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Excerpt: "'I know that all of you will again be on the front lines of this political battle because that's what we have to do to ensure that our Second Amendment rights survive,' Bachmann said, ... 'I trust that you're locked and loaded, and I'm really sorry that I can't be with you in Pittsburgh to soak up all the energy from you.'"

Michele Bachmann touted Minnesota's 'long and proud tradition of gun ownership.' (photo: AP)
Michele Bachmann touted Minnesota's 'long and proud tradition of gun ownership.' (photo: AP)

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+34 # DPM 2011-04-30 20:57
Will she settle for a vice presidency under Donald Trump? The really sad thing is, at the very least, 30% of the voters would vote for them. And, probably more.
 
 
+43 # Dave W. 2011-04-30 22:13
Dave to Michelle: You're obviously "loaded." Methinks its time to be "locked"...up!
 
 
+45 # John Gill 2011-04-30 22:20
For many of us here in Tucson, the memory of that awful mass shooting is still painfully fresh. Hell, for most of the people in this country, I am confident that this drooling idiot with her "locked and loaded" vomit presents a blood red flag as a reminder that although we may be deeply disappointed in the present administration, we sure as anything do not want another pretend redneck in the oval office. So please keep pushing that envelope Ms Bachmann.
 
 
+2 # KittatinyHawk 2011-05-02 11:01
I would have voted for you a hundred times. these women give Humanity a Bad Name.
 
 
+43 # Don Hudson 2011-04-30 22:45
When did Obama pass an anti GunLaw?? When did this Faux Noise Fantasy Female ever vote down a White House sponsored, Obama anti-gun Law??? Never!! This is the Rat Wing response to a non--issue! "Just Make it up", like Repulsive Rupert does on Faux Noise! Bachmann is a Backstabbing, Blow-Hard, Bit*h! She must have a district full of Neo-CONN Nitwits, and Rat wing Tea-Baggers!
 
 
+31 # ER444 2011-05-01 00:40
Let her run. She will get out the progressive liberal vote and get her ass wiped. Listen to her rhetoric. She talks if she is going to war. She, Palin and her kind are neanderthals and will be creamed in the next election.
 
 
+38 # Jack Stone 2011-05-01 01:53
Pray tell, gun-worshipers, of what use will your trinkets be if the full force of the state ever sees the need to squash you? Are you going to add F-16's, missile-armed drones, heavy artillery and nukes to your bag of pop-guns? Dream on, paranoids.
 
 
+17 # George D 2011-05-01 14:20
EXACTLY! This is what I tell people all the time myself.
Own a gun for your own protection if you feel the need; I'm fine with that. But big artillery to overthrow or protect "us" from the "government"? Those people are delusional and sick and really SHOULDN'T be allowed to own a weapon of any sort. Talk of loading a weapon to oppose a political foe is un-American and this woman should be jailed for inciting anarchy.
 
 
+4 # KittatinyHawk 2011-05-02 11:02
They give reason for Abortion!
 
 
+32 # liberalman 2011-05-01 02:10
It is proving more difficult to remain civil & tolerant of Bachmann's shrill rantings & her rabble rousing rhetoric.

I am assuming (always a bad decision) that this speech was shrieked after the insanity of the Arizona murder spree. Do the Tea Baggers possess even a modicum of compassion for what is truly American about America?

Patriotic Progressives: let us wake up & rise to the challenge of reclaiming this country & it's rapidly diminishing empathy for those who need a social hand up. And I am certainly NOT talking about the wealthy/wealthi est corporations that receive more Welfare than all of our less-fortunate citizens combined.

2012 baby..do not stay locked in your house on voting day..get out the vote & reelect President Obama & turn the House back to a majority of Democrats if you/I/We wish to silence these imbeciles.
 
 
+1 # Libertysghost 2011-05-02 08:38
Amen Liberalman! And is it too much to hope for a filibuster-proo f majority and NO Blue Dogs that are essentially DINO's? Hasn't the current crop of conservatives shown enough of the voting public that none of them (seem) to possesses an I.Q. higher than their shoe size? If the conservavtives keep fielding candidates of the caliber represented by todays wannabes (and enough of the sheep are conned into voting for them) they'll eventually nominate someone who drools and has to have their Depends changed frequently.
 
 
+1 # KittatinyHawk 2011-05-02 11:07
We must Recall who we Can, and we must demand a Psychiatirc test for all candidates. After GW and Cheney anybody can run is getting too extreme They sound like BinLaden and Ghaddafi.

NRA should be undone, these are their representation. Get people to not sign up this year and onward. No money No Murderers. Nutcases ReActing Abominably

NRA didnot lobby Washington for this Right, they preyed on suckers years ago and have not stopped. Do not see them Campaigning for you or me but for GOP. They also do not care if you get a gun and walk out of the store within minutes. They would sell guns to Terror Cells. Egotistical Bores
 
 
+15 # Glen 2011-05-01 03:32
How much of a threat is there to gun ownership? Seems to me the rights for various gun activities has increased since Obama has been in office. Sure, folks are always paranoid about guns, but to include those issues in qualifications for president is as absurd as a stance on abortion.

Yep, immediate issues are much more likely to stir the public and rouse emotions that will gain an individual emotional support for office - and the gun paranoia illustrates just how emotional so many people are.
 
 
+10 # Dave W. 2011-05-01 07:48
Glen, "How much of a threat is there to gun ownership." None from Obama as you point out and that is a deviation from sanity that costs, on average, about 30,000 people their lives each year in this country. I'm not so sure I'd label a President or prospective President's stance on abortion as "absurd." This is a fundamental right made available to women for over thirty years. It may well represent the ultimate expression of freedom when considering the reproductive functions of an individual woman's body. I believe its safe to assume millions of American women don't view politicians ideas on reproductive rights as "absurd."
 
 
+7 # Glen 2011-05-01 13:51
It would appear I must be more careful in my posts, Dave. What I meant by absurd is that politics and the government should stay out of abortion considerations. A stance on abortion does not equal a qualification for office. Heck, I remember a time when republicans were all for abortion due to racial bigotry. Now it is religious and political advantage to be against it.

As for guns, there is no way to rid the country of guns. Do keep in mind, though, that folks did find a way to kill when there were not as many guns, either with a knife, tire iron, bow and arrow, baseball bats, you name it. There are people who are going to kill no matter what the weapon.

HOWEVER, a stand on weapons should not be a qualification for public office. None of us can change social issues and psychoses, most especially the president.
 
 
+2 # Dave W. 2011-05-01 18:10
Glen, Thanks Glen for the clarification. You're right,sadly if I may say so, that people will indeed find a way to harm or kill one another with or without firearms. I DO think a REASONABLE stance on weapons, such as the outlawing of AK-47's and the like should be a part of qualifications in electing a President. Good judgment never goes out of style. Republicans, and a number of Conservative Democrats have taken anti-abortion stances, as you allude to, simply for political gain. I have a hard time envisioning Dick Cheney or Eric Cantor staying up late, worked into a frenzy, because some poor, frightened 15 yr. old girl is getting an abortion somewhere in the country. Thanks for the response!
 
 
+2 # Glen 2011-05-02 08:47
Quite all right. And thank you for commenting on being sensible in advising for reason. We should all be doing so. Ha. And you are so correct about Dick Cheney, et al.!
 
 
+2 # KittatinyHawk 2011-05-02 11:12
At 62, I find it offensive that any one discusses the rights of what I can and cannot do. I work, I pay taxes, I have gun for hunting for food (however the only shooting I do is with my camera).
I was given the Second Amendment Rights by constitution not NRA. If we had to fight for it, I know Americans would, we do not need some fat cat organization whose prime purpose is to get their buddies into office. Perhaps if background check and psychiatric check was dne on their buddies, we would have a better one done on Gun Sales. I think a 2 week wait is minimum until full check is done.

Remember it has always been the Government Spouses and Kids that can afford Abortions and good Lawyers not us working Class
 
 
+23 # Ralph Averill 2011-05-01 04:04
During the Reagan years they shouted loudly about school prayer and flag burning, while they were very quietly looting the savings and loan companies with junk bonds. Since then the basic Republican strategy has been to find a fear-based, divisive, meaningless issue to run on so the theiving could quietly continue. (With George Bush it was gay marriage and "family values",) Maybe it won't work next time.
 
 
+20 # Chas32814 2011-05-01 04:40
1. Which second amendment rights have been rescinded in the last three years?

2. I'm very pleased to see that after a sitting member of Congress was shot in the brain, politicians toned down media rhetoric regarding guns. Kudos to those who avoid "battle", "locked and loaded", "reload" and other verbiage which would be a weak choice in a shameful effort to garner "easy" votes from the public.
 
 
+18 # Homer Peters 2011-05-01 04:52
Never underestimate the % of absolute morons in this country. I know a few who are otherwise educated people who are still on this fn birther wagon.
 
 
+9 # fredboy 2011-05-01 05:43
The NRA is but a tiny minority of the nation's gun owners.

The wench Bachmann should recognize this...
 
 
0 # KittatinyHawk 2011-05-02 11:23
Unfortunately alot of morons running for Office use the NRA to keep the Sports Clubs, Hunting Clubs on their side. Perhaps they should realize that most of the ones who never vote, won't ever vote.
The others who do vote for these phonies always bring up the NRA and right to bear arm.
NRA spreads lots of lies before campaigns. They hopefully will continue to lose membership as all of these Money Organizations who use people.
It is sad that so many are still so poorly educated and resort to guns to and their rights to have guns.

Not only do criminals and drug dealers have illegal guns...many upright citizens and Government people also do.
Some Mensch Politician in Pa just pulled a gun on a Passing car last Thursday and was charged with misconduct. This same Representative of Lehigh/Berks et al counties also wrote the Law you can defend yourself without reason if someone is a threat. He has time to pull a gun on someone who is passing him...had two in car. He bragged about ti to the Cops. He should have to resign. Pulling a weapon on anyone is Criminal Offense. You cannot trust your representative to Control himself while driving, that is very scary. Talk about Paranois. this was in Allentown Morning Call last Friday or Thursday.

More Bachman, Palin OverDrive?
 
 
+21 # harbormon 2011-05-01 06:04
I'm too embarrassed to make even a caustic observation that includes her name as a legitimate political "anything"...!
 
 
+13 # murielschnierow 2011-05-01 06:49
The issue is Human Rights which does not include the right to injure anyone. That includes gays,women,men ,children,anima ls,
all living creatures including our planet. No amendment to the constitution can violate Gods law to love your fellow men and women. Sara can skin a moose,Michelle can home school and threaten, but it is a violation.
 
 
+12 # in deo veritas 2011-05-01 06:52
Paranoid idiots like this witch do nothing to help the cause of loyal, law-abiding gun owners and hunters. The NRA should denounce her and the few of her kind that are an embarrassment to us in order to continue to protect the second amendment instead of promoting attacks on it based on fear of a paranid public that has been made to be afraid of its own shadow by fear-mongering and hate of one another fostered since the turn of the century by corporate fascists controlling the government.
 
 
+14 # Dave W. 2011-05-01 08:15
in deo veritas, Explain to me WHY we need to "continue to protect the second amendment." Is it under attack? How many gun owners are part of a "well regulated militia?" I agree corporate fascists control our government. Do you believe owning one or more guns will somehow make you safer when and if they attempt to install some form of martial law? This ISN'T 1930's Germany.The NRA is a "terrorist" organization. This country not only leads the world in gun related homicides but also in the exportation of firearms. The NRA makes bank off of that and will accept ANY spokesperson who advances their warped theories such as advocating for the personal ownership of weapons clearly designed to kill mass amounts of PEOPLE in a short amount of time. Are Americans so goddamned afraid of their own shadow that they feel the need to be armed at all times. Or are we just that blood thirsty? Target shooting aside, guns were designed with one specific purpose. To kill. I don't ENJOY killing ANYTHING and to be quite honest have heard enough about "protecting rights" designed to protect those who do.
Enjoy your guns...believe me, you've nothing to fear in terms of losing them in this "plasma permeated" culture we live in.
 
 
+17 # in deo veritas 2011-05-01 07:04
Minnesotans get out a recall on this nitwit before people across the country start putting you in the same category as those in MI, WI, OH and others who have let their rights and self-respect be trampled by corporate-spons ored neofascists!
 
 
+22 # ConcernedMinnesotan 2011-05-01 07:11
Backmanns district is largely republican. overpaid wackjobs are her following. The majority of the rest of us in this state find her an embarrassment, and are amused&ashamed of those who have put her in office.

I hope she DOES get the GOP nomination for president, just so she can be squashed like the bug she is in the general election. It's about time this wingnut wackjob ate the crow she so richly deserves.
 
 
+2 # Terre 2011-05-01 13:24
Unfortunately, even if she does run and gets defeated, she'll find another "cause" to screech about.
They always do.
 
 
+3 # JerryC 2011-05-01 07:12
I wholly support Michelle B as Republican presidential candidate!
 
 
+31 # frharry 2011-05-01 07:21
"“The right to keep and bear arms has to be protected because the Second Amendment is the final guarantor of all our constitutional rights,”

What an odd comment. Why would that be true? If guns must be used to insure the right to worship or publish, what do such rights really mean? Will only those with weapons have such rights? And the rest, will they be subject to the power of the perpetually armed?

What this comment really highlights is the failure on the part of gun advocates to consider the responsibilitie s that come with any real right. The celebration of a right in a hyperindividual ist manner, without consideration for anyone else, is the mark of an adolescent mind. It's fine for middle school kids to want to assert their own individuality as distinct from that of their parents and other adult figures, but we presume that by the time such adolescents are old enough to run for Congress, they'd evidence at least a more nuanced understanding.

A nation of armed individuals without concern for anyone but self is a nation with a short shelf life ahead. Hobbes described it well: A war of all against all. Ask Afghanistan. Ask Bosnia.

Time to grow up America, if you still want to be America.
 
 
+9 # Never give up 2011-05-01 07:41
Don't these gun lovers realize they are being led down the path and selling their votes to support an issue that isn't threatened? I am a gun owner and I will promise that if ever a politician tries to pass a law to take it from me, I will man the barricades with every blessed redneck NRA member I can find but until then, my vote is more important than fighting a non-issue. There are rights being taken away that do need defended, but they are not the right to own a gun. Wake up NRA members! Vote for something that is meaningful. Don't sell your vote this cheaply. That's what they want.
 
 
+13 # tjeffo 2011-05-01 08:01
Drug prohibition, a policy that doesn't work, is supported by most Republicans on the basis of their fear of "addiction," a "disease" that can't be defined.

Second Amendment fanatics like Bachman cite fear of "prohibition" as their reason for for opposing firearms regulation.

In the meantime, we have the worst gun homicide/suicid e rates in the world, we have become the planet's leading jailer, and our population's access to desperately needed psychiatric care is both severely limited and qualitatively deficient because Medicine has been co-opted by the drug war.

Go figure...
 
 
-1 # Bob4232 2011-05-01 08:20
I'm about as right wing as you can get on the "right to bear arms." But there is much misunderstandin g out there about THE right. The 2d Ament. merely says that the federal government may not interfear with the common law English right as then known (1791). THE States are not bound by the federal Constitution in this respect and thus to the extent that the English Parliament could regulate THE Right the States can so regulate with the exception (per the 1888 case, Illinois vs. Presser) that a State may not confiscate guns from the People because since the federal President has the right to call out a State's common law militia, he has a right to have an armed militia.
 
 
+7 # True Progressive 2011-05-01 10:58
And, since that "common law militia" today is the National Guard, a "well regulated militia," states can confiscate private arms, notwithstanding what the five Supreme Court judicial terrorists say.
 
 
+4 # Dave W. 2011-05-02 08:06
Bob4232, When, and if, the day comes that the President has to call out an "armed militia", culled from the general public, you may just as well get your shovel out as well. You're going to need it.If you live that long.
 
 
+18 # Michael Rivero 2011-05-01 08:27
Translation: The GOP can't run on the economy or the wars, so let's get the voters all hot and bothered about guns, or gay marriage, or immigration, or Obama's birth certificate, for the 2012 campaign!
 
 
+2 # plant345 2011-05-02 10:01
I agree!! When will American voters get informed about the issues (we have some of the dumbest voters in the world-they vote again their own interest)? I don't get it!These voters have done great damage to America! Get informed with the facts!
 
 
-1 # JohnnyK 2011-05-01 08:52
She's an airhead. Just ignor her and she'll go away.
 
 
-1 # jeenious 2011-05-01 09:34
It is a sad state of affairs when a majority of people in a nation must join their voices and their resources and spend an enormous amount of time and energy and finances to retain what they believe to be essential to their personal security and the security of their family. Let us hope that any organization established for purposes of representing such time, and energy and money as are contributed by those people is not more focused on the financial enrichment of its administration than upon the cause at hand. I, personally, made a money contribution to the American Rifle Association, only to find myself being inundated with telephone solicitations and mailed solicitations for more and more and more money -- each such solicitation beginning with references to "those people" out to take away our gun rights. I'm talking about three or more calls and three or more letters per week at times. I finally unsubscribed, not because I do not wish to be represented by an organization that can get good things done, or prevent bad things from being done by others, but because I need to know exactly where the money goes.

That desirable results have been attained by the ARA is not in the least in question for me. But do those of us who donate, and then get inundated with endless requests for more money, get full disclosure of how much rake-off each ARA honcho gets from the till?
 
 
+6 # angelfish 2011-05-01 11:06
This Imbecile should be brought up on charges of inciting to riot! Encouraging people to be "Locked and loaded" implies that being ready to fire on the opposition is acceptable! Having her teeny, tiny little pea-brained head up her Alimentary Canal at birth is probably the reason for her inane rhetoric.
 
 
+3 # Interested Observer 2011-05-01 12:52
Sounds like she is loaded, and time to lock her up.

Screw gun rights, protect our right to write exposes of unconscionable business practices, see the other story about stiff prison terms for exposing agribusiness. From the tone of these (proposed?) laws one would think Upton Sinclair had been a child pornographer, and indeed, the image of some of the workings of agribusiness is a sort of pornography in as much as what it depicts is arguably (or is it inarguably hence the severity?) obscene.
 
 
+4 # bettyboop 2011-05-01 16:33
First, I had no idea that we could repeal a president??
Second, do you remember Tucson!! Dallas? LA, Atlanta? etc etc...
Unemployment is still too high and the economy is still in bad shape but oil companies, BANKS and their "investment" partners, corporations that supply the military with the tools needed for our sons and daughters to fight the current Vietnam wars, many of the wonderful individuals elected to office, are all doing quite well financially, profits are way up! Why are these people focusing on such tivia when ther are some many more important issues to deal with, proverty, education, the elderly, the list goes on..
 
 
0 # Foxtrottango 2011-05-01 17:36
She's loaded, all right, with bullsh*t!

And she should be locked up for taking like an insane person.

Wow! Only in the USA, folks, will these crazy idiots be tolerated. The moral deterioration of America has began and is in full force. Hopefully, the American people will wake up in time before that happens.
 
 
+1 # TrueAmericanPatriot 2011-05-02 09:28
What a sick excuse for a human being! Apparently, these morons have learned nothing from the shootings in Arizona, of a few months ago! She should be locked away in jail for such remarks!
 
 
0 # KittatinyHawk 2011-05-02 11:39
April 29 Morning Call in Allentown Pa, a passing motorist was aimed at by State Senator Bob Mensch on 1-78 in Berks County.
Hamburg Police pulled Mensch over and had this Seantor meet them at Barracks where Senator admitted to having two hand guns on him, one in glove box at all times (so glad we know that and every hood in Pa).
The Passer by was aimed at and could id the gun.
Mensch was the Sponsor of Legislation called Castle doctrine which allows people to use deadly force under certain circumstance to defend themselves.
So if you pas these GOP/TP on a State Highway/Turnpik e they have the right to defend themselves and shoot you.

These are the people who should not have weapons. I hope he resigns, I hope his law goes with him, it is a very bad law that leaves lots of loopholes for Morons.

Senator was quated as saying "I did nothing aggressive towards this guy" I believe brandishing a gun while driving is bad enough but to threaten someone passing you is Criminal Offense.

We would have been thrown in jail in intent. But now in pa you can kill people under Castle Doctrine. Penna is in need of some major psych tests, bet the GOP are the ones who voted it in.
 
 
0 # nordlie1 2011-05-03 11:01
Wow! She has taken a page from Sarah Palin and Loughner
 
 
-1 # Anarchist 23 2011-05-03 13:34
Considering how many of our rights have already been taken away-4th Amendment rights thanks to mandatory drug testing, airport TSA searches, 5th Amendment with War Against Terror indefinite detainment and torture, 14th with the war against undocumented immigrants' children-creati ng an entire new class of 'stateless' people, 1st Amendment with the Religious Right's war against women and their reproductive rights and health care, effectively establishing a religious law, I fail to see how the 2nd amandment is helping us preserve our liberty!
 
 
+1 # Kayjay 2011-05-04 11:51
Shucks... she's just fishin for the gun-totin redneck vote......pehtu uuueeey.
 

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