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Gun-Hatin’ Sons a Bitchas June 22, 2006

Posted by newsfittopost in congress, gun control, politics, violence.

The United States is consistently a leader in gun-related deaths among industrialized nations. In 2002, 30,242 people were killed by firearms in the U.S. — 11,829 of those people being murdered. In 2001, 11,348 Americans were murdered by an attacker using a firearm. Compare that to only 331 people killed in Germany, 96 in Great Britain and only 56 in Japan.

With an obvious gun-violence problem here in America, you would think rational lawmakers would support gun control or bans. This is not an issue that only exists in New York or LA… a 2004 study shows death rates from guns are as high in rural areas as they are in big cities. This is an issue all lawmakers should be concerned about.

Now before you get your panties in a bundle, I am not endorsing the end of hunting or shooting ranges… just those automatic weapons that fire continuous rounds for no other purpose but to fill numerous breathing objects with metal. If you can think of a good reason for keeping automatic weapons around the house, you are welcome to comment or email me.

But our friends (using that term loosely) over at the conservative weekly Human Events Online seem to be checking different statistics than I am. I assume this because any responsible (dare I say patriotic) American would look at the facts and be concerned about his fellow patriots walking the streets with all these damn gun-toting murderers poking around.

But instead, in an attempt to demonize lawmakers who support gun control, Human Events has amassed a list of the Top 10 Anti-Gun Senators. They are condemning these senators… I encourage you to write and thank them:

10. Mike DeWine (R.-Ohio)
Consistently the only Republican to speak in favor of anti-2nd Amendment legislation on the Senate floor.

9. Jack Reed (D.-R.I.)
The most vocal opponent on the Senate floor of congressional legislation to prevent lawsuits against firearms manufacturers based on the actions of criminals.

8. John Kerry (D.-Mass.)
Accepted a shotgun as a campaign gift from union officials, even though it would have been banned under a bill he cosponsored.

7. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D.-N.Y.)
Though just in her first term as an elected official, she campaigned for gun control while First Lady, advocating gun owner licensing, handgun registration and the retention by the federal government of records on lawful purchasers of firearms.

6. Frank Lautenberg (D.-N.J.)

Despite government studies showing that fewer than 1% of criminals get their guns from gun shows, Lautenberg sponsored legislation to run gun shows out of business.

5. Dianne Feinstein (D.-Calif.)
Sponsor of the much-vaunted assault-weapon ban of 1994-2004. Despite the ban's having been found to have been misdirected and irrelevant to crime, Feinstein said she wished for a stronger law, one that would say, "Mr. and Mrs. America, turn [your firearms] all in." Feinstein carried a handgun for her own protection in California.

4. Ted Kennedy (D.-Mass.)
A generation ago, this liberal lion sponsored legislation to ban and otherwise restrict handguns. He hasn’t let up a bit since.

3. Barbara Boxer (D.-Calif.)

Sponsor of bills to ban compact handguns, such as those commonly carried for protection, by making the legality of their manufacture in the U.S. contingent upon the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' (BATFE) regulation permitting the same type of firearm to be imported. BATFE uses regulatory authority over firearms importation arbitrarily and, some say, illegally. Boxer hoped the BATFE would do the same with U.S.-made firearms.

2. Dick Durbin (D.-Ill.)
Minority whip is top anti-gun activist in his party’s Senate leadership and a reliable activist for anti-gun legislation in his own right.

1. Charles Schumer (D.-N.Y.)
Sponsor of legislation to ban firearms as "assault weapons," to ban hunting, recreational, practice and defensive ammunition as "armor piercing," and to impose a waiting period on handgun sales. The member of Congress who most seeks publicity for himself on gun-control issues.


1. Doug - June 23, 2006

Gun death statistics are bigger than they should be. They count suicides (which is not a result of guns being available). I don’t like the thought of automatic weapons being near children, but if you ignore one part of the Constitution, what stops representatives from ignoring other parts too? Like freedom of religion?

2. newsfittopost - June 23, 2006

Gun death statistics are not inflated… whether suicide, accident or murder, a death from a gun is a death from a gun. But I see what you are saying. Like it mentions in the post, 30,242 people were killed from guns in 2002. 11,829 of those were murders… not a number to be taken lightly.

As for the Constitution… it guarantees Americans the right to bear arms. Americans should be allowed to hunt with rifles and the like, but there is no reason for Americans to own automatic weapons, or even handguns for that matter. I still have yet to hear a good reason why these types of weapons are necessary (because I don’t buy the self-defense argument).

Thanks for the comment. -E

3. Aaron - September 27, 2006

The right to keep and bear arms was not put in place to protect hunters rights. That whole militia part was specifically put there to allow us the firepower to overthrow the government if that should once again become necessary. To say that we would have not chance to overthrow the governmnet because of the might of the US military is also a poor argument. The colonials were able to eventually defeat the British. The Revolution was a war of guerrila tatics and political alliances; any hypothetical war to overthrow our government today would be the same. But the fact that you, I and the majority of the American people are happy enough with our system of government to not want to overthrow it does not mean we should legislate away our ability to. As I tried to explain in one of my blog post, our right should never be traded for security. That is not the way of a free people.

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