Atheists are a small minority in the U.S.  Advocates of gun control might be a minority in America as well. In light of the recent shootings in Aurora I am curious as to how atheists in this network view the lack of gun restrictions.  There are probably divergent views.

I have trouble believing that both presidential candidates are steering away from any call for reform after the horrific mass shooting. In my opinion it is insane to allow citizens access to assault weapons that can kill scores of people in a few minutes.  It was even more shocking to hear on a news show that a family had to raise money to pay for the immense hospital bills for one of the victims while they were already crippled with medical bills from the mothers fight with breast cancer.

As a Canadian I came to stand with my U.S brothers for the reason rally and freedom from religion.  I would be willing to come down to the capitol and march for two other important causes.  Gun control and universal health care.

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Russell, with the number of posts to this discussion nearing 800, you may have here enough material for a book on this subject. Culling the repetitions will require hours, but you have the thinking of many non-religious folk, who are often charged with having no morality. Do you think the benefits worth the time it will require?

When I retire and have more time. Got a few years left in me yet. Maybe it will even be a richer discussion to mine by then.

I look at what those kids from Parkland have started, especially David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez, and I think maybe THIS time the NRA has something to genuinely be concerned about.  These two and others with them are the actual VICTIMS of mass shootings, pulling a Howard Beale and saying "We're mad as hell and we're not going to take it anymore."  Laura Ingraham has already learned the hard way that taking cheap shots at at least one of them was not just poor judgment, but potentially deleterious to her current position at Fox.  Calling Emma Gonzalez a "skinhead Lesbian" effectively ended any chance Leslie Gibson's run for public office might have.  Meantime, they have demonstrated considerable poise and grasp of the issues, as well as the ability to express themselves in a calm and deliberate yet incisive manner.  Even more importantly, they've stated more than once that they aren't done with the March For Our Lives.  They mean to press through all the way to the midterm elections and possibly beyond, which will do gun-loving candidates for office no favors at all.

From where I sit, anyone who fails to take these kids seriously demonstrates a level of cluelessness which may be harmful if not fatal to any influential intentions they might have.

Time will tell.

Do they know of the federal debt that we, since Reagan, have left them?

Bank of America to stop lending to military-style weapons makers


The Hill

What a surreal house rule for a Canadian using Airbnb in Houston Texas in a few weeks.

House Manual

NO GUNS!

Please no early check ins or late check outs.

A little creepy.

Talk about surreal reinforcement of my prejudiced impressions of the Southern USA. I make a joke about guns and coming to Houston and on the next day that I am flying into the city there is that tragic local high school shooting. Now im on a greyhound bus to San Antonio and two people are ranting about finding Jesus loudly at the back of the bus. Im so glad I live in Canada. We have our zealots as well, but im less likely to run into them.

Russell, I've lived here all of my life and what you are experiencing now is what I find almost daily. Religion, guns, and Trump supporters. I've had enough of all 3 of them and more too. Idiots are going off on others now for speaking anything that is not English. I had no idea that this nonsense was "my America" until the Donald turned it all upside down. I hate that man. Some day he will get his. 

That day is coming, Michael.  Be patient, but know that it IS coming.

Michael, i have a newfound respect for what you have to endure.

Proof of the old bit of political wisdom regarding the press, "Say what you want about me, but spell my name right." [translation: There's no such thing as bad press.]

Per Huffpost:

  • Last week’s school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, that killed 10 students and teachers isn’t significantly reviving the momentum for gun control that followed the February massacre in Parkland, Florida, new HuffPost/YouGov polling suggests.
  •  Slightly more than half of the public now calls gun violence a very serious problem, down from 60 percent in February. A 56-percent majority say it’s possible to pass new gun laws without violating the Second Amendment, down from a high of 65 percent. And, regardless of how they personally feel about the subject, just 40 percent now think passing new gun laws is politically possible, down from 50 percent.

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  • > Slightly more than half of the public now calls gun violence a very serious problem

Am I the only one that's astounded that this is "slightly more than half?"

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