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Wed Jan 30, 2013, 02:02 PM

Apparently we have no freaking hope of doing squat.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10022283658

This post, now almost 90 minutes old ....

*** Senate Hearings on firearms legislation TODAY ! Here's your chance to be heard. ***


... has exactly three recs (including mine) as of this writing.

Meanwhile, Gomer Pyle's marriage and the woes plaguing Fox News are wildly popular.


If DU members can't even get this on the greatest page, we have no hope.

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Reply Apparently we have no freaking hope of doing squat. (Original post)
Scuba Jan 2013 OP
The Velveteen Ocelot Jan 2013 #1
Puzzledtraveller Jan 2013 #2
ZombieHorde Jan 2013 #3
Scuba Jan 2013 #5
ZombieHorde Jan 2013 #9
Demo_Chris Jan 2013 #17
HappyMe Jan 2013 #4
Chorophyll Jan 2013 #6
Scuba Jan 2013 #10
Chorophyll Jan 2013 #12
Bake Jan 2013 #16
Lex Jan 2013 #7
HappyMe Jan 2013 #8
reteachinwi Jan 2013 #11
Chorophyll Jan 2013 #13
reteachinwi Jan 2013 #14
Egalitarian Thug Jan 2013 #15
PLARS1999 Jan 2013 #19
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cyberswede Jan 2013 #22
Marrah_G Jan 2013 #18
Chathamization Jan 2013 #20
OldDem2012 Jan 2013 #21

Response to Scuba (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 02:06 PM

1. Only three DU recs! We're doomed!

But another possibility could be that people are actually contacting their Senators without fiddling around with DU.

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 02:06 PM

2. DU is as divided on this issue as is the country at large

Maybe not straight down the middle but there is no consenus that I have noticed on DU either. For better or worse it seems that is where we are at, have been and seem to be staying.

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 02:13 PM

3. Mybe you should try reposting with a snappier subject line.

Something like:

"Here is your chance to get back at those fuckers!"

or

Oh yeah! Time for our voices to be heard!"

or

"Free beer and porn! One day only!"

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Response to ZombieHorde (Reply #3)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 02:14 PM

5. How's "We've got no freakin' chance of doing squat" sound?

It's gaining traction. Thanks for the grins.

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Response to Scuba (Reply #5)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 02:18 PM

9. It just might be the ticket.

I am not really marketing savvy, but I do know some subject lines attract a lot of attention.

Oh, and you're welcome.

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Response to ZombieHorde (Reply #3)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 04:16 PM

17. Or the always attention grabbing "I will probably be BANNED for posting this, but..."

 

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 02:14 PM

4. You needed to add some

of the beloved terms - gunz! gun nutz! LaPierre -that fucking fucker!

Trying to get attention with a sensible post sometimes is futile.

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 02:15 PM

6. I just kicked and rec'd the thread you linked to. But listen:

The gun debate is exhausting and it's particularly exhausting here on DU, a place where you wouldn't expect to encounter so many gun lovers.

Gomer Pyle's marriage is actually great news for progressives. So is Fox's low ratings. People need hope. It's hard to (wo)man the barricades 24/7 without hope. The fact that gay people are getting married gives me hope that we can move forward on other contentious issues as well.

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Response to Chorophyll (Reply #6)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 02:19 PM

10. Yes, we've been at each other's throats 'til we're exhausted. The the day comes when you can ...

... actually do something and you're too burned out to do it.

They wear you down. It's one of their favorite tactics.

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Response to Scuba (Reply #10)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 03:22 PM

12. They do suck. They really do. Same old arguments.

It's drugs, it's craziness, it's the movies, it's video games. You point out that drugs, craziness, movies and video games are widely available in the UK, Australia, and Japan.

Then they bust out the gun porn pictures and call you ignorant.

Trust me, I know. But I did take action today, and I've been writing letters weekly. I started writing to my own representatives, but I live in New York State and my senators and rep are all on board. So I've switched to writing to Harry Reid, and to the leading Rethugs in both House and Senate.

I just don't fault people for jumping on pleasant news when it happens. We need it.

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Response to Scuba (Reply #10)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 04:01 PM

16. Nobody has been forcing DUers to post OP after OP after OP saying the same things.

Like calling gun owners "Delicate Flowers" and talking about "The Precious."

I'm personally exhausted from responding to that kind of crap and calling for a modicum of respect all around -- or at least a moratorium on the name-calling.

Bake

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 02:15 PM

7. I'll get the fainting couch

and smelling salts.

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Response to Lex (Reply #7)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 02:17 PM

8. You do that.

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 02:56 PM

11. OK

 

Tim Walz, Al Franken, and Amy Klobuchar. Asked them to take measures to make our public places safe regarding guns. Now maybe we can do economic and social justice for a while.

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Response to reteachinwi (Reply #11)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 03:25 PM

13. Gun legislation IS economic and social justice. It's all related.

We have to multi-task or we're sunk.

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Response to Chorophyll (Reply #13)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 03:47 PM

14. I know you're right.

 

I'm sick of guns.

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 03:58 PM

15. For myself, while I would love to see some effective action taken to curtail the culture of violence

 

in America. But all of the screaming and proposals I've seen are nothing but pacifiers that, in the end, will do nothing to change anything except increase the number of votes against Democrats.

I have something in the neighborhood of 300 trashed gun threads from GD, and that after auto-trashing key terms.

Talk to me about the near total disarmament, especially in law enforcement, and I'll listen and probably support it. But this nonsense of banning this type or that accessory will do nothing but cost elections.

80+ people a day are still going to be killed by firearms in America until we dare to look real solutions to our real problems.

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Response to Egalitarian Thug (Reply #15)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 05:15 PM

19. What he said.

Nowhere on the books will you find the statistics that matter.

How many murders in the US each year are the result of gang violence?

How many murders are the result of the illegal drug trade?

How many murders are committed by lost children who think it is okay to shoot people because they watch 8 hours of whatever tv they want after school because both parents are working so the family can afford 2 BMW's instead of at home being parents.

Tell me how we can turn 60 million families back into families.

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Response to PLARS1999 (Reply #19)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 05:59 PM

22. ?

How many murders are committed by lost children who think it is okay to shoot people because they watch 8 hours of whatever tv they want after school because both parents are working so the family can afford 2 BMW's instead of at home being parents.


Do you think that families with both working parents are doing it to afford luxuries? Many families have both parents working - often just to make ends meet (and as an aside, I don't think watching TV causes kids to go out and murder people).

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 04:19 PM

18. That's for reminding us that it is today

I'm a little unsure of how the number of recs on your thread will effect today's hearing though.

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 05:18 PM

20. This post got 24 recs

"Face it, nothing meaningful is going to change until it is far too late."

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10022281474

It seems that nihilism runs deep.

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 05:23 PM

21. Thanks, but I've already signed a ton of petitions quite some time ago. nt.

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