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We live in a culture that shuts down peaceful protests (Occupy) while allowing extremist gun toting, racist spewing Tea Party rallies to chant their bile hatred without consequences.

We live in a culture that claims to export democracy while simultaneously stripping Americans of their rights.  And now that Obama's signed the NDAA into law he can assassinate or put any U.S. citizen into prison without due process until the "end of hostilities," which in a state of permanent war means indefinitely.

We live in a country where any fool with ready cash can buy an automatic weapon without a background check. 

We live in a culture where 2nd Amendment rights are held up as a sacred cow, as the rest of the Bill of Rights is shredded.



 Changing the gun laws will not change the hatred in people's hearts but we have no business selling automatic or semi automatic weapons designed to make sure the victim does not survive. We have stricter laws governing hunting then regarding these assault weapons of mass destruction, which should not be allowed for personal use under any circumstances.

 Guns in the U.S kill 35 people a day. 

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 The NRA screams 2nd Amendment rights as their posse of gun lobbyists buy off legislators to protect their right to buy, sell and own automatic weapons.  But what about my rights as a U.S. citizen not to be murdered by someone with a grudge, mental problem or on some over prescribed/under supervised hallucinogenic prescription drug who can pick up a gun at the nearest Wal-Mart or gun show and decide to take out anyone he pleases.  Where are my rights? 

 The NRA calling for more guns in schools as a solution is insanity and just another knee jerk reaction that will lead to more shootings. 

 "Making guns easily accessible to everyone does not make our communities safer: the evidence is clear that more guns mean more homicide."  "Firearms Research: Homicide," Harvard School of Public Health, accessed 01-03-13.

 And according to a recent study by Texas A&M University the "stand your ground" law has increased homicide rates between 7-9% in the states that implemented it.  More guns do not make us safer.  

 Back in August in New York City during rush hour there was a gunman near the Empire State building and 9 victims were wounded all by police gunfire.  If the police can't stay calm under pressure then how can a school principal or teacher?  So I guess we'll hire armed guards to run our schools like the prison industrial complex.

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 The NRA doesn't care about your children.  They care about profits.  The bottom line.  Money.  That's why they lobby so hard on Capital Hill.  The NRA and the people who insist on these high-powered weapons (mainly white males who fear blacks) are cowards. 

 As for those who fear the government will come and get you rest assured if they want you you're no match for the Navy Seal team they'll send to your house to apprehend you.

 We don't need more guns.  We need fewer guns and stricter gun checks.  We need to enforce strict background checks and gun owners should be required to get a license similar to what we do for driving a car and to carry insurance so if they shoot or kill anyone they'll have to pay. 

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Jill Dalton is a recovering army brat/writer/performer/activist who has appeared in film and television as well as performing her solo plays in New York and around the country. Most recently she can be seen in and consulted for William Hurt on the (more...)

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The violence, anger and rage I feel towards our im... by Jill (Julia) Dalton on Sunday, Jan 13, 2013 at 6:14:47 AM
George W Bush and Associates Torture Program ... by Lance Ciepiela on Sunday, Jan 13, 2013 at 9:38:22 AM
  The Bushes and Co:  see  "EVIL"... by Bob Gormley on Sunday, Jan 13, 2013 at 10:04:09 AM
    Do not feed the monster.  ... by Bob Gormley on Sunday, Jan 13, 2013 at 10:02:38 AM
   You nailed it Jill. perhaps a few mor... by Bob Gormley on Sunday, Jan 13, 2013 at 9:59:38 AM
Jill Dalton has written another superb article and... by Dr. Tom Baldwin on Sunday, Jan 13, 2013 at 10:56:08 AM
Thanks for such a concise, thoughtful and thorough... by PJ Moore on Sunday, Jan 13, 2013 at 12:12:49 PM
Thanks for all the great comments and insights. &n... by Jill (Julia) Dalton on Sunday, Jan 13, 2013 at 5:43:41 PM
They are not listening still. Perhaps they never w... by Ed Furmanick on Monday, Jan 14, 2013 at 3:21:37 AM
I don't mean to be cynical but it's hard at this p... by John Rachel on Monday, Jan 14, 2013 at 3:26:50 AM