Dear NRA: What We Have Here is a Failure to Communicate

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Teri McGrath

224867_616517682864_449966030_nI’ll tell you one thing that makes conversation and cooperation pretty difficult is a gun. Nothing shifts dialogue into monologue faster than the promise of violence. A gun is the promise of violence, no matter whose hand it is in. Jesus Christ said if we live by the sword, we will die by the sword. Right now, we are living by the gun, and we are dying by the gun. And there is no way to opt out. I don’t know how to solve the problem, but it is a problem. I want us all to agree that it is a problem. I do not want to live by the gun. I do not want to live in conflict, in competition and fear. I don’t want war. War on drugs, war on women, war on terror. I don’t want it.

The argument seems to go that I will…

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Barney Frank to Attorney General Holder: Prosecute Banks for the criminals they are!


Dear Mr. Attorney General:

I note several instances recently in which Administration officials have proceeded civilly against blatant violations of our important financial laws, in part because of the difficulty of proving cases beyond a reasonable doubt, especially where the law may have been somewhat uncertain, but also because of a concern that the criminal conviction—and even indictment—of a major financial institution could have a destabilizing effect. This latter consideration does not apply, similarly, to individuals. It is, of course, the case that no corporation can have engaged in wrongdoing without the active decision of individual officers of that entity. I believe it is also the case that prosecuting individuals has more of a deterrent effect than prosecuting corporations.

I am writing to you as well as to financial regulators, understanding that the decision to pursue criminal proceedings rests with the Justice Department, so I ask that there be a…

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The NRA Responds to the Sandy Hook Tragedy By Promoting More Guns in Schools

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It was a week ago today that Adam Lanza took the life of 20 first graders at Sandy Hook Elementary School, children six and seven years old. He also took the life of his mother and 6 adults at the school.Now seven days later, information about a possible motive is emerging.  The indication is that Lanza’s mother was attempting to have her son committed to a mental institution.

Unfortunately, her efforts were thwarted by the brutal killing of innocent children and teachers.  Over the last 7 days the country has come together to mourn the loss of these precious lives, and to express outrage at the system of government that allowed this mentally ill young man to access and utilize assault weapons for the purpose of such horrifically brutal killings of 20 innocent children.


Today the NRA weighs in on the controversy.  Instead of suggesting some stricter control…

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“The roots of mass murder “


Charles Krauthammer

Charles Krauthammer
Opinion Writer

By Published: December 20

Every mass shooting has three elements: the killer, the weapon and the cultural climate. As soon as the shooting stops, partisans immediately pick their preferred root cause with corresponding pet panacea. Names are hurled, scapegoats paraded, prejudices vented. The argument goes nowhere.Let’s be serious:   FULL ARTICLE Continue reading ““The roots of mass murder “”