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  1. motivemagus commented on Steve Benson about 24 hours ago

    We know exactly why the NRA leadership — not the members, who favor gun control about 7 to 3 — opposes gun control laws of every kind.
    Cui bono? asked Cicero.
    The NRA leadership is in the pocket of the gun manufacturers. Their logic is that the only defense against guns is more guns. And that message — which was NOT the message of the NRA in years past — is being communicated over and over again.

  2. motivemagus commented on Steve Benson about 24 hours ago

    You are incorrect that people who want sensible gun control — which includes 70% OF THE NRA, incidentally — want to “repeal the Second Amendment and confiscate all firearms.” That is simply a straw man argument.
    At this point, the Second Amendment is interpreted way beyond its actual intent and scope; all most Americans are asking for, regardless of party, is the same level of restriction we apply to, say, free speech.
    It is not binary. Asking for a waiting period, forbidding felony convicts from buying guns, making it harder to buy unlicensed weapons — all are pretty limited restrictions.
    And since other countries have done exactly this, with great benefit (G’day, Australia!), it’s not as if there are no choices here.
    Or are you claiming the gun-owners are going to lead a civil war?

  3. motivemagus commented on Nick Anderson 4 days ago

    I live in America – but apparently not the one that you live in.
    There are NO “PROVEN FACTS” to support a young Earth. There are centuries of research by tens of thousands of scientists that the Earth is 4.7 billion years old. There is an overwhelming amount of data supporting the fact that anthropogenic global warming is happening.
    The Bible should not be taken literally. Jews don’t take their books literally; most Christians don’t take the full Bible literally. It’s a moral guide, not a scientific one.
    And there are many Christians — indeed, most Christians on the planet and in America — who are full supporters of science. As a Catholic myself, I am proud of the many Jesuit priests who were and are groundbreaking scientists, expressing their faith through deeper understanding of God’s world.

  4. motivemagus commented on Steve Breen 4 days ago

    It’s not about mental health. It is about over-easy access to guns.

  5. motivemagus commented on Clay Jones 4 days ago

    NOT true! Please do not create these false contrasts.
    The NRA wants no restrictions at all – but 70% of their members do.
    The liberals DO NOT WANT to collect them all in an outright ban. That is a myth spread by the NRA and their toadies. Reasonable laws restricting access is all we want, and these exist in other countries and some states.
    This idea of an “eternal war” is just nonsense. Liberals want sensible rules like just about everyone else. So who does that leave…?

  6. motivemagus commented on Clay Jones 4 days ago



  7. motivemagus commented on Signe Wilkinson 4 days ago

    We are nearly back to the 1890s now, in fact.

  8. motivemagus commented on Tom Toles 4 days ago

    Mr. Toles is correct. This year we have had MORE than one mass shooting per day, using the criterion of four or more people shot (not killed, but shot), which can include the gunman. The FBI limits it to three or more people killed, but that makes the numbers look better than they really are; after all, being shot is bad for you even if you live, and it shows just what a ridiculous number of shooters we have here.
    This is not an issue of “mental health,” this is an epidemic go guns.
    This is not something that should be addressed by more guns, or “good men with guns.” The evidence clearly shows that more guns equals more deaths – murders and suicides. (http://www.vox.com/2015/8/24/9183525/gun-violence-statistics).
    Furthermore, we know EXACTLY what to do. Australia did it.


  9. motivemagus commented on Matt Wuerker 5 days ago

    “Corporation: n. An ingenious device for obtaining individual profit without individual responsibility.” – The Devil’s Dictionary

  10. motivemagus commented on Steve Breen 5 days ago

    Read the link Dave posted below. Compare gun deaths in the USA to gun deaths elsewhere in the world, or even compare state-by-state, and you’ll see why your comparison is irrelevant.