Quote of the Day: What’s Up There Beyond The Sky Edition


“During his Presidency, (Obama’s) gone from a kind of rote acknowledgment of the (gun) issue to a deeply felt recognition of its centrality, if only because it represents not a problem that is insoluble in its nature but something stupidly simple and easy to fix. In any sane polity, gun killings would be a horror, not a habitual event. Seeing the President’s metamorphosis suggests that, as another old song had it, a change is going to come.” – Adam Gopnik in Obama’s Evolving Outrage on Guns [at newyorker.com]


Quote of the Day: Channeling Obama Edition



“When (President Obama) was unable to (pass a gun control bill after Newtown), it was a heartbreaking moment for him, and I dont think he has ever really recovered from it. Every time you see these massacres, he feels a personal sense of failure not having been able to get more done. And I have to say, often it is the case that even the best laws in the world would not stop some of these things, but one would have expected by now we could have come up with some common sense answer, and I know this president really suffers every single time this happens.” – CNN talking head Don Lemon in CNN’s Don Lemon: Gun Control Obama’s “Biggest Defeat,” He “Will Go To His Grave” Wondering Why [at realclearpolitics.com]


Quote of the Day: Someone Has To Do It Edition


“To think the people who are supposed to protect and serve us are unable to protect and serve… protect themselves. So if us, the citizens, who carry permits, are able to help protect them that’s, that’s what we’re gonna be able to do.” – Crystal Tewellow (above center) in Hiram residents hold watch at recruitment center [at myfoxdc.com]


Quote of the Day: Lack of Support Edition


“All St. Louisans have a right to live in a community free of gun violence. Law enforcement in the City of St. Louis struggles every day to use the few tools Missouri law provides to reduce gun violence and to keep guns out of the hands of those most likely to commit violent acts in the future. Their job is a tough one as they are forced to fight crime in an environment with too many guns, too few strong laws, and sometimes not enough support from other branches of government. It should be common sense that our communities are safer when weapons are kept out of the hands of convicted felons.” – St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay in Groups argue to keep Missouri’s law barring felons from having guns [at stltoday.com]


Quote of the Day: Placing Blame Where It Belongs Edition

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“When it comes to gun grabbing and gun control, I always like to make the point that…when my uncle Jimmy was murdered point blank, never once for a second did my family even consider…promoting stricter gun laws. I make the joke that we went after the criminal, we didn’t put the gun in jail.” – Kelly Carlson [click image above to view video]

[h/t WS]


Quote of the Day: Dazed and Confused Edition

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“It’s really hard for me to understand why somebody thinks that if they have a permit to carry, that grants them the ability to carry a firearm on an airplane. It’s a common-sense issue. We’re just trying to keep people safe.” – Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Joe Sullivan in Armed for travel: Increasingly, guns are found at airport checkpoints [at philly.com]