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Hammers and guns

February 21, 2013

The fine Americans in the NRA claim that hammers are as deadly as guns. I'll bet ol' Mindy McCready wouldn't be quite so dead if she'd had a hammer instead of a gun. Same with her husband....

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Tedeaux

Feb-21-13 1:06 AM

Some people are just clueless when it comes to certain things. With as much as has been discussed about firearms since December, I would figure they would begin to understand the statistics used to argue for assault rifle bans, also makes it obvious that there are much more significant gun control legislation coming behind the assault rifle ban. Assault rifles account for a very small percentage of the deaths by gun fire in America each year. Hand guns account for the vast majority of the deaths, but our commander 'n chief is using his press corp to run down assault rifles to start with a ban on them first. He'll get around to the other weapons a little later. And when your constitutionally guaranteed right to own a firearm are gone, then the real fun can begin with what his agenda really is!

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mikekerstetter

Feb-21-13 3:29 AM

Tedeaux-"Some people are just clueless when it comes to certain things."

Yep, like the fact that Assault Weapons are already banned.....

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Tedeaux

Feb-21-13 3:50 AM

I understand what you're saying Mike, but for the sake of limiting the argument to general terms, any weapon that is black is an assault weapon to a liberal. Getting them up to speed with the difference between automatic and semi-automatic is a lost cause at this point. They will just refuse to understand anyway.

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ToTEXASfromPA

Feb-21-13 4:04 AM

Sad loss of life.

Even sadder LTE.

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Tgrammiex4

Feb-21-13 4:16 AM

When a person reaches the point of feeling suicide is thier only option they will use any method available. If a gun isn't available they will find another method, hanging ,pill overdose, jump in front of a train. Guns didn't cause these deaths,thier state of mental health did.

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USABorn

Feb-21-13 5:17 AM

What an assinine lte!!!!

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USABorn

Feb-21-13 5:21 AM

Tedeaux - 3:50 AM

"Getting them up to speed with the difference between automatic and semi-automatic is a lost cause at this point. They will just refuse to understand anyway."

Ted, it isn't that they REFUSE to understand, they don't have the MENTAL ABILITY to understand

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gavinf56

Feb-21-13 5:23 AM

Phew! This letter is so lame I am speechless.

Yep MrShmaman, I guess Porky Limbaugh told me this yet. Beat ya to it Skippy.

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idiottwo

Feb-21-13 5:48 AM

I think we need to ban cars and telephone poles. They kill drunk drivers.

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wwhickok

Feb-21-13 6:04 AM

Alright.. This is a fact. In a crowded room, in the hands of a murderer, a gun is much more dangerous than a hammer. Why? Because he/she can kill more people faster.

This letter.. I get what you're attempting to say, but..you failed.

I specifically like the Editor's Note in this letter. It's true to the point, I highly doubt, while I think it was a stupid thing to say, that the NRA was really suggesting that in the hands of a murderer, a hammer is truly more deadly. They said basically "statistically the # of people killed with a hammer and with a gun are comparable".

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Doc7Bob

Feb-21-13 6:05 AM

This letter proves two important points; One - Most people cannot read. The article about gun deaths and hammer deaths SPECIFICALLY stated RIFLES - not GUNS. Two - Common Sense cannot be taught. One is either born with it or they learn it through the various experiences in life. BUT it cannot be taught.

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Doc7Bob

Feb-21-13 6:08 AM

Addendum - The article was published by the FBI and based on statistics going back to 2006 in which it stated in every year more individuals were killed with clubs & hammers than rifles. Pistols were not included.

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CarlHiller

Feb-21-13 6:08 AM

What a crock of ****! Total brainwashed idiot.

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wwhickok

Feb-21-13 6:12 AM

You can switch out my twisted little scenario with anything you want. Maybe a burglar just trying to rob your house, maybe a serial killer just looking for some heads, maybe a drug addict just looking for money for his next fix, whatever. The point I'm trying to make, the reason I got so graphic with it, is that while everyone seems to think banning guns is the answer to a problem, have you thought about the problems doing so will create for you? The bigger problems it will create. I don't own a gun, I have never been robbed, nothing I've stated has happened to me. But that doesn't mean it can't. I've considered getting a gun, more so lately than ever before. Our world is different now, more dangerous, I have a child to think of. If someone came to home and tried to hurt my family..I wouldn't think twice about shooting them if I owned a gun. But if I didn't own a gun, because i wasn't allowed, if I couldn't protect my family.. I wouldn't just be angry at those who harmed

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Premier

Feb-21-13 6:13 AM

Doc hit it outa the park. Common sense escapes most people while they let their emotions run unchecked.

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wwhickok

Feb-21-13 6:14 AM

my family, I'd be angry at the people who voted to put me in that position in the first place.

I have no problem with the difference in beliefs, I do have a problem with forcing your own beliefs onto someone else. The 2nd Amendment was created for a reason, people have the RIGHT to keep the 2nd Amendment in tact. Who are any of us to say otherwise. Just because we 'believe' it won't help. It won't help to get rid of it. The sooner you realize that, the better off we will all be.

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eriklatranyi

Feb-21-13 6:33 AM

First, the NRA does not advocate banning anything.

Second, I can't help but wonder if the author watched Mindy McCready on Celebrity Rehab as entertainment?

Such shows exploit the mentally ill and do not help them......as evidenced in this case.

Addiction is not entertainment. The fact that people can find interest in another person's weakness is a sad statement about our society.

But, if you have masses who will watch a human being kill themselves on television, it is no wonder the same weak-minded masses blame the firearm.

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cheyenne

Feb-21-13 6:47 AM

The writer's name must be a misprint. Only someone named Dan Moron would imply suicide is only possible with a gun.

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idiottwo

Feb-21-13 6:55 AM

Dan, are we to believe that for it to be sensible it must make sense to you? Do you believe others can have their own opinions? Could it be possible that others' views be legitimate or is it only yours that is sensible?

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wwhickok

Feb-21-13 7:17 AM

I see no one commented on anything I said, despite disagreeing with it. I'm curious if this is because, as sick and twisted as it sounds, I'm one of the few intelligent enough to think about potential consequences of making the American People Defenseless against, not just the Government, but the criminalistic society as well.

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wwhickok

Feb-21-13 7:33 AM

BTW, the reason for me making my comment so 'graphic in nature' is because I think it's important for people to think about what losing 'piece of mind' could really mean over a span of a long period of time, if things continue to escalate and the banning of firearms results in more violent crimes.

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rick424

Feb-21-13 7:43 AM

Get a shotgun! OMG I loved that. Biden is my hero for sure.

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CHayes

Feb-21-13 7:56 AM

"Common sense escapes most people while they let their emotions run unchecked."

The Republicans must be getting pretty "emotional" then lately.

First after being accused for some time now of being engaged in a war on women, they refuse to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, a law that some claim has reduced domestic violence by 58% since it's first passage in 1994.

Then they go berserk about an internet meme that says Chuck Hagel, a former combat decorated veteran a Sec Def nominee, took money from a mystery group called "Friends of Hamas". Not only did Hagel not receive money from such a group, there is no such group. Thanks for the memories conspiracy theory site breitbartDOTcom.

Then of course there's the case of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell sending an inquiry to the Defense Dept about a satirical article claiming Guantanamo detainees are going to receive US veterans benefits.

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mazmdm

Feb-21-13 7:59 AM

What a stupid letter. Japan has a higher suicide rate and guns are banned in Japan.

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CHayes

Feb-21-13 8:00 AM

"and the banning of firearms results in more violent crimes"

Who's proposing banning firearms? The last time I checked, people were proposing banning the manufacture, import, and sale of one very narrow category of firearms, and also high capacity magazines.

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