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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The Overton Window will have moved far enough in the direction of common sense gun control when:

1) a woman becomes POTUS;

2) The Equal Rights Amendment passes;

3) When Chief Justice Roberts, associate justices Thomas and Alito replacements exist of Pro-Roe v. Wade advocates, ERA supporters, and Maternal and Infant Health Care becomes a sacrament; and  

4) Gender pay is equal.

1a) another woman becomes FLOTUS;
2a) the US supports the ERA in the United Nations;
5) Russell Pangborn discovers Canada;

My understant about the second ammendment -

"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed"

was to keep slaves in check.

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/13890-the-second-amendment-was-r...

The above link may not present a very good link about it - but it's as good as any.

I was friends with a Sherrif, not a sherrif deputy  who back in the 1980s' did the same thing as the Japanese police do.

Journalist Anthony Berteaux told the BBC earlier this year: "What most Japanese police will do is get huge futons and essentially roll up a person who is being violent or drunk into a little burrito and carry them back to the station to calm them down."

The Airforce is culpable for not notifying civil regulators of the shooters history of violence and mental illness.

It will be interesting to see the lawsuits against the Airforce about this.  The military often doesn't release to civil authorities the background of criminal behavior of people in the military.   The military not releasing criminal brackgrounds to civilian law agencies has been an ongoing problem.

Are these just misused hunting rifles? Do you need an AR 15 to bring down a deer or varmint?

Thanks, Canadian friend!  Maybe someday we'll stop being the stupid side of the border.

And have two smart sides, that is.

Great to hear from you Jerry.

Thanks!

And here's the BBC News article the animator and producer, Alex Cequea, used as a source:

How Japan has almost eradicated gun crime

The Japanese culture and people do merit study, including their centuries-long submission to god-emperors and the nation’s military.

The American culture and people lack a similar submissiveness.

The American culture lacks submissiveness?

How do you explain all those voters in America who want an autocratic ruler.

How authoritarism is shaping american politics

Also the Aussies do not have a reputation for submissiveness. And they implement gun control measures that have had a demonstrable effect on mass shootings and other types of shootings

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