To The Daily Sun,
Mr. Tony Boutin of Gilford calls Democrats "brain dead" because of their stance on guns and the control of their ownership. I disagree. "Brain dead" is the failure to understand that "Democrats in the 1990s" don't include President Obama, since he wasn't elected yet and cannot be held accountable. "Brain dead" is the inability to remember it was Ronald Reagan — a notorious Not-A-Democrat — who repeatedly pushed for gun controls as part of the Brady Bill.
"Brain dead" is the inability to comprehend that Congress is the body with the responsibility to establish laws and it has repeatedly refused to take on the gun lobby, including any legislation to target gang violence in major cities. "Brain dead" is the insistence on blaming the president for his executive orders that a vast number of uninformed conservative Americans seem to think the president is abusing, when in reality he has issued less of them (per term) than any preceding presidents going all the way back to William McKinley.
"Brain dead" is the belief that the Second Amendment allows Americans to own any gun they want. "Brain dead" is the lack of an understanding that current legislation — namely HIPAA — prevents the release of an individual's medical information without their express knowledge and permission.
And finally, "brain dead" is the constant squawking and kvetching about the president and his desire to protect American men, women, and children from some individual with a gun and their desire to use it to harm others.
Now, I'm an independent who supports neither Republican nor Democrat — someone raised with guns and with a healthy respect for them. Even I can see that the president isn't after anyone who wants to either hunt, or protect their family reasonably. He isn't trying to take away guns. He is trying to control the sale of guns to individuals whose previous actions or mental state preclude them from legal gun ownership.
"Life, liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness" were demanded in our Declaration of Independence. "Brain dead" would be to forget how those killed by guns in this country due of a lack of determination and foresight by legislators have lost access to those demands.
Mr. Boutin and his ilk are seemingly more concerned about losing their toys then they are about other Americans losing their lives. And that is so sad, it would almost seem "brain dead."
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