Thursday, January 17, 2013

Rubio Solution to Gun Violence: Change Human Nature. Gov. Perry says Pray it away. This is the Republican Party's Dodge.

Will the media stop pretending the following responses makes any sense? I know, it’s the revered Marco Rubio, but really…
Sen. Marco RubioNothing the President is proposing would have stopped the massacre at Sandy Hook.”
The laws aren't perfect, so…We also have imperfect laws against bank robberies, so why bother?

My favorite dumb comment, which is still taken seriously by the press, is the old standard that insists on changing basic human nature first, then let’s talk:
Rubio: “President Obama is targeting the 2nd Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens instead of seriously addressing the real underlying causes of such violence. Rolling back responsible citizens’ rights is not the proper response to tragedies committed by criminals and the mentally ill.” 
Stop this madness. Aren't we adults, and don’t we answer these same questions everyday with our own kids? Sure we can give kids comfort by taking Gov. Rick Perry’s advice and prey, but if the biblical stories are any indication, that hasn't work either. As adults, we're familiar with an often times cold, cruel and inhumane world. Rubio and Perry must think we’re all simpletons, or they really think we can change human nature or just pray it away.
Gov. Rick Perry: "There is evil prowling in the world - it shows up in our movies, video games and online fascinations, and finds its way into vulnerable hearts and minds. As a free people, let us choose what kind of people we will be. Laws, the only redoubt of secularism, will not suffice. Let us all return to our places of worship and pray for help. Above all, let us pray for our children. In fact, the piling on by the political left, and their cohorts in the media, to use the massacre of little children to advance a pre-existing political agenda that would not have saved those children, disgusts me, personally.”
I think I'm standing on pretty firm ground when I say; it’s so much more disgusting to stand by and let the carnage continue. 

From NPR's All Things Considered:
In the modern era, legislative attempts to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill are nearly half a century old. In many ways, we've made little or no progress. There are numerous reasons for this failure and those reasons explain why the odds of success of any new legislative initiative to the problem of mentally ill having access to guns is very, very low. These challenges explain why none of the three of the most prominent recent mass shooters — Jared Loughner, Seung-Hui Cho and Adam Lanza — would have been affected by any current legislation involving the mentally ill and guns. Loughner had not met the conditions necessary for reporting his name to the federal database and he obtained weapons legally from a dealer. Cho was not deemed at imminent risk of causing harm, and was not involuntarily committed, and he was therefore not reported. Lanza does not seem to have been involuntarily committed, either, and, in any event, he didn't buy guns from a dealer — he simply took guns belonging to a family member. I spoke with James Jacobs. He's a Columbia University law professor. He notes that most people with serious mental illnesses get treated voluntarily. They don't get treated involuntarily. And if you're treated voluntarily, you don't end up in this federal database.

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