Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

Location: Delhi, N.Y., United States

The author and his webmaster, summer of 1965.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Reasonable Question

In the wake of the Newtown school massacre, President Obama proposed background checks on all gun sales and bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines as part of a package of steps to reduce gun violence.

With relatives of some of the 20 children killed at the Newtown massacre looking on Obama signed 23 executive actions that didn't require congressional approval, and insists that we strengthen background checks and expand safety programs in schools.

He asked Congress to reinstate an assault weapons ban that expired in 2004, to restrict ammunition magazines to no more than 10 rounds, and to require a background check on anyone buying a gun, whether at a store or in a private sale at an auction or convention.

Referring to the children killed in the Newtown shootings and other victims of gun violence, Obama wanted our nation to do a better job of protecting its children, especially when they are in public places such as schools, shopping malls and movie theaters. 

Data analysis of crime gun databases showed that 70 percent of guns recovered at crime scenes in Virginia were purchased within one year of the crime, suggesting that in some cases the gun purchased was made with the intent to commit a crime or murder.

High-profile assassinations such as those of John F. Kennedy, and Martin Luther King involved the use of rifles, usually with telescopic sights, from concealed locations.

Recently, congressional Republicans pass legislation that makes it easier for the severely mentally disabled to buy guns.

The Oneonta Daily Star’s conservative columnist Chuck Pinkey boasted: “The Right has over 300 million guns and a trillion rounds of ammunition.”  What does the Right intend to do with all that ammunition?  Could an armed rebellion be the reason they’ve opposed background checks all along? 


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