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Gun control

April 26, 2013

Dear editor: Why are WE paying these politicians to battle over simple subjects like gun control? And why do we let absurd lawsuits and media “inhancement, over saturation” spark such battles....

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archaeo1

Apr-26-13 7:02 AM

Personally I wouldnt worry about thier salaries .Its the millions they make on deals that bother me most..Here's a question ...why are U.S. polititions exempt from insider trading laws . As for your gun debate let the Supreme ct. make such decisions ,not the news media or polititions with thier individual agendas.As for your next letter on immagration I can hardly wait.

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dubedit

Apr-26-13 8:22 AM

I see your knowledge is as absurd as your spelling. It's "politicians." And our politicians are not exempt from insider trading laws. Kindly cite the statute.

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MTOMTO

Apr-26-13 8:39 AM

Enforce the laws that are already on the books, then see where we are.

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MTOMTO

Apr-26-13 9:49 AM

Same with immigration.

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Lifelongresident

Apr-29-13 11:36 AM

Why don't we hear more about these types of reports? ***********abc4****/mostpopular/story/conceal-and-carry-stabbing-salt-lake-city-smiths/NDNrL1gxeE2rsRhrWCM9dQ.cspx

Oh because that may not work in the liberal media's favor... I see.

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Brazil

Apr-29-13 12:45 PM

The latest Gallup poll shows 65% of Americans were not in favor of the Senate action to kill the Toomey-Manchin bill. No before all of you on the right side of the spectrum pooh pooh this poll remember Gallup is the same polling agency you were all defending when they were polling Romney ahead of Obama and you were claiming media bias in all the other polls.

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colorado

Apr-29-13 1:09 PM

Gallup also polled on the issues the public thought important and only 4% thought gun control was.

Interesting that gun control and immigration, the two topics the administration is pushing are on the bottom of the list of issues important to the public. Yep-- our leaders are really working for the voters. Jobs anyone?

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Carlton

Apr-29-13 7:43 PM

Congressional representatives were completely exempt from insider trading laws until the "Stock Act" passed in April 2012. It doesn't go very far with restricting the practice. It was on your primary information location "The Daily Show" last week.

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st0newa11

Apr-30-13 7:23 AM

I saw a bumper sticker that I liked the other day: "LEGALIZE THE CONSTITUTION". Let Congress work on that one.

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Brazil

Apr-30-13 11:32 AM

Regarding the 4% poll. So what!! What's the point? So people aren't allowed to have multiple issues they are concerned about and have one a bigger priority then the other. If I say I care about the economy 1st, Immigration 2nd and gun legislation 3rd are you inferring I don't care about gun control? Maybe it just means some of us aren't tunnel visioned and are able to advocate or be concerned about multiple issues simultaneously. If you are grasping on that poll to prove your point then you're in deep trouble.

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colorado

Apr-30-13 11:49 AM

Interesting thing with polls is most mean very little. The poll right after the bill was shot down showed less than half were upset it failed and 39% were very happy it failed with the rest not caring. This is in spite of the media and anti politicians telling us over 90% favored background checks which was the cornerstone of the whole thing.

In 2014 we will see if the public thought it meant anything.

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colorado

Apr-30-13 11:57 AM

Interesting thing with polls is most mean very little. The poll right after the bill was shot down showed less than half were upset it failed and 39% were very happy it failed with the rest not caring. This is in spite of the media and anti politicians telling us over 90% favored background checks which was the cornerstone of the whole thing.

In 2014 we will see if the public thought it meant anything.

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MyOpinion

Apr-30-13 12:09 PM

Excellent editorial.

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justobserving

Apr-30-13 12:53 PM

Just saw another poll I know you all will like, 47% say Bush did a good job, 34% say he did not and 19% aren't sure! Imagine that!!

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Brazil

Apr-30-13 2:08 PM

I find it interesting that you discount polls while at the same time championing polls which purport to support your positions. Well the polls outside of Gallup, which has sadly declined and is saddled with incredibly poor methodology, and the Fox commissioned polls were pretty accurate when it came to the Presidential election they all had the candidate named Obama winning. You are right about the 2014 elections though. As I have said before Colorado, the Country like the state of Colorado is changing demographically. Colorado is actually a little further along in the process then others. As I have said it isn't if anymore it's when and that's why I understand that you are so unnerved about the future on this issue.

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colorado

Apr-30-13 2:57 PM

The most interesting part of this whole recent debate is that over the last 20 years violence, including gun violence and murders has declined as the number of firearms has increased. That is from FBI data.

An example is Chicago which Obama made such a big deal of with a slight increase the last couple years to a bit over 500 deaths a year. In the nineties they averaged 800 per year.

This is all about the president wanting to put a checkmark along side the gun control portion of his second term agenda as he promised his liberal supporters he would do. The timing of the Newtown murders just provided the boost they thought would make it happen. They admitted they had been working on the bill for over a year before the shooting.

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KareyS

Apr-30-13 3:44 PM

I'm just curious how Mr. Shick got the idea he speaks for WE. This taxpayer wants background checks for online and gun show purchases.

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Brazil

Apr-30-13 4:58 PM

Colorado - I always love your analysis. President Obama didn't say boo about gun control in his first term. Speaking of your list of priorities it was number 100 on his list of 99. The Newtown tragedy certainly escalated it on his list as well as many others. As I have said before I don't agree or accept your interpretation of the FBI report or any other. The fact that gun lobby has gotten Congress to restrict several agencies of doing appropriate statistical analysis speaks volume. I believe your analysis is, pardon the pun, fatally flawed. After a lull, homicides with guns have been on the rise for the last several years. The U.S. is the gun murder capital of the western world. I don't take pride in that and think there is a better way. As I have said before, I know you are worried about those black helicopters and have been patiently awaiting their arrival in your backyard for 30+ years.

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colorado

Apr-30-13 8:08 PM

Aww yes, another liberal that won't accept actual FBI or Dept Of justice hard numbers because it doesn't support the story he is trying to tell.

Black helicopters----sounds like another gun hating liberal getting beat with the facts so resorting to emotion, or name calling. Read the FBI data Brazil then try to spin it. While your at it read up on how gun control is working out for your computer name country. This paper even had an article on it's failure in Brazil not long ago.

The president was worried about getting re-elected and didn't want to irk the voters with gun control. Hell, even the liberal media said that. Pelosi and Feinstein both said they had been working on gun control for a year in anticipation of his second term. Nice try but---FAIL

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watcher

Apr-30-13 8:41 PM

KareyS I think you should actually read the article and see what Mr. Shick is saying. I don't see a problem with background checks. I think the point was the waste of time and money on these issues. There are bigger more important issues than tying the hands of the law abiding folk in this country. BTW people. How many were killed in the bible times and there were no guns then?

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Brazil

May-01-13 3:27 PM

Colorado - seems like your the one calling names. The last refuge. I refuted your "statistics" before. You cleverly only use the years and one's that support your version of the facts while leaving out everything else. It's a loss for you Colorado. Take it with dignity, LOL

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colorado

May-01-13 8:04 PM

Your not into that wacky weed are you. Just what country are you talking about and what years? here is a copy and paste for the last five. I already did one showing the trend since the 1990's. Show me facts not your anti gun BS.

Progress Watch

US violent crime rate down for fifth straight year

Although crime historically spikes during hard economic times, the US is currently bucking that trend. Both the national violent crime rate and murder rate were down in 2011, reports the FBI.

By Patrik Jonsson, Staff writer / June 12, 2012

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st0newa11

May-03-13 9:07 AM

"LEGALIZE THE CONSTITUTION" gets a "disagree"? I didn't know that Obama read WTO Letters to the Editor and voted on comments. Go figure...

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st0newa11

May-03-13 9:12 AM

"...a little further along in the process then others" Please use THAN, not THEN when making comparisons. Common mistake. Public schools.

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Jimmy1

May-06-13 10:09 AM

Has anyone noticed it is near impossible to find ammo? That tells me only one thing! The American people are gearing up for a revolution! They are buying it faster then it can be produced! Gun sales are sky high, go to your sports shop, pickings are slim! The people will not give up their rights that are parents and grandparents fought and died for! This is America love it or leave! We have a constitution our leaders swore to uphold! If they aren't doing that they need to be removed! That is called treason!

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