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Monday, April 16, 2007

If I could ask some followup questions

From today's briefing by White House Spokesmodel Dana Perino:
Q Dana, going back to Virginia Tech, what more does this White House think needs to be done as it relates to gun issues? The President says current laws need to be strengthened, anything beyond that -- you had a conference on school violence with guns -- what more needs to be done?

MS. PERINO: I would point you back to the fact that President, along with Secretary Spellings, hosted last October -- October 10, 2006 -- a conference on school gun violence after the Amish school shooting and the other shootings that had happened, because the tragedies are the ones that just collectively break America's heart and are ones that we deeply feel, because all of us can imagine what it would be like to have been at your own school, your own college, and to have something happen. And those of us who are parents, or brothers or sisters of people at the schools have to take that into consideration.

As far as policy, the President believes that there is a right for people to bear arms, but that all laws must be followed.
My first followup: So NOW the pResident doesn't believe that a tragedy should not be an excuse for curtailing our constitutional rights?

Second followup:
So the Virginia Tech and Amish shootings are tragedies "that we deeply feel," unlike the similar and larger tragedies that we inflict or enable daily on the people of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Somalia? Why is that?

Third followup, just to get the Repugs arguing amongst themselves: And isn't your concern for Second Amendment rights at odds with Republican senators like Jim Bunning (Idiot-KY), who said last year "Civil liberties do not mean much when you are dead?"

Fourth followup: You said that the pResident believes that "all laws must be followed." Which pResident would that be?

Fifth followup: I'm sorry, I've been using today's tragedy (the one in Virginia) to further my own agenda. That's highly inappropriate, don't you think?