Democrats: Solution to Shootings? Make It Harder for Innocents to Defend Themselves
Roger Simon "I have only one question right now: Will President Obama use his political capital to take on the gun lobby in his second term?"
Michael Moore: "The way to honor these dead children is to demand strict gun control, free mental health care, and an end to violence as public policy."
Kirsten Powers: "Seems like the exact right day. RT @BrianHughesDC: 'I don't think today is that day,' WH's Carney says about calls for gun-control debate."
Wil Wheaton: "F--- the NRA and the cowardly politicians who refuse to do a single goddamn thing about gun violence in America."
Mia Farrow: "Gun control is no longer debatable- it's not a 'conversation'- It's a moral mandate."
Piers Morgan: "White House spokesman Jay Carney's right - today's not the day to debate gun control. YESTERDAY was the day to debate it."
For more, check out DC's story: "Liberals Immediately Blame NRA, Call for Gun Control After Elementary School Shooting"
Florida's Democrats, unfortunately, are not immune to this superstition -- i.e., the belief that posting the words "gun-free" do anything other than render law-abiding citizens sitting ducks. Democratic former state Rep. Chuck Chestnut, now an Alachua County commissioner, offered these pearls of wisdom:
"It’s really getting people to understand that there is an issue with guns, but then you have the Second Amendment that gives you the right to bear arms, so most folks in the state of Florida, even state legislators, like the second amendment …
"… probably the majority of the legislators currently in Tallahassee are probably inclined to support the National Rifle Association in terms of the right to bear arms, and to own a gun, and to carry a gun, and they’re probably going to support Stand Your Ground types of law, so it makes it very difficult to get people to see the other side that we’re also losing lives with guns and stuff like that. And you have people who are very responsible with guns and then you have those who aren’t so how do you legislate that?
"… How do you tell folks that these things are bad when they’re sort of isolated incidents? But these incidents like 20 people getting killed, that’s something very tragic and drastic that occurs … to have people begin to advocate that some of the laws are kind of bad because we will continue to have these kinds of losses in terms of lives, so really I think it basically boils down to lobbying your legislator about the issue and telling them where you think it's wrong."
And a fresh breath of sanity from Rep. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala:
"... It really does put into question in my mind why are we creating these gun-free zones so that a person who’s irrational, who doesn’t care what your rules are, has a sterile target. He knows he can go into that environment and no one will be prepared to stop him. And it absolutely validates to me that this idea of gun control in a state where, in Connecticut, which has the strongest control laws in the nation. And then in China we have a same kind of serious incident, and it wasn’t even a firearm. It was a knife. He knifed over 22 children, whoever this deranged person (was). ..."