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Old 12-21-2012, 07:58 PM   #151
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Originally Posted by cutthemdown View Post
The reason Houghtam is because Obama promised he wasn't going to make gun control a big issue. It's the left pushing a hidden agenda after an event they feel gives them polticial traction.

The reason you don't like the idea of arming a guard at schools is because that doesn't change something you don't like. It's not about making kids safer. It's about coming after guns.

The reason movies are not talked about is because guess what? They lobby with as much money as the NRA does and give more to politicians. Notice the liberal politicians say almost nothing about that. Hollywood a huge lobbying force. They want to show 15 yr olds gun blasting violence.

An assault style rifle ban and 10 clip limit just won't bite into our gun homicide rate. For one 90% of them done with handguns. Two people with rifles will just use more then one clip.
Number one, people are advocating just adding guns to the situation. Again and for the millionth time, statistically speaking, the more guns there are, the more violence there is. That is not a solution.

Number two, the reason the assault weapons ban in the 90s wasn't as effective as it should have been was because it was a weak law fraught with exceptions, grandfather clauses, and the like. That is also not a solution. I don't want to come for your guns, I want to come for the guns you have no business owning.

Number three, movies and music have long been the target of "you're ruining our youths" movements...from both sides. Or were you not born yet in the 80s and 90s during Tipper Gore's crusade against music and video games?

Number four, can you please quote for me where I said hiring armed security for schools is a bad idea? Considering you took a big swing and a miss yesterday thinking I don't trust police, I can see how you probably screwed that one up, too. As I've said multiple times, I personally have supervised dozens of off-duty police officers during my time with my theaters, and I still keep in touch with many of them. They take those jobs because they are woefully underpaid as officers, by the way. So that leaves the question...who's going to pay for it? Do you honestly think a Congress comprised of hundreds of Republicans who have refused to raise taxes for ANYTHING are going to raise taxes on gun purchases?

Instead, the NRA promises "meaningful" dialogue, and them comes out in their press release offering an "everyone's fault but mine" solution.
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Old 01-28-2013, 05:30 PM   #152
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Default Does Religion Matter in a Free Republic?

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"[R]eligion and virtue are the only foundations, not of republicanism and of all free government, but of social felicity under all government and in all the combinations of human society." --John Adams

"[T]he current and future role of the Bible in U.S. society is an often-debated topic. A new release from Barna Group shows how this debate plays out regionally and takes a look at how 96 of the largest cities in the nation view the Bible. ... Individuals who report reading the Bible in a typical week and who strongly assert the Bible is accurate in the principles it teaches are considered to be Bible-minded. ... Regionally, the South still qualifies as the most Bible-minded. ... This includes the media markets for Knoxville, TN (52% of the population are Bible-minded), Shreveport, LA (52%), Chattanooga, TN (52%), Birmingham, AL (50%), and Jackson, MS (50%). ... Easily the lowest Bible-minded scores came from Providence, RI (9%) and Albany, NY (10%). ... The New England area is home to most of the markets in the bottom 10 Bible-minded cities, including Burlington, VT (16%), Portland, ME (16%), Hartford, CT (16%), Boston, MA (16%), Buffalo, NY (18%) and New York, NY (18%). The remaining markets in the bottom 10 are primarily in the West and include San Francisco, CA (16%), Phoenix, AZ (17%), and Las Vegas, NV (18%). ... See all 96 cities here. ... Whether you live in a city ranked in the top half of Bible-minded cities or in the bottom half of Bible-minded cities, there are still tens of thousands of people to reach regarding both the message of the Scriptures and their importance. ... The key is to not merely 'preach to those insiders' but instead to equip and empower those who do believe with a strong and relevant message to take out into their communities, vocations and spheres of influence. They are the tipping point and can have great influence on the greater city." --The Barna Group
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Old 01-28-2013, 06:25 PM   #153
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History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government. This marks the lowest grade of ignorance of which their civil as well as religious leaders will always avail themselves for their own purposes.

-Thomas Jefferson to Alexander von Humboldt, Dec. 6, 1813.

In every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own.

-Thomas Jefferson, letter to Horatio G. Spafford, March 17, 1814

Where the preamble declares, that coercion is a departure from the plan of the holy author of our religion, an amendment was proposed by inserting "Jesus Christ," so that it would read "A departure from the plan of Jesus Christ, the holy author of our religion;" the insertion was rejected by the great majority, in proof that they meant to comprehend, within the mantle of its protection, the Jew and the Gentile, the Christian and Mohammedan, the Hindoo and Infidel of every denomination.

-Thomas Jefferson, Autobiography, in reference to the Virginia Act for Religious Freedom
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