In response to Burr Deming's John McCain and the Grieving Mother
I hope those organizations, and others who, as did I, simply accepted the story as one more example of conservative boorishness, share my reaction. I don't like breitbart tactics. I don't like smears.
I calmly contain a cold and icy fury at being misled.
- Burr Deming, February 25, 2013
First, let me say that I share with you a great distaste for anyone, regardless of political ideology, that intentionally edits dishonestly or purposely mischaracterizes what someone else said to further their own agenda – or for any other reason too.
That said, I must correct a statement that I am honestly certain you made in good faith, sir.
“A woman who had lost a son to an assault rifle during the theatre massacre in Aurora, CO, confronted Senator John McCain during a town meeting.”
No, my friend Burr, this woman did NOT lose her son to an inanimate object. She lost her son to some evil bastard that misused that inanimate object. I know lots of people that own inaccurately named “assault rifles” that are good people and have never killed anyone. Why don’t we work to make sure that felons, violent offenders, and the mentally ill don’t have access to ANY firearms and stop demagoguing the issue for political gain because some people are afraid and would rather give up their constitutional rights?
I, for one, am all for fixing the problem rather than offering politically motivated and completely useless "solutions" that even many in the anti-gun crowd acknowledge will not work. (At least those few that are intellectually honest about it, anyway.)
T. Paine, who often helps us out with opposing views, also writes for his own site, where solutions are proposed and demogoguing is kept to a minimum.
Please visit Saving Common Sense.
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And Mr. Deming, stop acting like nukes should not be owned by all who have the resources to acquire them. Have you not read the Constitution, which guarantees us the right to keep and bear nukes? The only motivation anyone would have to suggest that this right should be curtailed is purely political.
All the victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki did not lose their lives to an atomic weapon. Atomic weapons don't kill people. People kill people. Crazy evil people kill people, and they can do it with their bare hands as easily as they can do it with a nuke. That's how crazy works. You don't need a gun to shoot someone. You just need to be evil and/or crazy. Even if we had not had the atom bomb, it’s victims would still have lost their lives, because it was our action, not the boom boom, that killed them.
T. Paine and I want to make this very clear, lest you get away with your ridiculous assertions that assault weapons are murderers or that the people killed by bullets in those weapons would not have also been killed by those same bullets even if there had been no weapon to fire them.
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