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Barrow says gun control faces uphill battle

Monday, Jan. 7, 2013 11:21 AM
Last updated 11:31 PM
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U.S. Rep. John Barrow, who brandished firearms in a campaign ad last fall, hasn’t changed his perspective on gun-control issues that are stirring renewed debate in Washington.

U.S. Rep. John Barrow, D-Augusta, talks about health care during a town hall meeting in Appling that attracted about 40 constituents Monday morning.  ROB PAVEY/STAFF
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U.S. Rep. John Barrow, D-Augusta, talks about health care during a town hall meeting in Appling that attracted about 40 constituents Monday morning.

“No new laws will have a big chance of passing in the House,” the 12th District representative predicted during a town hall meeting with Columbia County constituents.

The Democrat said the emotional fallout from the Dec. 14 mass shooting in New­town, Conn., doesn’t change the fact that the right to keep arms is grounded in the Constitution.

“There is a tendency on the part of both sides to react to an issue,” he said. “But the Constitution has not changed.”

The three major “legs of the stool” in the gun debate are America’s gun culture, traditionally open access to firearms and dealing with the mentally ill, he said.

Two of those matters are protected by the Constitution, he said, and “we have to deal with the issue of the mentally disturbed.”

In a 30-second ad last fall, Bar­row touted his endorsement from the National Rifle Association and showed a vintage revolver handed down from his grandfather, along with a rifle his father once used to protect the family.

“These are my guns now, and ain’t nobody going to take them away,” Barrow said in the ad.

Monday’s meeting, which attracted about 40 people, was the first of 16 gatherings Barrow has scheduled to listen to voters in his district.

Topics on people’s minds Monday included the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, veterans benefits, the Environmental Protection Agency, payroll tax increases, Medicare and the “fiscal cliff.”

Barrow, asked how long the nation can survive on its current spending track, said there is an urgency to rein in spending to avoid harming future generations.

“Our kids will be dealing with plenty of problems we don’t even know about,” he said. “We have no business playing chicken with that future.”

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malcolmkyle
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malcolmkyle 01/07/13 - 11:36 am
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Let them take my plants and they'll soon come for your guns!

The National Firearms Act of 1934 was actually a direct response to the acute rise in prohibition (1919-33) engendered gun violence.

PROHIBITION EQUATES TO MORE VIOLENT CRIME WHICH LEADS TO MORE CALLS FOR GUN CONTROL

The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada recently reviewed 15 studies that evaluated the association between violence and drug law enforcement. "Our findings suggest that increasing drug law enforcement is unlikely to reduce drug market violence. Instead, the existing evidence base suggests that gun violence and high homicide rates may be an inevitable consequence of drug prohibition and that disrupting drug markets can paradoxically increase violence."

Prohibition has diverted police resources away from other law enforcement activities, with the result that violent crimes and crimes against property have been higher than they would otherwise have been. To the extent that communities divert law enforcement resources from violent crimes to illegal drug offenses, the risk of punishment for engaging in violent crimes is reduced.

During alcohol prohibition, all profits went to enrich criminals and corrupt politicians. Young men died every day on inner-city streets while battling over turf. A fortune was wasted on enforcement that could have gone on education, etc. On top of the budget-busting prosecution and incarceration costs, billions in taxes were lost. Finally, the economy collapsed. Sound familiar?

Prohibitionists, and their gun-control criminal friends who live in a crack-house called Congress, are having a ball and it's all on our tab.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 01/07/13 - 11:48 am
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LOL

He ain't crazy yaknow....heh

rebellious
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rebellious 01/07/13 - 12:48 pm
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Yes he is

crazy like a fox....

dichotomy
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dichotomy 01/07/13 - 12:58 pm
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Any new gun laws will simply

Any new gun laws will simply divert the authorities from attempt to catch REAL criminals to attempting to arrest formerly law abiding citizens who will refuse to obey any new bans or registration requirements.

John Barrow, we will hold you to your word on this issue. Don't make federal felons out of law abiding gun owners. Lock up people who commit crimes with guns for a LONG time AND get the mentally ill off of the streets and into supervised treatment.

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 01/07/13 - 03:25 pm
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RUSH HIT it ON THE

RUSH HIT it ON THE NOSE...lets ban murders not guns...simplistic but think about it...murder has been around since cain/able...20000 gun laws on the books ...gun control not the problem..

ColCo
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ColCo 01/07/13 - 03:39 pm
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The problem is...

The problem is the government is not interested in the old Smith revolver and the World War One Enfield he used in his ads. A relic collector might be, but not the folks in Washington. The question remains, is the Congressman against all forms of gun control or for gun control with regards to certain classes of weapons.

KSL
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KSL 01/07/13 - 08:42 pm
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Aka Diane, they just don' t

Aka Diane, they just don' t want THEIR guns banned, or those of who protect them. Can' t you dem supporters see what they are doing to you?

seenitB4
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seenitB4 01/08/13 - 07:54 am
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Funny Rebel

Crazy like a fox...yeh he is....:)

Jane18
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Jane18 01/08/13 - 10:39 am
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KSL's Question to Dems

You know, KSL, I really do believe the zombies, excuse me, Democrats, cannot or maybe just will not, see what IS happening. But, guess what? One day it's gonna hit them upside their head..."We've been lied to!" Too late then? Oh yeah..............

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