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Tue Dec 25, 2012, 08:33 PM


Great LTTE On The NRA & Gun Control

West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin made a number of interesting and reasonable suggestions in his Dec. 23 commentary [“Tipping Point?,” Outlook]: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/sen-joe-manchin-between-obama-and-the-nra-another-path-to-stopping-mass-violence/2012/12/21/181d4e94-4adc-11e2-9a42-d1ce6d0ed278_story.html But his comment that, if you blame the National Rifle Association for the school shootings in Newtown, Conn., you are in effect blaming all of its 4 million members is without basis.

I, and just about everyone I know who favors some sort of reasonable control and gun-safety legislation, believe there are many NRA members who are willing to accept some restrictions on gun ownership. When speaking of the NRA, we are referring to its irresponsible, intransigent, irrational leadership.

No legislation would eliminate the possibility of mass killings or the equally appalling daily gun violence that takes place in every part of our country. But one action that would definitely help would be for the NRA membership to vote out the organization’s current leadership and bring in a group of reasonable people who are not closely associated with gun manufacturers and who reflect the clamor in this country for compromise on this issue.

Peter Theil, Washington

Link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/no-easy-answers-in-the-complex-gun-debate/2012/12/25/230b8dda-4de7-11e2-835b-02f92c0daa43_story.html

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 08:39 PM

1. There is no "clamor" in this country for compromise.


Do not misconstrue the opinions on the DU and in the media as a national attitude.

Millions of firearms are being sold every day that shows Americans are not unified (by a long shot) on this issue.

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Response to Indydem (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 08:52 PM

2. Oh... I Do Understand... Most People Probably Still Think Iraq Was Responsible For 9-11...


There are SIGNIFICANT numbers of people in this country that are afraid somebody is out to get them.

And that plays just fine with the powers that be.

We are MUCH MORE easily manipulated, and divided that way.

Easy peasy.

Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.

- Benjamin Franklin (1706–90)

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 09:00 PM

3. I wonder if it's the same Peter Thiel of PayPal...uber libertarian?

He wants to create an island for libertarians.

Very interesting if it's the same Mr. Peter Thiel.

Thanks for posting.

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