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That's the first thing you've ever posted that I agree with. Tea partiers (like me) will tell you the movement first began to stir when W signed off on the asinine TARP fiasco. But it's undeniable that it is the collectivist left that is most aggressively pursuing the same policies that are sending Greece, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Portugal (countries which impose higher & more "progressive" tax burdens than we do) over the cliff. In 4 years, Obama has amassed a larger deficit than all of his predecessors combined were able to rack up in more than 2 centuries. You and I can't spend more than we take in and expect to survive. What makes you think government can?
And where did you come up with your gun control data?
You write: "Gun deaths now have surpassed traffic deaths in a year."
According to the CDC, gun injuries accounted for 31,940 deaths in 2011 (the most recent year for which I could find the data). That number includes homicide, suicide, and accidents; and puts it #6 on the list after tobacco use, medical errors, unintentional injuries, alcohol abuse, and motor vehicle accidents. If the gun fatality number is restricted to homicide, it drops to #10 on the list - so I'd be interested to learn where you're getting your numbers.
I don't know where you stand on private gun ownership in general. I've found it curious how many opposed to armed teachers have no problem with armed homeowners. I see little distinction between the two.
The NCIS background checks are paid for by you and I and every other taxpayer. They are anything but “free”, and the funding has been mandated ever since the Brady Bill was enacted in 1993. Curious how it's taken you nearly 20 years to gin up some outrageously outrageous outrage over that part of the legislation. I also doubt that a computerized background check is diverting law enforcement from more important tasks. Finally, there are additional local & state background checks and fingerprinting to be administered when a concealed carry permit is applied for. Those costs are charged directly to the applicant (here in CO, anyway. But I'm reasonably certain the same applies in most other issuing jurisdictions).
Cold comfort for the families of the dead. If you're aghast at spending "the money" I propose the option recommended in my first post to this thread as a more economic alternative. The cost of obtaining a CCW permit is in the neighborhood of $200-300; there are many instructors who waive their fee for educators (50-60% of the cited cost is regulatory and can't be waived). You are quite right, of course, about motor vehicle fatalities v. shooting deaths. But when those on my side of the argument point it out, we're accused of being bloodthirsty Wyatt Earp wannabes.
Food for thought:
Average deaths in a shooting rampage when stopped by police: 14.3
Average deaths in a shooting rampage when stopped by civilians: 2.3
Another option: Group offers free weapons training for teachers http://news.yahoo.com/group-offers-weapons-training-utah-teachers-173649952.html
"SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — More than 200 Utah teachers are expected to pack a convention hall on Thursday for six hours of concealed-weapons training as organizers seek to arm more educators in the aftermath of the Connecticut school shooting.
The Utah Shooting Sports Council said it normally gathers a dozen teachers every year for instruction that's required to legally carry a concealed weapon in public places. The state's leading gun lobby decided to offer teachers the training at no charge to encourage turnout, and it worked.
Organizers who initially capped attendance at 200 were exceeding that number by Wednesday and scrambling to accommodate an overflow crowd."
An option for home invasion: call the cops and hope for the best:
Or, you can equip yourself to protect the safety of you and yours. Please note that Mrs. Jackson is on the phone for 10 minutes pleading with the 911 dispatcher to send help so she wouldn't have to do the unthinkable. But when seconds count, the police are minutes (or more) away. In the end, the authorities couldn't help. Her son the cop was powerless. Her big protective dogs didn't deter the intruder. If you & yours choose to live as prey, more power to you. If you wish to impose that choice upon me, I have a two-syllable reply which decorum prevents me from disclosing to you here.
If anyone has a Chiappa Rhino they want to get rid of, let me know. My very modest arsenal already provides me with more than I need. But less than I want. Oh, to be rich.
11:07 - Don't drink and shovel.
Chicago police confirm 'tragic number' of 500 homicides http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-chicago-2012-homicide-toll-20121228,0,5456581.story?track=rss
Not a chance. This is clearly a media conspiracy. Criminals are not allowed to possess guns in Chicago. Neither is anyone else. Which only leaves the police. So either the Chicago Tribune is lying, or the police have instituted death squads to exterminate undesirables in the Windy City.
"Largely contributing to the spike was the unusual number of homicides that occurred during the early part of the year, when the city experienced unseasonable warmth. "
The next legislative initiative should be obvious: BAN THE SUN.
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