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Fred Thompson: My Idea of Gun Control is a Good, Steady Aim

Thompson calls for high fences, wide gates

Sen. Fred Thompson came to Bayliss Park Hall Thursday night with notes, his wife, Jeri, Congressman Steve King and a clear, conservative message.

“It’s important to understand how we got here as a nation,” said Thompson. “Fundamental, conservative beliefs have kept us united for over 200 years.”

Thompson recalled how he first read the Declaration of Independence as acknowledging that Americans’ basic rights come from God, not the government. He said that the nation’s core principles are under assault from many directions, the main combatant being a “big, high-taxing” Democratic government that is “licking its chops to grab the reins and lead the U.S. down a path to a welfare state.”

Thompson asked, “Who do we want to stand up against this assault? Who do we want to stand up for our values and principles?”

During his speech, the Republican candidate referred to his Web site,, for details on his position papers, but did offer some quick answers.

“When I am president, I will build a fence,” Thompson declared. Amnesty and illegal immigration, he said, are not healthy for the U.S. or Mexico. “We need to be a nation of high fences and wide gates.”

Thompson explained he was not alienating immigrants, but putting the nation back in control of the process and preventing wage and education standards from dropping and overburdening U.S. social programs.

The nation’s budgetary process is a “mess,” and Thompson would like to see a two-year budget to avoid the “continual fight” in Washington. Thompson criticized earmarks and the House and Senate for avoiding debate and passing a 350-page document at the end of the year without reading it; then he admitted he too did not read it all.

“The budget that just passed had something like 600 projects and 9,000 earmarks,” he said. “Some of it’s good, some of it’s bad. The president meets them halfway, and I think that’s halfway too far.”

The comparatively smaller paperwork of taxes for the average citizen would be simplified under Thompson’s plan: Check a box for the tax deduction of 10 percent or 25 percent.

When someone asked about what the government could do about AK-47s and the Westroads Mall shooting, Thompson said that assault weapons are not the problem, it is the people using them inappropriately; and it is not the government’s place to remove guns from rightful citizens.

“Look at those church shootings,” he said, in reference to the Colorado Springs, Colo., shootings that killed five and wounded five on Dec. 9. “That armed volunteer saved countless lives.”

Thompson added, “My idea of gun control is a good, steady aim.”

Thompson also wants to rebuild the military and intelligence agencies, the latter he deemed very inadequate. “We are one successful terrorist attack from nuclear warfare,” he said. The U.S., he said, does not go looking for a fight, but it needs to show adversaries that it is strong enough to defeat them.

Thompson reminded the crowd he is 100 percent pro-life and always will be.

The senator took a more cautious stance on truckers from Mexico using U.S. interstates to access Canada. “We need to see if they live up to our safety standards first,” he said.

King spoke to the crowd about the importance of participating in the caucus. “One person has the effect of 1,500 in the nation,” he said. “Now, just think if you bring nine others with you …”

December 22, 2007 , 3:27PM Posted by | 2008 Presidential Election, Fred Thompson, Republicans | Comments Off on Fred Thompson: My Idea of Gun Control is a Good, Steady Aim

Mitt Romney to Ban Selling of Violent Video Games?

Hmmm. I would like to hear his explanation of what he means by this:

Q2: Violent Video Game Legislation

To date, nearly 10 states have considered legislation to keep violent video games out of kids’ hands. Would you support this type of legislation at the federal level? What other strategies would you support to keep the video game industry and other media companies from marketing and selling inappropriate content to children?

MITT ROMNEY: I want to restore values so children are protected from a societal cesspool of filth, pornography, violence, sex, and perversion. I’ve proposed that we enforce our obscenity laws again and that we get serious against those retailers that sell adult video games that are filled with violence and that we go after those retailers.

[Via LGF]

This sounds like nanny-statism to me. There is no way to keep these games out of the hands of kids, if parents just go to the stores and buy them for them. Or if their older friends just go to the stores to buy them for them.

But the real issue is that violent video games are not the cause of bad behaviored/violent children. In my opinion, bad parenting is the cause. I played violent video games as a kid and loved it. Yet, I have never gotten into a fight in my life and never hit anyone in my life (well, except for wrestling around with my younger brothers). In my opinion, those who want to blame video games for kids’ behavior are wanting to pass the buck from who has the ultimate responsibility for kids: THE PARENTS.

That said, I would like to see other Republican candidates’ opinions on this issue. The only Republican who gave an answer on this site is Mitt Romney. And his answer sounds as nanny-statish as Mike Huckabee.

Mitt, I have news for you. The government cannot protect children “from a societal cesspool of filth, pornography, violence, sex, and perversion”. Only parents can do that. And even they can’t always protect their kids from it, since it is all over TV, in the movies, in magazines and even in our grammar schools and high schools. The only thing that can change the societal cesspool is society itself. You can promote such a thing from government through encouragement and word, but you should know that you cannot legislate such things.

December 22, 2007 , 2:28PM Posted by | 2008 Presidential Election, Mitt Romney, Nanny State, Republicans | Comments Off on Mitt Romney to Ban Selling of Violent Video Games?

12 Days of Christmas, Iraqi Style

Via a Letter to the Editor at the American Thinker by Jared Harold: 12 Days of Christmas, Iraqi Style

In the famous carol the “Twelve days of Christmas” we have seen or heard a list of the good things one person showered on another that they truly cared about. It is too bad that the public media in America does not care any more about their viewers and ultimately their paying customers than to give them a little good news out of Iraq, for which we have paid with in many ways. Here are my 12 good news items I found from the Department of Defense website for your mental refreshment this Christmas season.

1 Stock Exchange has been opened 3 years.
2 Iraq presidential candidates just had a debate.
10 TV stations are up and running everyday.
15 New hospitals have opened.
20 universities are operating.
22 new oil facilities being constructed.
38 new secondary schools have opened.
46 colleges are educating daily.
47 countries have reestablished embassies there.
67 public clinics are being built.
75 radio stations are on the air.
180 newspapers are up and running.

So there you have the twelve items of good news that you had a part in but no one told you.

Jared Harold

December 22, 2007 , 10:55AM Posted by | Iraq, Media Bias, Military, War Effort in Iraq | Comments Off on 12 Days of Christmas, Iraqi Style