Home » Opinion » Editorials
Nancy's 'conversation': Shut up already
For the past week, we have heard an unending cacophony of calls for a national "conversation" on gun violence and gun control laws. We were all supposed to let go of our firmly held positions and actually listen to the other side so we could have a real debate and move toward a compromise position that would protect the American people. All of us except Nancy Pelosi.
"In the coming days and weeks, we will engage in a meaningful conversation and thoughtful debate about how to change laws and culture that allow this violence to continue to grow," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said on Monday. His was a call echoed ad nauseum on the left. But House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., was not interested in any conversation, meaningful or not.
On Tuesday she was pushing for an immediate ban on "assault magazines," her name for magazine clips that hold a lot of ammunition. She told Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC that Newtown happened because "an impaired person had access to firepower that should be outlawed." She advocated banning large ammunition clips, then said "let's go down the larger path and ban the assault weapon. I think there's a better chance to do that now than ever."
She did not define what an "assault weapon" is.
The next day she officially pressed House Speaker John Boehner to hold a vote on a bill to ban large-capacity magazines by Saturday. "What we need are not more words. We need action," she said.
So much for the "conversation" we were supposed to have. Pelosi senses an opportunity to weaken the National Rifle Association and the Republican Party politically, and she is going to take it. If you disagree or have questions, just shut up; the U.S. House of Representatives - which exists to facilitate conversations - doesn't need to hear any of your words.
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Hooksett's rush: A careless dash from Manchester - 9
- UNH's good name: Administration fights for it - 0
- An NSA setback: Fourth Amendment wins first round - 15
- Fetal homicide: A compromise at last? - 4
- Freedom & discovery: A mathematician gets noticed - 0
- Preventing Newtown: Background checks won’t - 29
- Taunting taxpayers: Manchester teachers union won’t budge - 35
- Insurance choices: Shaheen, Shea-Porter, Kuster mislead - 19
- Looking for Abigail: Public can help find her - 3
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Senate holding rare Saturday vote on Fed pick Janet Yellen - 0
- Destruction of Berlin theater is ruled arson - 0
- Brady, Suggs set to renew bitter rivalry - 0
- West, Towson look to run past Eagles - 0
- Crowley leads Dover hockey past Kingswood - 0
- Beltran, Yankees make it official - 0
- Sabres pull away from Bruins - 0
- Bishop Guertin boys top Salem in OT - 0
- Wildcats will need to contend with Fargodome noise - 0
Beltran, Yankees make it official
Al Baldasaro may run for U.S. Senate
Gun-rights rally against Scott Brown gets rejection from city of Nashua; protesters say event will go on
'Nutcracker' at Stockbridge
Ice storm threatens the region
Scott Brown brings out protesters in NH
Plymouth hosts hearing on bill for tougher scrutiny of power projects such as Northern Pass