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Also, during the ban on assault weapons, to make us all safer was the Columbine shooting.
The ban on assault weapons was a typical Clinton action that had much more to do with form than function. The Clinton administration got to define assault weapon, since it is not a real term. They defined an assault weapon as a weapon that had characteristics that made it look like a military assault rifle. So an assault weapon is defined by how it looks not what it does.
If a semi-automatic rifle had a detachable magazine and any two of the following characteristics it was banned – a folding or telescopic stock, a flash suppressor or barrel that can accommodate a flash suppressor, a pistol grip, bayonet mount or grenade launcher.
During that ban a fellow newspaper publisher showed me a gun he had recently bought and pointed to a threaded hole in the side of the gun and said, "If I put a bolt in that hole, possessing this gun is a felony." During the ban on assault weapons, I think a bolt would have been considered a bayonet mount or one of the other illegal features. It had nothing to do with how the gun operated, but simply how it looked.
Assault weapons are very popular with hunters and gun enthusiasts because they are light, accurate and dependable.
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It is hard to believe that Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton can have one of her ambassadors murdered by terrorists while he is supposed to be in a safe house in a secure American compound and not have to testify about it because she doesn't feel well. It is absurd that she can simply send a note to the committee that says, "Hillary can't attend the hearing today because she has a bad cold and she bumped her head."
For those who still have jobs, could you get out of work because of a bump on the head days ago?
Benghazi was a disaster where the actions of the State Department cost four American citizens their lives. It appears that relatively low-level State Department employees are going to take the blame, but at the very least Hillary Clinton needs to answer questions about what happened.
Why weren't the guards armed? That's a question that needs to be answered. Why wasn't help sent to the compound during the seven hours it was under siege?
Maybe she could start with those.
All the media wants to write about is how many countries Hillary Clinton has visited while secretary of state. Who cares? So she likes to travel. It's not how many countries she has visited that is important, but what she has done. What has she done as secretary of state? Is the Middle East closer to or further away from some kind of lasting peace?
What exactly has she accomplished? A list of her accomplishments might convince some doubters that she has done a stellar job.
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You can't get any more toady than The New York Times. Last week The New York Times criticized the Associated Press and other White House reporters for not sticking to the White House script during a rare press conference held by President Obama.
Ben Feller of the Associated Press, who used to work for the News & Record, asked a question about the fiscal cliff, not about gun control, which was the topic of the day assigned by the White House, and he got reamed by The New York Times.
Perhaps The New York Times would like reporters to go one step further and only ask questions written by the White House press office and pre-approved, then the president would not be required to actually think during a press conference, but could hand out pre-written answers. In fact he wouldn't have to attend the press conference at all.
The New York Times is now taking the White House position against the rest of the liberal media for not being loyal enough to the president. It boggles the mind.