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4/25/2017 7:42:44 PM
Posted: 6/26/2001 3:39:36 AM EDT
Here are some quotes from his speech. His ENTIRE inaugural address was about guns Link follows. "Next, let’s look at how the disease spreads, what is its vector, or delivery system. To do that, we need to look at the gun market today. Where the hard, cold reality is -- guns are more deadly than ever. Gun manufacturers – in the pursuit of technological innovation and profit – have steadily increased the lethality of firearms. The gun industry’s need for new products and new models to stimulate markets that are already oversupplied with guns -- has driven their push to innovate. Newer firearms mean more profits... "These changes make guns better suited for crime, because they are easy to carry and more likely to kill or maim whether they are used intentionally or unintentionally. In fact, one of the most popular handgun types today is the so-called “pocket rocket”: a palm-sized gun that is easy to conceal, has a large capacity for ammunition and comes in a high caliber. "The Chicago Tribune reported that the number of pocket rockets found at crime scenes nationwide almost tripled from 1995 to 1997. It was a pocket rocket in the hands of a self-proclaimed white supremacist that shot 5 children at the North Valley Jewish Community Center and killed a Filipino-American postal worker outside of Los Angeles in August of 1999..." "In a similar pattern to the marketing of tobacco, which kills its best customers in the United States at a rate of 430,000 per year – the spread of gun-related injuries and death is especially tragic when it involves our children. Like young lungs and tar and nicotine – young minds are especially responsive to the deadliness of gun violence..." "The question remains, what are we – the physician community -- going to do about it? I can tell you first what we’re not going to do. We’re not going to advocate changing or abolishing the Second Amendment to the Constitution. We really don’t have to, to make our point. "The gun lobby loves to use the Second Amendment as a smokescreen – to hide the reality of the damage that guns do – and to prevent our looking any deeper into the facts and statistics of that damage. We’ve all heard that tired old statement: Guns don’t kill people – people kill people. But how does that explain these facts? A gun kept in the home for self-defense is 22 times more likely to be used to kill a family member or a friend than an intruder. The presence of a gun in the home triples the risk of homicide – and increases the risk of suicide fivefold. "And listen to this quote: “. . . the Second Amendment has been the subject of one of the greatest pieces of fraud, I repeat the word fraud, on the American people by special interest groups that I have ever seen in my lifetime. . . . The very language of the Second Amendment refutes any argument that it was intended to guarantee every citizen an unfettered right to any kind of weapon. Surely the Second Amendment does not remotely guarantee every person the constitutional right to have a Saturday night special or a machine gun. . . .There is no support in the Constitution for the argument that federal and state governments are powerless to regulate the purchase of such firearms.” "These are the words of a respected conservative jurist, the late Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Warren Burger." [url]http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/article/2542-4940.html[/url]
Link Posted: 6/26/2001 5:45:34 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Liberty Ship: "...Where the hard, cold reality is -- guns are more deadly than ever. Gun manufacturers – in the pursuit of technological innovation and profit – have steadily increased the lethality of firearms...These changes make guns better suited for crime, because they are easy to carry and more likely to kill or maim whether they are used intentionally or unintentionally. In fact, one of the most popular handgun types today is the so-called “pocket rocket”: a palm-sized gun that is easy to conceal, has a large capacity for ammunition and comes in a high caliber... "...gun-related injuries and death (are) especially tragic when it involves our children..." "The gun lobby loves to use the Second Amendment as a smokescreen" [like the anti's use "for the children" and the "13 kids die each day" lie] "– to hide the reality of the damage that guns do – and to prevent our looking any deeper into the facts and statistics of that damage. We’ve all heard that tired old statement: Guns don’t kill people – people kill people. But how does that explain these facts? A gun kept in the home for self-defense is 22 times more likely to be used to kill a family member or a friend than an intruder" [proven to be a false, slanted statistic MANY times]. The presence of a gun in the home triples the risk of homicide – and increases the risk of suicide fivefold. "And listen to this quote: “. . . the Second Amendment has been the subject of one of the greatest pieces of fraud, I repeat the word fraud, on the American people by special interest groups that I have ever seen in my lifetime. . . . The very language of the Second Amendment refutes any argument that it was intended to guarantee every citizen an unfettered right to any kind of weapon. Surely the Second Amendment does not remotely guarantee every person the constitutional right to have a Saturday night special or a machine gun. . . .There is no support in the Constitution for the argument that federal and state governments are powerless to regulate the purchase of such firearms.” "These are the words of a respected conservative jurist, the late Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Warren Burger." [Respected by WHOM? It may sound cruel, but at least there's ONE person who won't be terrorizing us any more...]
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Link Posted: 6/26/2001 6:21:16 AM EDT
When you are something like 5 times more likely to be killed by a doctor than a gun, it's no surprise that they are looking for something else to take our mind off of their incompetence.
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