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Almost As American as Apple Pie

Posted on the 08 July 2011 by Mikeb302000
via Laci from
Rumors of shots being fired on the Ben Franklin Parkway during the Fourth of July fireworks Monday night sent hundreds of people stampeding down the street and left spectators terrified, witnesses said yesterday.
Police spokesman Lt. Ray Evers said that police received calls for shots fired on the parkway just before 11 p.m. but that the department found no shell casings or other evidence to suggest a shooting had occurred.One video posted to YouTube shows two flashes of light accompanied by two loud pops, neither of which was part of the city's fireworks display, but it's not clear what caused them.
Actually, the celebratory gunfire is not as common in the States as you'd expect given the number of guns we have. In parts of Europe and the Middle East it happens at every party, especially New Year's Eve.
You know why it's not commonplace in the States? Because there are laws against it and laws work.
Pro-gun folks like to mock us and say "just one more law" is what we want. No, what we want is a comprehensive set of common sense gun control laws enforced equally throughout all the states. This we have never tried, as Laci often points out.
So, no we don't want "one more law." We want proper common-sense gun control.
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