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WHAT IS WRONG WITH our judges today? It is ridiculous to let murderers walk the streets. Who knows when they are going to kill somebody else? Get these judges out who are letting these criminals walk the street.

IF OBAMA WAS attacking the economy problems like he is Romney, we wouldn’t be in the mess we’re in now.

THANK GOODNESS for President Obama and the Democrats. They ended three wars in 3½ years’ time. I hope President Obama will bring the rest of our troops home. I don’t know anything Mitt Romney did about the war. It isn’t all about the economy. We need a president for the war and the economy. Obama is the right man.

I HAVE A HUGE rave for Olivia, Julie, Karen, Deborah and Shonda at University Hospital’s Women’s Center. They gave me the best experience possible while I was there having my baby boy. Nicest set of women I have ever come in contact with. Thanks again, ladies!

WHAT IS THE reason for keeping autopsy reports secret? Other than maybe something to do with an upcoming trial, does it make sense? To claim that an autopsy report is a “medical record” is meaningless since the patient is dead. He needs protecting from neither man nor government.

IT LOOKS LIKE THE Republicans are no longer the party of Lincoln. They are going full tilt to re-establish the post-Civil War Reconstruction era. Since they cannot get a poll tax or other previously used illegal way to block African-American votes, they are pushing with all their might to purge voter lists very selectively prior to the election to prevent legitimate American citizens from being able to vote.

THE MORAL COWARDS on the Georgia Supreme Court gave a stay of execution to yet another killer. If you are a law-abiding citizen, judges are not your friends.

RANT TO OUR SHERIFF, who unfairly blamed the media. Switching the blame, like a child. I would like to see them go downtown with their families for dinner and encounter the same things we do when we try to support businesses there.

FORGET THE GUNS, control the ammunition!

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/06/12 - 05:58 am
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Curiosity

Curiosity, Riverman, has landed on the R and R's. So I read about all these billions being spent to look for traces of life on Mars. Let's just guess there's none and save the money and go on living life here like we have for thousands of years.

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Riverman1 08/06/12 - 06:02 am
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On Gun Control

The writers of the Bill of Rights weren't concerned about hunting rights of Americans, they clearly said guns were necessary to prevent oppressive government. Fully automatic or whatever kind of weapon should be allowed. Remember why the Japanese said they didn't invade California after Pearl Harbor? They said they knew all Americans were armed and it would be an impossible battle. That's an example where the Second Amendment saved our country.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/06/12 - 06:25 am
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We Know Augusta Has Hit the Bigtime

When we get the tattoo festival at the TEE for one night, we know we have finally attracted the bigtime corporate spenders to Augusta.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/06/12 - 06:39 am
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Church Goers, Stay Home Till November

With all the revelations about the alcohol pushing club crowd supporting Peebles for sheriff surfacing, I believe the church crowd should sit out this Democratic Party run-off election and wait for the general election and Republican Freddie Sanders.

Peebles' campaign was giving out fried chicken to black voters, but Freddie Sanders campaign will be passing out self reliance and How to Garden pamphlets.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 08/06/12 - 06:56 am
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Nobody Reads Links, I will Post It.

Are There Too Many Guns?

By John Goodman Filed under Health Alerts on August 1, 2012

The tragedy in Aurora, Colorado, has led to a lot of unfortunate misinformation about firearms. Let’s try to add some facts to the justified emotion.

Full disclosure: I don’t own a gun. I have no desire to own one. I don’t shoot things. Especially living things. But when I was in the military, I was a sharp shooter.

Are Some Guns More Dangerous than Others? Of course. But in wake of the shootings, most commentators are incapable of sorting out what the dangers are.

The shooter in Aurora had three firearms when he entered the theater: a pump action shotgun, a semiautomatic rifle and a semiautomatic handgun.

In a closed, crowded setting like a movie theater, the shotgun was probably the most lethal of the three. Every shotgun shell can spray a half-dozen or more pellets, each capable of killing or maiming a person. Twelve-gauge shotguns often fire five shells, and sometimes more, before needing to be reloaded. And unlike semiautomatics, they don’t typically jam.

Yet in most American cities, just about anybody can buy a shotgun at the drop of a hat. Antigun activists and politicians almost never propose banning them.

Instead, the focus these days is on so-called “assault weapons.”

Should We Be Especially Worried About Assault Weapons? When I lie in bed at night, kept awake by fearful thoughts of all the ways a deranged person might kill me, the idea of an assault weapon rarely comes to mind. The reason: Assault weapons are not usually the weapon of choice. Neither of the two worst shooting sprees in U.S. history involved assault weapons. James Huberty, who killed 20 people at a McDonald’s restaurant in San Ysidro, California, in 1984, used a shotgun, a pistol and a hunting rifle. George Hennard, who killed 22 people at a Luby’s Cafeteria in Killeen, Texas, in 1991, used two ordinary pistols.

Still, gun opponents seem obsessed about them. So what exactly is an “assault weapon”?

What Are Assault Weapons? You would think that the definition would hinge on a weapon’s fire power or its capacity to maim or kill. Not so. Assault weapons are mainly defined by their appearance. As Steve Chapman explained the other day:

Assault weapons are functionally indistinguishable from ordinary semiautomatic hunting rifles. They don’t fire more rapidly, they don’t deliver more lethal rounds, and they don’t spray bullets. They only look like military arms.

The features that disqualified a gun under the federal ban were ones that didn’t affect destructiveness, such as pistol grips and bayonet mounts. If accused [Aurora] killer James Holmes had been prevented from buying this gun, he could have found plenty of others that would have served his purpose just as well.

Basically, what disqualified a weapon when the short-lived assault weapons ban was in effect was looking like a military weapon. The offensive features included plastic stocks, extended ammunition clips, collapsible butt-stocks, and other decorative devices that made them look like, but not operate as, a fully functional assault rifle.

Contrary to the claims that military-looking weapons are only designed to kill human beings, they are, in fact, the fastest growing segment of the hunting rifle market!

What About Machine Guns? Most TV commentators who decry assault weapons imply that they are automatic — that you just pull the trigger and bullets start flying. Not so. It has been illegal to buy a machine gun on the open market in the United States for more than 80 years. However, you can obtain one under special permit and there are about 250,000 in private hands.

Now here is something interesting: despite all those guns in private hands, there appears not to be a single instance of a legally owned machine gun being used to commit a crime throughout the entire 80 year period. This illustrates two things: (1) the bumper stickers have it right: guns don’t kill, people do; and (2) we can have reasonable restrictions on access to guns without banning them altogether.

That brings us to another obsession: the insistence that guns are useless as tools of self-defense.

Are Guns Useful for Self-Defense? As it turns out, they are. According to research by renowned Florida State University criminologist Gary Kleck, guns are used between 800,000 and 2.5 million times every year in self-defense.

A study by John Lott and David Mustard found that handguns appear to help women more than men. While murder rates drop when either sex carries more guns, the effect is especially pronounced when women carry. Each additional woman carrying a concealed handgun reduces the murder rate for women three to four times more than an additional armed man reduces the murder rate for men.

Do More Guns Cause More Crime? In the typical Western movie, everyone has a gun. When they go into a bar, they start drinking. Then, they start insulting each other. Before long, they start shooting each other. It may be good theater, but it’s lousy history. Turns out, 19th century Dodge City was more peaceful than most American cities are today! Robert Heinlein explained why: “An armed society is a polite society,” he wrote.

Overall, some of the most heavily-armed states have very low violent crime rates and vice versa. Also, it appears that when the good guys are armed there is less gun violence. Research by John Lott shows that allowing citizens the right to carry concealed handguns reduces violent crime. In those states that passed right-to-carry concealed handgun laws, the average murder rate dropped from 6.3 per 100,000 to 5.2 per 100,000 nine to 10 years later — about a 1.7% drop in the murder rate per year for 10 years.

In states that enacted right-to-carry laws between 1977 and 1999, the overall occurrence of multiple-victim shootings dropped by a remarkable 67% with deaths and injuries from such shootings plummeting by 75% and 81%, respectively. And since 1997, two of eight school shootings were both stopped by citizens with guns (before police even arrived at the scene).

What Does the International Evidence Show? Switzerland actually requires young males to keep weapons in their homes, as part of the country’s militia. Yet no one has ever accused Switzerland of being a host to Wild West shootouts. Finland has one of the highest rates of gun ownership in the world. Yet it too has a very low rate of violent crime.

Do We Need More Laws? Here is Nicholas Kristof in The New York Times:

Federal law requires large theaters to have wheelchair seating, ramps as well as stairs, and bathrooms that are accessible to the disabled. Fire codes limit audience size. Emergency fire exits must be illuminated.

We have a ratings system to protect children from nudity or offensive language. Indeed, on that horrific night in the theater last week, only one major element wasn’t regulated: the guns and ammunition used to massacre viewers.

Really? Colorado doesn’t have a law against carrying a loaded gun into movie theaters? How about shooting a gun in movie theaters? What about using a gun to kill people? Of course, Colorado has laws covering all these things. Kristof’s solutions would keep innocent people from engaging in completely anodyne activities. Would that also prevent the criminally minded from committing crimes? Unlikely.

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Jane18 08/06/12 - 07:54 am
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R&R #'s 1 & 7

The Bible tells us that in latter days, judges(and leaders-politicians)would have the minds of children(having no common sense)and would make right, wrong, and wrong, right. Everyday we see this, and it is going to continue.

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Little Lamb 08/06/12 - 08:09 am
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Somebody doesn't know his history

Ranter #6 is wrong. It was not the Republicans who came up with the idea of the poll tax. It was Democrats.

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seenitB4 08/06/12 - 08:12 am
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River & REbel

Why do yall make me go on the back streets of ac to read your best posts...readers go to the end of this article to read them..

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/government/elections/2012-08-04/scott-...

I can't stay & play--other fish to fry..heh heh..

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seenitB4 08/06/12 - 08:14 am
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RoadkiII 08/06/12 - 08:21 am
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G'morning posters and posers

If the Emperor ended 3 wars, why are our service men and women still being killed in a war zone?

I have two shotguns and a rifle behind my bedroom door and two pistols in a drawer. Been that way for years. None of them have ever gone out and killed anyone. Now here is the kicker. One of the shotguns is in the military inventory. For those who know what the gun is, it'a a Remington model 870. The rifle in it's current configuration is considered a hunting rifle. Now here is the kicker. I can purchase a different stock and it would be considered an assault rifle. All it takes to change it is 1 screw. I just love all these anti gun nuts who know nothing at all about weapons.

And remember all gun control is is being able to hit what you are shooting at.

RoadkiII
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RoadkiII 08/06/12 - 08:26 am
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LL

Liberals are great at rewriting history and the sheeple are too lazy to verify anything. They just drink another glass of kool ade and go merrily on their way.

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Angie H 08/06/12 - 09:54 am
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Breaking news:Tens of

Breaking news:

Tens of millions of guns killed no one today.

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itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 08/06/12 - 09:53 am
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Angie,

You are off the mark a bit. Tens of MILLIONS is more like it. (I know what you meant, just re-posting for effect)

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CobaltGeorge 08/06/12 - 10:16 am
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FORGET THE GUNS, control the ammunition!

That there is one smart solution in the minds of a liberal.

An Ammo Ration card that would allow you to buy only one bullet at a time....That way, you could only kill one human at a time.

Funny, guess what, approximately a year ago, some of those smart Liberals tried to pass a bill that bullet manufactures had to put a life expectancy on the primers used in ammunition.

Yes, we are still in the thinking level that ammunition and guns kill people.....Geezzs

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justthefacts 08/06/12 - 10:16 am
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Super Rave

Rave to Coach Spurrier. He understands the number 1 priority is winning! "The South Carolina coach has lifted the suspension of backup quarterback Tanner McEvoy after less than a week, saying the incident for which he was locked up was no big deal" Underage drinking and driving is apparently, no big deal.

Angie H
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Angie H 08/06/12 - 10:21 am
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I've heard people say that it

I've heard people say that it is rediculous that you can by 6000 rounds of ammo. I ask.....why is it rediculous?

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Angie H 08/06/12 - 10:52 am
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The typical argumen is

The typical argument is "nobody NEEDS 6000 rounds of ammo." Well....nobody NEEDS a Lexus either....we should ban them. After all, more people were killed by them than bullets last year.

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HenryWalker3rd 08/06/12 - 11:06 am
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How many people drove their
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How many people drove their Lexus into a movie theatre, or a temple, or a school house? Would be kida hard, right???

Angie H
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Angie H 08/06/12 - 11:11 am
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So if you kill people on the

So if you kill people on the highway they are less dead than if you kill them in a movie theatre? Makes sense.

HAD ENOUGH
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HAD ENOUGH 08/06/12 - 12:04 pm
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TYPICLE NEGRO TOWN AND ALL
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TYPICLE NEGRO TOWN AND ALL YOU PEOPLE ARE JOKES

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/06/12 - 12:05 pm
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Superpower

Thinking about Henry's post, I came to the conclusion that the genius of the 2nd amendment is to a large degree the reason that the United States is the leading power in the world. The rest of the world looks to the United States to step in and do the dirty work that the rest of the world is too timid to do.

Those 88 guns per 100 Americans reflect our greatness.

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Willow Bailey 08/06/12 - 12:13 pm
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Re: LL's comment

Thumbs up, America.

HenryWalker3rd
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HenryWalker3rd 08/06/12 - 12:17 pm
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Patriots!!! Really?
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How can you profess Christianity, but be a supporter of killing people with guns?

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 08/06/12 - 12:23 pm
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Patriots

You better believe in them, because it is because of "Those Many Patriots" that you are posting your feelings.

I believe in God, our creator and will untill the days I have the pleasure of meeting him. Yes also I have killed people with guns.

HenryWalker3rd
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HenryWalker3rd 08/06/12 - 12:25 pm
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We have 5 percent of the
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We have 5 percent of the world's population and 50 percent of the guns.
But the sheer number of guns isn’t an isolated statistic. The data shows we compare badly on fatalities, too.  The U.S has three gun homicides per 100,000 people. That’s four times as many as Switzerland, ten times as many as India, 20 times as many as Australia and England.
Whatever you think of gun rights and gun control, the numbers don’t flatter America.

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HenryWalker3rd 08/06/12 - 12:29 pm
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I beg to differ, I am here
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I beg to differ, I am here only by the Grace if God, my friend.

Do you consider those same melanin filled hands, who built America, as Patriots too???

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 08/06/12 - 12:31 pm
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My Friend

Do you believe in abortion?

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 08/06/12 - 12:38 pm
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Melanin Filled Hands

that fought and died for this great country are nothing but "Patriots."

If you are trying to imply I'm racist, you are a heart beat second "Wrong."

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