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Published: Tuesday, May 6 2014 6:50 p.m. MDT

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boneheaded, but not a smidgen
SLC, UT

what is out of balance is liberal thinking big government is the answer. how about parents being parents (including a dad in the family) and federal nannies minding their own business, getting off their government dole and getting a job that ian't paid for by the taxpayer. hillary is nothing more than a career politican. and a bad one at that....besides, what difference does it make?

Copacetic
Logan, UT

I don't recall anyone in either party, or even in the NRA saying "anyone, anywhere should be able to own and carry a gun."
If anyone disputes that, I'd like to have a verifiable link to who said it and when.

And if no one actually said such a thing, then Hillary is exaggerating things up to gain some additional publicity for the democrats.
I believe it's obvious that literally no one wants felons or underaged or known mentally ill people to own and/or carry guns. I've never once heard anyone, even from the NRA, argue that such people should be allowed to.

But what the NRA and conservatives don't want is to open the door to more and more gun laws that would eventually make it very difficult for anyone to own and/or carry a gun for self defense purposes. A move too far in that direction would then truly have America's gun culture out of balance the other direction and the 2nd Amendment almost meaningless. Nevertheless, that is what many liberals would love to see happen. Obviously, most sensible gun owners (and most are) don't want that to happen.

Liberal Ted
Salt Lake City, UT

Who ever said that anyone should have a gun at anytime? There are laws restricting who can buy guns, who can't have guns etc.

This coming from the same government that handed over assault rivals to drug lords, which were then used to murder US and Mexican civilians. Maybe the government shouldn't be allowed to have weapons, unless we vote on it and allow them on a case by case basis.

Remember we the people are the boss, not the other way around.

Tumbleweed
Centerville, UT

For her to say that anyone can have a gun, anywhere or anytime is OUTRAGEOUS and an out and out lie. As Secretary of State and a former Senator you know she is aware that there are 20,000 gun laws already on the books. She has to know that most mass murders are occurring in "gun-free" zones where folks don't have the right to defend themselves, hence the higher casualties (kind of like our "gun-free" Post Offices where people "go postal" resulting in high casualties).

It is very plain the US Code that felons, those convicted of domestic violence (yes, even misdemeanors), those mentally defective or having ever been committed to a mental institution, those with domestic protective orders, illegal aliens, those dishonorably discharged and drug addicts are all prohibited from possessing a firearm or even a bullet. There are secured areas everywhere that do not allow firearms - airports, courts, federal buildings etc.

How can she lie like this and keep getting away with it?

Liberal Ted
Salt Lake City, UT

After all of the recent stabbings at schools where children were murdered, maimed and traumatized....why not restrict knives? After all if we can save just one child from a horrible stabbing death then it would be worth it right? That's the argument against guns. But, the left justifies it saying the knife doesn't murder as many people as guns (like a knife can make a decision). But, if you were to look at the most used and lethal weapons. It goes club, knife then gun. So we should also ban clubs.

Even more people are killed by cigarettes and it destroys other peoples lives by second hand and third hand smoke. Let's outlaw them. After all they kill more than the weapons combined.

TV hasn't helped to get people active, which leads to heart disease; yet Romney was criticized when he wanted to defund PBS. If we want kids to be active, shouldn't we turn off big bird and get kids outside? Just saying michelle o....

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

She's right, but we're paralyzed when it comes time to doing anything about it. Just look at the comments that have been and will be posted. We can demand big government regulation of E cigarettes and do something as silly as put up the zion curtain in a restaurant, but guns are strictly off limits.

mcclark
Salt Lake City, UT

The reaction of "gun enthusiasts" to the technology that can prevent anybody but the guns owner from using it show the insanity of the NRA and their backers.

MapleDon
Springville, UT

This is the same lady who, when questioned recently, couldn't answer what her greatest accomplishment had been while "serving" as secretary of state. If she can't answer the question, then why are we buying her claim (and the media's) that she belongs in the white house? And taking all guns away resolves what? And who gets to determine whether an individual is competent or fit to possess a gun?

She's just another new world order hack. We've got one already in the white house and his performance so far makes me long for Jimmy Carter. And knowing all of Jimmy Carter's warts, I'd take him any day over Hillary.

She's not fit for office. Never has been. Never will be.

funny_guy
Vacaville, CA

Hillary would love for all guns to be under government's control. Our Founding Fathers were well aware of the resulting travesty of out-of-control government. What I find out of balance is Hillary, not our Constitution. How elitist! Hillary knows what is best for the rest of us mere mortal "peons." Long live the Second Amendment -- the right of individuals to keep and bear arms.

Thid Barker
Victor, ID

Hillary should read the constitution especially the 2nd amendment. If she ever does she will be surprised to see that SHE is way out of balance. "No man is free unless the government is limited", R. Reagan

patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

what in the wide world of sports does Hillary know about the American gun culture? Does she hunt ducks? Pheasants? Elk? Does she shoot skeet? Has she EVER been certified to shoot a hand gun (9mm)? The woman knows ZERO about guns or the so-called gun culture yet here she is lecturing us all. Before she opens her big mouth and starts trying to ban guns it would be nice to at least visit some of the states that do carry and do hunt (pretty much anywhere in the south or west) and talk with the folks there. She would find out that what is REALLY out of control are liberals who hate the second amendment.

BJMoose
Syracuse, UT

To Maple Don: The reason she couldn't name her greatest accomplishment while serving as Sec. Of State is she had so many she couldn't single out just one. You need to apprise yourself of what John Huntsman just said about her on an Ora television appearance with Larry King. He was very complimentary and had high praise for our next president.

worf
Mcallen, TX

* After coming under gunfire in Bosnia, it's understandable why Hillary wants gun regulation.

* What difference does it make if people own guns?

* Eighty percent of the worlds military weapons have originally come from our country. So why would our political leaders want gun control?

* Our political leaders don't know how to balance a checkbook, but know how to regulate gun ownership?

Hmm?

OneWifeOnly
San Diego, CA

Last month a 2-year-old boy died after his 3-year-old sister accidentally shot him in the stomach with a rifle inside their Utah home. Last month four people were killed and 16 injured in Texas. Last month, three people were killed in Kansas. In March a 10 year old boy was killed in San Diego (my home town) by a 9 year old girl. The girl's 14 year old sibling was babysitting at the time and no adults were present. If I had enough space, I could list many accidental and deliberate shootings of children and adults from every state in our nation. I want to have a conversation about putting guns on the market that would allow hunters to use guns in their sport and would allow owners of guns access to shoot the weapon in self-defense while not allowing someone who is not the owner of the gun from firing that weapon. The technology is available but as noted in this article, the gun culture in America is way out of balance. The gun culture in America is so far out of balance that we cannot even have a conversation about how to stop children from shooting other children.

1conservative
WEST VALLEY CITY, UT

"America's gun culture is way out of balance" - headline

I agree, federal law enforcement has way too many guns. That, and the fact that federal agencies send guns to mexican drug cartels tells me that gun reform is in order - for federal bureaucrats.

Start there.

Avenue
Vernal, UT

@BJMoose
Our people's rights are in grave danger if Clinton becomes president. Our gun control today is on the border of violating the Second Amendment. Evil people can, and have, gained powerful positions in their national governments. I can see this easily coming in America's future.

Mikhail
ALPINE, UT

Yup!

Those NRA types are nuts!

Christians are intolerant and want everyone else to be Christian! (oh me, oh my)

Heterosexuals are homophobic!

Tea Party advocates are terrorists!

People who don't believe in man-made global climate change (or whatever it is called today) are "flat-earthers!"

Good is bad and bad is good.

Patriots are traitors.

Conservatives are haters.

And the beat goes on...

I smell elections coming...

It is amazing that there are actually human beings who buy this drivel.

worf
Mcallen, TX

Are Americans under educated?

If the media picks Hillary, will the people follow the lead.

Mister J
Salt Lake City, UT

to Thid Barker & patriot

One average citizen doesn't need to have a personal armory equivalent to all of Seal Team 6.

On the other hand
Riverdale, MD

Heaven forbid we take any measures to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill.

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