Is it time for a revolution?

We're in a crazy period. Home values have been rising and "flipping" is starting up again in places like Miami and Las Vegas, today the stock market is going through the roof, setting a new record. The jobs report tells us that jobs are being created at a very slow pace and that new unemployment claims are down. 

At the same time, the new jobs don't pay as well as the jobs they are replacing and the income gap is wider than ever.

Is it time for a revolution?

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    Jimmy Russell

    Keith, I'm pretty much with you on most of your arguments against gun control, though I'm confused as to why you think John Stewart advocates banning all weapons.  I never miss his show and near as I can tell he only wants some common sense restrictions on certain aspects as a whole.  I'll also say that I think it is absurd for anyone to think their 2nd amendment rights entitle them to any and all weapons.  Not saying that you neccessarily think this I'm just saying.  Limiting magazine sizes on the whole seems silly, but it is fairly probable that had Lanza only had a 10 round clip some more people may have escaped as they did when he changed mags anyway.  Now this is an extreme example IMO and you can't account for or hardly legislate against crazy.  Personally, I'd like to see something added to the 2nd making general training and safety training mandatory with any firearm purchase.  And a question for you Keith, are  you against the universal background check?  If you are, do you feel this would lead to the so called "national registry" and then to disarmament of us all?

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      Keith Pinster

      @archaeopteryx - Okay, maybe we're just on a different wave lengths. Obviously we don't agree on the gun control issue.  So, let me see if I can understandwhere you're coming from, if you are willing to answer a few questions.  I would appreciate just straight answers.  I'm not trying to be inflammatory or condescending, so if my question can be construed as such, I ask for forgiveness ahead of time, I really don't mean them that way.

      1. What do you think the 2A (2nd amendment) is for?

      2. Do you see any value at all in keeping the 2A?

      3. What's your justification for limiting the rights of hundreds of thousands of law-abiding citizens based on the action of less than 10 people?

      4. Given the fact that 95% of all gun related crimes involve either handguns or shotguns, what is the justification for focusing on semi-automatic weapons?

      Let's start with those and see if we can find some common ground up to this point, okay?

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        Jimmy Russell

        Ok..

        1. I fail to see how checking if someone is a felon or mentally skewed has anything to do with tracking the gun itself.  I mean when I bought my pistol it has a serial number on it..frankly I don't care who knows I have it. 

        2.  Which politicians are trying to disarm the public completely and what steps have they taken?  Near as I can tell Republicans love their guns, and Democrats are quite fond of them as well. 

        3. total agreement on this one.

        As for the safety training and the constitution.. our laws shouldn't protect us from ourselves but from each other.  And so, yes, safety training should be mandatory.  Something so simple as making sure your chamber is clear could have saved a lot of lives over the years.  Granted, even with the training and proper storage, shit happens.  I'm worried about the idiot that has the right to buy a firearm because he happened to be born in this country.  I really don't see how anyone could argue against safety training for some with such lethal potential.  On the other hand, I am a big fan of natural selection, just not someone else selecting me because they are careless.

        The Lanza thing, actually some kids did make their escape while he reloaded.  But I admit it just happens to be a detail of this particular incident, and not a trend or anything we can really impact by going after this.  I agree this only distracts from attacking the root of the problem, which is why he went postal in the first place.

        As for John Stewart.  I think the phrase "gun related crime" is inaccurate in his case.  Gun related deaths involving semi-automatic high powered rifles with 10-30 round clips ending up in the hands of the deranged, might be more appropriate.  He has actually stated as much that he doesn't want to see all guns vanish or anything like that, just some small steps to save a few lives I suppose.  He does like to point to Australia as an example.  And also, yes he most certainly does point out the absurdity the government sometimes tries to enforce.  The latest issue I believe was the soda ban in New York.  One of many things he takes the gov to task on.  You sure you watch his show?

        Bottom line  to me, is ending the drug war would cut more gun related crime than actually cutting guns.  Then start dealing with anti-depressants and replace with some form of cannabis. 

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