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Jimmy Carter on Assault Weapons

Discussion in 'Legal & Political Archive' started by ORBrit, Apr 27, 2009.

  1. ORBrit

    ORBrit Eugene Member

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    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/27/opinion/27Carter.html?_r=1
    Op-Ed Contributor
    What Happened to the Ban on Assault Weapons?
    By JIMMY CARTER
    Published: April 26, 2009

    The evolution in public policy concerning the manufacture, sale and possession of semiautomatic assault weapons like AK-47s, AR-15s and Uzis has been very disturbing. Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and I all supported a ban on these formidable firearms, and one was finally passed in 1994.

    When the 10-year ban was set to expire, many police organizations — including 1,100 police chiefs and sheriffs from around the nation — called on Congress and President George W. Bush to renew and strengthen it. But with a wink from the White House, the gun lobby prevailed and the ban expired.

    I have used weapons since I was big enough to carry one, and now own two handguns, four shotguns and three rifles, two with scopes. I use them carefully, for hunting game from our family woods and fields, and occasionally for hunting with my family and friends in other places. We cherish the right to own a gun and some of my hunting companions like to collect rare weapons. One of them is a superb craftsman who makes muzzle-loading rifles, one of which I displayed for four years in my private White House office.

    But none of us wants to own an assault weapon, because we have no desire to kill policemen or go to a school or workplace to see how many victims we can accumulate before we are finally shot or take our own lives. That’s why the White House and Congress must not give up on trying to reinstate a ban on assault weapons, even if it may be politically difficult.

    An overwhelming majority of Americans, including me and my hunting companions, believe in the right to own weapons, but surveys show that they also support modest restraints like background checks, mandatory registration and brief waiting periods before purchase.

    A majority of Americans also support banning assault weapons. Many of us who hunt are dismayed by some of the more extreme policies of the National Rifle Association, the most prominent voice in opposition to a ban, and by the timidity of public officials who yield to the group’s unreasonable demands.

    Heavily influenced and supported by the firearms industry, N.R.A. leaders have misled many gullible people into believing that our weapons are going to be taken away from us, and that homeowners will be deprived of the right to protect ourselves and our families. The N.R.A. would be justified in its efforts if there was a real threat to our constitutional right to bear arms. But that is not the case.

    Instead, the N.R.A. is defending criminals’ access to assault weapons and use of ammunition that can penetrate protective clothing worn by police officers on duty. In addition, while the N.R.A. seems to have reluctantly accepted current law restricting sales by licensed gun dealers to convicted felons, it claims that only “law-abiding people” obey such restrictions — and it opposes applying them to private gun dealers or those who sell all kinds of weapons from the back of a van or pickup truck at gun shows.

    What are the results of this profligate ownership and use of guns designed to kill people? In 2006, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported more than 30,000 people died from firearms, accounting for nearly 20 percent of all injury deaths. In 2005, every nine hours a child or teenager in the United States was killed in a firearm-related accident or suicide.

    Across our border, Mexican drug cartels are being armed with advanced weaponry imported from the United States — a reality only the N.R.A. seems to dispute.

    The gun lobby and the firearms industry should reassess their policies concerning safety and accountability — at least on assault weapons — and ease their pressure on acquiescent politicians who fear N.R.A. disapproval at election time. We can’t let the N.R.A.’s political blackmail prevent the banning of assault weapons — designed only to kill police officers and the people they defend.


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    Wow... do people actually think this way?
    "But none of us wants to own an assault weapon, because we have no desire to kill policemen or go to a school or workplace to see how many victims we can accumulate before we are finally shot or take our own lives."

    Because this is the reason most of us own assault rifles... right?
    :huh:
     
  2. Trlsmn

    Trlsmn In Utero (Portland) Well-Known Member

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    Jimmy Carter AKA the weakest president in 200 years!
     
  3. ORBrit

    ORBrit Eugene Member

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    what annoyed me as that they are too cowardly to allow comments on this article!
     
  4. rdb241

    rdb241 Puyallup Washington Gold Supporter Gold Supporter

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    Yep! Jimbo Carter...the man who appointed Judge Tanner that rail roaded a honest gun shop owner from Sumner for 54 months. Don't let anybody tell you different. ALL DEMOCRATS want to disarm the country. :paranoid:
     
  5. ORBrit

    ORBrit Eugene Member

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    His statistic on 2006 firearms related deaths also doesn't say a whole lot.

    Here are the numbers from 1999 through 2006 - if their logic is correct then surely the numbers should be significantly lower during the last AWB, right?

    1999 28,874
    2000 28,663
    2001 29,573
    2002 30,242
    2003 30,136
    2004 29,569
    2005 30,694
    2006 30,896
     
  6. Unka-Boo

    Unka-Boo Milwaukie Active Member

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    **** *** ****** ** *** *** *********** **** ***** *** ***** *** ***** **** ** ** ** ******* * * *** * * ******* *** ** * * ***** *** ****** **** ***** **** *** ****** **** ** * * *** * ** * * ***** him, and the horse he rode in on.


    ;)
     
  7. Kennedy

    Kennedy Beaverton Member

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    Baa Ram Ewe.
     
  8. Dutchy556

    Dutchy556 Bend, OR Member

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    Not allowed to say what I'd like to say here... far too many expletives. Suffice it to say that this is the same old anti- propaganda, and Jimmy Carter can go take a long walk off a short pier for all I care.
     
  9. eddieb

    eddieb Tigard, OR Member

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    If I remember correctly, didn't the sheeple vote for change when they elected that dipstick. So here we go for change with Obama. Every so often a dimwit gets elected. Carter was the most ineffective pres we ever had, and we may see the runner-up with Obama
     
  10. fingolfen

    fingolfen Oregon Member

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    Talk about blatant misrepresentation...

    ... and the "Big Lie" campaign continues...
     
  11. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    Jimeny (Cricket) Carter? Two words for HIS brain dead Presidencey... Limp Wiener!!


    I'll bet he got his daughter Amy's opinion on this before he wrote it... just like he said he used to do when making important Executive decisions in the Oral Orifice... what a braindead knob... he should stick to slapping up sub-standard houses for humanity.
     
  12. Teufel_Hunden

    Teufel_Hunden Albany, Oregon Active Member

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    Does anyone actually care what this guy says. I'd take Ronny Raygun in full blown Alzheimers before I'd take one word this guy says seriously.

    Never was and never will be.........RELEVANT!

    :nuts:
     
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  13. Spray-n-pray

    Spray-n-pray Battle Ground Moderator Staff Member

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    Unfortunately, this has-been, irrelevant, poor excuse for a president gets to voice his opinion in the NY Times, while we piss and moan on a local internet forum. It doesn't matter that he is wrong, just as long as he gets heard, and we don't. Of course it's all propaganda, but how can we make our voices heard over this dimwit's?
     
  14. Weathermaker

    Weathermaker Washington Member

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    What a crock of crap. An AR15 in .308 caliber and, say an M1 Garand in 30-06 caliber, are going to be just as lethal.

    Geez......
     
  15. JumpWing

    JumpWing NK WA Member

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    Don't stop here, folks. Look above the Oval Office and you'll see the people who are pulling the strings of both parties.

    I read a quote the other day: If the boot of tyranny is on your neck, does it really matter if it's the Left foot or the Right foot?
     
  16. jordanvraptor

    jordanvraptor Oregon City, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Easy to say when you have lifetime Secret Service protection. Former President George W. Bush only gets it for ten years. Wonder if President Obama will ask to have it reinstated to lifetime...?

    As to answer former President Carter's question. It didn't get renewed because the people who didn't want it learned to play the political influence game and both parties know it. Democracy works both ways sometimes...:)
     
  17. fuhr52

    fuhr52 Lane County. Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Abortion causes more carnage year after year than gun shots. Seems to me we need to ban abortion.
     
  18. Teufel_Hunden

    Teufel_Hunden Albany, Oregon Active Member

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    I'd agree about the abortion ban, except for the Jimmy Carter family. There we could consider it patriotic.

    :jawdrop:
     
  19. Trlsmn

    Trlsmn In Utero (Portland) Well-Known Member

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    One positive outcome of this latest assault weapon lie is that we now have a 100% sure way to bring the liars and fakes and oppressors to the surface for all to see. We need to start a list of everyone that jumps on the 90% bandwagon.

    Obama
    Clinton
    Jimmy Carter
    CNN
     
  20. Mutoman

    Mutoman North Bend Active Member

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    I can't believe that there are that many gang members..oops, I mean children being killed by firearms.

    I would like to see actual statistics for children ages birth to 9 that are killed by firearms, then 10-13, and 13-17. No one wants to clearly identify that most of the youth deaths are in the 13 -17 gang age because nobody cares if the gangs are killing each other and gang killings carry little weight in proving guns kill children.
     
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