• ventanger - January 11, 2013 3:21 p.m.

    I don't understand why you can't take the position of liberty, which is to say, let people who want to buy an assault rifle, have an assault rifle, and that people who want to play whatever kind of video game they want, can play whatever kind of video game they want. Why, to you, is freedom this baked pie that must be divided up, one getting smaller at the expense of another getting bigger? The NRA's tactic to shift the blame onto videogames is abhorrent, but as you've said, logical, therefore, expected. Anything to take the shift off guns, because, they're not to blame either. The single largest change we can make as a country, to prevent a future Sandy Hook, is to restructure our medical mental health institutions. Now, that's an even larger conversation about who's responsible for that, but I'm sure you'll think about those issues. In the meantime, please don't say that Alex Jones is a "a bloviating fat man who, from what I can tell, earns his bones by advocating socially conservative positions". First off, fat? Seriously? Come on Coop. Secondly, "advocating socially conservative positions" is deeply dishonest. Alex Jones is a mental case, even from the perspective of people who proudly self identify as Conservative Republicans. He's fringe-Right. Putting him in the same boat as people like Prager, Medved, and Beck is as dishonest as putting Barbara Steisand in the same list as, I dunno, John Stewart and Piers Morgan. I know you're a journalist who lives in San Francisco, but try to treat your more Conservative readers (and fans) with a little bit more respect. You'll receive it in kind.
  • moknives - January 15, 2013 7:02 a.m.

    Well said!
  • MrSegraves - January 11, 2013 3:17 p.m.

    All that semi-automatic means is that you pull the trigger, it shoots, you don't reload, you pull the trigger, and it shoots again. This actually covers MOST hunting rifles that are commonly used today. The only ones that aren't semi-automatic are older hunting rifles and bolt-actions. So saying that there is no "social value" to semi-automatics really misses the point of what they are at all.

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