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Published: Monday, Jan. 21 2013 12:10 p.m. MST

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Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

More Americans have died from gunfire in America...

than in all the wars since 1968.

Think about that.

Maudine
SLC, UT

@Pagan: Your stat is a little wrong. The actual stat is as follows:

More Americans have died from non-war related gunfire - crimes, suicides, accidents - since 1968 (Kennedy's assassination) than have been killed in wars or as a result of war since the founding of America (including the Revolutionary War) - by about 200,000 Americans.

This stat has been confirmed by fact check.

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

There is no such thing as "gun control". There is only "government control". Government would be happy to take away our freedoms. Government would be happy to restrict us, to limit us, to hobble us, to force us to be slaves who surrender their paychecks as taxes.

Free people know that the Constitution protects us from a government-gone-amuk. Free people know that, except for the Constitution, we would have long ago lost all freedoms.

Free people know that unless we have freedom, we will never have peaceful solutions to any societal problem.

Foolish people look to Washington to solve their problems. Martin Luther King, Jr. gathered the people of America around him and encouraged THEM to solve the problem. He did not look to Washington. Too many people reverse that. They want us to think that he was a pawn of Washington.

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Pagan,

More people have died from abortions than there are now living in California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Nevada. Think about that. The left is calling for gun control while demanding the right to destroy the innocent in the womb. Have 55,000,000 people been killed by firearms in America since 1976?

Screwdriver
Casa Grande, AZ

Regarding handguns, Reagan stated, "This level of violence must be stopped. ... If the passage of the Brady bill were to result in a reduction of only 10 or 15 percent of those numbers (and it could be a good deal greater), it would be well worth making it the law of the land."

Finally, in 1994, Reagan successfully threw his support behind the Assault Weapons Ban in a joint letter to the Boston Globe, saying, "As a longtime gun owner and supporter of the right to bear arms . I am convinced that the limitations imposed in this bill are absolutely necessary." The ban on assault weapons had a sunset provision and lapsed in 2004, and many gun advocates have strongly opposed any attempts to pass it again, including after the Newtown massacre. south bend tribune

J Thompson
SPRINGVILLE, UT

Does anyone really suggest that Reagan had more authority to change the Constitution than Obama has? No President has the authority to change the Constitution. No President has authority to do anything more than the people have authorized him to do via the Constitution. No President has ever been given authority to inhibit our right to keep and bear arms.

It is childish to suggest that since a previous President did something that we should lower our standards to allow the current President to do something similar. Precedent is not the rule by which a President opporates; his job duties are clearly defined in the Constitution. Let us hope that any President elected by the people of the United States has the ability to read. Let us hope that he has the ability to comprehend. Let us demand that he strictly obey the oath of office that he takes to uphold the Constitution. Let him have the integrity to do only what he is allowed to do.

No Presdient, including Obama, has the right to take away our right to keep and bear arms - even if a very noble clergyman thinks otherwise.

Mark B
Eureka, CA

I hope the issue of gun confiscation doesn't keep people up nights with loaded weapons ready to fire when the doorbell rings. Because no one.....is coming. Nope, no grabbing of guns no matter how many rounds they can fire in a second. That doesn't mean you'll be able to GET any sort of mechanized fury in the future, but, in the meantime. why not lock up the pieces you already have, sit back...and..relax. There's NO Big Brother on the way.

Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

Wait, ok. Gun advocates are now claiming to be 'pro-life'?

Then why are the not advocating for stricter gun laws since 20 children were gunned down last month?

When are gun advocates going to take responsibility for selling guns that shot the innocent?

Eric Samuelsen
Provo, UT

>Mike Richards
"Foolish people look to Washington to solve their problems. Martin Luther King, Jr. gathered the people of America around him and encouraged THEM to solve the problem. He did not look to Washington."
No, Dr. King never looked to Washington for help. Not ever, not once. Except for his repeated constant calls for federal legislation prohibiting lynching, employment discrimination, education discrimination, racially restricted access to public services, poll taxes and other measures barring black voters from registering or voting, discrimination in public transportation, and fifty other kinds of racial discrimination. Dr. King had Bobby Kennedy on speed-dial. Dr. King spent half his life lobbying Congress. If you want to cite history, study some history. May I suggest Taylor Branch's history of Dr. King and the Civil Rights movement for a good starting point for your reading. I'm not sure it's terribly productive to just make stuff up.

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