The Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence has a new ad out aiming to ban the sales of high-capacity magazines like the one used in the Tucson shooting.

You can view the ad, and read a corresponding story by clicking here

Comments (5)
  1. foge1 says:

    High capacity rounds aren’t anymore dangerous. It is the person with the gun. Let’s ban driving during bar hours. That is why drunks get behind the wheel right? That would solve the.problem of drunk driving deaths correct? Guns kill far less.people than othear means. Give it a rest.

    1. Viictor Longforad says:

      Let’s also ban the purchase of steak knives, kitchen knives, and 12 inch carving kinves. My best friend was stabbed to death outside a bar. If he had had a gun, he may have been able to defend himself. It seems that the consitituion has no meaning anymore!

  2. Rodney G. says:

    I listened to your unfair treatment of the caller (just before 3:00 p.m.) who opposed your opinion, and you treated him like a moron. You deliberately painted him into the corner that he is some kind of paranoid nut that believes he’ll be attacked tonight by some unlikely phantom terrorist and thus needs an “assault clip.” Why not accept the same logic that puts you in the opposite corner that makes you out to be the paranoid nut that believes everyone buys high capacity magazines just to shoot you and your neighbors tonight.

    Then, you sang the praises of the next caller who misunderstands the constitution. You treated him like an expert because he agreed with your opinion. Is that your version of professionalism in journalism? Why not qoute founding fathers themselves to see what they meant? They were prolific in their writings on the subjects related to all the constitutional matters, and their writings are still available today if we have the character to do the homework necessary to honestly research them rather than politicize them.

    The Second Amendment states the following: “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.” The framers, signers, and ratifiers had much to say (in writing) on the subject.

    Those who founded our state and federal governments conferred upon them extensive powers but reserved to the people certain individual freedoms. Citizens demanded that our original federal Constitution be amended to include a Bill of Rights with specific provisions to safeguard cherished individual liberties.

    The language and intent of the framers of the Second Amendment were perfectly clear two centuries ago. Based on the English Common Law, the Second Amendment guaranteed against federal interference with the citizen`s right to keep and bear arms for personal defense. Too, the revolutionary experience caused our forebears to address the second concern–the need for the people to maintain a citizen–militia for national and state defense without adopting the bane of liberty, a large standing army. An armed citizenry instead of a standing army was viewed as preventing the possibility of an arbitrary or tyrannical government.

    As Patrick Henry put it, the “great object is that every man be armed . . . . Everyone who is able may have a gun.” James Madison, who noted in the Federalist Papers that Americans had “the advantage of being armed,” which was lacking in other countries, where “the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms,” authored the Second Amendment. It was based on the Virginia bill of rights–and similar protections against state interference with that fundamental right.

    The Founding Fathers distrusted a government which wouldn`t trust the people regardless of the level of government. The authors of the Bill of Rights made it clear that individual rights were at issue. Madison wrote that the Bill of Rights was “calculated to secure the personal rights of the people.” and Albert Gallatin, later to serve as Jefferson`s Treasury Secretary, said “lt establishes some rights of the individual as unalienable and which consequently, no majority has a right to deprive them of.”

    Since the adoption of the Second Amendment–“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”–there have been two methods of trying to destroy that fundamental freedom.

    The anti-gunners` first approach is, simply, to deny that a key provision of the Bill of Rights was ever intended to protect individuals. They can never cite an 18th century source for their claim that the Bill of Rights, or any provision of it, was intended to protect the “rights” of anyone but individuals. Yet they constantly assert, with the acquiescence of the news media, that only some vague “right of states to have militias” was meant. Sometimes they also allege that modern firearms were unforeseen. They ignore the fact that states had “powers,” not “rights,” and that a number of states guaranteed the right to keep and bear arms as well. And media types–who can spread misinformation around the nation in a fraction of a second, when it took over a week for news to travel throughout the early U.S.–insist the Founding Fathers could never envision guns which could be fired about twice a second rather than twice a minute.

    There are those today who assert that the Second Amendment is out of date and obsolete in a modern age. If the Second Amendment is to be viewed as nothing more than a dusty 18th century relic, buried by scientific advances, then what about the First Amendment? How can those civil libertarians who forcefully denounce each and every abridgement of the First, remain absolutely silent before each and every attempted infringement of the Second?

    The direct, blunt, and anti-developmental approach is easy to reject for anyone willing to read history. The second–and in some ways more serious–threat to our freedoms is the incremental approach. Some lawmakers have deserted gun owners, claiming to support the right to keep and bear arms but also saying that right must be “balanced” with the needs of society as a whole.

    Some also claim that banning certain guns, or parts of guns, or features of guns doesn`t constitute a serious infringement of rights. They claim society`s “greater good” outweighs the individual right to own a semi-auto with a large-capacity magazine (“assault rifle” or “assault pistol”), or a large capacity magazine itself (“assault clip”), or . . .

    The incremental approach, where the individual`s constitutional guarantee is weighed against some alleged governmental or societal need, inevitably leads to the loss of rights, sometimes to their total destruction.

    The incremental approach can similarly undermine a freedom by claiming the reasons for it no longer exist. An answer to the question, if all they want is a few rifles and handguns, or a few restrictions, why not give it to them?” is that that`s not what they want. Since none of the infringements is aimed at the problem of criminal violence, each and every one is doomed to failure. The anti-gunners are sure to follow up each failure, not with an admission their policies were misguided and should be repealed, but, instead, with a call for still more restrictions on the grounds the earlier restrictions weren`t enough. Thus, every infringement, far from reducing the pressure for more restrictions, simply increases the pressure for the next curtailment of the freedoms for which our forefathers fought and died.

    The Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms is not a privilege granted by those who govern, it is a constitutionally recognized unalienable right of individuals. It is not some allowance by the government in power to dictate that American citizens should seek police permission to exercise their constitutional rights.

    The Second Amendment speaks to far more than a right to enjoy firearms for hunting and target shooting, the phony “sporting purposes” notion to which so many cling. Such notions trivialize an essential freedom which is a constitutional safeguard as worthy of defense as the freedom of speech.

    1. Jean says:

      Well said Rodney! Thank you! I came in on this when Chad was a absolute jerk! Last time I will listen to his show. Current gun laws do nothing to stop the criminals from buying any of these products. But I buy and carry mine by the law. The gun laws only hurt the honest gun owner not the criminals.

  3. K L Rogers says:

    The simple truth is a gun never killed anyone. As long as there are people on earth there will be assaults and killings, as well as accidental shootings.
    Rodney, excellent commentary.

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