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Response to branford (Reply #22)

Tue Aug 20, 2013, 11:12 PM

60. Thank you for your thoughtful replies. I live in Colorado Springs, CO.

Most of the pro gun discussion here involves Rush Limbaugh type diatribe. A reasonable discussion is not possible. Democratic led legislation has created something of a firestorm here. We have been told all of us liberals are going to learn fear, and any state legislator will shake in terror of retribution and recall if he or she even thinks of "infringement" of any gun "rights". The right to vote, however, can be closely regulated according to the same people.

Here is a link to the new changes that seem to cause intensely partisan gun advocates to froth at the mouth in outrage. Closing loopholes seems to be a horrific infringement to them. Many here believe that the money behind all this, some coming through our purported Libertarian Independence Institute, is from the gun industry and corporate interest groups interested in distracting and inciting the GOP extremists. If you pay attention to politics here you feel as if you have been taken up in right wing whirlwind. Reasoned discussion doesn't exist between the parties as it also doesn't at the national level for many of the same reasons.

http://www.cga.ct.gov/2013/rpt/2013-R-0198.htm

These, as I understand, have been endorsed by the Colorado Association of Police chiefs.

I think uniform federal oversight is needed, I don't know what you mean by "liberalized" gun laws. What concerns me is the hysteria being promulgated by what appear to be opportunists misrepresenting the bills to people all to willing to believe in "liberal evildoers". There was a time for discussion and input from GOP legislators, they chose to incite fear, paranoia and protest instead. I think it is pathetic, but also dangerous. After reading about Jonathan Haidt's research and conclusions, I can better understand where the fear originates and why it is encouraged. Reasoned discourse has been abandoned, if it has ever existed for very long.

http://www.ted.com/speakers/jonathan_haidt.html

Good night.


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