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GOP hypocritical about paperwork

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If gun ownership can be connected to immigration, then the following should make sense.

Nevada Sen. Dean Heller changed his position on background checks for gun buyers because he now believes checks will cause too much “onerous paperwork.”

The visual of crosses at the White House, representing more than 3,000 gun deaths in the United States since the Newtown, Conn., tragedy, demonstrates there was a great deal of paperwork to create all those death certificates, not to mention all the broken hearts caused by those deaths.

So, if the GOP’s worry is for less paperwork, why is Sen. Marco Rubio asking for so much paperwork when it comes to the path to citizenship?

Let’s be serious for a moment. Our southern neighbors have been migrating north for more than 2,000 years. In the past 500 years, they have been incurring more resistance by the people from the New World, who invaded their land. But nonetheless, something must be done.

Congress has had a four-year vacation, doing nothing but thwarting every effort of our president in his first term. This term, it must get to work and cut the “paperwork.”

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  1. Dean Heller didn't vote for background checks for the same reasons that Senator Harry Reid didn't support Senator Feinstein's amendments for assault weapons ban and super magazines. Because Nevadans were opposed to them. Senator Reid won reelection in 2010 in part with his pro-NRA gun stance and he wants his party to win in 2014 and 2016 doing the same.

    Carmine D

  2. I'm not sure how anyone can contend that Nevadans were opposed to background checks when all the polls I've seen say 80-87% favor them.

    Some people won't let facts get in the way of a good fantasy.

  3. Jim:

    Your facts based on polls are skewed by the liberal mainstream media. The President lost on this issue because Americans didn't believe him. They believed the NRA. The NRA won the debate and the votes based on the facts.

    Carmine D

  4. Carmine,
    Explain exactly with ALL the details how the polls were skewed.

  5. @Carmine....doesn't it get a little stuffy in that right-wing propaganda bubble in which you live?

  6. Carmine

    What color is the sky in your world today?

  7. "Congress has had a four-year vacation, doing nothing but thwarting every effort of our president in his first term."

    Miner -- that's their job. Or do you not know how your republic works? The Founders wisely established three equally-powerful branches of government as checks and balances on each other?

    "I'm not sure how anyone can contend that Nevadans were opposed to background checks when all the polls I've seen say 80-87% favor them."

    pisces -- as you've seen me posting here over and over again, the Constitution trumps the herd every time. That's why all public officials and officers take that oath -- faithfulness to the Constitutions being their primary obligation.

    "Jim: Your facts based on polls are skewed by the liberal mainstream media."

    CarmineD -- way too often people forget the popular media actually manufactures opinions.

    "@Carmine....doesn't it get a little stuffy in that right-wing propaganda bubble in which you live?"

    "What color is the sky in your world today?"

    wharfrat & pisces -- I recommend you both stop acting so childish. wharfrat, that post was beneath you.

    "The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary." -- H.L. Mencken

  8. El_Lobo - "A certain daily poster on this board said those polls meant absolutely nothing when it comes to determining who was going to win the election....The same poster complained that those polls were skewed by the "liberal media" and actually Romney was going to win...Matter of fact, according to this particular poster, "mittens" was going to carry all of the swing-states & earn more than 300 electoral votes, easily winning the White House..."

    The result of communicating in a bubble and living on Planet Bizarro. Some posters here need to read or reread Russell King's "An Open Letter to Conservative Americans".

  9. With all the news released about the marathon bombing, the killing of a MIT police officer, and the following shootout in Watertown, I have yet to hear the question, "how and where did the brothers get their guns?"

  10. Listen up! The "guns" the brothers carried were not as damaging as the IED's were and, as we know, there are a ton of laws on the books limiting access to explosives. Do they work? Not so much against crazies or fanatics out to maim and destroy. Vigilance & covert intelligence are the answer - not redundancies. Same goes for guns. There are more than enough restrictions on the purchase and use of pistols, rifles and shotguns. More laws will do little to nothing to deter those Hell-bent on mass murder but will hamper the honest citizen from exercising his/her Constitutional right. That is what they define as "a slippery slope." Be careful what you wish for. It may come back to bite you!

  11. I appreciate Senator Heller's published argument for voting against enhanced back-ground checks - he alleges he has 2nd Amendment issues. NOTE: I "appreciate" them, I don't necessarily AGREE with them!

    Regardless - There is another approach that I feel both both sides of the gun-control argument should find acceptable. Remind Senator Heller he is a United States Senator with the ability to create his OWN proposed legislation.

    WRITE HIM!!! RIGHT NOW!!! Here's a link!
    Urge him, as a fellow Nevadan concerned with the problems faced by our nation, to introduce legislation reflecting his OWN proposals to reduce the undeniable level of gun violence in this country while not violating his respect for the Second Amendment. Such an action is not his privilege as a Senator. It is his RIGHT! It is also his RESPONSIBILITY! Then, anyone who disagrees with his proposals, regardless of position on gun-control, can take action to replace him with someone who's ideas are more compatible.

  12. Congress has failed to "discipline" the President for his failure to enforce our laws. Now they think that giving criminals amnesty means their mistakes can be funded by local government and our personal safety. Background checks would be ineffective even if the funding were there. But, the funding wouldn't be there. We can't even find the money to SECURE THE BORDER from foreign operatives and violent criminals who only have to walk in 3 miles. There's a rumor going round that making illegal possession of a firearm a federal felony with mandatory sentence of 5 years, 10 years if used in a crime, would immediately CURTAIL CRIMINAL GUN RUNNING. Worth a try. Love the logic. No need to force law-abiding citizens to jump through hoops and pay a small fortune when the FOCUS MUST BE ON THE CRIMINALS.

  13. rusty57 - "Well the hand grenades they were tossing out the car in last nights chase certainly raised an eyebrow."

    Duh! What hand grenades? According to police reports they tossed pipe bombs.

  14. Let me see if I can answer all here who asked. And excuse me if I don't.


    I explained the irrelevance of the gun polls on the thread above, you can go back and read it.


    Never, because I am not. I'm a realist with a huge dose of idealism mixed in.


    My skies are always blue with abundant sunshine.

    Killer B: Thank you.

    Carmine D

  15. I preferred an expanded background check law that is right not quick. I was sad to see that Toomey and Manchin didn't address the two issues that were the bulk of the controversy: A national gun registry and private transfers. I don't know why they didn't. It could have easily been done. Would "I" have voted for it as it was, YES. But I can't fault those who with legitimate concerns about these two issues, did not.

    Carmine D

  16. BTW, although not widely reported in the news, President Obama personally called Senators on both sides of the aisle who were wavering on the bill for background checks. Including Dean Heller. Why? To get it passed. It didn't. Why? Well to start, for all you people who like polls, and I don't, look at the ones for the President on the his approval and disapproval, on Obama Care, on dealing with the economy, on trust, on direction of the country and on and on. He's sinking, and in negative territory [the lowest in his presidency] in all of them. It's hard to support a President whose losing support among the people. Abe's words come to mind. " You can fool...." and you know the rest.

    Carmine D

  17. Well Carmine THINKS he explain things. It is too bad he really doesn't.

  18. CarmineD (Carmine DiFazio): At 5:47 a.m. you commented "Your facts based on polls are skewed by the liberal mainstream media."

    Published March 22, 2013: "A new Fox News poll finds the most popular measure continues to be universal background checks: A large 85-percent majority of voters favors requiring checks on all gun buyers, including at gun shows and private sales. That includes most Democrats (90 percent), Republicans (83 percent) and independents (82 percent), as well as most of those living in a gun-owner household (81 percent)."

    I'm very sure I do not understand your definition of "liberal mainstream media." Do you consider Fox News to be liberal? Or not mainstream? Or not a media source? Or even all three?

  19. Good Luck with your questions to Carmine robert!

  20. Robert, Mark:

    As I said, the polls for background checks are moot. I posted the reasons. The truth is ONLY 3 gun bills came to the Senate floor and the 3 failed miserably. NOT EVEN GETTING THE SENATE DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY OF VOTES in favor of passage. Senator Reid, following President's Obama's instructions, tabled the others rather than vote. If you believe that the 5-15 Democratic Senators who voted against the bills should have complied with the will of the polls, then ask them why they didn't. Rather than blame the GOP and the NRA for lack of passage, as you have.

    Carmine D

  21. So, Carmine, the GOP and the NRA were just innocent bystanders who didn't vote en masse against regulation and thus bear no responsibility? Must be nice to live THIS divorced from reality.

  22. Mark:

    How about the Senate Dems who voted with the GOP? Or vice versa? You don't include or make exceptions for them? "Must be nice to live THIS divorced from reality."

    Carmine D