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State of Fear

Posted December 4th, 2015 at 5:04 pm (UTC-4)
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The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines fear as “to be afraid of something or someone; to expect or worry about something bad or unpleasant.” To be terrorized is defined as “to cause (someone) to be extremely afraid” or “to force (someone) to do something by using threats or violence.” So, if someone changes their behavior or alter their thought process because they fear guns and the carnage they can wreak, have they been terrorized?

Liberal Media Is Once Again Completely Wrong About Gun Violence

Posted December 4th, 2015 at 3:32 pm (UTC-4)
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I will give the LA Times some credit–they didn’t give the horrifically inflated figure on gun deaths that pro-gun control groups often peddle to make a case that America is a shooting gallery…. It’s not. Violent crime is at record lows, firearm-related homicides are down, and this editorial board knows that California is one of the most […]

San Bernardino Shooting Just Opened Up a Can of Worms Far Bigger Than Gun Control

Posted December 4th, 2015 at 12:25 pm (UTC-4)
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But the greater question for all the mass shootings is the motivation behind why the weapons were purchased in the first place. Both suspects were Muslim, which makes an easy case for blaming the shooting on religious or cultural extremism against the U.S.

Mass Shooting in San Bernardino: America’s War With Itself

Posted December 3rd, 2015 at 1:59 pm (UTC-4)
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It was frighteningly familiar: people going about their business during a typical week day when suddenly gunfire erupts, killing and wounding innocent civilians. This time it happened at a social services center in San Bernardino, California. Fourteen people are dead, numerous others wounded and two suspects – a young Muslim couple – were shot and killed by police. Terrorism has not been ruled out. Neither has the possibility that the male suspect was a disgruntled employee. Once again, President Barack Obama appeared on television to offer condolences and press for stricter gun laws. Obama also pointed out that these incidents are unique to America. “We have a pat­tern now of mass shoot­ings in this coun­try that has no
par­al­lel any­where else in the world.”

Obama Makes Statement on Mass Shooting in San Bernardino

Posted December 3rd, 2015 at 1:14 pm (UTC-4)
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President Obama made a statement to reporters in the Oval Office one day after 14 people were killed during a shooting at a social services facility in southern California.

Obama’s Reaction to San Bernardino Shootings on CBS News

Posted December 3rd, 2015 at 12:45 pm (UTC-4)
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“The one thing we do know is that we have a pat­tern now of mass shoot­ings in this coun­try that has no par­al­lel any­where else in the world.”

Like Big Tobacco, Big Guns Should Pay for the Damage It Causes

Posted October 9th, 2015 at 10:01 am (UTC-4)
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The time has come for another major industry, the $43 billion firearms and ammunition business, to recognize the damage its products are doing to American citizens and to begin compensation to individuals who have been harmed, as well as to the social institutions that bear an unfair burden because of the actions of a few.

Americans, Once Again, Grapple With How to Stop Gun Violence

Posted October 5th, 2015 at 2:15 pm (UTC-4)
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Angst, anger and grief are on the minds of many Americans after last week’s mass shooting at a community college in Oregon. How did we get here – here being the near routine incidents of one person deliberately shooting completely innocent victims? Some observers are wading back into the debate over gun control, wielding studies and statistics to back their solution to this deadly epidemic.

A New Way to Tackle Gun Deaths

Posted October 4th, 2015 at 2:23 pm (UTC-4)
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What we need is an evidence-based public health approach — the same model we use to reduce deaths from other potentially dangerous things around us, from swimming pools to cigarettes. We’re not going to eliminate guns in America, so we need to figure out how to coexist with them.

One More Shooting Massacre in America

Posted October 2nd, 2015 at 4:06 pm (UTC-4)
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Columbine. Newtown. Blacksburg. Aurora. Now Roseburg joins the infamous list of American towns where mass shootings have occurred. At least 40 times in the past 30 years, gunfire has interrupted the mundane goings-on at a workplace, a church, a shopping mall, a restaurant, a school. 375 people have been killed. Just a few hours after a 26 year-old man opened fire Thursday on the campus of a community college in Oregon, President Barack Obama appeared before the cameras. “But as I said just a few months ago… our thoughts and prayers are not enough. It’s not enough.” The president’s voice was thick with frustration and anger as he spoke about the spate of mass shootings that he said “… has somehow become routine.” At the heart of his ire is not only grief for the 10 people gunned down while attending class, but the issue of gun control. Access to firearms in America is a deeply emotional and divisive issue. Obama believes that laws limiting a citizen’s ability to get hold of a gun is key to stopping such tragic shootings. But to do that, who would be willing to commit political suicide in the name of gun control?

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