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Monday, February 4, 2013

Obama Stumps to end Firearms - not Tobacco

(Fox News) President Obama spoke in Minnesota, in his first campaign-style stop as part of a second-term push for new firearms laws.

Ted Nugent spoke for Americans without a voice in government from his home in neighboring Michigan, saying, "Obama's a piece of shit, and I told him to suck on my machine gun."
...He also went after Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), suggesting she, too, might like to "suck on my machine gun." Nugent's tirade against California's other Democratic Senator, Diane Feinstein, is too garbled to transcribe, but one can hear Nugent call her a "whore." (Link)
The President pushed to save "just one life" but declined to comment on the single largest cause of death in America today - tobacco...because he smokes cigarettes.
(CDC)  Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the United States. Each year, an estimated 443,000 people die prematurely from smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke, and another 8.6 million live with a serious illness caused by smoking. Despite these risks, approximately 46.6 million U.S. adults smoke cigarettes. Smokeless tobacco, cigars, and pipes also have deadly consequences, including lung, larynx, esophageal, and oral cancers. 
The harmful effects of smoking do not end with the smoker. An estimated 88 million nonsmoking Americans, including 54% of children aged 3–11 years, are exposed to secondhand smoke. Even brief exposure can be dangerous because nonsmokers inhale many of the same poisons in cigarette smoke as smokers. 
Secondhand smoke exposure causes serious disease and death, including heart disease and lung cancer in nonsmoking adults and sudden infant death syndrome, acute respiratory infections, ear problems, and more frequent and severe asthma attacks in children. Each year, primarily because of exposure to secondhand smoke, an estimated 3,000 nonsmoking Americans die of lung cancer, more than 46,000 die of heart disease, and about 150,000–300,000 children younger than 18 months have lower respiratory tract infections. 
Coupled with this enormous health toll is the significant economic burden of tobacco use—more than $96 billion a year in medical costs and another $97 billion a year from lost productivity.
I'm not a progressive so I personally am not proposing an end to the sales of cigarettes, alcoholic beverages, cars or bathtubs, each of which ends more children's lives than firearms.  The ownership of cigarettes, automobiles, booze and bathtubs are not subjects addressed in the Bill of Rights, but the ownership of firearms is. 

12 comments:

  1. LL, none of those other things allow a person to defend themselves from bad guys/tyranny... Blot it out maybe, but NOT defend...

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    1. I like "Liberty or Death" better than "give me liberty or give me death". Much better.

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  2. I like "Live free or die" like in New Hampshire...though some of them are making the wrong choice...

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    1. The progressives are those who will be crying the loudest because they screwed themselves. But they will want somebody else to solve their problems for them.

      It's a lot like the military and law enforcement - not many progressives there.

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  3. I like "What's for dinner, Honey?"

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  4. The president has thousands protecting him. We only ask to be able to protect ourselves. It's becoming clearer what we'll have to protect ourselves from.

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  5. I'm sorry, but I disagree. I'm not an American, so I'm probably wired differently, but I do believe America needs new firearm laws. I'm not saying what the new/old administration is proposing is what's needed, but things can't be left as they are either.

    I get where you're coming from with the whole smoking death toll thing, but they really aren't the same now are they. I am not a cigarette user, but as long as someone smokes without putting non-smokers in dangers, they can do it as much as they like, it's their life. They should have a different status as far medical attention is concerned, but other than that...

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    1. Vaper, the places in the country where the violence is the worst is where the laws are the toughest. How do you square that?

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