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White House: 'Today is Not the Day' for Gun Control Debate - VIDEO


White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was asked today about Obama's campaign promise to work to review the proposed assault weapons ban. Carney told reporters that given the unfolding status of the horrific tragedy in Connecticut "today is not the day" to engage in policy debates about gun control.


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  1. As pointed out in the Youtube link Littlekiwi posted above, about 20 children die in America everyday due to guns. We're sickened and outraged today because all 20 happened to be in one location and killed by one gunman.

    Forget gun control, it's not going to happen anytime soon because the NRA and the gun lobby have a stranglehold on legislators. I think, for the most part, gun ownership is a result of fear and fear is a very powerful motivator. Gun sales have skyrocketed since Obama's re-election because people are afraid he and the Democrats are going to "come for our guns."

    If you're not a hunter, sportsman or collector, what other reason is there to own a gun? Fear. Fear of crime or fear of your government, or fear of a foreign invasion or some other doomsday scenario. We most assuredly are not the home of the brave, we're the home of the frightened and paranoid.

    Until people feel less afraid and paranoid, you're not going to get them to give up their guns. Unfortunately, we live in a country where we fear our government a great deal more than our government fears us, its citizens, and so people will cling to their guns because if they don't fear the government, they fear the government's inability to protect them. America was founded with the gun, we glorify the gun and I don't foresee us ever giving up our guns.

    What we need to attack is the underlying fear, hate and national division that make too many people think owning guns and in some cases arsenals, necessary. We need to attack and change our violent personalities. We need to stop glorifying violence. As for the lunatic mass murderers, we'll always have them. And they'll always find a way. Didn't someone in China just kill 20 or so with a knife? We really need to work on the root of our problem. What causes our desire for violence?

    Posted by: Bob R | Dec 14, 2012 5:31:31 PM

  2. if this tragedy is not the time NOW, when is the right time?!?!?!...the next big shooting...there is no rational or logical reason not to have a discussion on gun control ASAP....there is no excuse

    Posted by: Bernie | Dec 14, 2012 6:39:12 PM

  3. Bob R. : They've already TRIED to stop inner city gangs (with the majority of those kids who are killed), in all sorts of ways, with only moderate success. Maybe the gang culture is just something that has its own lifespan.

    Posted by: Yupp | Dec 14, 2012 6:48:29 PM

  4. As far as "what causes our desire for violence" re. Mass Murderers : all around the world they've had similar factors going on, usually a long dysfunctional history and a feeling (to a psychotic degree) of being segregated from society. Finally they just snap. So...the answer might not be so easy..

    Posted by: Yupp | Dec 14, 2012 6:51:24 PM

  5. Gun control won't stop shootings, just like controlling fertilizer didn't stop any bombings after Oklahoma, and making us take our shoes off at the airport hasn't stopped a single plane from being shoe-bombed OH WAIT.

    Posted by: foobar | Dec 14, 2012 7:31:02 PM

  6. Foobar : Some might say that's like saying "Cutting off every mans' penis WILL stop AIDS."

    Posted by: Yupp | Dec 14, 2012 10:08:16 PM

  7. Cowards.

    Posted by: Mike B. | Dec 15, 2012 1:23:40 AM

  8. Too late. The debate has begun.

    Posted by: Jim Brown | Dec 15, 2012 2:17:03 AM

  9. The debate needs to begin now! Not the third Tuesday from never.

    Posted by: brett | Dec 15, 2012 5:45:36 AM

  10. We never seem to be able to find the day to have a discussion about the horrific rate of per capita gun violence in the USA.

    Posted by: Deke | Dec 15, 2012 12:26:27 PM

  11. EVERY DAY should be a day for a "Gun Control" debate in the US.

    How many more mass slaughters can your country stand? No country is perfect but with the seeming eternal refusal to actually change gun laws in the United States to protect its own children or innocent bystanders who happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time from mass murderers, You stopped being a "model" society long ago and neeed to realize that only yourselves can stop the unending bloodshed that happens across the US. its almost 2012 not the 1700's in a frontier country.

    Posted by: Darrell | Dec 15, 2012 12:57:01 PM

  12. Yet another example of those in the political class proving being out of touch with those of us in the real world. My niece asked me why it happened and I said because our leaders are cowards in the face of those who bear ultimate responsibility: The NRA. Who are they she asked, I said people who value gun ownership over common sense. I had no answer for her but now is most appropiate time to finally start the dialogue.

    Posted by: DC Arnold | Dec 15, 2012 9:15:54 PM

  13. We already have oodles of gun laws. The problem is ENFORCEMENT of those laws. Stop coddling the criminals with little slaps on the wrist. Punish the criminals, not the law abiding citizens.

    Posted by: boyce Sr | Dec 16, 2012 4:18:27 AM

  14. Deke : When we try to honestly discuss that subject we're just called "racists".

    Posted by: Yupp | Dec 16, 2012 5:29:38 AM

  15. don,t overlook the mental state of this young man.raised in a society of no discipline (time out ) environment.hangings may deter this type of hanus crime, but lawyers and legislatures don,t want that

    Posted by: smitty | Dec 16, 2012 9:59:07 AM

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