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"Only people who would never use a gun should have a gun."

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Today Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed one of the most extreme gun bills in the nation into law. Ironically, this unprecedented legislation is called the "Safe Carry Protection Act," also known as the "Guns Everywhere" bill. It will expand the places that licensed gun owners are permitted to carry guns, like churches. And schools. And government buildings. And bars.

And airports.

Congresswoman Gabby Giffords calls it the most extreme gun bill in America.

Time:

The law, called the “Safe Carry Protection Act,” allows churches to “opt-in” to permit weapons, school districts to appoint staff carrying firearms, and requires bars to opt out if they wish to ban firearms, NBC reports. Gun owners caught at airport security checkpoints can pick up their weapons and leave with no criminal penalty.

Now more people can get Second Amendmented to death!

because FREEDOM

What could possibly go wrong?

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We are a country of gun violence.

And with that, here are today's Los Angeles Times letters to the editor:

Re "Campus shooter receives 40-year term," April 19

An extra level of seriousness and responsibility needs to distinguish gun violence from mere physical violence, the same way we distinguish drunk driving from other forms of careless driving.

If I beat a man with my hands and break his leg, my crime should be less serious than were I to shoot someone and break his leg as a result. Either way, the man would still have a broken bone, but the responsibility for self-control should be greater with the use of a firearm.

Yes, I know that all physical violence can be lethal, but we'd all rather have the fighting chance of a gunless confrontation.

Only people with an unusually high level of self-control should have a gun. Only those rare people who would surely talk their way out of a crisis should have a gun.

Only people who would never use a gun should have a gun.

Betty Ryder

Lakewood

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Spencer, an African American, shoots into a party at USC. Four are injured. He is sentenced to 40 years to life.

Ethan Couch, a white teen in Texas, drives drunk and kills four people. His lawyer claims he suffers from "affluenza." He receives no jail time at all.

I am so glad there is no such thing as racism in America anymore.

Kevin P. Smith

Newbury Park

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GOP Rep. Gingrey on climate change: Gov't should “put surgical mask on rear ends of every cow”

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Rep. Phil Gingrey

Back in 2010, our dear Paddy (R.I.P.) posted a video of Rep. Phil Gingrey: Seniors Would Lose Care To Save Money For "Injured Professional Athletes." In that post, Paddy said, "You've got to admit that they get pretty creative when they're desperate."

A couple of days ago, Phil Gingrey joined six other Republicans in a debate hosted by the state GOP. Or to put it another way, seven conservatives tried their level best to out cray-cray each other to win a Senate seat. Roll Call:

In front of a couple hundred voters at the Columbia County Exhibition Center just outside Augusta, the candidates sought to fortify their conservative credentials on immigration, the Second Amendment, abortion and what can be done to improve confidence in the economy.

Wait. Didn't we recently hear that Republicans were backing away from issues like abortion and gay rights because they were losers with voters? So much for that. And so much for that Big Outreach Effort they insist is mandatory in order to win elections. But I digress. Back to the Whacko Zone...

Rep. Jack Kingston, trying to make a case for electing creaky old DC insiders, said “I’m not going to apologize for being a long-term soldier fighting for the conservative cause." Since when has he ever apologized for anything? Moving on.

And anti-immigration (there's that outreach thing again), anti-John Boehner (there's that Republicans Eating Their Own thing again) Rep. Paul Broun decided he would “die for your right” to carry a lethal weapon. Note to Broun: Innocent people die because of such irrational reverence for killing machines.

But the big winner of the Questionable Sanity Award goes to Rep. Phil Gingrey:

Gingrey highlighted his three decades as an OB-GYN to prove he was no professional politician, noting he has delivered 5,200 babies. On government regulations meant to curb climate change, Gingrey quipped that maybe the government should “put a surgical mask on the rear ends of every cow” to stop the release of methane.

Speaking of face coverings, how about a soundproof surgical mask that covers the speaking end of every right wing radical?

Note to Gingrey: Regulations keep us alive by protecting us from poisons in our food, air, and water. Or perhaps you'd prefer Chinese milk laced with melamine instead?

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"Suppose an undercover officer 'looks like' a robber and I shoot him...My bad."

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Can a "good guy with a gun" shoot a "bad guy with a gun" with 100% accuracy? The answer is obvious, as is pointed out in today's Los Angeles Times letters to the editor... because our voices matter:

Re "Gun madness in Georgia," Editorial, March 27

The National Rifle Assn. flourishes because people believe the big lie that there are good people with guns and bad people with guns.

No. There are only people with guns. When gun-toters get angry, greedy, frightened or psychotic, they shoot other people. Mix dense populations with easy gun access, and innocent people will be maimed and killed by bullets. That's inevitable.

Apparently no body count is high enough to stop the insanity. I just pray that I, and people I care about, can make it to the end of our lives without being shot.

Bonnie Sloane

Los Angeles

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Suppose I'm legally carrying a concealed gun at a business when armed robbers show up. Fearing for my life, I just want to get out of the store, but the front door is the only way out.

Let's assume I can't tell who is whom by how they're dressed. How will I know which of these gunfighters to shoot as I try to get through the doors to safety? Should I just kill anyone between the door and me? Will any police officers who arrive know that I am not one of the robbers? Suppose an undercover officer "looks like" a robber and I shoot him, thinking I'm a "good guy with a gun" taking care of a "bad guy with a gun." What do I tell their families? "My bad"?

Jan Miller

Orange

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AUDIO-- Rep. Paul Broun: Georgia will only go Democratic if "all these illegal aliens" get to vote

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Note: Apparently the audio code is messed up, so please follow the link below for audio.

Georgia Rep. Paul Broun said the following on a local radio show, via the Hill:

"It only helps the Democrats if we legalize all these illegal aliens in this country who the Democrats want to put on federal welfare programs, and actually they're on federal welfare programs today. The Democrats want to make them all basically dependent on the federal government so they can continue their radical, big government agenda. They want to get people so that they're looking to for bigger and bigger government.

"The only way Georgia's going to change is if we have all these illegal aliens in here in Georgia, give them the right to vote. It would be morally wrong, it would be illegal to do so, under our current law. Actually, all these illegal aliens are getting federal largesse and taking taxpayers' dollars. And that's the only way that this state is going to become Democratic again, in the next number of decades."

One: Hey Paul Broun, they are not "illegal aliens," they are people. People who are trying to make it. People with families. People who pay taxes. People who scrub other people's toilets and take care of other people's kids. People who are kids themselves, trying to get an education so they can contribute to society responsibly, unlike yourself. People who scare the crap out of you, because without their votes, you and what's left of your party are toast.

Two: STFU.

Three: If you, Paul Broun, are fundraising off of this kind of disgraceful disparagement, then it is you who is the moocher, the taker, benefiting politically on the backs of those who are struggling to make a better life for themselves. Without them, this country's economy would sink. By the way, genius, check out the image at the top of this post.

Here are all our Paul Broun posts if you want to read more about this brainless, soulless, compassion-less, racist ignoramus.

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Cancer Strikes ACA Critic Day After Publicly Denouncing Pre-Existing Conditions Mandate

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Ralph Hudgens

Ignorance isn't covered under the Affordable Care Act as a pre-existing condition. Perhaps it should have been. You're about to see why.

In Georgia, the Peach State, they have a Republican State Insurance commissioner named Ralph Hudgens. One could make a pretty good argument that he would have a working knowledge of insurance, what it is and how it works. Now that's an assumption but I think we can grant that much. We're not edging out too far on a limb.

So when he tackles an insurance issue in his state, there's reason for the people of his state to listen. Or so you'd think. Back in August, he told people in his state that he would do everything in his power to be an obstructionist to the upcoming Affordable Care Act.

Earlier this week Commissioner Hudges took to the dais and told the audience that he was firmly against Obamacare. His main target was pre-existing conditions and why he felt that forcing insurance companies to provide coverage to those so afflicted was wrong. In his analogy, it's like calling a car insurance company the day after you've been in a car accident that WAS YOUR FAULT and asking for collision coverage. A purchase after the fact. So in essence, he's equating a pre-existing condition to being your fault.

Hopefully Karma is covered under his current plan. This week, after speaking out against Obamacare and it's pre-existing coverage, he was diagnosed as having prostate cancer. I'm not wallowing in that, by any means. It's terrible and I hope he can be treated and live a long life, though politically, I'm hoping he's not as lucky. Maybe he should consider this. Without the ACA going into effect January 1, 2014, his coverage would very likely be dropped and no other company would pick him up -- because of a pre-existing condition.

HuffPo:

Hudgens was forced to swallow his words Wednesday after the Georgia Democratic Party circulated footage of him comparing pre-existing conditions to at-fault car wrecks. Making the case against Obamacare's requirement that insurers accept those with pre-existing conditions, Hudgens suggested that such conditions were the fault of those who have them, in the way a car accident is the driver's fault.

Now prostate cancer, to the best of my knowledge isn't the victim's fault unlike his car accident analogy. Now perhaps he'll temper his public displeasure with the healthcare law, maybe even come to embrace it, because Obamacare could be all that separates him from financial devastation.

This is the problem with the Republican unified opposition to the ACA. They just don't know what they're talking about. It's trying to fight a law that helps, not hurts so many. Illness or discovery of a condition can come at any time, at any place and at any age, to anyone.

Republicans are currently targeting young people, "the invincibles" as they are called, and telling them they don't need insurance. They're being encouraged to break the law and not sign up. That's wrong. Tragedy doesn't have a calendar or timeline. It doesn't have a calendar you can look at in advance. So, you carry insurance, just in case your number gets called, like Ralph Hudgens.

Just watch Commissioner Hudgens the day before he got his health news -- he's laughing and making fun with a horrible analogy between a car accident and Obamacare. I bet he's not laughing so hard now.

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Georgia To Teh Poors- No More Free Obamaphones For YOU!

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How can they charge a fee for a program that the FEDERAL government pays for?

(Reuters) - Georgia on Tuesday became the first U.S. state that will begin charging low-income residents $5 per month for cell phone service now provided for free by federal taxpayers.

The new fee is already under court challenge by the cell phone industry trade association, which filed suit against Georgia months ago even before the measure received final approval on Tuesday.

The fee is designed to reduce fraud in the federally subsidized Lifeline program, state Public Service Commissioner Doug Everett said. Each household that qualifies gets 250 minutes per month of free air time.

Funding for the program, which was launched in 1985 to expand phone service for the poor, comes from the Universal Service Fee charged to land line and cell phone customers.

However, some telephone companies providing the free service are failing to adequately check household income and are not enforcing the one-per-household limit, Everett said.

So if the telephone carriers aren't doing their job, why not penalize THE TELEPHONE CARRIERS?

He said the number of Lifeline customers in Georgia jumped from around 100,000 a decade ago to more than a million in 2011, but is now back down to around 740,000.

Once again, anyone with active brainwaves can see a correlation between the damn Recession, real estate meltdown and jobs crisis and the need for these phones. But not Georgia. "Those people" are getting free stuff, and that HAS to stop.

The $5 monthly fee, scheduled to start January 31, will require that telephone companies send customers a bill each month. Telephone companies will keep the $5 monthly fee, but it will not fully cover the administrative costs of sending out bills, the commissioner added.

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What's that smell? Why, it's the smell of Obama victory: US judge dismisses suit against Dodd-Frank Wall St. reform law

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Note to Republicans: Cordray was confirmed, so any questions about the legality of his appointment went bye-bye. Time to...

stfu shut your pie hole

To rub salt into that GOP wound, a U.S. district judge has now granted the Obama administration's motion to dismiss a  lawsuit filed by Georgia, Michigan, Ohio, Texas, and others who did not have standing to challenge the Dodd-Frank law.

Judge, short version: No harm, no foul. Now get outta here.

Take that, attorneys general of all eleven states.

Via the L.A. Times:

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by a Texas bank, two free-market advocacy groups and 11 states against the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law, saying they did not show the likelihood of financial harm from the new government authority.

The suit specifically targeted the centerpiece of the law, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, charging the agency was granted too much power and that its director, Richard Cordray, was installed unconstitutionally with a recess appointment in 2012.

If Republicans would stop wasting everyone's time and money going after Dem-supported laws, maybe we could get a few things done around here.

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