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  • Not even another massacre of the innocents could move Republicans to support something as basic as expanded background checks. What do they have against keeping guns out of the hands of criminals and the insane?
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  • Not even another massacre of the innocents could move Republicans to support something as basic as expanded background checks. What do they have against keeping guns out of the hands of criminals and the insane?
    President Obama's rebuke nailed it: There's no coherent argument for failing to do this. Instead they parrot blatant lies from an NRA that was for it before being against it.
    So much for any pretense of representing the American people: 90 percent of us favored this and 90 percent of Republicans voted against it. Perhaps they're afraid of alienating their base — the 10 percent who think that it's part of Obama's dastardly plot to transform our republic into a "feudal utopian collective," or some such gobbledygook. More likely they're just adhering to their core values, namely the bribes — pardon me, "free speech" — they receive from corporate sponsors such as the NRA.
    Republicans have been deservedly ridiculed for their antipathy toward science and their knee-jerk opposition to anything Obama is for. After their dismal showing in the last election, they did some soul-searching but apparently couldn't find one. With last Wednesday's vote, the GOP degenerated from the stupid party to the evil party. — Michael Steely, Medford
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