[VIDEO] CT Congressman Speaks on House Floor About Tragedy in Newtown

Jim Himes: Guns "were designed with the explicit purpose of killing as many people as rapidly as possible."


U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., 4th District, spoke on the House floor Monday about the attacks at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

"I looked at the photographs of the parents at those funerals and tried to imagine the bottomless grief, the anger, the questions they must have, and of course, that is impossible," he said. "At the very front of those questions is the question of why, something we will all struggle with individually..." 

"We are entrusted by our constituents with one thing, which is to ensure that this does not happen again."  

John M. Joy December 18, 2012 at 11:14 AM
Another exploiter of tragedy. Not that it comes as a surprise. "Guns 'were designed with the explicit purpose of killing as many people as rapidly as possible'" ...and if one is facing a "flash mob" or rioting gang, you'd see that as a FEATURE, not a BUG.
SuperDave December 18, 2012 at 01:21 PM
John, are you saying this is not true? And, how many flash mobs or rioting gangs have you seen? Me, an old guy, have never seen any. I suppose I need to get a pink elephant gun in case a pink elephant suddenly appears. And the Easter Bunny might be pckin', so i should be prepared...
John M. Joy December 18, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Are YOU saying that there haven't been attacks by flash mobs? Or that the state of the economy isn't extremely precarious and, in the event of a meltdown, riots couldn't ensue? If so, you're seriously in denial.
Will Wilkin December 18, 2012 at 01:44 PM
Hello John, I suggest that personal militarism is not the answer to our problems. The idea that guns will "protect" us, from the government, from criminals, from ...."flash mobs" (?) strikes me as deeply disproven by American and world history. I don't pretend to know the answers on this one, because "the cat is out of the bag," but let's not pretend its doing anybody any good.
John M. Joy December 18, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Oh? Shopkeepers weren't using semi-autos to protect themselves during the LA riots?
Will Wilkin December 18, 2012 at 01:51 PM
How did that work out? I confess I didn't follow the fighting blow by blow. But I don't think guns are the answer to urban problems like riots. A growing economy would be a much better solution by eliminating the despair and alienation in urban centers and rural America alike.
John M. Joy December 18, 2012 at 02:01 PM
And if wishes were horses, beggars would ride. Bad things - including very big, bad things like riots - do happen, and you cannot expect that the police will simply pop up to protect you and your family like the insurance rep in the State Farm ads. (In the LA case, they abandoned the Koreatown shopkeepers to their fate.)
Will Wilkin December 18, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Are you expecting riots in Oxford? And why not focus on solving our country's problems instead of arming for the collapse?
John M. Joy December 18, 2012 at 03:34 PM
In the event of an economic collapse, yes, there very well could be. And, frankly, the state of the economy is such now as "fixing" it, versus "kicking the can" further down the road, is probably impossible... and we're about to run out of road. Besides, last time I checked the Dempublicans and Republicrats still hold an insular duopoly inside the beltway - ain't much you or I can do to change their minds or agendas. Why do you have such an aversion to law-abiding people being able to mount an effective defense?
Will Wilkin December 18, 2012 at 04:03 PM
John, you have a provocative writing style that twists people's ideas around, you change my ideas into things I never said. I suggest it is you who has the "agenda" here.
John M. Joy December 18, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Sure do: being left alone, and permitted to protect myself and my family from anyone looking to do us harm.
Lynn December 19, 2012 at 12:12 AM
So John Joy, you feel a pistol will not suffice???? Or a hunting rifle???? All other weapons were meant for mass destruction!!!
John M. Joy December 19, 2012 at 12:16 AM
For defense against...??
John M. Joy December 19, 2012 at 12:26 AM
I'm sorry: that was entire too terse and uninformative. Please Google "LA Riots" and "Koreatown" for a tangible, practical, and recent-historical example of when those specific weapons would have proved insufficient.
Lynn December 19, 2012 at 12:28 AM
If we ban mass destruction weapons, only criminals will have access to them, not insane people who have family members who ignore their urgent family members mental freak out signals - therefore, no more school shootings!! Duh...
Lynn December 19, 2012 at 12:29 AM
Families who own such guns and their children get access to such destructive weapons!!!
Will Wilkin December 19, 2012 at 04:45 AM
hello Lynn, Fox News just reported that his mother was taking steps to have him committed to a psychiatric hospital, and that may even have been his so-called "motive." Obviously she was right about that need. From what I've read, she was trying very hard to deal with him and to help him.


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