed.
Not really. You gave me two examples. Slavery ended with war that killed more people than every other war combined.

The other example was civil rights, which did NOT have constituional support. The exact opposite. Jim Crow was literally unconstitutional. Thats is eventually why the civil rights movement was successful in eliminating Jim Crow.

If anyone here is providing knee jerk reactions with right wing talking points it's you.
Name one. Please.

Yes I gave two examples of two different things-

One was Slavery - the example was it's possible to overturn ingrained cultural beliefs and constitutional rights, I don't support war but if it takes war then war needs to happen. The lives of inncoent children are more important that whackjobs and their gun rights. Fuck anyone who says anything else.

Second example was MLK - because he articulated a position against it the predominant cultural narrative of the time. And yes according to you people who articulate views against guns are the problem. So **** that as well.

Example of knee jerk reaction -

Are guns responsible for infringing on the constitutional rights of 18 million people? I am sorry but comparing gun control to civil rights strikes me as slight to the civil right movement. One was the (and is) repressing the rights of American citizens. Civil rights is about fighting for the equality the constitution promises. How are you correlating that to gun control?
Completely irrelevant bull****. Because I wasn't correlating civil rights to guns, I was presenting evidence that people who speak up against cultural norms are not the problem and they are not stupid because you say so.

And as for the stuff you posted about why you bolded one part of the sentence and not the other. what was your comment? One is plain language the other is hard to follow? So it's your position we should cherry pick fragments of sentences from the constitution that meets the pervasive level of redneck illiteracy to inform our legal system? Fuck that.

So here is a classic example of when someone doesnt see things your way the next move is shut down dialogue and resort to name calling. You have proven my exact point about why these discussions go nowhere and nothing changes.

I ask you questions to clarify your points, you curse at me.

And yes according to you people who articulate views against guns are the problem
You have yet to articulate anything. That is what I am pushing you on. You opted NOT to articulate, and resort to name calling.

So far the level of understanding you have demonstrated is about as deep as the guy on this site who posted videos of black people doing bad things with the message that Americans would be less racist if blacks were just better behaved. How did that sit with you? I am challenging you to come up with something deeper than point the finger.

So there is a problem, with a large group of people who's view is backed by law and the constitution. Your tact to change that culture is call them all dump phucking rednecks? Sorry if you think that is a solution. Your attitude IS part of the problem. You are literally the voice for non change. The types of things you have posted are fuel for non-change. You sound like a Russian bot posting on an NRA message forum.

42% of American households own a fire arm. 42%. Very close to half.
https://www.statista.com/statistics/249740/percentage-of-households-in-the-united-states-owning-a-firearm/
42% of American households are listening to you. What is your message?

Sorry to call you our specifically. Honestly I am.

I dont own firearms and have no intention to. If you polled me on every political position I would test out as liberal democrat. I can stomach the 2nd amendment and have some respect for its origins. I think (especially in rural areas) people should have the right to protect their homes with a firearm, especially in a nation where so many are armed. I am dead set against military style weapons and equally so handguns. If could choose to ban one I would pick handguns... easy. I also understand neither of those are going away anytime soon, and its pretty easy to understand why, if you choose to.

My goal in this "discussion" was to ask questions and make people think a little bit.

My hope was for something a little bit deeper than VMart's "all gun owners have murder in their heart" or your own comments about phucking rednecks which not only yield nothing, but actually fuel to cement opposing views and are used to fund that opposition.

42% of households.

Stop spinning your wheels, calling names and start learning. Do you know what the Dickey Amendment is? Start with a google on that one. Go from there. If you want to start change it starts with education and awareness, not name calling and not labeling 42% of America as idiotic rednecks or murderers waiting to happen. Unless you want that name calling. For many its more important to voice their disgust and trash those who do not see it their way. Its your internet. If that is what you want its your right as well. Again... my point is if you want the change you claim stop pointing fingers and start learning. Start with the Dickey Amendment. Start with data and information. Its not happening with this generation. Until YOU change your attitude and approach you will lose the next generation as well.

How will you change the culture?
How will a ban on AR-15s keep us safe when there are already 5-10 million sold?
How will a ban on ALL assault rifles stop a kid from walking into school with 5 handguns and 200 rounds strapped on under his coat?

Are these not common sense questions? How hard to you want to fight for rules that have no impact? How can you make them more impactful?

Funny how quick you were to say things like "fishmike's interpretation" of the 2nd amendment. All I am doing is asking questions and you call me names, misquoted me and stomped around like a virtual toddler with phuck this and phuck that. Is that going to get you closer to the change culture change you say is so possible? Was that MLK's approach to changing culture during civil rights?

Names? What names? Fishmike's interpretation is name calling?
I did articulate my position very early on. Guns don't have a place in civilized society and they should be banned. Second amendment should be repealed or replaced. And Demicrats need to start taking the fight to the NRA instead of trying to find compromise. They are weak ass scumbags that are corrupt and in bed with the NRA, and they don't do anything to move the needle. Tell me I am repeating myself and this isn't news to you???

I don't actually care if you disagree with me, I want to be clear I am not trying to find common ground, that I think is the problem. The NRA doesn't try to find common ground, it's why they are successful. Democrats make the mistakes of taking marginal improvements as moral victories that's no way to fight systemic corruption and abuse of power. Start with the problem, build support to overturn the second amendment. It won't be easy but it has to be started. When and if they come in power make sales of all kinds of guns taxable at 800%. Do I need to draw a diagram? Do you realize the second amendment taken literally, the way you stated it actually gives people the right to own homemade nuclear bombs as well? Should we make uranium legal as well? There's already black market for it.

I am annoyed at people trying to broker compromise with ****heads that talk about how many guns they own when children are being shot to death.

Do you have data on how many kids are being massacred using cars in countries that do ban guns? That was your point right? Guns don't kill, people do, should we ban cars....blah blah blah. Any data on number of school children killed in those other countries in a year?

Nope, all you got are empty talking points. And this politically correct bull**** about compromise. Fuck compromise.

How do we implement this? Well we do what all these other countries did, where is the rocket science? Are you gonna sit and listen to people who tell you it won't work in the US? That's bull**** and you know it. It works everywhere else. And you start by putting people in jail for owning guns and making examples out of them. Like I said it's not going to be popular or politically correct. If that's what keeps you from doing the right thing, God help you.

One last clarification, I am NOT talking about banning AR15s, I am talking about banning guns. I said this before and I will repeat it again, I am not looking for specific policies at this time. I am looking for Democrats to start and lead a large scale movements to permanently ban guns in the US. You can't change culture unless you force the conversation. All I want right now is for people to force the conversation, I am not asking for everything to be banned starting tomorrow.

Posts like this are what the NRA puts into their pamphlets that they use to get more donations to back more politicians that will fight gun laws. Fuck compromise! Great job getting your message across.

Do you have data on how many kids are being massacred using cars in countries that do ban guns? That was your point right? Guns don't kill, people do, should we ban cars....blah blah blah. Any data on number of school children killed in those other countries in a year?
No that was not my point. You are too angry to read and learn anything. You just want people who think and feel how you do. That is not how laws are passed and laws are changed. The emotion you bring to the issue strengthens the other side and weakens your own.

As someone that would value seeing meaningful gun legislation passed you are as big an obstacle for change as the NRA itself. If you dont want to hear my message that is on you. I dont have to tell you that your anger and ranting is useless and fruitless. Thats easy to see.

Did you even google the Dickey Amendment yet? Or are you too angry to use your brain? When your done rattling your can and banging your head against rocks while blaming others come back to the discussion.

I wasn't going to respond to this - because you and I are basically talking past each other. But I think you are at least one of the more balanced posters here so I will give it one more shot. While it will read like an attack on your premises, it's meant to help you see things from different POV. The democrats that think like you have been trying to bring in "serious gun legislation" for twenty five years and they don't have jack **** to show for it. Trying the same thing over and over again and expecting different outcomes s the definition of insanity.

You are worried about posts like this being used by the NRA to fan their base? See taht's exactly my point. You are worried about what the NRA will say to their base and I am not. The NRA has made it clear again and again they don't give a rat's ass about dead kids, as long as they can sell guns. The republicans have made it clear they will block any legislation of any type that will try to controlguns in teh US. This isn't anger and ranting it's basic common sense.

Let me ask what have your "discussions" and "adult conversations" yielded over the last 10 years? How many gun control laws did you get passed through "seriouse discussions", and "compromise"? I'll help you out here the answer is ZERO. The biggest school shootout in the history of the US just happened. How many legislations in states, cities and Federal govt have brought forward gun control bills to vote? ZERO. While you are imparting your endless wisdom and "discussing gun control like a serious adult" (fukk these memes) - here is one very real bill that have been proposed - Florida GOP has asked to vote for MORE GUNS to be sold now to teachers. Trump has made this his new top issue - let's sell even more guns to people completely ill equipped to handle any kind of situation. See how this works? Democrats are showing outrage and "having adult discussions" while the right wing filth are creating lwas to sell more guns.

You think I am the problem FISHMIKE? Because without me posting this here the NRA was going to come to the table with you to compromise? That's all you got? Your level of naivete and denial are sad and delusional. No dear wise one, YOU are the problem with your eternal bull**** about adult discussions and endless compromise. You say you want gun control and then you sign up to do the NRA's work for them by attempting to "compromise" with them - while they are giving speeches about why they would never compromise on their "rights". Wisdom is not about having "adult conversations" it's about being able to wake the fukk up and smell the coffee.

I am not asking for compromise, I am asking for leadership from Democrats in starting a movement that takes on the NRA. Because the NRA is not going to be part of the solution, the NRA IS THE PROBLEM. I have had it with compromise, not because I am angry but because I can at least see through this transparent ruse to manipulate the electorate over the years. I guess you can't or won't see that but I don't need to get into that. This is the last you will hear from me. Carry forward with your "enlightened discussions and compromise".

Here is the problem and here is where you have listened to nothing I have said. You keep saying "my approach" you keep saying "what laws have I passed" you are taking your agenda and you are making me the face of it. I am not offering wisdom. I am suggesting you broaden your understanding of those you are trying to change. You continue to utterly fail to do that. That is on you... not on me.

You are wrong about nothing changing. Laws have changed and areas with tougher gun laws have less gun violence. This has been proven. Is it enough? Am I saying its enough? Seems you need to believe I am saying this. I have never said this is enough, I have NOT said its working. I have simply said YOUR proposal of smashing through this wall in front of you with "no comprimise" is laughable and demonstrates your lack of understanding of the issue from top to bottom. You will take that as an insult. It is not meant to be one. MY HOPE is that people that appear as passionate about this as you do actually do some work to understand HOW and WHAT they can change rather than just spouting anger has long been proven to be counterproductive, especially when the law is not on your side.

I am not "worried" about your posts being used by the NRA. They are. Its a fact. Keep hammering away. Keep rattling your can and keep blaming.

You say you want gun control and then you sign up to do the NRA's work for them by attempting to "compromise" with them - while they are giving speeches about why they would never compromise on their "rights". Wisdom is not about having "adult conversations" it's about being able to wake the fukk up and smell the coffee.
Let me be blunt. You have listening to nothing I have said. You are quoting opinions that I dont have. I have never mentioned compromising with the NRA. They do not make the laws.

Let me be more blunt. You have no idea what your talking about. Your best talking point is for everyone that doesnt think like you do to "wake the phuck up."
You do not have the law on your side
You do not have the law makers on your side
You do not have the those to interpret the law on your side

I am not asking for compromise, I am asking for leadership from Democrats in starting a movement that takes on the NRA.
Why do you think that doesnt happen?

This is what happens when you mix feelings into a discussion on how to change a bureaucracy. I get that your upset. I honestly respect your feelings on the subject. I am not trying to change them either. I am trying to generate a discussion that involves solutions and real change.

You read about the Dickey Amendment yet? Or you to busy writing angry posts to start working on the problem which starts with understanding the specific roadblocks involved? I am very interested attacking those hurdles.

You are waiting for the democrats to make something happen? Thats your solution man? Considering how strongly you feel on the subject I would hope for more than the democrats need to fix this.

OMFG - You want me to listen to you? Have you listened to anything I said? No you have taken fractions of statements and spin them into arguments that I don't even engage in. Along the same way you"choose" to read fragments of sentences of the Constitution - when you make broad generalized commitments.

Let me be blunt with you as well.
I never said they Constitution is on my side
The law is on my side
The lawmakers are on my side

I said they are wrong and they need to change. THAT is why I have slavery as an example. Get your head out your ass long enough to understand that. The first thing I posted on this thread is that the Constitution is a framework and it's not infallible.

And yes I am waiting for someone to articulate a vision of a society with no guns and then to keep hammering that message. But that will never happen because people like you get in the way with your BS realism. I am not even asking for that to become reality - I am asking for someone to fight this idea that the "Constitution gives them this right and so it cannot be changed" with an idea of their own.

And no you haven't listened to anything I have said either.

Oh I have. I have listened to you. But my BS realism keeps getting in the way of hearing you. If you want to skip that we can meet up for a couple beers, smoke a J and hash out how great the world would be with no guns and if Santa Claus was real. Ill provide the beer and weed. Good stuff to, I promise.

Sorry.. I thought we were trying to have a real world discussion about a real world problem that requires real world change and has real world complications.

If you want to live in a fantasy land enjoy... I get it. I got there often. If you have some ideas on how to change the culture and start moving towards this vision you covet I would love to hear and discuss those. That was my whole point in pushing your buttons in the first place. To see if anyone was willing to look past their knee jerk emotional reactions and look at the complexity of the problem and how to start changing it. I wanted to see if people were willing to think about that and look into it. I guess realism got in the way of that as well.

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2/28/2018  4:27 PM
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But this is why discussions disintegrate. When you start calling people ignorant and accusing them of knee jerk reactions. The majority of the country at one time owned and wanted slaves, that was a much more deeply rooted part of the culture and it was the law. Someone then started to see the error in their ways because a small minority at first started pushing back on the establishment ideology. Then it gained momentum and became a movement. Yes the other side won't give up without a fight but it doesn't have to be "fought" with weapons.

I guess MLK, didn't get the memo that culture cannot be changed, because he must have sounded pretty stupid, right?

No one said it's going to be easy or the other side can be sweet talked or will be willing to cave in. What I am asking for is movement to start the fight and to take it to the other side. This is not a knee jerk reaction. I don't have a colleague charged out plan to convince the other side. I think it's stupid to think like that.

Culture change is hard but you need an idea to fight another idea. Our side hadn't articulated a common idea or a goal. Incremental hacking at something else is not an idea. It's why nothing ever changes. Is why we keep having the discussion on the NRA's terms and context.

No you start a movement by focusing on what seems impossible, it takes faith, it takes trust and it takes a village. Then over time it evolves naturally into a movement that CAN change the world. But you can't chart it's course ahead of time or define how it will work. You can only set it up and let it run its own course.

I am not an idealist, anyone who reads my posts here will see a heavy dose of cynicism. But I can absolutely guarantee we are not going to win the fight against guns by incremental progress and dicking around with mental health issues.

ignorance is a lack of knowledge and information. Thats from Webster.
knee-jerk
1.(of a response) automatic and unthinking.
"a knee-jerk reaction"
synonyms: impulsive, automatic, spontaneous, instinctive, mechanical, unthinking, hasty, rash, reckless, impetuous, precipitate

I really have not heard anything but the above. That is meant as a challenge. Not as an attack.

I cant think of something more different than civil rights. Throwing MLK out there an example of the above.

Are guns responsible for infringing on the constitutional rights of 18 million people? I am sorry but comparing gun control to civil rights strikes me as slight to the civil right movement. One was the (and is) repressing the rights of American citizens. Civil rights is about fighting for the equality the constitution promises. How are you correlating that to gun control?

Also all the evidence points to the fact that most gun owners are responsible. Who is the enemy here? When you talk about changing the culture who are you even talking about?

I am not saying guns and slaves are the same thing
I gave you an example of how ingrained culture against something that has constitutional support can be changed. You are intentionally creating a strawman to change the subject.

If anyone here is providing knee jerk reactions with right wing talking points it's you.
When I am talking about changing culture I am talking about people who need to own guns to feel safe. Because people everywhere else on the world are doing without them.

I gave you an example of how ingrained culture against something that has constitutional support can be changed.
Not really. You gave me two examples. Slavery ended with war that killed more people than every other war combined.

The other example was civil rights, which did NOT have constituional support. The exact opposite. Jim Crow was literally unconstitutional. Thats is eventually why the civil rights movement was successful in eliminating Jim Crow.

If anyone here is providing knee jerk reactions with right wing talking points it's you.
Name one. Please.

Yes I gave two examples of two different things-

One was Slavery - the example was it's possible to overturn ingrained cultural beliefs and constitutional rights, I don't support war but if it takes war then war needs to happen. The lives of inncoent children are more important that whackjobs and their gun rights. Fuck anyone who says anything else.

Second example was MLK - because he articulated a position against it the predominant cultural narrative of the time. And yes according to you people who articulate views against guns are the problem. So **** that as well.

Example of knee jerk reaction -

Are guns responsible for infringing on the constitutional rights of 18 million people? I am sorry but comparing gun control to civil rights strikes me as slight to the civil right movement. One was the (and is) repressing the rights of American citizens. Civil rights is about fighting for the equality the constitution promises. How are you correlating that to gun control?
Completely irrelevant bull****. Because I wasn't correlating civil rights to guns, I was presenting evidence that people who speak up against cultural norms are not the problem and they are not stupid because you say so.

And as for the stuff you posted about why you bolded one part of the sentence and not the other. what was your comment? One is plain language the other is hard to follow? So it's your position we should cherry pick fragments of sentences from the constitution that meets the pervasive level of redneck illiteracy to inform our legal system? Fuck that.

So here is a classic example of when someone doesnt see things your way the next move is shut down dialogue and resort to name calling. You have proven my exact point about why these discussions go nowhere and nothing changes.

I ask you questions to clarify your points, you curse at me.

And yes according to you people who articulate views against guns are the problem
You have yet to articulate anything. That is what I am pushing you on. You opted NOT to articulate, and resort to name calling.

So far the level of understanding you have demonstrated is about as deep as the guy on this site who posted videos of black people doing bad things with the message that Americans would be less racist if blacks were just better behaved. How did that sit with you? I am challenging you to come up with something deeper than point the finger.

So there is a problem, with a large group of people who's view is backed by law and the constitution. Your tact to change that culture is call them all dump phucking rednecks? Sorry if you think that is a solution. Your attitude IS part of the problem. You are literally the voice for non change. The types of things you have posted are fuel for non-change. You sound like a Russian bot posting on an NRA message forum.

42% of American households own a fire arm. 42%. Very close to half.
https://www.statista.com/statistics/249740/percentage-of-households-in-the-united-states-owning-a-firearm/
42% of American households are listening to you. What is your message?

Sorry to call you our specifically. Honestly I am.

I dont own firearms and have no intention to. If you polled me on every political position I would test out as liberal democrat. I can stomach the 2nd amendment and have some respect for its origins. I think (especially in rural areas) people should have the right to protect their homes with a firearm, especially in a nation where so many are armed. I am dead set against military style weapons and equally so handguns. If could choose to ban one I would pick handguns... easy. I also understand neither of those are going away anytime soon, and its pretty easy to understand why, if you choose to.

My goal in this "discussion" was to ask questions and make people think a little bit.

My hope was for something a little bit deeper than VMart's "all gun owners have murder in their heart" or your own comments about phucking rednecks which not only yield nothing, but actually fuel to cement opposing views and are used to fund that opposition.

42% of households.

Stop spinning your wheels, calling names and start learning. Do you know what the Dickey Amendment is? Start with a google on that one. Go from there. If you want to start change it starts with education and awareness, not name calling and not labeling 42% of America as idiotic rednecks or murderers waiting to happen. Unless you want that name calling. For many its more important to voice their disgust and trash those who do not see it their way. Its your internet. If that is what you want its your right as well. Again... my point is if you want the change you claim stop pointing fingers and start learning. Start with the Dickey Amendment. Start with data and information. Its not happening with this generation. Until YOU change your attitude and approach you will lose the next generation as well.

How will you change the culture?
How will a ban on AR-15s keep us safe when there are already 5-10 million sold?
How will a ban on ALL assault rifles stop a kid from walking into school with 5 handguns and 200 rounds strapped on under his coat?

Are these not common sense questions? How hard to you want to fight for rules that have no impact? How can you make them more impactful?

Funny how quick you were to say things like "fishmike's interpretation" of the 2nd amendment. All I am doing is asking questions and you call me names, misquoted me and stomped around like a virtual toddler with phuck this and phuck that. Is that going to get you closer to the change culture change you say is so possible? Was that MLK's approach to changing culture during civil rights?

Names? What names? Fishmike's interpretation is name calling?
I did articulate my position very early on. Guns don't have a place in civilized society and they should be banned. Second amendment should be repealed or replaced. And Demicrats need to start taking the fight to the NRA instead of trying to find compromise. They are weak ass scumbags that are corrupt and in bed with the NRA, and they don't do anything to move the needle. Tell me I am repeating myself and this isn't news to you???

I don't actually care if you disagree with me, I want to be clear I am not trying to find common ground, that I think is the problem. The NRA doesn't try to find common ground, it's why they are successful. Democrats make the mistakes of taking marginal improvements as moral victories that's no way to fight systemic corruption and abuse of power. Start with the problem, build support to overturn the second amendment. It won't be easy but it has to be started. When and if they come in power make sales of all kinds of guns taxable at 800%. Do I need to draw a diagram? Do you realize the second amendment taken literally, the way you stated it actually gives people the right to own homemade nuclear bombs as well? Should we make uranium legal as well? There's already black market for it.

I am annoyed at people trying to broker compromise with ****heads that talk about how many guns they own when children are being shot to death.

Do you have data on how many kids are being massacred using cars in countries that do ban guns? That was your point right? Guns don't kill, people do, should we ban cars....blah blah blah. Any data on number of school children killed in those other countries in a year?

Nope, all you got are empty talking points. And this politically correct bull**** about compromise. Fuck compromise.

How do we implement this? Well we do what all these other countries did, where is the rocket science? Are you gonna sit and listen to people who tell you it won't work in the US? That's bull**** and you know it. It works everywhere else. And you start by putting people in jail for owning guns and making examples out of them. Like I said it's not going to be popular or politically correct. If that's what keeps you from doing the right thing, God help you.

One last clarification, I am NOT talking about banning AR15s, I am talking about banning guns. I said this before and I will repeat it again, I am not looking for specific policies at this time. I am looking for Democrats to start and lead a large scale movements to permanently ban guns in the US. You can't change culture unless you force the conversation. All I want right now is for people to force the conversation, I am not asking for everything to be banned starting tomorrow.

Posts like this are what the NRA puts into their pamphlets that they use to get more donations to back more politicians that will fight gun laws. Fuck compromise! Great job getting your message across.

Do you have data on how many kids are being massacred using cars in countries that do ban guns? That was your point right? Guns don't kill, people do, should we ban cars....blah blah blah. Any data on number of school children killed in those other countries in a year?
No that was not my point. You are too angry to read and learn anything. You just want people who think and feel how you do. That is not how laws are passed and laws are changed. The emotion you bring to the issue strengthens the other side and weakens your own.

As someone that would value seeing meaningful gun legislation passed you are as big an obstacle for change as the NRA itself. If you dont want to hear my message that is on you. I dont have to tell you that your anger and ranting is useless and fruitless. Thats easy to see.

Did you even google the Dickey Amendment yet? Or are you too angry to use your brain? When your done rattling your can and banging your head against rocks while blaming others come back to the discussion.

I wasn't going to respond to this - because you and I are basically talking past each other. But I think you are at least one of the more balanced posters here so I will give it one more shot. While it will read like an attack on your premises, it's meant to help you see things from different POV. The democrats that think like you have been trying to bring in "serious gun legislation" for twenty five years and they don't have jack **** to show for it. Trying the same thing over and over again and expecting different outcomes s the definition of insanity.

You are worried about posts like this being used by the NRA to fan their base? See taht's exactly my point. You are worried about what the NRA will say to their base and I am not. The NRA has made it clear again and again they don't give a rat's ass about dead kids, as long as they can sell guns. The republicans have made it clear they will block any legislation of any type that will try to controlguns in teh US. This isn't anger and ranting it's basic common sense.

Let me ask what have your "discussions" and "adult conversations" yielded over the last 10 years? How many gun control laws did you get passed through "seriouse discussions", and "compromise"? I'll help you out here the answer is ZERO. The biggest school shootout in the history of the US just happened. How many legislations in states, cities and Federal govt have brought forward gun control bills to vote? ZERO. While you are imparting your endless wisdom and "discussing gun control like a serious adult" (fukk these memes) - here is one very real bill that have been proposed - Florida GOP has asked to vote for MORE GUNS to be sold now to teachers. Trump has made this his new top issue - let's sell even more guns to people completely ill equipped to handle any kind of situation. See how this works? Democrats are showing outrage and "having adult discussions" while the right wing filth are creating lwas to sell more guns.

You think I am the problem FISHMIKE? Because without me posting this here the NRA was going to come to the table with you to compromise? That's all you got? Your level of naivete and denial are sad and delusional. No dear wise one, YOU are the problem with your eternal bull**** about adult discussions and endless compromise. You say you want gun control and then you sign up to do the NRA's work for them by attempting to "compromise" with them - while they are giving speeches about why they would never compromise on their "rights". Wisdom is not about having "adult conversations" it's about being able to wake the fukk up and smell the coffee.

I am not asking for compromise, I am asking for leadership from Democrats in starting a movement that takes on the NRA. Because the NRA is not going to be part of the solution, the NRA IS THE PROBLEM. I have had it with compromise, not because I am angry but because I can at least see through this transparent ruse to manipulate the electorate over the years. I guess you can't or won't see that but I don't need to get into that. This is the last you will hear from me. Carry forward with your "enlightened discussions and compromise".

Here is the problem and here is where you have listened to nothing I have said. You keep saying "my approach" you keep saying "what laws have I passed" you are taking your agenda and you are making me the face of it. I am not offering wisdom. I am suggesting you broaden your understanding of those you are trying to change. You continue to utterly fail to do that. That is on you... not on me.

You are wrong about nothing changing. Laws have changed and areas with tougher gun laws have less gun violence. This has been proven. Is it enough? Am I saying its enough? Seems you need to believe I am saying this. I have never said this is enough, I have NOT said its working. I have simply said YOUR proposal of smashing through this wall in front of you with "no comprimise" is laughable and demonstrates your lack of understanding of the issue from top to bottom. You will take that as an insult. It is not meant to be one. MY HOPE is that people that appear as passionate about this as you do actually do some work to understand HOW and WHAT they can change rather than just spouting anger has long been proven to be counterproductive, especially when the law is not on your side.

I am not "worried" about your posts being used by the NRA. They are. Its a fact. Keep hammering away. Keep rattling your can and keep blaming.

You say you want gun control and then you sign up to do the NRA's work for them by attempting to "compromise" with them - while they are giving speeches about why they would never compromise on their "rights". Wisdom is not about having "adult conversations" it's about being able to wake the fukk up and smell the coffee.
Let me be blunt. You have listening to nothing I have said. You are quoting opinions that I dont have. I have never mentioned compromising with the NRA. They do not make the laws.

Let me be more blunt. You have no idea what your talking about. Your best talking point is for everyone that doesnt think like you do to "wake the phuck up."
You do not have the law on your side
You do not have the law makers on your side
You do not have the those to interpret the law on your side

I am not asking for compromise, I am asking for leadership from Democrats in starting a movement that takes on the NRA.
Why do you think that doesnt happen?

This is what happens when you mix feelings into a discussion on how to change a bureaucracy. I get that your upset. I honestly respect your feelings on the subject. I am not trying to change them either. I am trying to generate a discussion that involves solutions and real change.

You read about the Dickey Amendment yet? Or you to busy writing angry posts to start working on the problem which starts with understanding the specific roadblocks involved? I am very interested attacking those hurdles.

You are waiting for the democrats to make something happen? Thats your solution man? Considering how strongly you feel on the subject I would hope for more than the democrats need to fix this.

OMFG - You want me to listen to you? Have you listened to anything I said? No you have taken fractions of statements and spin them into arguments that I don't even engage in. Along the same way you"choose" to read fragments of sentences of the Constitution - when you make broad generalized commitments.

Let me be blunt with you as well.
I never said they Constitution is on my side
The law is on my side
The lawmakers are on my side

I said they are wrong and they need to change. THAT is why I have slavery as an example. Get your head out your ass long enough to understand that. The first thing I posted on this thread is that the Constitution is a framework and it's not infallible.

And yes I am waiting for someone to articulate a vision of a society with no guns and then to keep hammering that message. But that will never happen because people like you get in the way with your BS realism. I am not even asking for that to become reality - I am asking for someone to fight this idea that the "Constitution gives them this right and so it cannot be changed" with an idea of their own.

And no you haven't listened to anything I have said either.

Oh I have. I have listened to you. But my BS realism keeps getting in the way of hearing you. If you want to skip that we can meet up for a couple beers, smoke a J and hash out how great the world would be with no guns and if Santa Claus was real. Ill provide the beer and weed. Good stuff to, I promise.

Sorry.. I thought we were trying to have a real world discussion about a real world problem that requires real world change and has real world complications.

If you want to live in a fantasy land enjoy... I get it. I got there often. If you have some ideas on how to change the culture and start moving towards this vision you covet I would love to hear and discuss those. That was my whole point in pushing your buttons in the first place. To see if anyone was willing to look past their knee jerk emotional reactions and look at the complexity of the problem and how to start changing it. I wanted to see if people were willing to think about that and look into it. I guess realism got in the way of that as well.

This is classic, a bunch of potheads who decide which laws apply to themselves and which ones don't lecturing everyone else. You just lost all your credibility. This is why I can't ever take anyone on this board seriously.

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2/28/2018  4:42 PM
how many days until next mass shooting at a school ?
OT Florida shooting

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