Biden, NRA clash: Vice president's charge to reduce gun violence is met with resistance

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  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Jan. 14, 2013 10:02 a.m.

    Senator Dianne Feinstein,

    I will not register my weapons should this bill be passed, as I do not believe it is the government’s right to know what I own. Nor do I think it prudent to tell you what I own so that it may be taken from me by a group of people who enjoy armed protection yet decry me having the same a crime. You ma’am have overstepped a line that is not your domain. I am a Marine Corps Veteran of 8 years, and I will not have some woman who proclaims the evil of an inanimate object, yet carries one, tell me I may not have one.

    I am not your subject. I am the man who keeps you free. I am not your servant. I am the person whom you serve. I am not your peasant. I am the flesh and blood of America. I am the man who fought for my country. I am the man who learned. I am an American. You will not tell me that I must register my semi-automatic AR-15 because of the actions of some evil man.

  • Mark B Eureka, CA
    Jan. 11, 2013 9:49 p.m.

    "Changing the culture" sounds a bit un-free to me. Do we let Hollywood and the game industry take the blame just on truth's say so?

    But of all the reasons to arm individually, the worst has to be arming against OURSELVES because the tyrants are coming. Even the 300 million guns the industry has pumped into our country would be totally inadequate if "self-invasion" ever happened.

    No Constitutional right is absolute, and children shouldn't be part of the "cost of freedom". Can't we instead try a few things that might help save some lives without taking anyone's weapons away?

  • the truth Holladay, UT
    Jan. 11, 2013 7:38 p.m.

    @Mark B

    So what?

    There is always a cost to more freedom.

    What we need is more gun and moral education not more bans.

    People have the right to bear arms. Period.

    The second amendment was created, not for sport, not hunting, but for the intent to kill people to stop a tyrannical government bent taking our freedoms away, foreign or domestic, if the need ever arises.

    We don't know if the need will ever happen, but we hope it never happens.

    But you are naive if think it can't happen, history is replete with it happening over and over again.

    Perhaps it hasn't happened yet because we have that right.

    There are better solutions than useless, feel good, extreme and unconstitutional bans. Try education and changes to our hardening culture.

  • Mark B Eureka, CA
    Jan. 11, 2013 4:56 p.m.

    Wow. Mr. F thinks that NO change works, therefore ALL change should be opposed. I guess since there are still bank robberies taking place that means we should give up trying to prohibit it as a "crime".

    And lost just can't resist repeating the "cars kill people, too, but THEY'RE still legal." argument once more, as if we've never heard it before. Yes, and falling pianos are pretty lethal, but pianos have other uses, and are seldom used in mass murders. We can and DO make cars safer, but accidents still happen, though fewer than before.

    He fails to realize that 300 million guns do help make us the most gun-fatal nation on earth.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    Jan. 11, 2013 1:53 p.m.

    What a misleading headline! We could expect something like that from the NYT or Atlanta Journal Constitution, MSNBC,or any other such disreputable media outlet, but not the DN.

    The NRA does not oppose ANY charge to reduce gun violence, they just oppose the liberal knee-jerk wrong-headed reaction to gun violence.

    The dems' approach to the recent tragedy could be likened to banning cars to stop drunk drivers.

    They fail to realize that their liberalism has created a society where violence is praised and EXTREMELY profitable (Torentino movies, call of duty and other uber violent video games)

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Jan. 11, 2013 10:09 a.m.

    Reducing gun violence won't be done by banning anything. Case in point. Yesterday's shooting in the school was with a shotgun. Won't be banned by any of Biden's proposals.

    Nothing will change. Evil, crazy, stupid people will still find ways to cause mass destruction regardless of the gun laws in place.