Not enjoying answering myself but I heard this a.m. that the Oregon shooter was targeting Christians and asked if each victim, prior to execution, if they believed in God or something akin to that, if the victim said yes he told them this won't hurt much and executed them with a point blank head shot vs those who said no, they got a shot in the leg. Apparently the shooter thinks a leg shot hurts more and is more detrimental than a head shot? AND, Oregon has universal background checks, and Umpqua Community College was the latest of "gun free zones" where victims are prohibited from the most effective means of self defense. A gun free zone provides a potential criminal with most important information they require to murder innocents, no threat of returned fire.
SO WE HAVE A HATE CRIME HERE, WHERE IS OUR PRESIDENT, THE CHAMPION OF HATE CRIMES. Willing to assign the word hate to any crime he sees fit. Yes, a gun was used, vs a machete or a bow and arrow or a hammer or a butcher knife or meat cleaver, or a car, truck, sport ute, frying pan, stun gun magnum ampere version, etc. I know I've heard that some don't believe Christians are being persecuted. World wide the Muslim religion is persecuting Christians daily. In the USA, in Oregon, a mental midget murdered several Christians all because they refused to refute their faith through lying. Those men/women had guts and the courage of their personal convictions, far more than most would and I include myself in the most as I can't say what I'd do given the same situation. When you are staring down the gun barrel held by a fiend who has just executed several others for saying they believe in God or the like identifying themselves as Christians and "experiencing fully" their heads explode in front of you may gives even the most devout person pause.
Knees jerk in unison placing new hindrances on legal and proper firearm ownership as provided in the Constitution. The criminals will still get guns, illegally and they will use them illegally, that is what criminals do. The guns will cost more as the ammunition does now after our President used a backdoor move to play the EPA minions into slamming the sole lead smelting plant on our USA soil with multi millions of dollars of NEW requirements ginned up by the EPA. Now any lead mined must be sent overseas in mineral form from what I understand for a foreign nation to smelt it into lead for ammunition obviously driving up the prices and scarcity. Supple and demand driven once again not by the free market but by the UNELECTED BUREAUCRATS in the EPA. Prohibition worked so well with alcohol, strong drugs, personal holding of gold/silver, etc. No wonder I always test out as a conservative libertarian. Do I have to change my hair style to a Rand Paul style Muppet hair piece?
When I am presented with a ban of any type that has worked in this country I'll be very surprised. Not in the current USA as we still have some liberty remaining and a system to curtail dictatorial orders and back door deals from subverting everything we stand for; Government of the people, by the people and FOR the people.
"It is the manners and spirit of a people which preserve a republic in vigor. A degeneracy in these is a canker which soon eats to the heart of its laws and constitution." —Thomas Jefferson, 1781
A degeneracy in respect for the law, constitution, common courtesy, decency, etc. I've sadly observed slowly disappearing before my eyes. Regularly cut off in traffic, money found and kept vs turned in to an authority, cheating in any manner to gain an advantage (my last boss was a champion of that one, cheat but don't get caught! thus my unemployment), all the little things that made a civilized society work better are fading away seemingly at least to me. The Pirates are competitive but the WS sets tantalizingly a shelf too high to reach! All signs of the end!!!!