The NRA is winning the battle over gun control

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  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    April 8, 2013 10:33 p.m.

    Look at the comma in the sentence. It does NOT create requirement. It does NOT say you need to be a part of a militia to have the right to bear arms.

    Bear arms or wear chains.

  • casual observer Salt Lake City, UT
    April 8, 2013 3:09 p.m.

    The most effective tool the NRA has is the disorganization and incompetence of the opposition. Outlawing assault weapons without a meaningful definition, failing to guarantee that applications and background checks will not be retained for later use and the inability to address mental illness as a factor in gun violence have all made gun legislation appear as little more than busy work. As one in favor of effective legislation, I am profoundly disappointed.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    April 8, 2013 11:29 a.m.

    More weapons will make us all safer...

  • Ajax Mapleton, UT
    April 8, 2013 10:43 a.m.

    Is the NRA really trying to have the Johnny Cash ballad, "Don't take your guns to town" removed from YouTube?

    There is a rumor that the NRA recently purchased the rights to the Beatle's song, "Happiness is a Warm Gun." Wayne LaPierre reportedly said that it was one of his top-five all time favorites.

    I've heard that the NRA is currently attempting to change Psalms 23:4 in the KJV to read, "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for my weapon is with me; my assault rifle and high capacity magazine they comfort me."

    Are there no limits to what the NRA will do?

    Note: I dedicate this SPOOF to my right-wing friends whose nonsensical daily ramblings on the 2nd Amendment, whackin criminals and freedom are widely distributed. The difference is they believe it.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    April 8, 2013 9:11 a.m.

    Red state pride said:

    "How hard is this to understand : "the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed".

    It's easier if you include the entire sentence: A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

    Why do you suppose they put the part about the well regulated first?
    Why do the gun lovers always leave that part our?
    Could it be, you learned that trick from those radio guys about using messages, speeches and quotes out of context, knowing that your audience won't bother looking into it?

    At least the ACLU, who defends the 1st Amendment isn't a a lobbyist in disguise.

  • Mike in Cedar City Cedar City, Utah
    April 8, 2013 6:13 a.m.

    If they are winning this fight, it is not due to some righteous view of the 2nd ammendment. It's about money. We have the best congress that NRA money can buy. If they win innocent lives will be the real cost.

  • HS Fan Salt Lake City, UT
    April 7, 2013 10:01 p.m.

    This is America. Money=Power. Elections, College Sports, Law or Gun Control. He who has the most money wins!

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    April 7, 2013 9:43 p.m.

    Re Red State Pride

    No right is absolute, but it is particularly galling that my and your gun rights, our constitutional rights are infringed because OTHER peeple misbehave.

    I would like to take away the anti 2nd Ammendment people's cars for a year, along with their rights to use alcohol, and have knives and baseball bats, because other people misuse these things.

    April 7, 2013 9:14 p.m.

    NRA = " Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness,"

  • red state pride Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 7, 2013 7:16 p.m.

    A couple of points: we do not have an upsurge in violence in America esp. due to firearms. I challenge anyone to prove otherwise. Second, none of the new regulations regarding firearms currently being proposed would have done anything to prevent the Newtown massacre. Third, we've had an "assault weapons" ban in the past and it was ineffective so what exactly is the point?
    Say what you will about the NRA but the NRA does not exist in a vaccuum. The majority of Americans support the 2nd amendment. It's sad that we even need an organization like the NRA. How hard is this to understand : "the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed". It's pretty straightforward and yet constantly under attack.
    And what really bothers me is that Dianne Feinstein has no problem whatsoever with an infant survivor of a botched abortion being dispatched by a "Doctor" outside of the womb but she has a problem with law abiding citizens owning semi-automatic rifles because they are "scary-looking".

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    April 7, 2013 11:05 a.m.

    NRA = insanity.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    April 7, 2013 10:02 a.m.

    The NRA juggernaut of a bully pulpit has to be stopped. It has hijacked the common sense process we need in this country.

  • The Skeptical Chymist SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    April 7, 2013 8:48 a.m.

    I am embarrassed to be represented in Congress by two Senators who will support the filibuster of such a common-sense requirement of universal background checks.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    April 7, 2013 7:36 a.m.

    "Even though an Elon University poll last month found that 93 percent of North Carolina voters favor background checks for almost all gun purchasers"

    And another poll


    The April 4 national poll found background checks could lead to gun confiscation; but 91 percent want universal gun checks.

    Amazing the our legislation is so influenced by the NRA that they are trying their best to go against the will of 91% of the peoples.

    We need a bill that insures that universal background checks get implemented but that the data is immediately deleted. That should not be a difficult to accomplish.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    April 7, 2013 2:07 a.m.

    And why shouldn't the NRA win this fight? They are defending the constitutional rights of people who don't deserve to have them taken away, because they have done nothing wrong and are not the problem.

    We don't forbid people to drink alcohol or take their cars away if they don't use either irresponsibly. The NRA is successfully fighting to ensure we don't do this with guns either.

    Bravo NRA