If Dick Cheney Thinks Assault Clips are a Problem. . .

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After the horrific shooting tragedy in Tucson in January of this year, many folks across the political spectrum began asking whether the ease of access that people have to assault weapons capacity — or the ease of circumventing background checks by buying weapons at gun shows — was where it should be.
Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, who continues to recover is going to be the Jim Brady of the next generation. Jim Brady, Ronald Reagan’s press secretary, was reported dead 30 years ago after being shot in an assassination attempt against the President but like Giffords who was also declared dead ‘wasn’t.’ Brady with the support of his wife and a team at the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence has become a force in the nation advocating reasonable gun management laws.
Surprisingly and refreshingly, after the Giffords event tragedy, former Vice President Dick Cheney — who must be in an NRA Hall of Fame somewhere — began to question whether people should have easy access to high capacity magazine clips for handguns. The Brady Campaign has now termed these magazines “assault clips” — which they are. Brady Center President and former Fort Wayne, Indiana Mayor Paul Helmke — a Republican — has been leading this new assault on “assault clips.”
Helmke and his team and Brady Center board are moving to challenge the National Rifle Association’s fear tactics and lobbying power in Washington.
Just today the Brady Campaign has released a powerful ad produced by colleagues and friends of mine at Fenton. The ad runs above — but it makes the point that all of us can be targets, the world we know can change in a few seconds, and it’s not part of our constitutional rights that allow us to carry and own guns to be able to shoot 30 some odd bullets in a few seconds.
Great ad. Great mission. And a salute to Gabby Giffords and Jim Brady for inspiring an important movement out of their personal struggles.
— Steve Clemons

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4 comments on “If Dick Cheney Thinks Assault Clips are a Problem. . .

  1. ... says:

    love how one can buy those pretty bullets at walmart that really mess a persons body up too… geez, where would amerika be without those chinese dispensaries?? gotta love those crazies that love them there guns…

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  2. sagesiah says:

    This is a strategic retreat by the NRA. They’re not
    going to oppose something like this. It’s their
    willingness to back down on these sorts of things
    that allows them to flex their muscles in the
    background on other issues. And, frankly, I’m of the
    mind that the shooter would have just taken two guns
    if assault clips were illegal. There’s no heroicism
    here amongst politicians. It’s a PR opportunity.

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  3. questions says:

    Guns and… nuclear plants… clearly on topic.
    “The nuclear accident at the Fukushima plant in Japan is ”very different” from the world’s worst nuclear catastrophe at Chernobyl, a senior International Atomic Energy Agency official said Tuesday.
    ”The Fukushima accident and Chernobyl are very different…Mechanics are totally different,” Denis Flory, IAEA’s deputy director general and head of its department on nuclear safety and security, said at a press briefing.
    He noted that in Chernobyl the reactor was in operation when the accident occurred, releasing high levels of radiation and causing wide spread of radioactive particles, while in Fukushima the reactor was stopped immediately after the magnitude 9.0 quake and tsunami on March 11.
    Japan raised the severity level of the ongoing crisis at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant from 5 to the maximum 7 on Tuesday, the same level as the 1986 Chernobyl accident.
    The government’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency said the release of radioactive materials from the Fukushima plant is about 10 percent of that from the former Soviet nuclear plant.”
    http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2011/04/85046.html
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    One major concept that really has to be kept in mind is the possible lack of validity of LNT — linear no threshold — dosing.
    Generally, substances are not bioactive below a certain threshold. You don’t die from a little bit of poison, you die from a fatal dose which is reached after some threshold. A small amount of alcohol doesn’t kill, but a large amount all at once can.
    If there were no threshold amount of radiation to do damage, so goes the thinking, then people in Denver would have higher rates of cancer than people at sea level. This differential cancer rate turns out not to hold, though, and so there has to be some amount of radiation that is well tolerated.
    Now, is Japan over that in places, in many places, for 30 km around the plant, all day every day, only for people who play in mud puddles?
    The dosing issues are very significant for figuring out the range of likely harms. Note, by the way, that because of wind and terrain and the like, dosing will very place to place.
    It’s a chronic mess with acute episodes, a fragile set of buildings in an active seismic zone, and though there are some days that things seem to quiet down, there is much to be worried about. Especially all that water. Tons and tons and tons of radioactive water.
    I am rooting for the utter wrongness of LNT to keep us all safer. I scoff at homeopathic “medicine”, but those who think that substances diluted to the point that there are pretty much no molecules of the curative in the drink still are medically effective may well think that LNT makes sense.
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    Other Kyodo bits and pieces:
    “Japanese authorities said Tuesday they do not expect the radioactive release from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to heavily increase amid the ongoing restoration efforts, although they recognized the disaster has reached the highest severity level of 7 on an international scale”
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    “Level 7 accidents on the International Nuclear Event Scale correspond to the release into the external environment of radioactive materials equal to more than tens of thousands of terabecquerels of radioactive iodine 131. One terabecquerel equals 1 trillion becquerels.
    Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano emphasized that the raising of the severity level does not mean the situation at the Fukushima plant is ”worsening.”
    The top government spokesman said the latest assessment is simply based on data which are more accurate than the time it made its previous assessments.”
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    This is cheerful:
    “The operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant said Tuesday that it is concerned that radiation leakage at the plant could eventually exceed that of the 1986 Chernobyl catastrophe.
    ”The radiation leak has not stopped completely and our concern is that the amount of leakage could eventually reach that of Chernobyl or exceed it,” an official from the Tokyo Electric Power Co. said.”
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    “The commission says the release has since come down to under 1 terabecquerel per hour and that it is still examining the total amount of radioactive materials released.
    It also released a preliminary calculation for the cumulative amount of external exposure to radiation, saying it exceeded the yearly limit of 1 millisievert in areas extending more than 60 kilometers northwest of the plant and about 40 km south-southwest of the plant.
    The areas encompass the cities of Fukushima, Date, Soma, Minamisoma and Iwaki and part of the town of Hirono, all in Fukushima Prefecture.
    Within a 20-km exclusion zone set by the government, the amount varied from under 1 millisievert to 100 millisieverts or more, and in the 20-30 km ring where residents are asked to stay indoors, it came to under 50 millisieverts.”

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