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Bill Maher “A lot of news today, and the people of Boston finally heard the words they’ve been waiting for all week, the bars are open again…..

The guy who sent the ricin, did you read about this guy, Paul Kevin Curtis is his name.  He believed he had uncovered a conspiracy to sell human body parts on the black market, and the government was in on it.  Well, he’s been apprehended, he’s facing jail time, and he’s leading in the polls for the Republican nomination for President in 2016……

But, after a very difficult week that we have had, it’s good to know that bad guys don’t get away with it.  We caught the ricin guy.  We caught the bombers.  This is a powerful message from our government.  We will not be intimidated by bombs.  We will not be intimidated by poison.  This is America.  If you’re a violent paranoid lunatic, you must use a gun.  That’s the other depressing news from this week.  The Senate failed to pass the world’s weakest gun control bill.  That’s right, even though 90% of the people in this country supported background checks, nope, the Senate stood up to the vast majority of Americans and said no.  When a man is buying a machine gun from another mans trunk, and the first man has to ask, are you crazy, freedom dies.  90% of people support background checks.  That means even people who can’t pass a background check, support background checks.”

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Gabrielle Giffords “Some of the senators who voted against the background-check amendments have met with grieving parents whose children were murdered at Sandy Hook, in Newtown. Some of the senators who voted no have also looked into my eyes as I talked about my experience being shot in the head at point-blank range in suburban Tucson two years ago, and expressed sympathy for the 18 other people shot besides me, 6 of whom died. These senators have heard from their constituents — who polls show overwhelmingly favored expanding background checks. And still these senators decided to do nothing. Shame on them.”

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Bill Maher “John Boehner said today he wants to take away North Korea’s missiles, but he won’t because that’s a slippery slope from there to gun control.  Well, there was a small victory on gun control this week.  You saw Republicans, they wanted to have a filibuster.  They did not have the votes for a filibuster, so they, there will be a debate about the gun bill.  And, given the recent rash of gun violence in America, the Republicans said it was the least they could do.  Literally, they had a meeting and said, what is the least we can do?  The absolute least.  So, where we are now is 68 Senators want to move forward on background checks, and 31, almost all of them Republicans, say no, that’s the death of freedom.  They are sticking with the principle that asking for any kind of ID would be a horrible violation of the Constitution, unless it keeps black people from voting.”

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From the April 10, 2013, edition of “Viewpoint.”

John Fugelsang:

There’s been a lot of exaggerated, inflammatory rhetoric about gun control recently, and let me tell you something, exaggerated, inflammatory rhetoric is worse than Hitler.

One of the strangest memes to arise is that Hitler was really big on gun safety laws, and the first thing the Nazis did when they took power was outlaw firearms and snatch guns like liberals.

And if you don’t believe me on this, go on Twitter and search “Hitler and gun control” — see the response to Sen. Pat Toomey and Joe Manchin’s bipartisan gun safety plan from the American illiterati.

Or take a look at this recent poster that compares the Third Reich to Americans who want to save American lives by supporting popular and mild gun safety reforms in the wake of the Newtown massacre. Rush Limbaugh, by the way, uses this for porn.

Now as far as I’m concerned, anybody who compares people they disagree with to Hitler is a complete Nazi. But because you may have to deal with folks like this in your family or at your job, or maybe the next time you’re at the same outpatient clinic as Alex Jones, it’s worth looking into.

Because they did have gun registration and licensing in Germany — before Hitler took power.

After Germany was defeated in WWI, under the Treaty of Versailles they passed a law in 1919 that pretty much banned private ownership of firearms, and Germany’s center-left government did confiscate guns.

And if Adolf had been a more successful painter, it might have stayed that way. But in 1938 the Nazi government almost totally deregulated the acquisition and transfer of rifles and shotguns. Permit lengths were extended from one year to three, and the legal age of purchase was lowered from 20 to 18. Nazi party members were exempt from any gun regulation, and they even dropped the limit of firearms one could own.

That’s right. Hitler was anti-gun control.

He did ban guns for some people: Germany’s Jews. Hitler defined citizenship in ethnic terms, so since Jews were no longer legally German, they couldn’t take advantage of his relaxed gun laws.

Does that sound, my friends, anything like background checks for criminals? Or a ban on high-capacity ammo clips while you’re duck hunting?

See right-wing media’s not going to tell you this. They want their followers to believe Hitler was a liberal because he belonged to the National Socialist Party. But the National Socialists were not liberal — they just really liked cabaret shows. And most historians agree they were Socialists in name only.

In ’33, when he took power, Hitler famously said, “We must close union offices, confiscate their money … reduce workers’ salaries, and take away their right to strike.” I know. Just like Bernie Sanders, right?

Hitler banned labor unions, took away collective bargaining rights — ‘cause sometimes, it’s a fine line between chancellor of Germany and governor of Wisconsin. He substantially increased the German economy’s military spending and believed in using force to dominate the world, invading countries that never attacked him. Nowadays, we call that “pre-emptive war.”

And in case you didn’t know, Hitler hated the gays so much he could have had his own show on modern AM radio.

Don’t take my word for it. Google all this stuff. The Nazi big lie theory continues to play out, especially among guys who draw Hitler mustaches on pictures of Barack Obama for their protest marches.

But remember: Somewhere in hell, Hitler is furious at these right-wing American guys for painting his ‘stache on a black dude. But don’t worry — he’ll tell them when he sees them.

http://current.com/shows/viewpoint/videos/john-fugelsang-on-hitler-gun-control-and-right-wing-lies/

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Michael Tomasky, a special correspondent for Newsweek and the Daily Beast, joins Current TV’s John Fugelsang to discuss the ongoing gun control fight. Connecticut passed the most restrictive and comprehensive gun control legislation in the country on Thursday, prompting Fugelsang to ask whether a state-by-state approach is the best hope for stricter gun measures.

Tomasky says that unfortunately, such an approach won’t be effective, because “many, many guns that are used in crimes in New York, in Boston, in northeastern cities come from Virginia and Florida,” for example, and those states are opposed to gun control. “I’ve never in my life seen 90 percent of Americans support something that is just not going to happen,” Tomasky adds.
http://current.com/shows/viewpoint/videos/michael-tomasky-on-gun-control-congress-is-just-mocking-the-will-of-the-people/

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National Rifle Association (NRA) CEO Wayne LaPierre on Thursday found himself struggling to explain to Fox News host Megyn Kelly why a ban on high-capacity magazines could not have saved some of the 20 children who were murdered in Newtown, Connecticut last December.

After playing some video of parents of victims speaking to CBS News, Kelly noted that they had made a “powerful” argument that “if Adam Lanza, the shooter at Newtown, had not had 30 round magazines — if he had only had 10 rounds in these guns — more children would have lived.”

“The people who are going to do horror and terror, they aren’t going to cooperate,” the NRA chief replied. “All you’re going to do is make the law books thicker for the law-abiding people. From the very start, my thought has been about how little this had to do with keeping kids safe and how much it has to do with this decades-long agenda against firearms that some in the political class and the media have had.”

“You hear the parents and the spouses of those killed — there were 20 children and six adults killed,” Kelly pointed out, bringing LaPierre back to the point of high-capacity magazines. “Eleven children had a chance to escape as that guy reloaded. And the one man is saying there, if he had to reload five times instead of one time, how many more lives would have been saved?”

“That is, to me, the most compelling argument,” the Fox News host added.

“My response is criminals aren’t going to have less,” LaPierre insisted. “One round in the hand of someone who is going to do horror too many.”

“But how do you know, Wayne?” Kelly pressed. “Adam Lanza, his mother was a legal gun owner, and how do you know that his person, that his mother would not have obeyed the law and limited the magazine clip? And then Adam Lanza would have been limited to 10 rounds instead of 30.”

“Megyn, people that know guns — you can change magazine clips in a second,” LaPierre remarked. “There’s no evidence that anything would have changed.”

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/04/04/fox-news-host-grills-nra-on-magazine-ban-how-many-more-lives-would-have-been-saved/

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John Fugelsang “Friends, here’s the bible lesson for the day, and it might come in handy for Christians, or atheists, or sane people of any faiths.  Because, right wing gun enthusiast Christians have new ammo in their fight to prove you can be a follower of Jesus while also enjoying weapons designed to kill lots of people in a short amount of time.  It’s Luke 22:36 and it’s become a mantra for fun loving, gun loving, father and the the son loving Christians.  And whatever you think of religion, you may well encounter this taking point.  It’s part of Luke’s account of what happened to Jesus right before the Roman soldiers came to arrest him, throw him in a Roman prison, and execute him with a Roman crucifix, or as Glen Beck puts it, killed by the Jews.  Now, in Luke 22:36 Jesus tells his apostles that he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one.  Now, this might surprise some of you who don’t remember the part in the Bible when Jesus turned water into a vest (?).  But, go ahead and search Luke 22:36 on Twitter.  Tons of Christians are throwing this around like the last part of the second amendment, conveniently forgetting the well regulated militia part.  It suits their tastes just fine, as long as you don’t read the rest, and put it all into context.  And, they’re saying this means Jesus is pro gun, the modern day sword.  But, what Jesus is really doing is talking about prophecy and being a criminal.  Because, as soon as Jesus throws down his line about buying a sword, he adds that they only need swords because the prophecy says they’re meant to be criminals.  Quote ‘For I say unto you that this that is written must yet be accomplished in me, and he was reckoned among the transgressors.’  See, he’s not talking about defending yourself, he’s talking about having a sword as a prop so he can get arrested and fulfill the prophecy.  And the very next line the apostles say, hey Jesus, we’ve already got two swords here with us, and Jesus says that’s enough.  Jesus never sends them out to buy swords, no one ever buys a sword, and in fact when the jack-sandaled government thugs swoop in to arrest him, also known as Alex Jones’ wet dream, it’s Peter who pulls a sword and cuts off some guy’s ear.  Does Jesus join the fight?  No, he heals the wounded guy and tells his friends those who live by the sword, shall die by the sword.  In other words, my Judeo-Christian friends, Jesus never comes out against owning swords, but he’s pretty seriously against using them.  Of course, if Jesus had an AK-47 he could have mowed down the Romans, never been crucified, never had a religion named for him, and none of us would have to know who Pat Robertson was.  So remember, the best weapon for refuting these Bible thumpers, tends to be the Bible itself.  Because, the only way you can cling to both the Bible and a gun, is if you totally agree to not read the Jesus parts.  Here endeth the lesson.”

http://thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/fugelsang-the-only-way-you-can-cling-to-both-a-bible-and-a-gun-is-to-ignore-jesus/politics/2013/01/19/58723