R. Lee: Has GOP become the party 'for guns'?

Thank you for your revealing editorial of Jan. 16 reference research and gun violence.

In a related matter on Jan. 16, Wayne LaPierre and his leaders and Rush Limbaugh reached a new low with the NRA TV ad focused on the Obama children and Limbaugh ridiculing the children who were guests of the president at his news conference.

Sensible citizens have had enough. If we care about the values and direction of our country we should support the president’s recommendations for gun safety. Military style assault weapons should be banned again. This time with no loopholes. All gun sales should clear meaningful background checks. Bullet magazines should be limited to very few rounds. And mental health services should be included in all health insurance policies.

Among several other pressing decisions, the GOP should decide if it is to be the party for guns or the party for people.

Richard H. Lee Jr., Turner

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Amedeo Lauria's picture

Republicans and conservatives are the party that supports...

our US Constitution as written and amended over our history.

If you think our Constitution needs amending, take the proper steps to do it so that all Americans have a say, not just those who want to do knee-jerk jumping jacks and curry political favor.

This issue of "Executive Orders" is a slippery slop toboggan ride to no place good for America.

I hope Americans don't stand for it and let their elected officials know it loud and clear, by letter, by phonecalls and emails as well as at the ballot box.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Perhaps a sensible citizen

Perhaps a sensible citizen would not generalize and realize there rare republicans that support some tighten of gun regulation, such as background checks.

Perhaps a sensible citizen would realize that the majority of gun deaths involve handguns, not assault weapons.

Perhaps a sensible citizen would realize that both Democrats and Republicans support gun ownership; this includes assault weapons.

AL PELLETIER's picture

Hang on to your skivvies Richard

A whole bevvy of guns nuts are about to chime in!!

MARK GRAVEL's picture

A nut tree can be seen in

A nut tree can be seen in Al's bathroom mirror - go look. How do you sleep at night with your incorrect characterizations?

RONALD RIML's picture

GOP = Party of Guns & Money

Was there ever any doubt???

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DEM = Party of guns for criminals only & other people's money.

Yes, there was doubt. Now there's more since you chimed in with yet another pointless comment

MARK GRAVEL's picture

It is a sad when people think

It is a sad when people think working hard and earning money is a bad thing. Success and freedom is demonized. I find it humorous that this attitude did not openly flourish until Obama was elected president. The word sheep comes to mind. You and your kind will get their comeuppance when the wealth creators leave.

FRANK EARLEY's picture

Where do I fit in this mess?????

I own a gun, but I'm not a gun nut, and I earn money, but I don't work. I don't know where to turn.......

RONALD RIML's picture

Frank - There are Gun Owners and Guns Nuts.....

I learned to tell the difference when I was a cop. I too am a gun owner.

I earn money, but I don't consider my book-selling business work. I wake up in the morning, check my eMails -and occasionally have a book order. More often than not from overseas where they have the $$ and appreciate rare old books. I'm paid electronically, and live right next door to the little post office here. This is work???

MARK GRAVEL's picture


I have a hobby that allows me to take advantage of "tax loopholes", which in turn lowers my property taxed. I also earn money, but rather have the government tax the producers and redistribute that money into paying for my medical care and a plethora of other services that benefit me.

RONALD RIML's picture

Sour Grapes, eh Boy.

Same property tax. And no business deductions on the house nor utilities.

So you weren't in the military long enough to earn retirement benefits (medical) for your family. Sucks being you.

RONALD RIML's picture

Earning money IS a good thing.

That 'Unearned' income is taxed lower is not so good.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Lower taxes are good!

There is nothing wrong with that; moreover, I have bipartisan support. Perhaps with some financial planning, you could have partake in that tax advantage - like having a savings account.

Name Party District Net Worth As of
1 Rep. Michael McCaul R Texas $305.46 million[1] 2012
2 Sen. John Kerry D Massachusetts $198.65 million[1] 2012
3 Rep. Darrell Issa R California $140.55 million[1] 2012
4 Sen. Mark Warner D Virginia $85.81 million[1] 2012
5 Sen. Jay Rockefeller D West Virginia $83.08 million[1] 2012
6 Sen. Richard Blumenthal D Connecticut $79.11 million[1] 2012
7 Rep. Jared Polis D Colorado $72.09 million[1] 2012
8 Sen. Frank Lautenberg D New Jersey $56.80 million[1] 2012
9 Sen. Dianne Feinstein D California $41.78 million[1] 2012
10 Rep. Jim Renacci R Ohio $36.67 million[1] 2012
11 Rep. Vern Buchanan R Florida $36.49 million[1] 2012
12 Rep. Chellie Pingree D Maine $28.58 million[1] 2012
13 Rep. Nancy Pelosi D California $26.43 million[1] 2012
14 Rep. Diane Black R Tennessee $24.79 million[1] 2012
15 Rep. Rick Berg R North Dakota $23.78 million[1] 2012
16 Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen R New Jersey $21.73 million[1] 2012
17 Sen. Bob Corker R Tennessee $19.63 million[1] 2012
18 Sen. James Risch R Idaho $19.09 million[1] 2012
19 Rep. Gary Miller R California $17.41 million[1] 2012
20 Sen. Claire McCaskill D Missouri $15.57 million[1] 2012
525 Rep. Kristi Noem R South Dakota $-134,000 [3] 2010
526 Rep. Sean Duffy R Wisconsin $-135,000 [3] 2010
527 Rep. Sanford Bishop D Georgia $-141,000 [3] 2010
528 Rep. Linda Sanchez D California $-168,000 [3] 2010
529 Rep. Jerrold Nadler D New York $-244,000 [3] 2010
530 Rep. Laura Richardson D California $-269,000 [3] 2010
531 Rep. John Sullivan R Oklahoma $-400,000 [3] 2010
532 Rep. Barbara Lee D California $-763,000 [3] 2010
533 Rep. Ruben Hinojosa D Texas $-881,000 [3] 2010
534 Rep. Alcee Hastings D Florida $-2,219,000 [3] 2010


RONALD RIML's picture

Savings account??

Now there's a nice, low-interest return for your investment.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Just an illustration showing

Just an illustration showing that most people partake in that tax law. That said, it is not our concern the some people never progress past that basic instrument.

RONALD RIML's picture

Yet it was your concern to throw up the illustration.

More for your 'Self-pleasuring' than any other purpose.


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