[Rushtalk] I guess this is why we have an email list

Paf Dvorak notmyname at thatswaytoomuch.info
Fri Mar 22 12:10:39 MDT 2013

It really frosts my ass when a newspaper on the web doesn't allow comments!

My comments in red.

Spineless pols spit on the graves of Newtown 
victims by not pushing for assault weapons ban


The words of a teary-eyed President and other 
politicians meant nothing, (true) because they 
didn't turn into action, as a ban on assault 
weapons won’t be included in gun legislation 
that's shaping up in the U.S. Senate. After 
Newtown and the other tragedies, it begs the question, 'If not now, when?'


Published: Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 8:43 PM

Updated: Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 12:00 AM

AP Photo/Charles Dharapak


President Barack Obama wipes his eye as he speaks 
soon after about the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

This is what an emotional President Obama said in 
a gym in Newtown, Conn., on a Sunday night in 
December, two days after 26 people ­ 20 of them 
children ­ were murdered in cold blood by 
Lanza, all of the killing done by a semiautomatic rifle called the AR-15:

“We can’t tolerate this anymore. We are not doing 
enough and we will have to change.” (CHANGE!)

Then he looked out into the audience and into the 
faces of the families of the victims of Sandy 
Hook Elementary School and said this to them, and to the country:


No wait, he said:

“I’ll use whatever power this office holds ... in 
an effort aimed at preventing more tragedies like this. No pun intended"

(OK, he didn't say "no pun intended" but he should have)

The March 20, 2013 edition of The Daily News.

But what does the President say now to the 
families of the victims of Sandy Hook, and 
Aurora, Colo., and all the other victims of mass 
murders and glory killers in this country? What 
does he say now that it becomes clear that a ban 
on assault weapons won’t even be legitimately 
included in the gun legislation being shaped this 
week in the U.S. Senate? (He'll say he needs 4 more years, of course!)

Any fool knows that Lanza couldn’t possibly have 
killed as many children as quickly as he did on 
the morning of Dec. 14 without an assault weapon 
in his hands. (And yet the "assault weapons" of 
mass destruction were locked in his trunk! Maybe 
he had lasers in his eyes?) So how does the 
President and any other big politician who allows 
the gun nuts from the National Rifle Association 
to win again answer the larger question about 
weapons that make killings like the 
elementary-school massacre ridiculously easy:


If not now for a ban for these weapons, when? (etc)

If Sandy Hook Elementary doesn’t make every 
member of Congress take a stand against assault 
weapons in this country, then what does? How many 
small coffins do we need the next time?

AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. speaks during a 
news conference to introduce legislation on 
assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition feeding devices.

And after the next Adam Lanza shows up with a gun 
like an AR-15 in a school or a theater or a 
shopping mall, no one will believe a word the 
President says at the next memorial service about 
profoundly changing gun laws in this country. 
Because three months after Newtown, it turns out 
that the President has no real power to change 
anything when it comes to guns in the hands of the wrong people in America.


Of course background checks are important. But so 
is an assault weapons ban. And please don’t 
believe the self-serving and slobbering 
supporters of the NRA ­ that means all the 
politicians in the House and the Senate who have 
pimped themselves out to the NRA ­ who tell you 
that a ban like this won’t make a difference, 
will not save lives the next time.

That happens to be a shameful and gutless lie.

Again: Ask any gun owner if Lanza could have 
killed as many children as he did in as short a 
time as he did ­ before he was a sure shot 
putting a bullet from one of his handguns through 
his snake-filled brain ­ if he didn’t have an 
AR-15 in his hands. Then go ask the gun lovers to 
explain all over again how a ban on weapons like 
this wouldn’t have saved three young lives that 
morning, or five, or maybe even more than that.

Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images

Wayne LaPierre, CEO of the National Rifle 
Association, delivers a fiery speech during an 
appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference.


We know how much money the NRA pours into 
lobbying for guns like this to be completely 
available in America. We know that it has turned 
so many politicians, too many politicians, into 
cowards in the face of the money and imagined 
power of the NRA. But what dollar value would the 
NRA put on the life of a single child who could 
have been saved that morning if Adam Lanza had 
only been firing away with a handgun?

All we get now on guns in Washington is pathetic 
deal-making. We see even tough, noble politicians 
fighting for the ban, such as Sen. Dianne 
Feinstein (D-Calif.), giving up on the assault 
weapons ban because it is too controversial, and 
will perhaps kill the chance for other gun 
restrictions that do have bipartisan support.

Feinstein has fought for more gun control for 
such a long time and was nearly in tears Tuesday 
when talking about the failure of the ban to even 
make it to the Senate floor as anything more than 
an amendment in a much bigger gun bill.

“People say, ‘well, are you disappointed?’ ” 
Feinstein said. “Obviously, I’m disappointed.”

Wayne LaPierre of the NRA, the face and voice 
opposing gun control in America, yammers on 
constantly about how only good guys with guns can 
stop bad guys with guns, as if the only way to 
make us all safer from killing machines like 
Lanza are more guns. But you have to know this 
was a day in Washington when the bad guys won, and won big.

There is a reason why nearly 140,000 print and 
online readers of the Daily News signed petitions 
in this newspaper’s campaign to ban assault 
weapons and high-capacity magazines. It is 
because they believed ­ and properly so ­ that 
this moment, the moment of Newtown, of Sandy Hook 
Elementary, should not be lost, because if it is, maybe it is lost forever.

It was officially lost in Washington on Tuesday, 
lost to fear and lost to ignorance and lost to 
the NRA. One last time: If not a ban on assault 
weapons now, then when? Shame on them all.

<mailto:mlupica at nydailynews.com>mlupica at nydailynews.com

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