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We Are Still Talking About Guns

The President came out today with 23 executive orders aimed at trying to move the needle on this debate about guns.

I have written about it a few times.

On Fox News, they had a package ready to go showing how these orders wouldn’t make any difference.

They started with a gun shop owner. His task was to show that there was no difference between a 30 shot clip and three 10 shot clips. He put an empty clip in the gun, pressed the trigger to let off ten imaginary shots and then pulled the empty clip out, fumbled around a bit putting in the new one, fired off ten more, pulled the clip, tried to put the clip in backwards, turned it in the right direction, put it in and fired off ten more shots.

He then said, “See. It’s the same.”

Except, of course, it wasn’t.

So, let’s say for the sake of argument, he was a real shooter in a small room. In the scenario where the victims can rush the shooter, obviously there was a bit of time to move while he was fumbling around between clips.  A hail of thirty consecutive bullets would probably not leave anyone able to attempt to tackle him.

Let’s take the other scenario where people in the room are also armed.  While he is fumbling around, there would be a possibility for the good guys to shoot at him, maybe rendering him unable to reload his next 10 round clip.

We are assuming in the last example that the good guys can shoot straight.  That is, I contend, a very big leap of faith.

The rest of the segment turned into the usual “How dare Obama (They can not call him the President. It must be in their style book) try to run the government through executive order”.

I am not sure where they were when the last President would use signing statements to get around provisions in bills that he would sign.

This debate just wears me out.  I think that is the NRA’s strategy.  Keep changing the argument while continuing to grease the palms of Congress.

I will bring this up here from time to time.  The kids in Newtown, Chicago and anywhere else in this country deserve better from us.

Just as an example, in 1982 7 people died from poisoning due to someone tampering with Tylenol bottles.

SEVEN people

For the last 30 years, the packaging has been changed by the drug companies to try to prevent that from happening again.

SEVEN people and an entire industry reacted with a solution.

An average weekend in Chicago can see that many shootings yet the gun folks and Congress sit on their hands.

We have got to do better.



Election Aftermath

Just a short post to wrap up the political series of posts that I have done.

I am very happy that the election went almost exactly like I predicted.

To recap:

I said the President would be reelected by around 3 million votes.  He has exceeded that.

I said the Electoral College number  would be over 320 votes.  It was.

I said the Senate would have 55 Democrats when it was all said and done.  They got 53 Democrats and 2 Independents who will caucus with the Dems so 55 was right as well.

I had also said on Twitter that I hoped the results would be known by ten so I could watch Fox News and laugh and laugh.  Well, I missed that by an hour or so, but I did manage to laugh and laugh.

Especially when Karl Rove tried to reel back the calling of Ohio by the Fox News election experts.  Lord,was he a riot!

He was all Wait! Wait!

It reminded me of the scene in Trading Places where Don Ameche’s character tries to get the Stock Exchange started back up after Ackroyd and Murphy bankrupt him.  “Turn those machines on!,” he screams.

Poor Karl was doing the same thing with the same sorry results. Couldn’t have happened to a nicer person.

So now we move on.  I will still write about current events.  I enjoyed doing these.  But real life is tapping me on the shoulder and I will have a post up over the next day or two concerning that.

Thanks for putting up with these.


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