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When are we going to stop beating around the bush and tell the plain truth; 90 percent — 9 of 10 Americans — want more gun control laws in an attempt to curtail some of the senseless killings in this country.

And 90 percent of Democrats in Congress appear to want this law enacted, while it appears 90 percent of the Republicans in Congress bow down to the National Rifle Association gun lobby and vote whatever way they are told to vote by this membership.

The only way to overcome this is for the American public to vote out as many of those politicians worried about their re-election campaign funds as possible. The only way this is going to happen is when the media groups around this nation start printing the names of the representatives and senators who voted against the wishes of 9 out of every 10 American voters, and voters take the list into the voting booths and begin the process that our frightened politicians are to afraid to do.

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  1. What a crock! 90%? Let's face it, only about 50% of eligible voters bother to do so and Dubler wants us to believe 90% of Americans want gun control? He may have a point if it's criminals he's ranting about. But he's not. He's claiming that 90% of American's want to handcuff those who are honest, law-abiding citizens, as well. He's clearly off-base with that assessment. Most realize that the 2nd Amendment is as sancrosanct as any other and don't want it "tweaked" in ways that chip away at the rights of ordinary citizens to defend themselves, their families and their property. Perhaps Dubler would be much happier living in New York City or Chicago where "gun control," along with other "controls," have proven to be so effective.

  2. Just more evidence that the Republican Party does not represent the interests of most of us. They've demonstrated this in their opposition to closing background check loopholes, favored by 90% of us (including 86% of Nevadans), the rabid defense of tax cuts for millionaires, or the continuing resistance to eliminating tax loopholes that benefit wealthy individuals and corporations. Some of us are a little slow to catch on to this, but we will. The GOP isn't making any pretense about who they advocate for.

  3. I second Freeman's motion. Criminals use illegally gotten guns to commit 8/9 out of 10 gun crimes and gun violence. Put another 9,000 laws on the books and it won't stop them. A poll of law enforcement officers nationwide said that by a vast majority, 70-80 percent, they felt a complete ban of assault weapons and super clips would have no effect on U.S. crime rates. None. Congress was right on this one. The President and his minnows were wrong.

    Carmine D

  4. Who should pay for the harsh penalties which are suggested for criminals who use guns? And how extensive should that definition of criminality be? Like laws on pot which have filled County jails and State prisons with drug law violators at great cost to the taxpayer, should the consequences of gun criminality be extensive and draconian prison terms? If that's what you want, how do you propose to pay for it? A tax on the tool of choice for that criminal element? Further, how far do you take the punishment. If a person waves a gun around during a domestic violence incident and threatens to blow somebodies head off, does that crime with a gun merit draconian punishment?

  5. "When are we going to stop beating around the bush and tell the plain truth; 90 percent -- 9 of 10 Americans -- want more gun control laws. . . . ."

    Dubler -- and up until half a century ago a large percentage of Americans refused to respect the equal rights of other races. This in spite of Constitutional amendments of a hundred years before that guaranteeing equal protection of the laws. So long as our Constitutions protect the freedom to keep and bear arms, no government in this republic has the authority to violate that freedom.

    "Most realize that the 2nd Amendment is as sancrosanct as any other and don't want it "tweaked" in ways that chip away at the rights of ordinary citizens to defend themselves, their families and their property. Perhaps Dubler would be much happier living in New York City or Chicago where "gun control," along with other "controls," have proven to be so effective."

    lvfacts -- good points. Tweaking Constitutions is a dangerous thing to do -- Nevada's Article 1, Section 21 being an excellent example -- and rightly so. And you forgot to mention Chicago's gun control scheme was struck down by the U.S. Supremes in their recent McDonald decision.

    "Just more evidence that the Republican Party does not represent the interests of most of us."

    pisces -- or honored their oaths to support, protect and defend the Constitution. But then this is the same old issues done to death here the last several months, no?

    "Who should pay for the harsh penalties which are suggested for criminals who use guns? And how extensive should that definition of criminality be? Like laws on pot which have filled County jails and State prisons. . . . ."

    wharfrat -- excellent point. Not to mention getting a court to declare a duly passed law unConstitutional is a years-long court battle.

    "...the enshrinement of constitutional rights necessarily takes certain policy choices off the table." -- District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. (slip opinion at 64) (2008)

  6. Every day I read some paranoidal rant about Obama and guns, defense, healthcare, the Constitution or what ever. What in hell will you chicken littles complain about after Obama is out of office? What boogey man or invisible enemy will you conjure next in a need to refill your adult diapers?

  7. "...What boogey man or invisible enemy will you conjure next in a need to refill your adult diapers?"

    VernosB -- come on, Branco, you're better than this post.

    "After the coffee things ain't so bad." -- Henry Herbert Knibbs, cowboy poet, d. 1945

  8. Americans love guns, fast cars and food skyhigh in saturated fats. The problem is they don't want to pay for the consequences. Ask any administrator of a major hospital in the United States about the costs associated with these hobbies.

  9. Congress isn't failing the American people. The American people are destroying themselves. Lousy living habits combined with allowing special interest groups to run the country are doing more damage than all of our enemies throughout the history of the nation.
    Hitler should've given every American a Schmeisser, a cheeseburger and a carton of cigarettes. Had he done that we would all be singing, "Deutschland Deutschland Uber Alles" today.

  10. zippert1 - "Congress isn't failing the American people. The American people are destroying themselves. Lousy living habits combined with allowing special interest groups to run the country are doing more damage than all of our enemies throughout the history of the nation."

    Brilliant!

  11. Constitutional rights cannot be voted away. Save the time and expense of SCOTUS striking down misguided legislation. However, if we could get the Obama administration to ENFORCE OUR LAWS instead of ignoring our laws we could make substantial progress. And then if we could get an AG with enough experience to consider LOCAL LAW re Boston bombing suspects instead of fixating on his opinion that federal law overrules--which it does not. The local laws are equally applicable because LOCAL CRIMES WERE COMMITTED. There was NO NEED TO MIRANDIZE the BB suspect--local law allows up to 4 months AFTER A local arrest warrant is issued. Should be no problem getting a local warrant for murder, attempted murder, mayhem, disturbing....

  12. Media says, and this rings true, that many gun owners fear that any expansion of background checks would be wildly over-applied and result in denial of purchase rights in cases, say, where one has "no data" because s/he lives a quiet life. We see the Obama administration ignoring federal law re our borders and laws that illegals CANNOT RECEIVE FOOD STAMPS, LIHEA....but they get it without questions asked. So it appears that more and more Americans are skeptical that a government agency can or will APPROPRIATELY ENFORCE OUR LAWS.

  13. re 6:33 post: Who needs a "proper" confession when there is dna, video, caught in the act....AG Holder is sooooo far out of his league. And you want HIM to interpret a gun-restriction law?

  14. "The following bloggers do not seem to have a mind of their own to form a justifable opinion.
    refn*, futur*, lvfact*, carmin*, warrio*, warrio*, burr-band, rozlend*."

    It's called independent thinking rather than following the herd mentality.

    Carmine D