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Romney: Gun laws are not the answer

By AP Staff

MIAMI (AP) - Mitt Romney says gun laws are not the answer to the recent string of mass shootings.

Romney says it's not about the weapons used in the attacks, but about the individuals who choose to commit violence against others.

The Republican presidential candidate spoke hours after a police officer, a gunman and a third person were killed in a shooting near Texas A&M University.

Romney says "thoughtful consideration" is needed about what can be done to prevent violent attacks. But he says he isn't calling for any particular legislation.

Romney noted that there had been three such tragedies in a row, referring to a July shooting rampage in Aurora, Colo., and another attack earlier this month at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis.

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  1. billwvComment by billwv
    August 14, 2012 @ 7:16 am

    License, Train, and Arm all able bodied individuals with side arms. Then let whoever [the nutcases] come out and look down the barrel of a .357 magnum [very possible that a sick mind can be reformed].

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    • emsoneComment by emsone
      August 14, 2012 @ 7:46 am

      The citizen has all legal authority to stop a crime in progress. Police derive their authority from the people, as do all agencies. (Ever hear of citizen arrest?)

      The battle is not in trusting guns, but in trusting the citizens. Most folks agree. What the incoming Administration needs to articulate is that they (officials) trust us instead of working so hard to get us to trust them. Armed self-defense is fairly easy to learn, train and practice. You have to work at it, but you need the right attitude of independence in order even to attempt it.

      No one is responsible for your safety, really, and police have no duty to protect you, two of the first things to learn.

      Governor Romney is on the right track by showing his faith in the citizens over his faith in the State. Nothing says it better than defending the armed citizen. There are 90 million adult gun owners over 49 states. They are not the ones doing the criminal shootings, and I think Governor Romney understands this.

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    • PATRIOTComment by PATRIOT
      August 14, 2012 @ 1:27 pm

      The Progressives that push gun control use the excuse of crime reduction to justify their assualt on the 2nd amendment. Their real goal is control of the American people. They know that it is not possible to subjugate an armed citizenry. A government that does not trust the people with private firearms ownership is a government that cannot be trusted.

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    • nhpollackComment by nhpollack
      August 14, 2012 @ 2:16 pm

      billwv,

      I agree with your goal, but not necessarily the means. As you present your argument, it seems the government would be responsible for arming the citizens. I think it’s more in keeping with the preservation of our 2nd Amendment rights if the citizens purchase and own their weapons and, if they haven’t been trained through military service, get private training. I definitely agree about how thought provoking and behavior modifying looking down the barrel of a .357 is, but even looking down the barrel of a .380 gives one pause.

      We’re on the same page and only differ on the details.

      emsone,

      We may have the authority to stop a crime in progress, but the legal repercussions of lethal force can frequently go a and when he was on the job, it was “whatever force necessary” in all situations. As a civilian, he will only use that force to protect himself and family.

      Take a look at “Facing Violence” by Rory Miller. You’ll find it an excellent and eye opening book dealing with every facet of protecting ourselves from the bad guys.

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    • nhpollackComment by nhpollack
      August 14, 2012 @ 2:56 pm

      emsome,

      Excuse the sloppy editing and proof reading on my part. Comment should have read:

      We may have the authority to stop a crime in progress, but the legal repercussions of lethal force can frequently go very badly for the Good Samaritan. A friend who is a former LEO told me when he was on the job, it was “whatever force necessary” in all situations. As a civilian, he will only use that force to protect himself and family.

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  2. hufferComment by huffer
    August 14, 2012 @ 9:55 am

    If one stops to think why these deranged people are coming out of the wood work, so to speak, take a look at the new environment in the US. Our own government has turned on the people and are causing so much depression for so many, of course some are going to snap and take out that frustration somewhere. When the ballot box becomes so corrupted it no longer works, many feel there is nothing to lose by killing someone to get rid of their anger! They feel the Communist’s and the Illuminati have destroyed everything they worked for.
    This makes for a very unstable populace and these awful events will become the norm instead of exceptions! The one’s causing this unrest will use it to steal more freedoms from the people of the once proud Republic.
    I pray that Paul and Mitt do get elected this November…

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    • nickster99Comment by nickster99
      August 14, 2012 @ 10:21 am

      I believe they will be elected. And I know Obummer is shaking in his boots. And probably at the choosing of Ryan by Romney! Now they are busy thinking of ways to steal the election. We must overwhelm the polls this November 6th!

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    • BillzillaComment by Billzilla
      August 14, 2012 @ 9:23 pm

      When the President and his Attorney General only obey the laws that they like, it creates an air of lawlessness, and some people take that as license to do as they please.

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  3. noveldogComment by noveldog
    August 14, 2012 @ 10:57 am

    Encourage religion in government and school functions. Teach the golden rule in school. Establish new and more stringent content guidelines for movies and TV and the radio. There is way too much violence and obscenity. This is the root cause for the violence and slothfulness in our youth as they grow to maturity.

    The ten commandments should be prominently displayed in school and in all government buildings!

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    • BillzillaComment by Billzilla
      August 14, 2012 @ 9:23 pm

      Amen! That’s dead on.

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