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Well stated, Travis. Our country has a violence problem-first in the world in murder, gun violence and prison incarceration. I want our culture to deal with all these angry dysfunctional young men who conclude that a mass killing is the way to obtain notoriety, the mentally ill persons who are prone to violence, and other factors leading to violence including drug addiction. The psychopathic actions of these individuals is costing the lives of far to many innocents. Background checks and other reasonable limits on weaponry will help. Much more needs to be done in other areas. I hope as a country we have the courage and perseverance to find solutions.
What's your point, Dan? Do you have one?
Jefferson in a letter to Samuel Kercheval on July 12, 1816:
Some men look at constitutions with sanctimonious reverence, and deem them like the arc of the covenant, too sacred to be touched. They ascribe to the men of the preceding age a wisdom more than human, and suppose what they did to be beyond amendment. I knew that age well; I belonged to it, and labored with it. It deserved well of its country. It was very like the present, but without the experience of the present; and forty years of experience in government is worth a century of book-reading; and this they would say themselves, were they to rise from the dead. I am certainly not an advocate for frequent and untried changes in laws and constitutions. I think moderate imperfections had better be borne with; because, when once known, we accommodate ourselves to them, and find practical means of correcting their ill effects. But I know also, that laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths disclosed, and manners and opinions change with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also, and keep pace with the times.
The constitution says NOTHING about limiting abortion, gay marriage, voter rights, or birth control. Yet, you tea party folks scream about issues that are none of your business while vilifying rape victims and any non-white right wing Christians. The second amendment was intentionally left open, allowing for revisions as technology and attitudes changed, and you know it. Thomas Jefferson in a letter to Samuel Kercheval on July 12, 1816: " Some men look at constitutions with sanctimonious reverence, and deem them like the arc of the covenant, too sacred to be touched. They ascribe to the men of the preceding age a wisdom more than human, and suppose what they did to be beyond amendment. I knew that age well; I belonged to it, and labored with it. It deserved well of its country. But I know also, that laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths disclosed, and manners and opinions change with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also, and keep pace with the times." You can have all the standard guns you want, I do not care, but if you want killing toys to make your cute political statements at the expense of children, students, and government employees, the rest of us will take legal means to protect ourselves and our fellow citizens from right wing rampages. My civil right to live and have my being supercede's any civil right to stockpile weapons designed to kill as many people as possible for sport.
It is not the role of the POTUS to act as a law enforcement officer, and it is not the role of an elected law enforcement officer to interpret the constitution. If an individual in law enforcement wants to use a law to grandstand, they can resign their position and go on a fund raising junket for the NRA. If someone thinks the American president runs around arresting people, they need to read a middle school civics book.
Wiggins and his pals are serving themselves and not the public by pandering to right wing funding by proclaiming how much they love guns.
Using this issue to soapbox for attention and political support is as transparent as whining about government conspiracies and exaggerating drug threats to prop up an already bloated and self serving ACET. I'm sure all the white angry male " God and Guns" heroes are now very motivated to fund Wiggins next run for office.
How about enforcing law because one was elected to serve the county, not self interest and the Republican fund raising machine? And, if one really has an issue with a law, go through channels to change it-but that would not feed the ego or the election purse, would it now?
Someone broke in to a house and took out the trash? They can come clean up mine.
On line link, for those of us who prefer to sign the petition from our computer.
I am so glad the republican party is obsolete.
Would like to see some thoughtful conservatives form a new party and banish the racist, mysogynistic, Christian dominionist, fear mongering, bible throwing, women hating, anti-science, climate raping, lying party of the KKK and Ray Comfort back in to the dark ages where it belongs.
There are not enough rich entitled white old men to vote for you, in spite of televangelists screaming that liberal votes will send one to hell. Your tactics of fear and loathing via religion just don't work. Your Haliburton and other corporate sponsorship can't buy you an election, because no one wants the party of ignorance and hate and war mongering in power.
Keep demonizing women, brown people, Muslim's, non-Christian's, scientists, mathematicians, birth control and evolution, because all it does is add more nails to your coffin. Keep on smirking in your self-righteousness and patriarchy as you become ever more irrelevant and impotent. Call everyone stupid and sinful for not giving you their vote, then watch that the door doesn't hit your fat backside on your way out.
It is simple.
Criminalizing marijuana commits too many resources into fighting an essentially non-addictive, beneficial herb. Decriminalization forces our community and state to put criminal and drug fighting monies where they belong-hard drug manufacture, distribution and addiction. As more and more states decriminalize hemp and mj, the federal government will follow.
It is ridiculous that pill mills operate legally, but growing a few plants will land one in jail.
I support amendment 64 (already voted for it) as do many law enforcement, civil, medical and community groups. I am a non-pot using grandmother, by the way, not a stoner.. But, if it makes any of you right wing prohibitionists feel better to call me names while nursing your beer, go ahead.
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