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Rob Horowitz: Newtown- One Year Later

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

 

This past weekend marks the one year anniversary of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut where one deranged and disturbed gunman killed 20 children and 6 school personnel. In the year since, there have been more than 11,000 gun deaths (excluding suicides), according to Slate Gun Tracker.

Many observers including me believed that what happened in Newtown was so horrific it would serve as a galvanizing force in our politics, propelling common sense gun control measures forward. Unfortunately, with the exception of some states, most prominently New York, Connecticut and Colorado all of which passed comprehensive gun control legislation, even widely popular initiatives such as closing major loopholes in our national background check system failed to advance. And the National Rifle Association (NRA),---briefly on the defensive right after Newtown-- emerges from the past year’s gun control battles appearing more powerful than ever.

As the Washington Post reports, The president and first lady lit 26 candles in the White House Map Room on the anniversary on Saturday—one for each of the victims. President Obama also made a call for action on gun control the subject of his weekly radio address.

Speaking of the Newtown parents, Obama said, “Over the past year, their voices have sustained us. And their example has inspired us – to be better parents and better neighbors; to give our children everything they need to face the world without fear; to meet our responsibilities not just to our own families, but to our communities. More than the tragedy itself, that’s how Newtown will be remembered”.

Obama continued, “And on this anniversary of a day we will never forget, that’s the example we should continue to follow. Because we haven’t yet done enough to make our communities and our country safer. We have to do more to keep dangerous people from getting their hands on a gun so easily. We have to do more to heal troubled minds. We have to do everything we can to protect our children from harm and make them feel loved, and valued, and cared for.

On Fox News Sunday, Carlee Soto, sister of one of the teachers murdered that day, recalled how she felt the day gun control advocates came up 6 votes short of the 60 votes needed to prevent a filibuster of a stripped-down, bi-partisan background check compromise bill advanced by Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Pat Toomey( R-PA).. "It was extremely hard to watch these members of Congress come in and vote no on something so sensible," she said, noting background checks only take roughly 90 seconds. "It is hard. There is definitely days where I don't want to do this.”

The short-term prospects for any progress for common sense gun control measures at the national level are remote. It will take building a much more robust grassroots movement—one capable of really battling the NRA.

On the other hand, there is still the potential to make important advances in some states and Rhode Island should be near the top of the list. The resounding defeat of the NRA and its allies this past weekend in the Exeter recall election, as all 4 Council members targeted for recall easily retained their seats, should serve to puncture State House conventional wisdom about the overwhelming power of the gun lobby in the Ocean State. In fact, as one would expect in a Northeastern blue state, polling consistently shows that common sense gun control measures are very popular in Rhode Island.

It often takes several years to pass controversial legislation. Advocates should not be discouraged by the failure to adopt a wide-ranging gun control package introduced in the wake of Newtown in the 2013 General Assembly session--the first session in which the package was considered, Rhode Island remains fertile soil for a focused effort by local gun control advocates buttressed by resources from national supporters such as Mayor Bloomberg. Let’s truly honor the memory of the victims of Newtown and their parents by adopting a comprehensive package of gun control measures in the 2014 session. Rhode Island can help show the nation the way.

Rob Horowitz is a strategic and communications consultant who provides general consulting, public relations, direct mail services and polling for national and state issue organizations, various non-profits and elected officials and candidates. He is an Adjunct Professor of Political Science at the University of Rhode Island.


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Microfibres, Inc.

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Business Type: Broadwoven Fabric Mills

Number of Initial Violations: 5

Number of Serious Violations: 2

Areas of Violation: Industrial trucks, personnal protection, respiratory protection, hazard communication

Initial Penalty: $6,800

Case Status: Closed

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K & J Construction, Inc.

Location: Cranston

Business Type: Residential Remodelers

Number of Initial Violations: 5

Number of Serious Violations: 4

Areas of Violation: General requirements, training

Initial Penalty: $8,400

Case Status: Payment Plan

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Manchester Tree And Lanscaping Service, Inc.

Location: Middletown

Business Type: Landscaping Services

Number of Initial Violations: 5

Number of Serious Violations: 3

Areas of Violation: Work platforms, head protection, foot protection

Initial Penalty: $8,400

Case Status: Closed

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#22

Colonial Mills, Inc

Location: Pawtucket

Business Type: Carpet and Rug Mills

Number of Initial Violations: 4

Number of Serious Violations: 2

Areas of Violation: Machine requirements, hazard communication

Initial Penalty: $8,470

Case Status: Payment Plan

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#21

Green Tech Assets, LLC

Location: Cumberland

Business Type: Non-hazardous Waste Treatment and Disposal

Number of Initial Violations: 7

Number of Serious Violations: 7

Areas of Violation: Guarding floor, industrial trucks, wiring

Initial Penalty: $8,800

Case Status: Closed

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#20

Nursing Home Services Inc.

Location: Riverside

Business Type: Commercial Laundry, Drycleaning, and Pressing Machine Manufacturing

Number of Initial Violations: 9

Number of Serious Violations: 9

Areas of Violation: Exit routes, bloodborne pathogens, hazard communication, eye and face protection, medical services and first aid

Initial Penalty: $9,200

Case Status: On payment plan

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Grinnell Cabinet Makers, Inc.

Location: Cranston

Business Type: Millwork

Number of Initial Violations: 5

Number of Serious Violations: 3

Areas of Violation: Tools and equipment, wiring design, hazard communication, industrial trucks

Initial Penalty: $9,800

Case Status: Closed

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Albaco Realty

Location: Cranston

Business Type: Industrial Building Construction

Number of Initial Violations: 9

Number of Serious Violations: 8

Areas of Violation: Scaffolding, ladders, training

Initial Penalty: $10,400

Case Status: Closed

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Mouldcam

Location: Bristol

Business Type: Composite Digital Fabrication

Number of Initial Violations: 10

Number of Serious Violations: 9

Areas of Violation: Scaffolding, medical services and first aid, respiratory protection, wiring design, hazard communication

Initial Penalty: $10,800

Case Status: Abatement pending, on payment plan

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Veolia Water North America Operating Services, LLC

Location: Cranston

Business Type: Non-hazardous Waste Treatment and Disposal

Number of Initial Violations: 11

Number of Serious Violations: 2

Areas of Violation: Respiratory protection, medical services and first aid, machine requirements, wiring design, exit routes, occupational noise exposure, hazardous waste operations, control of hazardous energy

Initial Penalty: $12,750

Case Status: Closed

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Atlantic Capes Fisheries, Inc.

Location: Bristol

Business Type: Fresh and Frozen Seafood Processing

Number of Initial Violations: 5

Number of Serious Violations: 3

Areas of Violation: Control of hazardous energy, hazard communication

Initial Penalty: $12,870

Case Status: Closed

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#14

Barlo Signs

Location: Warwick

Business Type: Sign Manufacturing

Number of Initial Violations: 6

Number of Serious Violations: 1

Areas of Violation: Wiring design, fall protection, training

Initial Penalty: $14,630

Case Status: On payment plan
 

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Kindred Healthcare DBA Chestnut Terrace Nursing And Rehabilitation Center

Location: East Providence

Business Type: Nursing Care Facilities

Number of Initial Violations: 6

Number of Serious Violations: 6

Areas of Violation: Eye and face protection, hazardous energy, training, personnel protection

Initial Penalty: $14,854

Case Status: Abatement pending

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Gem Plumbing and Heating, Inc.

Location: Providence

Business Type: Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors

Number of Initial Violations: 4

Number of Serious Violations: 2

Areas of Violation: Training, asbestos

Initial Penalty: $15,000

Case Status: Closed

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Richard Mayo, Sr.

Location: Westerly

Business Type: Roofing Contractors

Number of Initial Violations: 11

Number of Serious Violations: 11

Areas of Violation: Fall protection, training, and ladders

Initial Penalty: $16,000

Case Status: Abatement and payment pending

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New Providence Properties, LLC

Location: Providence

Business Type: Residential Remodelers

Number of Initial Violations: 11

Number of Serious Violations: 11

Areas of Violation: Fall protection, ladders, asbestos

Initial Penalty: $16,920

Case Status: Abatement and payment pending

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Lincoln Construction

Location: Portsmouth

Business Type: Roofing Contractors

Number of Initial Violations: 7

Number of Serious Violations: 6

Areas of Violation: Ladders, training requirements, fall protection

Initial Penalty: $17,920

Case Status: Abatement and payment pending

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H & R Builders and Renovation, LLC

Location: Providence

Business Type: Residential Remodelers

Number of Initial Violations: 7

Number of Serious Violations: 7

Areas of Violation: Wiring, fall protection, training

Initial Penalty: $18,000

Case Status: Abatement and payment pending

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Hk&S Construction Holding Corp.

Location: Newport

Business Type: Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction

Number of Initial Violations: 5

Number of Serious Violations: 5

Areas of Violation: Working over or near water, rigging equipment, protective systems

Initial Penalty: $19,530

Case Status: Some violations being contested

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Jose Family Construction

Location: Providence

Business Type: Roofing Contractors

Number of Initial Violations: 6

Number of Serious Violations: 3

Areas of Violation: Fall protection, training, head protection

Initial Penalty: $21,120

Case Status: Abatement pending, penalty in debt collection

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Norman Sanville, Jr.

Location: Johnston

Business Type: Miscellaneous Wood Product Manufacturing

Number of Initial Violations: 12

Number of Serious Violations: 12

Areas of Violation: Woodworking machinery requirements, wiring

Initial Penalty: $21,600

Case Status: Abatement pending, in debt collection

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Rosco Manufacturing, LLC

Location: Newport

Business Type: Water and Sewer Line and Related Structures Construction

Number of Initial Violations: 18

Number of Serious Violations: 14

Areas of Violation: Protective systems, working over or near water, rigging systems, medical services and first aid, hazard communication, occupational noise exposure, respiratory protection, exit routes, industrial trucks, training, control of hazardous energy

Initial Penalty: $28,700

Case Status: Abatement pending, on payment plan

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Quarles Ii, Inc.

Location: Woonsocket

Business Type: Clothing Store

Number of Initial Violations: 9

Number of Serious Violations: 9

Areas of Violation: Exit routes, portable fire extinguishers, industrial trucks

Initial Penalty: $31,500

Case Status: Debt Collection

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Monarch Metal Finishing Co., Inc.

Location: Providence

Business Type: Electroplating, Plating, Polishing, Anodizing, and Coloring

Number of Initial Violations: 19

Number of Serious Violations: 18

Areas of Violation: Occupational noise exposure, flammable and combustible liquids, hazardous waste, eye and face protection, respiratory protection, medical services and first aid, portable fire extinguishers, industrial trucks, hazard communication

Initial Penalty: $36,540

Case Status: On payment plan

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Stone Systems Of New England LLC

Location: Slatersville

Business Type: Cut Stone and Stone Product Manufacturing

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Number of Serious Violations: 9

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Initial Penalty: $54,000

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Comments:

Ford Renner

Legal gun owners commit almost no gun crimes, and in fact often stop or prevent crime, as well as protect themselves. Location with the strongest "gun control" also have very high gun crime.

Our constitution says in the second amendment "shall not be infringed". Even if it were possible to reduce gun crime by savaging legal ownership, the constitution would never let it get that far.

Gun grabbers simply don't understand the dynamics of gun crime, and often do not want to. These types are all too happy to leverage innocent victims to pursue their misinformed agenda.

They cant succeed, but even if they did, they be shocked (and likely in denial) when, like in DC and Chicago, attempts to stop illegal gun usage by savaging the right of legal owners does not reduce gun or weapons crime. (As some gun crime would switch to other lethal weapons).

Ford Renner

I should add that I do not own a firearm, and would welcome hearing solutions that are constitutional as well as likely to work to reduce all violent crime in society. Gunshot detectors in our urban areas is one proven technical approach which works to rapidly close in on illegal gun activity.

Odd Job

With the NSA spying on us and more and more laws regulating everything we do, we should not be so willing to cede whats left of our backbone to the government.

Killary Klinton

Hey Robbie - how many of these gun related deaths are in the "gun ban" zones like - say - Chicago?

Come on, even a liberal progressive like you can come up with the stats. Oh wait, that doesn't fit your agenda.

I hope you can at least remember history when the National Socialists Party confiscated the firearms of the German people, for their own protection. Right after that, the trains were full of "passengers"

KK

Remember Kent State when the government shot and killed four unarmed college students.

Jonathan Bainsworth

Finally, an article on this site from someone with common sense. I'm beginning to think the only solution to the gun mania in this country is to just separate the blue states from the red so they can form their own countries. The red states can then enjoy living in the Wild West with their acceptable number of gun related deaths and the blue states can just live in peace.

paul zecchino

Funny thing, we don't read too many stories about school shootings in southern and western states. In fact we don't read anything about them at all.

The Colorado shooting is a complete embarrassment for the marxstream media, which is doing its best to suppress this truth about it:

The geek who wounded a student and then offed himself did so because he knew an armed deputy was coming for him. So, he did what virtually every mass shooter does when confronted by police or lawfully armed citizens: they kill themselves.

The geek who croaked himself was apparently a committed socialist who was furious about 'income inequality and lack of social justice'. Starting to sound familiar? It should, because violence and tyranny always come from the Left.

What was a deputy doing in the school? Was he called to it? No. The deputy was volunteering as a school resource officer, he was not there in any police capacity. He was, however, armed as the school was not a 'gun-free zone', and thus not a magnet for killers. Any citizen lawfully armed had the right to be there and would as well have stopped this shooter.

Had the deputy not been present, had police had to have come from a distant point, there would have been another mass shooting incident.

And the Left would have loved that, would have gassed off and scolded us about it forever. Because the Left loves carnage, loves misery, revels in mayhem and incites chaos in order to create 'crises too good to waste', to justify the inevitable tyranny it inflicts.

Sorry, having studied the issue more than thirty years, I simply do not have the time or the interest to state all the statistics and historical proofs which demonstrate clearly that if you want more crime, by all means pass more 'good, strong, gun control laws to keep people safe'. If you want less crime, relax the gun laws and pass Shall-Issue CCW laws, as have southern and western states.

Either you see it or you don't. Explanations shouldn't be necessary to point out common sense, and millions of words to the willfully uninformed who put 'ideology' ahead of facts will never suffice.

Gun control causes crime by shifting the balance of power to the criminal, who is free to prey upon disarmed, defenseless citizens.

Who said that? The NRA? "White, racist, overweight, males angry about obamacare" as bloombat said about the jihado-marxist mid-east punk who tried to blow up Times Square? No, the founders of Criminology, Cesare Becaria and Cesare Lombroso said that, centuries ago. Their statement has been validated countless times by peers as wel as History.

You like gun-control? Move to Cuba. They have lots of it there. castro's goons control the guns, and the people live a dim existence of fear, hunger, sickness, and oppression.

paul zecchino

One lawfully armed citizen could have stopped Newtown cold. It's established fact, well known to criminologists, that mass shooters have a striking trait in common: when confronted by armed resistance, when they even sense the approach of armed resistance, they stop shooting and often kill themselves.

One lawfully armed citizen could have stopped Newtown. But the Left knew exactly what it was doing when it encouraged heretofore rare school shootings with its inane 'gun free zone' policy.

This is exactly what occurred in Mississippi some years ago, when a lawfully armed school official stopped a school shooter.

It occurred most recently in Colorado, when a lawfully armed school resource volunteer who happened to be a off-duty, armed deputy, confronted the shooter, who promptly killed himself.

But the Left will never tell us that inconvenient truth because it doesn't fit the gun-confiscation goals of the Marxist rats who run the Left.

paul zecchino

One tediously predictable NYSLIMES commenter scolded Americans for not following Norway's example, where guns are restricted and all is peaceful.

Hr. Brevik had another opinion.

John Onamas

The failure to pass common sense gun control is one of several failures of the Obama administration, but also of Congress, and our system of government, in which an extremely well-funded special interest lobby controls the agenda. I have no interest in keeping guns away from law-abiding owners. However, The NRA and many gun rights advocates seemingly have no interest in keeping guns away from criminals. If the NRA really wants to be firearms advocates it would support laws that promote responsible and legal ownership. Universal background checks and a national database, the core of the legislation that was defeated after Newtown, is a common sense approach that protects gun owners and those who choose not to own guns.

Redd Ratt

When society moved from egalitarian tribes to "kleptocracy societies" with a ruling class,the governing class has tried to disarm the citizens of the society. This isn't new, government has been doing it for thousands of years. An armed society is a good thing. The trade off is isolated tragic cases of violence and a higher death rate than unarmed societies. There are always exceptions to the rule. As noted above legal gun owners aren't generally committing the crimes.

Wuggly Ump

Anytime Big Brother is doing something for your safety or the safety of the children, what they're really doing is increasing their power.

When will we learn prohibition doesn't work. Look at how well it's working for drugs, look how well it worked for alcohol.

Who is called when these situations occur? People with guns. When seconds count the police are only minutes away. Can't blame law enforcement, they can't be everywhere.

Wuggly Ump

@ John Onamas I'm certain you must also be for voter ID. As well as clamping down on illegals with no ID.

John Onamas

Opposed to voter ID. In favor of "clamping down" on adult illegal aliens, but not undocumented minors. In favor of E-Verify.

Killary Klinton

John has "selective" enforcement of laws. Just like the Obama administration.

KK

Remember it was the Obama administration's Justice Department's Eric Holder that allowed drug lords to obtain illegal firearms which murdered an American border officer and thousands of Mexican citizens. (Liberals: Google Fast and Furious)

Redd Ratt

John, I'm okay with instant background checks. A national database is wrong. Its wrong for the existential reasons I mentioned above. Governments should be a little afraid of the people.

john paycheck

9/11 tragedy
Oklahoma city bombing
Lockerbie bombing
boston marathon bombing
recent school murder in Massachusetts

with all due respect to those harmed and affected by these tragedies....no guns involved in any of these..... so are we saying that these would not have happened without gun control?

in all fairness, it might be fair to disclose the stats of murders with guns.. how many are with licensed firearms? and how many are unlicensed firearms in the hands of criminals?

nothing like data to make an informed opinion.

Ford Renner

Here is a lot of statistical info, really a lot!

http://www.justfacts.com/guncontrol.asp#general

john paycheck

when you start citing statistics and facts.... the left always seems to go quiet.....

Jonathan Bainsworth

Really Paul, no shootings in Southern and Western states? Virginia Tech shooting? George Hennard kills 23 in Killeen Texas. Mark Barton kills 11 in Georgia. Robert Hawkins kills 8 shoppers in Nebraska. Mark Essex kills 11 in New Orleans. Michael Mclendon kills 10 in Alabama. Christopher Speight kills 8 people in Appomattox Virginia. Joseph Wesbecker kills 8 in Kentucky. Need I go on? Oh that's right you don't like facts....too inconvenient.

Joseph Bernstein

Horowitz is backing that smug carpetbagger Brett Smiley for Mayor.Smiley has proposed a tax on firearms which would be unconstitutional.Mr.Horowitz is a liar like the other gun grabber"progressives"-this has nothing whatever to do with public safety and everything to do with social control.Every mass shooting except for drug related ones(which generally are confined to criminal on criminal activity)has been perpetrated by mentally ill individuals.Many of those had either sought help or made it clear what they were planning.I have noticed one interesting thing-no student at an inner city school has been involved in a mass shooting where they attended.Inner city schools have had shootings,but always attributable to a specific dispute.The Oakland schoolyard shooting was by an adult outsider.In the 1950's when I attended school there was no Federal Gun Control Act-that dates from 1968 and I cannot recall a single mass shooting at a school anywhere in the country.Does anyone have an explanation for that?The words "common sense"out of the mouths of a Cicilline,Smiley,or Horowitz means simply an attempt at civilian disarmament.meanwhile,Rhode Island persists in releasing really dangerous convicted killers back into society where five of them have killed again-Lamoreaux,Bishop,Jett,Derosa,and Komrowski.Only 2 used firearms.Brisette will most likely kill again also.The very same legislators who refuse to end "good time" for convicted murderers are also in the forefront of "common sense"gun control to make it impossible for the average law abiding citizen to own a firearm.the hell with you,Mr.Horowitz and your circle of associates over there on the East Side.

Ford Renner

To be fair, according to gun control facts from the site I linked above, Australia has seen over 50% drop in gun murders with no corresponding increase in other murders, since the gun ban in 2006 was enacted (under a conservative prime minister). I would NEVER support a gun ban here, but for the Australians, the public policy does seem to have achieved the objectives.

Ford Renner

To be fair, according to gun control facts from the site I linked above, Australia has seen over 50% drop in gun murders with no corresponding increase in other murders, since the gun ban in 1996 was enacted (under a conservative prime minister). I would NEVER support a gun ban here, but for the Australians, the public policy does seem to have achieved the objectives.

Jimmy LaRouche

Ford,

Most of the reduction in murders done with firearms in Australia is a reduction in gun-related suicides, though there is little data on what other method these people who wish to end their own lives have now taken. What also receives little attention is how other crimes have risen.

Yeah! Gun related deaths are down. But now I run a greater risk of home invasion and getting beaten up! Progress!

http://www.worldpublicunion.org/2013-04-05-NEWS-australian-gun-ban-resulted-in-higher-crime-rates.html

Ford Renner

Jimmy, I support the 2nd Amendment too, but the gun facts site addressed those issues, violent homicides by other methods did not rise by nearly as much as gun homicides dropped, after the ban, and suicides by gun dropped and was listed as a separate category. In Australia, if the facts site is accurate, achieved the public policy objective. Even if it hadnt, though, it is my opinion that gun grabbers in this country would still push for gun bans. Also, the US is big and filled with creative people even criminals, they would get guns from outside. If we cant secure our borders against illegal people, drugs, and are so paranoid about terrorists that we have to violate our own constitution (which a federal judge has apparently decided), we would never be able to keep out guns. I believe a gun grabbing policy here would target only law abiding citizens and actually give the street criminal an advantage. Just my opinion. But Australia policy does seem to have worked within the narrow objective of lowering their gun murder rate.

Marie Dawn Christie

My heart goes out to those families. We need to enforce existing gun laws.

Silence Dogood

The website that you used as the basis for your research (slate) is notoriously a left wing propaganda machine. That makes one of the pillars of your argument biased and therefore invalid.

Please don't lecutre us on how terrible the gun culture is, and do not cite this President as an advisory to the NRA. He comes from THE city (Chicago) that has

A) Some of the strictest gun laws in the country
B) THE highest Black on Black crime rate in the country

He did nothing to address it in his time as a community organizer or as a Senator. So you want us to believe that he is a champion of the weak (he isn't) against the evil NRA (they aren't)

The NRA derives it's power from it's members....end of story.

Oh and those “common-sense” gun laws in Colorado? For one thing, the majority of Sheriffs do not enforce these laws, because they feel it is an infringement on their constitutional rights, also despite Mayor Bloomberg's PAC pouring $12 MILLION into defeating the successful recall of those state officials that openly bragged that they defied their constituents in passing those laws.

The progressive agenda will use anything from the threat of taking food out of the mouths of the poor to dancing on the graves of dead children to push their agenda. Shame on you for promoting it as well.

Silence Dogood

Rob,

If you won't listen to "common-sense" from us little people, take advice from the progressive mecca: Harvard.

BTW the title of the study is "Would Banning Firearms Reduce Murder and Suicide?"

http://www.law.harvard.edu/students/orgs/jlpp/Vol30_No2_KatesMauseronline.pdf

spoiler alert- it doesn't

Karl Marxx

I would like to add my SUPPORT for Mr Horowitz. He clearly gets it. Guns for the government and ONLY the government, a path toward a pacified people, a happy people for the peoples land. Comrades rejoice "there is no greater title than worker!"




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