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For January 15, 2013 – Public takes its shots at Lance Armstrong after admission to Oprah Winfrey, Obama says gun lobby stokes fear of federal action and Clarence Thomas breaks years of silence on bench...
• Public takes its shots at Armstrong after admission to Oprah: "The court of public opinion weighed in decidedly against Lance Armstrong ahead of the broadcast of his interview with Oprah Winfrey, who confirmed media reports Tuesday that the cyclist acknowledged using performance-enhancing drugs after years of denials."
• Obama says gun lobby stokes fear of federal action: "The gun lobby is "ginning up" fears the federal government will use the Newtown shooting tragedy, exactly one month ago, to seize Americans' guns, President Barack Obama said Monday."
• Pakistani Supreme Court orders arrest of prime minister in corruption case: "The Pakistani government came under attack from two angles Tuesday as the Supreme Court ordered the arrest of the country's prime minister and a rowdy anti-government rally took place near the national parliament."
• Hey Wall Street, get ready for more layoffs: "Citigroup (C, Fortune 500) and Morgan Stanley (MS, Fortune 500) have already announced new job cuts, and analysts predict other large banks will follow suit, as they seek to slash costs in the wake of declining revenue."
• Clarence Thomas breaks years of silence on bench: "It was just a few words and a joke at that. But Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas broke his seven-year long silence on Monday when he spoke at oral arguments. He made fun of lawyers from Yale, his law school alma mater."
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Require all registered gun owners to attend safety training at least twice a year. If they don't attend, pay a fine. If they still don't attend after 2 or 3 chances, enforce jail time as a consequence and confiscate their guns. Whether or not you want to include all gun models, military automatic type or other wise, there has to be some sort of training on safety, operation, and ethics related to the particular gun type or model.
That still doesn't fix the problem or would have changed what is happening.
Good, so Adam Lanza would have been better trained.
Of course the gun lobby has people frightened and that is why the sale of guns went up considerably right after the incident in Newtown.
There has been a lot of discussion in the last month about the cause of violence in the U.S. Some blame guns, others the media and others mental illness. I think all three of these are factors. I have really pondered this issue and have come to some conclusions. I was born and raised in Southern Ontario, Canada about 40 minutes from New York State. As a teen, I partied in the U.S. , skiied there and still shop there and spend winters in Florida. I grew up listening to American music, watching American T.V. shows and going to American movies. This is still true only now I can add that Canadians also play American video games. In other words, Canadians are very 'Americanized' in many ways. Important to note too, hunting is very popular in Canada and so many people have guns for that purpose. However, our rate of violence, even factoring in the difference in population, is no where near as high as in the U.S. So it would seem that the media is not a direct cause of violence/killing and nor is owning hunting weapons. I asked myself, what then is different about the U.S; what is specific to the U.S. that causes such a huge number of murders each year? I believe that racism is a factor as are poverty and the huge disparity between the have and have nots. In the case of mass shootings, mental illness is certainly a factor but of the 11,000 murders in the U.S. last year, I feel that only a small number of them were committed by mentally ill people. I think a key factor is the ideology/belief system with regards to war/fighting and the right to bear arms. There seems to be a 'cowboy' mentality left over from the days of the Wild West. Many people seem to be pro war and God help anyone who speaks out against war for he/she is apt to be seen as a traitor and/or coward. There is also a huge level of paranoia. Americans feel they must have a weapon on their person or in their home to protect themselves. They aren't protecting themselves against foreign enemies, rather they are protecting themselves against fellow Americans. This from a nation that appears to be more patriotic than any other country on earth. Americans love their country, but fear their countrymen. So, in the search for the reasons and solutions to violence in the U.S., I hope these factors will be taken into consideration.
It was such a pleasure to watch your interview with John Walsh. At last, a voice of reason. No yelling, no insults and Piers, you actually let John complete a sentence (maybe that was because what he was saying made sense).
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