This video reflects the views of the majority of Americans. Today, political leaders and media personalities have publicly admitted that they have been wrong about their views about guns. One even apologized. Here are just a few:
Senator Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia), an NRA A rated politician proclaimed that he was ready to do something about gun legislation. See below:
Joe Scarborough, MSNBC host of Morning Joe, gave this moving statement in which he changed his mind about his views on the need for gun laws. Please watch it here:
Senator Mark Warmer (D-Virginia), an NRA A rated politician, says that he is ready for a change:
Senator Yarmouth, Democrat from Kentucky apologized for his silence on the issue of common sense gun legislation:“I must have had a half-dozen people come up — Colin Powell actually,” Warner said. “People were just coming up and saying, ‘Hey, we’ve got to [do something].’”Warner declined to elaborate on what Powell, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and former secretary of state, had said.Warner said he hoped that the massacre would serve as a “game changer” on guns, as he put it in a tweet.“I hope and pray that this won’t just be a flashpoint and then recede into the quagmire of legislative non-function in Washington,” he said. “But I think you’re gonna see — at least I hope — there are an awful lot of folks who, like myself, who’ve got an A rating from the NRA that are willing to say, ‘Enough.’ We’ve got to find a way that you can responsibly own firearms in the country but put appropriate restrictions on some of those tools of ... mass killings.”
He's sorry, as he should be. Many of our elected leaders should be sorry. How can they look parents in the eye and say they refuse to talk about reasonable gun control? How can they look parents or anyone for that matter, in the eye and say they refuse to do anything because they are beholden to the NRA. Only in America would this be the case. Only in America have we let NRA lobbyists write our nation's loose gun laws. It's too sad for words. It has caused much mayhem and the senseless deaths of children and adults. The list is growing as the public has expressed its' outrage and common grief over the Newton Connecticut massacre. It is well past time for the public to rise up in outrage. It is well past time for the lock on discussion about gun laws to be unlocked.“I have been largely silent on the issue of gun violence over the past six years, and I am now as sorry for that as I am for what happened to the families who lost so much,” he said in Louisville news conference during which he called for “meaningful action.”But while Yarmuth publicly endorsed greater gun control, other Kentucky and Southern Indiana lawmakers — most Republicans — were reluctant Monday to take a stand, either sidestepping the issue or refusing to comment altogether.
The NRA took down it's Facebook and Twitter pages after the horrific shooting on Friday. Why? What could they possibly have to say that makes any sense? Walmart took Internet ads down for the sale of the Bushmaster rifle. From the article:
Who wants to be known as the store that sold the assault weapon used to kill young children in a future school shooting? Walmart knows it has to protect its' image and protect its' bottom line. Just follow the money. And yet, some are still trying to argue about things that no one is buying. They think teachers should be armed. Republican Florida Rep. Louis Gohmert stupidly thinks arming teachers is the answer. Larry Pratt of Gun Owners of America told MSNBC's Chris Matthews that having guns is necessary for an armed revolt against the duly elected government. Really, he said that. From the article:Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the largest seller of guns and ammunition in the country, on Monday removed a website listing for a semiautomatic assault rifle similar to the gun used in the Newtown, Conn., school massacre.Adam Lanza opened fired in Sandy Hook Elementary School Friday with a Bushmaster assault rifle and several high-capacity magazines, according to police, who said the weapon belonged to his mother, the first victim of the shooting rampage.Some time on Monday, Walmart.com removed a listing for the Bushmaster Patrolman’s Carbine M4A3 Rifle; the move was first reported by The Nation magazine.A Wal-Mart spokesman said the gun was never available for purchase online, only at some of the retailers’ stores, but would not comment on why the chain removed the website listing, which included customer reviews.The rifle was still available Monday for purchase in Wal-Mart stores, including a supercenter in San Marcos, Texas, according to a clerk there.Wal-Mart’s decision comes as some pro-gun advocates in Washington expressed a change of heart about the need for more gun restrictions following the country’s latest mass shooting, in which 28 people died, including 20 children.Democratic Sens. Harry Reid, Joe Manchin and Mark Warner, all longtime supporters of gun rights, all came out Monday in support of discussing new gun laws.......
Good question. Mike Huckabee tried to walk back his ludicrous comments blaming the lack of religion in our schools for the school shooting:The reptilian executive director of Gun Owners of America, last seen telling gun control advocates “they have the blood of little children on their hands,” argued that we are “less free without automatic rifles,” and need to stay prepared.Matthews, who loves nothing more than hurling himself through cracked-open doors like this, was all too happy to oblige with a “prepared for what?”Pratt: “To take on our government. [And this] government has gone overboard.” He continued that it’s time to take action “when elections are stolen.”Does this mean that the Gun Owners of America’s 300,000 members are preparing to revolt?
What was the point, Mike Huckabee? What did you really mean? From the video in the linked article:Fox host and former governor Mike Huckabee attempted to walk back his comments linking a lack of religion in schools to Friday's tragic shooting in Newtown, CT. But while Huckabee now claims that he did not suggest "prayer in schools" would have prevented the shooting, he indeed seemed to imply that religion in schools could have done as much in his remarks on Friday.On Friday, Huckabee responded to a question about God from Fox host Neil Cavuto by linking the removal of "God from our schools" to mass school shootings.On Fox & Friends Saturday, he attempted to clarify his comments, saying, "Yesterday, I was on Neil Cavuto. He asked me, you know, where was God? I said, you know, we've systematically removed him from our culture, from our schools. Well, I've been barraged by people who have said that I said, well, if we just have prayer in schools, this wouldn't happen. That's not my point."
Ah, now I understand. Or do I? From the article:
Yet while Huckabee now claims that his initial point wasn't that "if we just have prayer in schools, this wouldn't happen," Huckabee told Cavuto on Friday, "We ask why there is violence in our schools, but we have systematically removed God from our schools. Should we be so surprised that schools would become a place of carnage?" Huckabee concluded his remarks by saying, "Maybe we ought to let [God] in on the front end and we wouldn't have to call him to show up when it's all said and done at the back end."Whatever. If this makes sense to you, raise your hand. And now we can see where the NRA is going in response to the Connecticut school shooting. A Minnesota Representative, known for his far right views on most issues, thinks Minnesota teachers should be armed:
Nuts indeed. Martens explains further:Rep. Tony Cornish, R-Vernon Center, said Monday he will propose arming teachers so they can stop school assaults like that in Newtown, Conn., on Friday. He knows his idea won't get far in next year's DFL-controlled Legislature, but he wants his point of view discussed."They can talk about all the gun control laws they want to, but nothing really in the laws that have been passed will stop a guy like this," Cornish said. "The only thing that will stop it is a bullet."Cornish said he would allow teachers to volunteer to carry loaded weapons in their school rooms, after undergoing stepped-up training on how to deal with Connecticut-style assaults.His idea follows the gun-rights concept of fighting gun-violence with freer access to guns. He said in these cases, the damage has already been done before the police get there, even when they arrive instantly, as was the case in Newtown."What I'm proposing is somebody that's already there," he said.He added that the Connecticut assailant knew the school was a "gun-free zone" and there would be "nothing meeting him in the form of resistance." He added, "If he would have thought that the teachers would be armed ... this person would have been very wary of being shot. He probably would not even think about it."Heather Martens, head of Protect Minnesota, a gun-control organization, said Cornish's idea is "nuts." She said it is based on a "fantasy" of gun-rights activists that such carnage can be stopped by having more guns on the scene.She noted that the assailant's mother herself accumulated weaponry under the theory of self-protection, and then became the first victim of her son's rampage."She was an accomplished shooter and gun collector," Martens said of the mother, Nancy Lanza of Newtown."She was at home where all of her guns were ... She was the first person shot to death.... If the theory works at all, you would think it would work for her."She added, "It doesn't work. There's no instance of that kind of saving-the-day happening in a mass shooting."
Martens said in such instances, a teacher's job is to lock the door and protect the children, not to go out in search of the shooter. And she said in this case, the teachers would have had to have assault rifles to match the shooter's firepower. (...) "The difference between our solutions and those kinds of solutions," she said, referring to Cornish, "is we believe in preventing the dangerous person from getting the gun in the first place."Let's prevent the shootings in the first place. Arming more people is not working in America. What the gun lobby and the NRA lobbyists are saying now is just plain nuts. The public does not want excuses. The public does not want to arm teachers. The public wants action to prevent shootings. The public wants our nation to practice common sense in protecting our communities from senseless acts of violence. All you have to do is read the daily and almost hourly commentary from Democrats and Republicans alike. The commentary coming from the gun rights extremists is almost nill and what they are saying is irrelevant and nuts. The public wants common sense. In America, we can and have acted to prevent the public from deaths and injuries. This NewYork Times piece about the success of M.A.D.D. in changing public policy concerning drunk driving is instructive for what's coming for gun legislation:
It's time to get serious. Murdering small children in cold blood is a serious matter. We all know that, as a country, we are better than this. For God's sake, let us move now to prevent future horrific acts of terrorism and violence against our children. Americans have every reason to expect that we are going to protect our children from bullets. Americans should expect their leaders to do better and to do something now. We have waited for far too long while elected leaders have been bowing to a strong buy mythical special interest group. It's past time for that to change. The voices of common sense are becoming louder. It's ridiculous that it took the heinous murder of 20 small children to make them listen to the voices that have been calling for years.But the experience of other countries puts the lie to that argument. In Australia, in 1996, a man killed 35 people in the course of an afternoon rampage. Australia soon went from having relaxed gun laws to having tough gun laws, including such common-sense measures as character witnesses for people who want to own a gun, and the purchase of a safebolted to the wall or floor. There are still plenty of hunters in Australia, but it hasn’t had a mass killing since.South Africa may be an even better example. For many years, South Africa was a country every bit as gun-soaked as America. I have a friend, Greg Frank, a hedge fund manager in Charlottesville, Va., who lived in Johannesburg during a time when it had become so crime-ridden that people felt the need to own guns to protect themselves. He, too, owned a gun as a young man: “I made the excuse that I needed it for self-protection.”The guns didn’t make anybody safer. People who were held up while waiting at a red light rarely had time to pull out their guns. And the fact that so many homes had guns became an incentive for criminals, who would break in, hold the family hostage, and then order that the safe with the guns be opened. “Everyone knew someone who had family or friends who had experienced gun violence,” he said.Finally, he says, people got fed up. In 2004, the laws changed, requiring annual relicensing, character witnesses and other measure to keep guns out of the wrong hands. There was also an appeal to voluntarily surrender guns.“I took my gun to the police station,” recalls Frank. “The cop receiving it wrote down the serial number, took my ID, and I was gone. It felt transformational, like a huge weight off my shoulders.”It will for us, too, when we finally get serious about stopping gun violence.
And yet another ridiculous has been has entered the fray regarding gun policy. Raise your hand if you think Sarah Palin has anything cogent to say about anything. But here is what she said after the school shooting:
"Those who let themselves be terribly disappointed in political leaders as they ignore real problems, aided along with a complicit media bombarding us with irrelevant distractions in order to avoid facing the reality of a fallen culture, should know those distractions are to hide from a finger pointing to the main contributors to much of our problem. To stop distracting would result in acknowledging the political and media machine's starring roles in our failing society. So, as they too often tear down those who try to do good, while elevating and celebrating corrupt selfishness, they dumbly assume we don't know it is they who significantly contribute to our upside down world today. We've learned our lesson. Don't put your hope in Hollywood or Washington. Instead, build resolve and seek truth more aggressively than ever at such a time as this."And then raise your hand if you can make any sense of the above statement. Really folks, you just can't make this stuff up. It's time for Sarah Palin to sit down and be quiet.
And yet another idiotic statement from the far right (James Dobson) blaming abortion and gays for the shooting:
Our country really does seem in complete disarray. I'm not talking politically, I'm not talking about the result of the November sixth election; I am saying that something has gone wrong in America and that we have turned our back on God.Again, you can't make this stuff up. Go away James Dobson. Be quiet. There are other "preachers" who have made statements found in the linked article. They should all go away. Every time they open their mouths, more embarrassing and shameless remarks come out.