The Gun Politics Thread

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Re: The Gun Politics Thread

Post by Wolter » 23 Jun 2016, 11:59am

Flex wrote:Despite some assertions from people I actually think are pretty politically astute, I'm reasonably sure this sit-in won't lead to gun legislation that materially makes anyone safer. But I do think there's a pretty good chance this has helped solidify the surveillance-state watch-list concept as not only bipartisan consensus, but as a legitimate tool to advance so-called progressive causes. So that's something, I guess.
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Re: The Gun Politics Thread

Post by Dr. Medulla » 23 Jun 2016, 12:15pm

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Flex wrote:Despite some assertions from people I actually think are pretty politically astute, I'm reasonably sure this sit-in won't lead to gun legislation that materially makes anyone safer. But I do think there's a pretty good chance this has helped solidify the surveillance-state watch-list concept as not only bipartisan consensus, but as a legitimate tool to advance so-called progressive causes. So that's something, I guess.
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Re: The Gun Politics Thread

Post by Silent Majority » 23 Jun 2016, 12:52pm

Interesting times at any rate.
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Re: The Gun Politics Thread

Post by Dr. Medulla » 23 Jun 2016, 1:13pm

Silent Majority wrote:Interesting times at any rate.
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Re: The Gun Politics Thread

Post by matedog » 23 Jun 2016, 1:24pm

Flex wrote:Despite some assertions from people I actually think are pretty politically astute, I'm reasonably sure this sit-in won't lead to gun legislation that materially makes anyone safer. But I do think there's a pretty good chance this has helped solidify the surveillance-state watch-list concept as not only bipartisan consensus, but as a legitimate tool to advance so-called progressive causes. So that's something, I guess.
Jesus, I thought only the republicans were offering terror watchlist bans and that the democrats were offering more robust, less anti-due process options. Looks like they were proposing those as well.

I mean, I'm all for increased gun control, but jesus, banning people from purchasing firearms on an unregulated, ambiguous, and generally unlawful list is awful in so many ways.
Look, you have to establish context for these things. And I maintain that unless you appreciate the Fall of Constantinople, the Great Fire of London, and Mickey Mantle's fatalist alcoholism, live Freddy makes no sense. If you want to half-ass it, fine, go call Simon Schama to do the appendix.

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Re: The Gun Politics Thread

Post by Flex » 23 Jun 2016, 1:51pm

matedog wrote:Jesus, I thought only the republicans were offering terror watchlist bans and that the democrats were offering more robust, less anti-due process options. Looks like they were proposing those as well.

I mean, I'm all for increased gun control, but jesus, banning people from purchasing firearms on an unregulated, ambiguous, and generally unlawful list is awful in so many ways.
Perversely, the NRA-backed/Rpeublican version required that any person banned from purchasing a firearm required the government to go to court and provide material evidence the suspect was considered likely to be preparing to engage in terrorist activity, which the dems rejected as being too onerous a requirement. So, you actually have the repubs trying to push a more due process-oriented version of the bill in this scenario. Just surreal stuff.
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Re: The Gun Politics Thread

Post by Dr. Medulla » 23 Jun 2016, 2:03pm

Flex wrote:
matedog wrote:Jesus, I thought only the republicans were offering terror watchlist bans and that the democrats were offering more robust, less anti-due process options. Looks like they were proposing those as well.

I mean, I'm all for increased gun control, but jesus, banning people from purchasing firearms on an unregulated, ambiguous, and generally unlawful list is awful in so many ways.
Perversely, the NRA-backed/Rpeublican version required that any person banned from purchasing a firearm required the government to go to court and provide material evidence the suspect was considered likely to be preparing to engage in terrorist activity, which the dems rejected as being too onerous a requirement. So, you actually have the repubs trying to push a more due process-oriented version of the bill in this scenario. Just surreal stuff.
But easy to appreciate when you accept that neither party is bound by a set of principles of behaviour but instead only fealty to particular interests. As such, any tactic is legit, with amnesia setting in if it contradicts how to deal with other interests.
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Re: The Gun Politics Thread

Post by matedog » 23 Jun 2016, 2:55pm

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Flex wrote:
matedog wrote:Jesus, I thought only the republicans were offering terror watchlist bans and that the democrats were offering more robust, less anti-due process options. Looks like they were proposing those as well.

I mean, I'm all for increased gun control, but jesus, banning people from purchasing firearms on an unregulated, ambiguous, and generally unlawful list is awful in so many ways.
Perversely, the NRA-backed/Rpeublican version required that any person banned from purchasing a firearm required the government to go to court and provide material evidence the suspect was considered likely to be preparing to engage in terrorist activity, which the dems rejected as being too onerous a requirement. So, you actually have the repubs trying to push a more due process-oriented version of the bill in this scenario. Just surreal stuff.
But easy to appreciate when you accept that neither party is bound by a set of principles of behaviour but instead only fealty to particular interests. As such, any tactic is legit, with amnesia setting in if it contradicts how to deal with other interests.
I would venture to guess that the dems are in the mindset of "any gun control is good gun control and a victory for the cause" which is leading to this buffoonery.
Look, you have to establish context for these things. And I maintain that unless you appreciate the Fall of Constantinople, the Great Fire of London, and Mickey Mantle's fatalist alcoholism, live Freddy makes no sense. If you want to half-ass it, fine, go call Simon Schama to do the appendix.

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Re: The Gun Politics Thread

Post by Dr. Medulla » 23 Jun 2016, 3:14pm

matedog wrote:I would venture to guess that the dems are in the mindset of "any gun control is good gun control and a victory for the cause" which is leading to this buffoonery.
Almost certainly their attitude is to get any kind of seeming win to break the appearance that gun control is a no-go issue, to make it seem like the door is opening a crack. Then, bam!, Obama/Hilary/Bernie can take everyone's guns away.
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Re: The Gun Politics Thread

Post by Spiff » 23 Jun 2016, 3:35pm

matedog wrote:
Flex wrote:Despite some assertions from people I actually think are pretty politically astute, I'm reasonably sure this sit-in won't lead to gun legislation that materially makes anyone safer. But I do think there's a pretty good chance this has helped solidify the surveillance-state watch-list concept as not only bipartisan consensus, but as a legitimate tool to advance so-called progressive causes. So that's something, I guess.
Jesus, I thought only the republicans were offering terror watchlist bans and that the democrats were offering more robust, less anti-due process options. Looks like they were proposing those as well.

I mean, I'm all for increased gun control, but jesus, banning people from purchasing firearms on an unregulated, ambiguous, and generally unlawful list is awful in so many ways.
It is a deal with the devil, innit?

Still, I'd take it.

If only because it would be a crack in a so-far impenetrable wall ... that will hopefully grow over time until it collapses.
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Re: The Gun Politics Thread

Post by Silent Majority » 23 Jun 2016, 4:02pm

At this point, I'll take the Democrats showing any fucking guts at all in the face of the Republicans. Even in this madly wrongheaded compromised attempt.
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Re: The Gun Politics Thread

Post by Dr. Medulla » 27 Jun 2016, 12:02pm

The 2nd Amendment has been repealed, Obama's coming to every gun-owner's home to personally take away every gun!

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Re: The Gun Politics Thread

Post by Rat Patrol » 08 Jul 2016, 11:33am

http://thehill.com/policy/national-secu ... n-lockdown

No Open Carry in the Capitol building??? THIS ISN'T AMERICA, DAMNIT! :rolleyes:
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Re: The Gun Politics Thread

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Rat Patrol wrote:http://thehill.com/policy/national-secu ... n-lockdown

No Open Carry in the Capitol building??? THIS ISN'T AMERICA, DAMNIT! :rolleyes:
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Re: The Gun Politics Thread

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