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Poll: Should Congress Act on Gun Control, Answer Obama Call?

President tells Newtown, nation: “These tragedies must end. And to end them, we must change.”

Amid a growing national call for tougher gun control, President Obama told a vigil Sunday in Newtown, CT: “We can’t tolerate this anymore. These tragedies must end. And to end them, we must change. We will be told that the causes of such violence are complex, and that is true. No single law, no set of laws, can eliminate evil from the world, or prevent every senseless act of violence in our society. But that can’t be an excuse for inaction.” 

Given political realities—including the National Rifle Association's defense of Second Amendment rights and Republican control of the House of Representatives—change could be difficult.  

Obama is aware of that, but said: “Surely, we can do better than this. If there is even one step we can take to save another child, or another parent, or another town ... then surely we have an obligation to try.” 

Should Washington lawmakers tackle this issue?

mateo January 08, 2013 at 04:28 AM
lyn you talk like there is a right wing conspiracy to put guns in everyone's hands. i seen p.b.s. and bill moyers said it. must be true. did you really go to collage. all you and shane do is attack people. why? because we don't belive your lies.
not Carl Peterson lll January 08, 2013 at 04:45 AM
I never heard of Alex jones until He kept getting quoted by Obomination people. I never heard of the guy from any republican or gun owners. Everything heard from the left is race-baitng and calling out people as if its all linked. I don;t know why liberals love this Alex Jones guy so much....VIDEO OF THE WEEK http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBb2p8GHlnE
not Carl Peterson lll January 08, 2013 at 04:58 AM
Yes Steve you win the prize!!!! Hey, If your financial planner told you you better buy stock "X", But he already sold his, and bought stock "Y"....Thats al Gore with his ginormous power hog mansion... ON THE BEACH, that according to his predictions should be covered by water in a few decades. He spends all his moments preaching about oil money being used for global warming oponents, then sells him network to Al Jazeera that is owned by the oil government company, so they can propogandize all of us GOOD GOD PEOPLE.....WAKE UP ...REALLY WAKE UP HOW MUCH DOES THIS HAVE TO STINK, BEFORE YOU NOTICE. The amount of stupidity around hear is beyond anything in my lifetime. All this while Obama, The (fill in the blank as you wish) in sheeps clothing, is throwing us down the drain.
mateo January 09, 2013 at 12:06 AM
well i think lyn cant get any traction on this patch because she can't convince us of her lies and contortions. so she call a friend to voice there opionion and work like a tag team. remember they just want to make it look like there are the majority. just like the bolshevik's did. she is trying to create a ground swell of people who support her anti gun agenda. and get people to call there congressman to push this anti gun bill. but the fact is she is out numbered. and i don't think she is all that smart i think her and shane just hate. and it doesn't mater where they come from just remember nut's fall out of trees all the time. just remember steve if it wasn't for all of the stupid people we wouldn't be so smart so they are necessary. they hate
mateo January 09, 2013 at 12:06 AM
well i think lyn cant get any traction on this patch because she can't convince us of her lies and contortions. so she call a friend to voice there opionion and work like a tag team. remember they just want to make it look like there are the majority. just like the bolshevik's did. she is trying to create a ground swell of people who support her anti gun agenda. and get people to call there congressman to push this anti gun bill. but the fact is she is out numbered. and i don't think she is all that smart i think her and shane just hate. and it doesn't mater where they come from just remember nut's fall out of trees all the time. just remember steve if it wasn't for all of the stupid people we wouldn't be so smart so they are necessary. they hate
Antonio January 09, 2013 at 04:29 AM
Roxxana Green's nine-year-old daughter, Christina-Taylor Green, was murdered with a gun in Tucson, Arizona two years ago today. Since that day, far too many families have gone through similar pain.Families in Aurora, Colorado. Families in Newtown, Connecticut. Families of the 33 people who are murdered with guns every single day across America. How many more families need to feel that pain before our leaders take action? What will it take for them to find the courage to stand up to the gun lobby? Today, please watch the TV ad that Roxxana Green made with Mayors Against Illegal Guns and join me in calling on your leaders in Congress to Demand A Plan to end gun violence. http://www.demandaplan.org/roxanna-green-call?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email&utm_term=RoxannaGreenCall&utm_campaign=RoxannaGreenCall_01_08_13
mateo January 09, 2013 at 08:40 PM
how many people die in cars a day ?, lyn your glad these people die because you can push your anti gun agenda. so call your members in congress tell them no to vote for the nazi gun laws. so lyn go look for more people you can exploit to push your agenda.you hater
mateo January 09, 2013 at 08:40 PM
how many people die in cars a day ?, lyn your glad these people die because you can push your anti gun agenda. so call your members in congress tell them no to vote for the nazi gun laws. so lyn go look for more people you can exploit to push your agenda.you hater
not Carl Peterson lll January 09, 2013 at 10:43 PM
A heshe?
mateo January 09, 2013 at 11:28 PM
dam i am stuttering.
Antonio January 10, 2013 at 03:04 AM
It seems that as our nation considers changings to gun control laws we will see pro-gun people split into two groups: those that support reasonable gun control legislation and those that oppose any restrictions at all. From the NRA's pathetic response to date, it seems the NRA leadership is in the "no restrictions of any kind" camp. How irresponsible. W are learning more about the NRA's activities to undermine public safety. For example their lobbying has underfunded the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (BATF), restricted BATF to only one inspection of a gun dealer per year, forbids BATF Agents from using computers to investigate illegal gun sales. The NRA must be controlled.
not Carl Peterson lll January 10, 2013 at 06:42 AM
So Steve you bring up the possiblility that Lynn and shane are the same person. Heshe, I wondered. . Maybe. Or just a split personality. Dissociation is the medical term.....detatchment from immediate surroundings. or severe detatchment from physical and emotional reality. -----------All in fun here. No serious jab intended------------
mateo January 10, 2013 at 07:20 AM
the nation is not changing to gun control laws .biden is pulling a nazi tatic . and how do you know that there will be two groups of pro gun people. and out of these two groups one is reasonable and the other one is not. your tactic of suggestion is bad you are the worst persuasive i have ever encountered. and how are you learning about the n.r.a. efforts to undermine public safety? lyn you are no change agent. there is no way the n.r.a. can forbid the b.a.t.f. from using there own computers to investigate illegal gun sales. the b.a.t.f. say jump the gun dealers say how high. lyn you lie and you are not even good at it. you hate to much and you are not very clever. do really think you will convince us of what you wrote up there.how can the n.r.a. cut funding to the b.a.t.f. marty he she i don't know but a liar YES
Antonio January 11, 2013 at 08:12 PM
The president of the NRA predicted that a ban on assault weapons would fail in Congress. Also, it was reported that the NRA membership has increased 100,000, in the wake of the Newtown massacre. I don't understand why the membership surge. Anyone care to explain the motivation to join the NRA at a time like this?
Antonio January 12, 2013 at 02:55 AM
Steve I don't understand your logic or analogy to the last election. My theory is the NRA continues to scare gun owners by insinuating that the government is out to take away their guns, which doesn't appear to be the case. Sounds like you believe the NRA propaganda. One thing you won't be accused of is being sophisticated.
mateo January 12, 2013 at 03:16 AM
lyn the people like the n.r.a. the people see government taking a position to ban gun's. we have all been educated in history and how government has tried to take the guns in the pass. and this is why the n.r.a. membership has increased by 100,000 in less than a month.again you ask why? it's because people like you and your lies and your hate. people see you exploiting the blood of these children for your political views. and shane how do you know steve is a member of the tea party do have facts to back it up???
Vic January 12, 2013 at 03:41 AM
All due respect, Lyn, the NRA doesn't have to try to "scare gun owners". Even if the NRA hadn't said a word, the question of what the government is going to do or not do about gun control has been foremost in peoples' minds since Newtown. It doesn't take much to get people worried about their rights. It wouldn't be the first time a government has overstepped it's bounds if they choose to take this to the extreme.
Antonio January 12, 2013 at 05:10 PM
Sorry, entertaining the notion that the U.S. government would try to take away peoples guns ignores the political realities and borders on paranoia. The majority of Americans are pro-gun. We need some common sense restrictions on weapons and ideas to stem causes of violent behavior, which is what Vice President Joe Biden is attempting to do. Biden is listening to all stakeholders including NRA, video game/movie producers, gun control, hunters, etc. The Obama administration is attempting to hear all sides of this complicated issue. Politics is the art of compromise. If politicians aren't willing to compromise we risk gridlock. Just look overseas to see examples of opponents who won't compromise.
Vic January 12, 2013 at 06:12 PM
Agreed. I was addressing the point you made about the NRA being the 'source' of the fear that's been generated. I don't think that's true. That being said, you're right about parties having to work together to reach a compromise.
mateo January 12, 2013 at 09:22 PM
we don't need compromise we need preservation. like i said you anti gun people are taking advantage of these dead children. to push your anti gun agenda. lyn you are like a witch feeding on the blood of these children.
Vic January 14, 2013 at 06:02 PM
I'm not a gun fan but I found this video clip eye opening. Puts a whole new light on things when they put an assault rifle up against a shot gun used for hunting... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0o7YgiTFm4&feature=player_embedded
Antonio January 14, 2013 at 08:50 PM
The youtube video you cite is of a pro-gun enthusiast, not a very objective source of information. I really don't understand your point, except both weapons are designed to kill efficiently.
Antonio January 14, 2013 at 09:06 PM
Good article in Sunday L.A. Times on how the current system to screen gun buyers is deeply flawed with holes big enough to drive a semi through. More than half the states have not submitted any mental health records to the federal data base. It is estimated 2million mental health records are not in the federal data base. Also, current law does not require private gun sales ( 40% of total gun sales) to be screened through the data base. The NRA made it tougher for the states to comply by successfully lobbying for a 2007 law that requires an appeals process for mentally ill to have their guns restored. I think it is important that a fee on gun sales and ammunition be established to support all of the data collection and screening and any improved public security. It is unfair for the general public to have to support those who want to own guns. There is a price for everything.
Vic January 14, 2013 at 09:45 PM
The point of the video is to show how the hunting shotgun can do more damage in a little over three seconds than the semi-automatic sporting or "assault rifle" can do in 33 seconds. All guns these days are semi-automatic unless you have to physically reload after every shot. So where do we draw the line?
Antonio January 15, 2013 at 12:54 AM
Vic, your talents are wasted. Please get your research to the military so they can switch out their AR15s for shotguns. Who knew but Vic.
Antonio January 15, 2013 at 12:54 AM
This isn't a state issue. It's a federal issue. We need more fees on guns and ammo to support all the work going into keeping us safe from those with guns, whether it be accidental, criminal, mentally ill, etc. The solution to gun violence isn't isolated laws. The research shows that gun violence declines when you have a holistic approach; gun control, screening, training, etc. But the NRA opposes any and all restrictions on guns. The NRA leadership is out of step with it's own members on reasonable restrictions which tells me the NRA's real constituents are the gun manufacturers and sellers. $$$$$.
Vic January 15, 2013 at 04:54 AM
Nice reponse, 'Lyn'. No wonder everone thinks you're Shane. Hmmm.... I believe they're pushing gun control for civilians, not the military. I could be wrong, tho. You're so much more perceptive than me! (SARCASM! WHO KNEW???)
mateo January 16, 2013 at 08:12 AM
marty and geoff and steve. go to youtube and check out this video (disney's1943 reason and emotion) and you can see through lynns crap. she is just like joseph goebbels hitler's propaganad minister. working people up emotionally to push gun law's.it's a shame
Antonio January 16, 2013 at 11:06 PM
Today President Obama signed 23 executive orders to crack down on gun criminals, expand access to mental health services and make our schools safer. He also laid out the crucial priorities that we’ll be fighting for in the months ahead -- priorities that will save lives, including: Fixing our broken background check system and requiring a background check for ALL gun sales. -Getting assault weapons and high-capacity magazines off our streets. -Making gun trafficking a federal crime with tough penalties for offenders. -Funding public research on gun violence and gun crime that will make law enforcement more efficient and effective. Of course we know what to expect from the NRA. More denial, high pressure lobbying of congress and repeating their tragic and flawed logic regarding guns.
mateo January 17, 2013 at 06:23 AM
shane you big dummy!!!!!! joseph goebbels pulled the same crap that lyn is. and it has nothing to do with killing jew's. it's propaganda used when hitler rose to power. like banning gun's and other things this is the point in am trying to make. cant you see that you knuckle head. the telling of lies to the people emotional then come to fix it with ,problem ,reaction, solution, are you and lynn so foolish that you can't see that. and lynn you are so weak that you need shane to back you up when you loose. you are the the great intellect of the patch. sorry the great joseph gobbels of the patch. lyn remember PROFESSING TO BE WISE THEY HAVE BECOME FOOL'S

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