Jan 14, 2011

Crazy Trumps Political Rhetoric

A new USA Today/Gallup poll finds Americans dubious that the heated language used in politics today was a major factor that influenced the alleged gunman in last week's shootings in Tucson, Ariz. Twenty percent say such rhetoric was a major factor in the shootings, while 22% cite it as a minor factor; 42% say it was not a factor at all. Democrats are more likely than independents or Republicans to believe political debate played a role.

Amazingly...Gallup found almost identical responses in 2007, when Americans were asked whether stricter gun laws could have prevented the mass shootings on the campus of Virginia Tech.

Yet, why do we allow the 'leaders' to continue to use these events to change the rules for the rest of us? Like clamping down on illegal drugs, clamping down on illegal gun use seems to have a similar effect...

Next time a politician or a pundit mentions gun control - please feel free to bring up the big success on drug control. And to add salt to the wound - mention how prescription drugs kill 300% more people than street drugs do. The DEA and ATF should have a meeting to disband. Maybe they could use all that money to teach children in poor neighborhoods to read rather than pissing it away trying to stop guns and drugs? Nah, that's just too optimistic.

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