Politicians avoid talking gun control
and get away with it when it's not an issue.
Then a terrible act occurs, guns are an issue,
and pols say it's the wrong time to talk about it.
The Aurora killer used an assault weapon
that used to be banned and is now legal.
Yet the people running to represent us
talk about anything except changing laws.
"Guns don't kill people; people kill people"
is the common defense we hear from the right.
Guns did kill people; yet people let guns live.
Candidates speechify with nothing to say.
They feel, they "heal" but won't act for real.
When guns attack, we don't fight back --
time to face violence with more than silence. Read more
In the aftermath of the shooting in Aurora, Colorado where a lone gunman walked into a packed theater and began shooting moviegoers, most of us realize just how easily it could have been any of us in that theater; at least those who enjoy movie-going. Playing that night was a midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises”, a highly anticipated third sequel in a trilogy of the latest Batman series.
There’s still a lot to be learned about the killer and why he chose to go into that theater and kill innocent people. Nothing yet points to mental illness but enough time has not been allowed for a full investigation, so we’ll just wait and see.
I have one speculation about the event and that is why he wore the outfit – the full body armor; did he plan to have a shootout with police? Maybe in the end he chickened out when it came to his own life and gave himself up to the cops instead. Read more
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1/1/12 Mitt Romney seems determined to prove that he can be the kind of right-wing extremist that Iowa’s GOP caucus voters are looking for.
Romney said Saturday that as President, he would veto the DREAM Act, which provides a path to citizenship for children of undocumented immigrants if they attend college or serve in the military. Juan Sepulveda, Senior Advisor for Hispanic Affairs to the Democratic National Committee, called Romney’s position “appalling” and suggested that his view would make him “the most extreme presidential nominee in recent memory.”
Romney may be helping himself in the Republican nominating process, but his position will it much harder for him to win states like Florida, Nevada, New Mexico and Colorado in the General Election.