Parkland students interview Bernie Sanders: Your generation has the power to change America
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Your home state of Vermont is one of the most gun-friendly states in the nation, yet has one of the lowest gun violence crime rates. Why do you think that is?
In states like Vermont, which are very, very rural states, people hunt, people do target practice, people go to gun shows. Guns are a way of life and people take that very seriously, and they treat guns with a lot of respect. That is something very different in other parts of the country, where guns are used by people who are criminals, who are into drug dealing and so forth and so on. But I would also say, maybe I’m wrong on this but I think I’m right, that in Vermont the vast majority of people, including gun owners, understand that we need what I call commonsense gun legislation.
People say, “Oh, the American people are divided on the issue of guns.” Well, you know what, by and large the American people are not divided. It is this Republican Congress that is controlled by the NRA [National Rifle Association] that is the problem. If you go out, and you look at the polling, and you’ll say to the American people, “Do you think we should improve and expand background checks?” You know what the American people say overwhelmingly, what gun owners say overwhelmingly? “Of course.”
I think what Parkland was about is the straw that broke the camel’s back. That people want action right n0w.
The majority of the American people say, “This is pretty crazy. Let’s deal with it.” Increasingly, something that I’ve felt strongly about for 30 years, people also understand that military-style assault weapons should not be sold in this country and distributed. More and more people believe that. But not quite as many as believe the other thing. So I think what Parkland was about is the straw that broke the camel’s back. That people want action right now. That people are prepared to stand up to the NRA. I want to say that you, you guys, in the high school deserve an enormous amount of credit for helping bring about that change of attitude.”
Jesus: Hey, Dad? God: Yes, Son? Jesus: Western civilization followed me home. Can I keep it? God: Certainly not! And put it down this minute--you don't know where it's been! Tom Robbins in Another Roadside Attraction
December 25, 2018 at 9:03 AM #4799jwirrParticipant
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my great grandson piped up with his new college education – “my professor says SS is going to be gone in 10 years.” I stared at him as if he had gone insane and then told him the names of all of those of us in the room who were dependent on SS and added my disabled daughter. I told him that he needed to give that prof the middle finger and tell him to get a job he knew something about and then go out and find a job that would allow him to take care all of us in the next ten years. Hopefully he will think about that. He is taking economics classes in a NE MN public college and obviously ran into an R.
December 25, 2018 at 9:47 AM #4804HassleCatParticipant
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I attended a college with a big business school. It was a cheap degree, requiring students to do nothing more than regurgitate crackpot theories about how unfettered capitalism would create utopia. Many of the profs were total Reaganomics freaks, and practically wet their pants at the thought of privatizing everything, particularly Social Security. What they really hoped for was all that delicious taxpayer money to be moved into private investment instruments. That is their real purpose, to force all Americans to participate in their schemes and scams.
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