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Ezra Klein: 'Twelve facts about guns and mass shootings in the United States'

Twelve facts about guns and mass shootings in the United States, Dec. 2012:

When we first collected much of this data, it was after the Aurora, Colo. shootings, and the air was thick with calls to avoid "politicizing" the tragedy. That is code, essentially, for "don't talk about reforming our gun control laws."

Let's be clear: That is a form of politicization. When political actors construct a political argument that threatens political consequences if other political actors pursue a certain political outcome, that is, almost by definition, a politicization of the issue. It's just a form of politicization favoring those who prefer the status quo to stricter gun control laws


Read it all here.

US Senate Voted to Proceed to Gun Control Legislation

The Senate is expected to take a vote on whether or not to proceed with a gun control bill introduced by Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV). Senator Reid filled a cloture motion on Tuesday evening.

The Senate is set to vote on the Safe Schools, Safe Communities Act. The National Disability Rights Network is advocating for comprehensive reform.


Vote occurred as scheduled, and the vote on the motion to allow debate passed easily.

from Jim Morrill ‏@jimmorrill on Twitter:
Sen. Richard Burr one of 16 GOP senators to vote to allow debate on gun bill. #NCPOL


NY Times reporting on vote by geography. See the breakdown of the vote on the NYT site here:

NC Congressional delegation talks about guns

Or goes out of its way to not talk about guns, I should say:

“It is appropriate that we have a national dialogue about how and why this kind of violence keeps happening,” said Hudson, a lifelong hunter and National Rifle Association member. “This is not an issue that can be solved by a new law. It has to do with culture, with mental health issues, with how we respond to the social isolation this young man evidently felt...

All of a sudden Republicans are concerned about mental health issues. It will be interesting to see if they back that up with funding (don't hold your breath). She probably didn't mean to, but Renee Ellmers came real close to the mark with this comment:

Why is this thing legal?

Civilian ownership of tanks is illegal. So is ownership of rocket-propelled grenade launchers. Ditto fully automatic rifles. Why is this damned thing legal? The high-capacity semi-automatic rifle, a.k.a. "assault weapon." It has no legitimate civilian purpose. Its only purpose is to kill large numbers of people quickly, without requiring much skill or thought. It performed that function in Newtown, Connecticut on Friday.

Mixed Views Are Found on Stricter Laws for Guns

From the New York Times:

Few voters in the polls are satisfied with how much time the presidential candidates have spent on gun laws. More than 4 in 10 in Virginia and Wisconsin say too little time has been spent on the issue, while nearly 3 in 10 say it has been the right amount; Colorado voters are more divided. About 2 in 10 in each state say they have spent too much time discussing the issue.

About half of voters in each state say they or someone in their household owns a gun.

The polls found majority support in each state for a nationwide ban on the sale of high-capacity ammunition magazines, ranging from 52 percent in favor in Virginia, where 32 people were killed by a gunman in 2007 at Virginia Tech, to 57 percent in Wisconsin and 58 percent in Colorado.

'this is not an issue of guns, but an issue how we are treating our citizens with mental problems.'

As I was listening and watching to news on CNN of the attack on women and children at the Sikh temple in Wisconsin, I saw a tweet from Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times, “NRA staffers will have to come in on Sunday to issue statements about why guns had nothing to do with Sikh temple shootings.”

I had planned to write about a message I received from a local Democrat running for the NC Senate, Sig Hutchinson, anyway. Sig, not unlike many others, does not understand the focus of folks like me who think that future prevention of the many mass murders as of recent years is rooted in the purchase of automatic weapons and the clips with as many as 100 rounds.

The quote above is in a nutshell Hutchinson’s take on the shooting in Colorado, one of the worst on record:

Obama says automatic weapons belong on the battlefield, not in our communites

From Rachel Maddow and her blog today:

Pres Obama yesterday:

"But I also believe that a lot of gun owners would agree that AK-47s belong in the hands of soldiers, not in the hands of criminals; that they belong on the battlefield of war, not on the streets of our cities.

"I believe the majority of gun owners would agree that we should do everything possible to prevent criminals and fugitives from purchasing weapons; that we should check someone's criminal record before they can check out a gun seller; that a mentally unbalanced individual should not be able to get his hands on a gun so easily. These steps shouldn't be controversial. They should be common sense."


Gun control laws: VA Tech shooter documentary

In our society, an individual's opinion on gun control and regulations tends to be muddled with their support of the 2nd amendment – the right to bear arms. The issue being citizens have the constitutional right to bear arms, which is protected from infringement.

Heath Shuler says he packing a gun now

In response to the Arizona shooting rampage, NC Congressman Heath Shuler has confirmed that he will carry a gun himself for protection at state public events.

“I, like many of my constituents and staff in Western North Carolina, strongly support the Second Amendment and do exercise our right to legally and safely carry a firearm,” Shuler (Democrat-Waynesville) said in a statement to the Times-News.

Shuler was first quoted by Politico on Monday as saying he would be armed for future events.

"You never think something like this will happen, but then it does," Shuler said. "After the elections, I let my guard down. Now I know I need to have (my gun) on me. We're going to need to do a much better job of with security at these events."

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