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Syndicated Columnist E.J. Dionne Calls for Republican Support for Reasonable Gun Measures

Will the GOP echo the view of most Americans or will it Continue to Side with Gun and Ammunition Manufacturers and the National Rifle Association? Stay Tuned!

Washington Post syndicated columnist E. J. Dionne has a marvelous and important column that appears in today’s Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Jan. 10, 2013): “Calling All Republicans: Only with GOP Help Can Gun Safety Prevail.”

It is obvious that imposing even the most modest and reasonable restrictions and regulations designed to keep high-powered weapons and ammunition out of the hands of the homicidal will be a challenge, given the historic power of the gun manufacturers’ best friend, the National Rifle Association.

Mr. Dionne is quite correct, that initiatives will go nowhere without a fair amount of Republican support, as gerrymandering enables the GOP to maintain a considerable plurality in the U.S. House.

Mr. Dionne states, “Suburban Republicans especially need to declare their independence from viewpoints antithetical to those held by the vast majority of their constituents.” Are you listening, Representative Tim Murphy? No, I am quite certain that he is not listening, at least, not yet. Representative Murphy recently had the audacity to state that he sees gun control measures as a “distraction,” not at all a part of the discussion or the solution to horrors such as that which occurred in Newtown, Connecticut.

I wonder if Representative Murphy will slam his office door in the face of his former colleague Gabrielle Giffords when she seeks to address the members of Congress in a plea for reasonable regulations on firearms.

People of goodwill should say, and continue to say to Representative Murphy, the following, “No one measure is an instant solution to the multi-faceted problem of the United States being the gun murder capital of the world, but why must we make it easy for those inclined toward slaughter to inflict misery, pain, and grief upon so many”?

I do not consider myself a one-issue voter, but this issue is critical to me. Senator Robert Casey has had the courage and decency to renounce his former position of being pro-gun with virtually no limitation. I will be closely watching the actions of Representative Murphy and Senator Pat Toomey. I will expect nothing from them and will be pleasantly surprised if they choose to act.

I believe that those that seek regulations on guns which would infringe on no one’s Second Amendment rights are on the side of the angels, including the 20 angels whose bodies were riddled with fatal bullet wounds in beloved Newtown.

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Roger January 11, 2013 at 01:51 PM
The meetings the past couple of days in Wash DC are a charade. The White House, the GOP, and every other politician, knows that little can be done by EO. And, everybody also knows any effort to change to the 2nd Amendment will fall flat. However, the meetings and calling various groups to DC makes for good political theater. The public language of "stopping all such acts in the future" is ludicrous. The "all" is inclusive, and nobody can argue that measures in 2013 will stop the use of the existing 300M guns already in circulation. What is important in these meetings is the process of DC politicians. Every day this story remains in the headlines is one more day the real important issues that need addressing are shuffled off to the side of the road. The debt ceiling, the necessary reforms of entitlements, and similar, are looming large. They have deadlines. Meanwhile, the DC politicians are spending their time and focus on these gun control meetings. History is our teacher: Blue-ribbon panels, study commissions, and the like are sure signs of nothing useful will emerge.
Roger January 11, 2013 at 01:51 PM
Everybody knows there are hard deadlines for these matters, just like the recent Dec 31 deadline on tax rates. Yet, every day that passes, and these issues are supplanted by the meaningless gun control meetings. It takes the heat off making hard decisions. The pattern is the same -- march to the deadline, make hasty, knee-jerk decisions with unintended consequences. The nation's fiscal future hinges on a young man who gunned down 28 people last month.
Oren Spiegler January 11, 2013 at 09:55 PM
Roger is likely correct that anything that is seen as tampering with the Second Amendment will face a tough road, and yes, it is difficult to make substantive change through Executive Order. The absolutist Second Amendment advocates will expect to prevail as they always do squelching even a requirement for enhanced background checks. I regret that Roger does not see this as a "real important issue" along with the legitimate ones that he cites. Additionally, I know of no one who has claimed that any gun measure would "stop all acts" of horror such as the Newtown, Connecticut bloodbath.
Mark Trombetta January 12, 2013 at 12:35 PM
Let's look at the evidence: We already had "sustantive" and onerous gun control measures under the Brady Law. This was in effect for 10 years and did absolutely NOTHING to stop killings. Columnists like the radical liberal EJ Dionne survive on feelgoodism and not reality. Fools such as the Hollywood liberals who shoot up the movie sceens in the most graphic and violent manner and then come out against gun violence are nothing more than hypocritical idiots. Video game makers who flood the shelves [and our children's brains] with graphic violence should be heavily scrutinzied [regulated and banned?] as they desensitize our children to violence and rob them of normal innocent childhood.
Mark Trombetta January 12, 2013 at 12:35 PM
Parents who promote this or who are "checked out" on the raising of their children have culpability. The liberals who forced closure of mental health insttutions like Mayview have culpability and the "Great Society programs that have destroyed traditional families are the most egregious culprits. Remember that these programs did not come into existence by themselves. Foolish liberal politicians propogated these programs to garner votes and enslave peoples[ read LBJ's quotes]. Before one attacks the Second Amendment, which is an INDIVDUAL right and is in place to allow us to protect ourselves from a TYRRANICAL GOVERNMENT [not hunting deer as the fool Andrew Cuomo spewed], we need to have a root cause analysis and act logically. Of the 300 million guns in America, none has killed anyone on its own. The horrible murders in Connecticut [where most American guns are made and which has some of the most restrictive gun laws in America already] seem to have came about because of irresponsible gun ownership and a failure to address severe mental issues in the murderer. Let's put responsibility and trust in people, not Governments which act more irresponsibly each year, crsuhing our liberties and providing no solutions.
Oren Spiegler January 12, 2013 at 01:21 PM
Mark, I am behind you 100% in your insightful comments about the "entertainment" industry and the video game menace. It would be naive and foolish to believe that our rotted culture does not bear great responsibility for the state of mind of so many troubled and dangerous individuals. It will be interesting to learn whether the president is willing to adopt a balanced approach, not simply to challenge unbridled gun rights, but to call out his liberal friends and contributors in Hollywood, and those that create video games that desensitize individuals to violence.

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