Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Feb. 2017: Trump Signs Bill Revoking Obama-Era Gun Checks for People With Mental Illnesses

Mod: Who wouldn't want the mentally insane to be able to get their hands on semi-automatic weapons? Certainly not the great President Trump. Who knows, maybe it's because he's a little bit nuts himself? The following is from February of this year.

Trump Signs Bill Revoking Obama-Era Gun Checks for People With Mental Illnesses (NBC News link): President Donald Trump quietly signed a bill into law Tuesday rolling back an Obama-era regulation that made it harder for people with mental illnesses to purchase a gun. The rule, which was finalized in December, added people receiving Social Security checks for mental illnesses and people deemed unfit to handle their own financial affairs to the national background check database.

Had the rule fully taken effect, the Obama administration predicted it would have added about 75,000 names to that database.

President Barack Obama recommended the now-nullified regulation in a 2013 memo following the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, which left 20 first graders and six others dead. The measure sought to block some people with severe mental health problems from buying guns.

The original rule was hotly contested by gun rights advocates who said it infringed on Americans’ Second Amendment rights. Gun control advocates, however, praised the rule for curbing the availability of firearms to those who may not use them with the right intentions.

Both the House and Senate last week passed the new bill, H.J. Res 40, revoking the Obama-era regulation.

Trump signed the bill into law without a photo op or fanfare. The president welcomed cameras into the oval office Tuesday for the signing of other executive orders and bills. News that the president signed the bill was tucked at the bottom of a White House email alerting press to other legislation signed by the president.

The National Rifle Association “applauded” Trump’s action. Chris Cox, NRA-ILA executive director, said the move “marks a new era for law-abiding gun owners, as we now have a president who respects and supports our arms.”

Everytown For Gun Safety President John Feinblatt said he expected more gun control rollbacks from the Trump administration. In a statement to NBC News, he called the action "just the first item on the gun lobby’s wish list" and accused the National Rifle Association of "pushing more guns, for more people, in more places."

The NRA’s last tweet tells you everything you need to know about what’s wrong with American gun laws (Think Progress link): As is their practice in the wake of a mass shooting, the National Rifle Association’s social media accounts have gone dark. Since the horrific shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada that left 59 people dead and over 500 injured, there has been nothing from @NRA or associated accounts like @NRATV, @NRAblog, and @NRAILA.

The most recent tweet from any NRA-affliated Twitter account appears to be from @AmericanHunter, the “official journal of the National Rifle Association, for hunters and shooters,” posted just hours before the shooting.

The FN SCAR 17S is a slightly modified version of the rifle currently used by U.S. Special Operations Command, the FN MK 17. Its manufacturer touts the weapon’s “long-range accuracy, downrange power, exceptional reliability.” But even the manufacturer’s excitement over this weapon, which was designed for the military to kill people, pales in comparison to the NRA.

In an NRA-produced video, American Hunter managing editor Jon Draper is absolutely giddy about massive power of the FN SCAR 17S. Draper traveled to the test range of the manufacturer, FN, where he spoke to Jay Recto, the “assault weapons manager.” After being taken through some of the rifle’s features by Recto, a giddy Draper declares: “Literally, this is the same rifle that the military gets without the full auto happy switch. That’s fantastic!”

“Exactly, you don’t have the happy switch, that’s about it,” Recto agrees.

This, of course, illustrates the problem with America’s lax guns laws. Current law allows the sale of slightly modified military rifles, which are not designed for hunting or recreation, but to kill many people in a short period of time. The FN SCAR 17S lacks the full automation of its military counterpart, but many semi-automatic weapons can be modified to operate similarly to a fully automatic weapon.

The 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting, which until Sunday was the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, also involved a weapon originally designed for the U.S. Special Forces, a Sig Sauer MCX.

Although fully automatic weapons are not legally available for civilian use, experts say audio of the Las Vegas shooting makes it sound like an automatic weapon was used. This could mean the suspect, Stephen Paddock, illegally obtained a fully automatic weapon or “that a weapon could have been modified to fire faster, a change to a semiautomatic firearms known as bump or slide fire.”

U.S. law currently allows civilian purchase of weapons that were designed to kill people quickly, not for hunting, recreation or self defense. These weapons can be modified to make them even more deadly. The NRA, meanwhile, fights for everyone to have unfettered access to these weapons.

Authorities found at least 19 firearms in Paddock’s hotel room, including 10 rifles.

Mod: This golden moment is from last June.

Donald Trump Slams 'Weak' Leaders After Orlando Shooting (Time Inc. link): Donald Trump on Sunday slammed the nation's "weak" leaders in new comments about the deadly Orlando nightclub shooting, following backlash he received on Twitter for his initial response about the “congrats” he’s gotten for “being right” on terrorism. The presumptive Republican presidential nominee criticized President Barack Obama for “disgracefully” refusing to say the words “radical Islam” while addressing the nation on the massacre at the popular Pulse Orlando gay nightclub that left 50 dead and another 53 wounded. Trump also called out opponent Hillary Clinton for failing to use that exact phrase.

“Last night, our nation was attacked by a radical Islamic terrorist. It was the worst terrorist attack on our soil since 9/11, and the second of its kind in 6 months. My deepest sympathy and support goes out to the victims, the wounded, and their families,” Trump said in the statement.

“If we do not get tough and smart real fast, we are not going to have a country anymore,” he added. “Because our leaders are weak, I said this was going to happen – and it is only going to get worse. I am trying to save lives and prevent the next terrorist attack. We can't afford to be politically correct anymore.”

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88 comments:

  1. Money,money,money. Thats what these lawmakers we have in Washington thrive on.

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    1. The cartoon is right on the money. This administration doesn't care one iota about people just hand them the money.

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    2. Same as every other administration, just a matter of who is writing the checks...

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    3. The NRA doesn't write checks to democrats.

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    4. Lots of others do.

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    5. True. But it doesn't lead to 600 people being killed or wounded on the streets of Las Vegas.

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  2. The press, branded the 'enemy' by Trump, increasingly trusted by the public: Reuters/Ipsos poll
    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-trump-effect-media-poll/the-press-branded-the-enemy-by-trump-increasingly-trusted-by-the-public-reuters-ipsos-poll-idUSKCN1C813L

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  3. Jimmy Kimmel: "We have 59 innocent people dead-because the NRA has the GOP's balls in a money clip."
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruYeBXudsds

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  4. President Trump: Your prayers and sympathies are meaningless.

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  5. So help me understand this. Gun owners need silencers to protect their hearing and that of others at the range, but I have no protection from their bullets. Is that about it?

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    1. Gun owners also claim they need a gun for 'self defense'. When some simple Kevlar would suffice.


      Again, like most people, I'm not against gun ownership. Just against fetishization, over militarization, and lack of regulation.

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    2. Own all the guns you want, Uncle Leo's s squirrel gun from the farm in Missouri, your grandpa's octagon rifle from the Washington wilderness, an old WW2 broken-down machine gun from comic book back page ads in the 50's (so many box tops and postage) BUT if you want a military rifle to get your rocks off, join up. Truth is most of the militia-types would be washouts in any military setting. No one needs any of these automatic rifles, no one, in any setting but combat.

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    3. 8:35 - You obviously don't know what you are talking about, automatic rifles are generally illegal, especially in California.

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    4. Generally 8:35 knows what they're talking about

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  6. Every Member of Congress Who Took Money From the NRA and Tweeted 'Thoughts and Prayers' to Las Vegas
    https://splinternews.com/every-member-of-congress-who-took-money-from-the-nra-an-1819059582

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  7. Nearly Two Months Later, Trump Has Yet to Enforce Law Imposing New Sanctions on Russia
    http://www.thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/ryanjent/nearly_two_months_later_trump_has_yet_to_enforce_law_imposing_new_sanctions_on_russia

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  8. I thought we only had to worry about those pressure cookers filled with nails and screws.

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    1. You probably worry about a lot

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    2. Is there a reason not to?

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    3. Watch out for the truck coming down the sidewalk.

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    4. Not when you're paranoid

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  9. The local laws are an important factor in all this, it's not just the Feds.
    From Crosscut in Seattle: How much can really be done on gun control locally?

    While calling the massacre in Las Vegas “terrible,” Rivara said, “we’re also losing thousands of people each year, day in and day out.” Rivara noted that the vast majority of gun deaths in Washington — 80 percent — are due to suicides, but he said that more people in America have died as a result of guns than all U.S. wars combined.

    http://crosscut.com/2017/10/washington-state-seattle-gun-control-legislature-las-vegas-mass-shooting/

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    1. Gun Law Navigator: State laws can mirror federal law—or they can close federal loopholes

      https://everytownresearch.org/navigator/

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  10. Stephen Paddock's father was bank robber on FBI Most Wanted list
    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/stephen-paddock-father-bank-robber-wanted-fbi-article-1.3536478

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    1. He obviously came from good stock..

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    2. Wired to explode.

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  11. So much help from Counselor's and trained Mental Health workers would have rushed in and assisted that mother whose son committed the shootings at Sandy Hook; if only that Mental Illness Gun check bill had been signed.
    Oh wait, that mom called various Mental Health numbers and even went to Court attempting to get help for her under eighteen teen, all to no avail. All Government laws that are in place to protect those with diagnosed Mental Illnesses won't allow "forced" health checks unless documentation has been established; that is what is called for.
    Hum; I wonder if these same laws are why so many homeless are living on the streets?
    But what if these same street living homeless arm themselves with illegal assault rifles which would be against the law.
    Maybe, just maybe all of them wouldn't be invisible anymore
    They would be at that point of Mental irrationality that would just toss those Government Laws aside and help, not more bullets, would be the answer.

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  12. Stephen Paddock was a self made Multi Millionaire; go figure.
    I guess he could buy whatever he wanted, all the laws be darned.

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  13. Finally we can say ; Radical Islamist Terrorists. Is this why they tried to take credit for the Las Vegas massacre? Because the rules have been changed and this country can now utter those fearful titles of particular killers?

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    1. Paddock was a Christian. Does this make him a radical Christian terrorist?

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    2. He is also a registered Republican.

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  14. To the Brave well regulated Militia that ran into a hotel with an active shooter... being necessary to the security of a free State..... Nevermind, those were police officers that are trained and swore an oath to serve and protect.

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  15. This is Trump's style! Anything having to do with Obama ends and then tragedy strikes all around. Trump needed to go yesterday and the day before that, etc.

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  16. Donald Trump is is a side show carny and nothing more - a sucker born every minute !

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    1. I am so sick of Donald Trump. I am sick of his voice, his lies, his stupid cow-fed face, his lying, his bombast, his tweets, his BS, his threats, everything. Nauseated by him. Please, Congress, get rid of this jerk Now.

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  17. I just posted this to a Facebook page in Canada:

    To all my friends and family--cousins 1st through 4th:
    I know you are watching the US news. You are wondering how America can be so ignorant where gun ownership is concerned. Twenty-seven people at Sandy Hook Elementary school, 20 children and 7 adults--Fifty-nine people in Las Vegas--at least one Canadian citizen listed! I am afraid even this will not change US control for gun violence. How can we ever become sensible about this that way Canada, Australia, Germany, Japan and others have? I am so ashamed of our elected officials and the people who let the NRA embarrass us in the eyes of the world over this.

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    1. Follow the NRA money. Washington isn't protecting the citizens of this country nor are they doing anything about the guns-for-drugs trade across the Mexican border. They're a pack of useless hyenas. The citizens of this country need to get the Citizens United decision reversed, for starters; the vicious irony of that name makes my skin crawl. The oligarchs now rule our Congress.

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    2. Opium production in Afghanistan has gone up since US invasion and occupation

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    3. So has opioid consumption in the US.

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  18. 7:24am. Congress passes Laws.
    What are you talking about? Sanctions on Russia and China are working.
    The Sanctions on Iran need to be the strongest possible and should be replaced.
    North Korea, definitely sanctions.

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    1. It's true. Russia hasn't released the pee pee tapes.

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    2. You seem to be pee pee obsessed...seek help.

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    3. President Trump isn't here, 9:44. Try the golf course.

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    4. Sanctions don't work- they only destroy the middle class, cause a brain-drain exodus of capable citizens and leave behind radicalized ultra rich and ultra poor.

      Sanctions do not work

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    5. I know Putin hates them. Which is probably why his lap dummy Trump has refused to enforce the Russian ones.

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  19. Jimmy Kimble only worries about his ratings, he joked about the 59 innocent people killed because he knew it would get a laugh.

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    1. You are demented.

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    2. Which network is Mr. 'Kimble' on?

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  20. When Emanuel cleans up Chicago with all the mass killings from illegally purchased guns, then an honest dialogue about revoking Obama-Era Gun checks can happen.

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  21. For all the Trump haters here, you realize your savior Obama had the Presidency and both houses, and did nothing about this...why?

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    1. Obama only had the White House. You're an idiot.

      One doesn't have to like Obama to hate trump. You're an idiot.

      The only person calling Obama a 'savior' here is an idiot.

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    2. I love it when Trump Troll gets his butt kicked.

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    3. Nice response, but no answer...

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    4. Try doing something that deserves one.

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    5. Everyone here like to bitch, but no one has any sensible solutions.

      See the idiots above.

      Smartest thing I have heard out of government lately came form Biden, when he said "the best gun for home defense was a shotgun".

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    6. ahh c'mon fella. you got dusted. as Putin likes to tell his buddy don, take it like a man.

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    7. No one will answer you because you lied about Obama having 'both houses'. It's just more fake fact troll talk

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    8. Oh, excuse me, Democrats controlled the presidency, house, and senate for the 11th congress, 2009-2011.

      Check your facts, idiot!

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    9. You know what is funny here? The same do-nothing Republican Congress that opposed Obama on everything is now incapable of approving any of Trump's lunacy. They will get their butts handed to them in 2018. Couldn't happen to a more deserving bunch of jerks.

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  22. 9:41: You can't handle the truth. If I used the same line about "How dud we let this happen?"; then I would have to ask Mr. Kimble, how did it happen that you and your wife let your son be born with a heart defect?
    "We" didn't let this happen.
    A madman killed the people at the concert.

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    1. 1. There is no 'Mr. Kimble' on TV.
      2. If you campaign angainst regulation and undue past laws on regulation then you enabled this to happen.

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    2. The NRA owns Trump. He is actively assisting in their damage control campaign.

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  23. 9:34am. It's true, no "pee pee tapes" and no Russian interference in the elections; Manafort's team hadn't produced any evidence.
    Another fake Progressive sideline story made up by the fake journalists with the intent on keeping those Pregressive's on the tax payers dollars.

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    1. 10:05 is Coo Coo for Cocoa Puffs.

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    2. Has trump found Obamas Kenyan birth certificate yet? Oh, that's right... trump's not a politician.

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    3. Trump is a politician of the George Wallace / Strom Thurmond variety. He uses racial animosity to divide the stoops in order to protect the interests of his billionaire buddies.

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    4. I was at the PCC swap meet once and found an old issue of Life magazine. It had a pictorial of Strom Thurmod''s creepy plantation style wedding. In it he used black prison inmates to staff the event. Even then he was already hiding the fact that he had raped and impregnated an underage black woman who bore his child.

      Thurmond, Wallace and Trump are the worst class of white supremacists.

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  24. President Trump is in Puerto Rico now. He is asking the homeowners whose houses are still standing, what types of materials their homes are made of.
    President Trump is a builder, he will rebuild the grid so that going into the future, the island will hold up during hurricanes in the future.
    This President has rolled up his sleeves; something other Presidents have not.

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    1. You're full of bull. For the first four days after that hurricane Trump spent all his time whining about the NFL. The only reason he's there is to try and undo all of the political damage caused by his incompetence.

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    2. Dude builds golf courses- his bankrupt luxury course in PR was paid for at their peoples' expense.

      You're an idiot too

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    3. Nice try, kid. Trump's response mirrors that of Bush's to Katrina. To distracted with personal affairs until he got called out by the nation. Now he's mounted an all-out PR campaign in PR to make up for his fail.

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  25. So many Puerto Ricans cheering President Trump in Guaynabo right now.
    The bad mouth Mayor was instructed by the Governor and every other Puerto Rican Mayor, that she had to figure out a way to get to the meeting with FEMA, the meeting would not come to her. Can everyone say entitlement.

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    1. Funny how the word "entitlement" has been used by the Bannonites when discussing Puerto Rico, but never when Houston or Florida is brought up. Ugly race politics informs everything Trump does.

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    2. Babbling right-wing talking points.

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  26. 12:39pm. What are you saying? You don't like Puerto Ricans? The island is as mixed race wise, as is Florida and Texas.

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    1. You need to get someone to read and explain the comments to you. Obviously you are having comprehension issues.

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    2. Translate it to Russian. He'll understand then.

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    3. 1:27pm don't be a hater

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    4. Sometimes it is appropriate.

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  27. Yeah; I hated Hillary didn't vote for her, that was appropriate!

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    1. MAGA - Morons Are Governing America

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  28. Former Conservative Chief Justice Warren Burger (1969-1986), appointed by Richard Nixon, 60 Minutes, 1991: "The Gun Lobby interpretation of the Second Amendment is one of the greatest pieces of fraud, I repeat the word fraud, perpetrated on the American People by special interest groups that I have ever seen in my lifetime. The real purpose of the Second Amendment was to ensure that state armies -- the militia -- would be maintained for the defense of the state. The very language of the Second Amendment refutes any argument that it was intended to guarantee every citizen an unfettered right to any kind of weapons he or she desires."

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  29. No true Christian would ever need an assault rifle.

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  30. We still don't know much about this guy, but I'm thinking if you collect lots of guns that are made to kill people, you might eventually just want to use your collection.

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