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January 11th, 2011
11:15 AM ET
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Does anyone know how many political rallies were held by others and whom prior to the shooting. If so, that may answer a lot of unanswered questions. Think about it.

    January 12, 2011 at 12:30 pm |
  2. J.V.Hodgson

    Too much pointing fingers trying to lay blame in a political sense on one side or the other which is just stupid and ridiculous and of no value.
    Laughner is a symptom ( and a flawed one at that) not the cause of 6 deaths and 14 injuries.(This also a problem as I have some media saying 6 deaths and 13 injuries; who is right?)
    America loves to believe the age old theory "its not the car (or gun) that kills its the driver"(shooter).
    A car has a valid social use it can unfortunately used badly kill,but it is not designed to that.
    A gun is not a can opener it is designed to seriously injure or kill someone or something, or could be used recreationally for target shooting and those types of competitions for which separate rules can be made along with Hunting permits ( guns and Ammo)only available to license holders at Registered hunting lodges?
    Laws Requiring those who want to exercise thier
    second amendment rights to carry a gun must do so openly and display openly a valid license renewable annually ( criminal record you cannot have one, drug abuse, mental illness record, violent crime, as a reasonable restrictions against license issue.) and is valid only in the state of issue,unless you pre apply to cover regular visits to out of state destinations where a federal license can be granted.
    This is sensible debate rather than political rhetoric. So can we all please start by clearly differentiating between Rhetoric = one sided and debate which means people actually listen to each other and discuss and try to find common ground.
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    January 12, 2011 at 1:49 am |
  3. Jeff

    Anderson, just watched your show from last night....shame on you for giving Bill Maher the better part of an hour to talk about political rhetoric. Maher, while very, very funny and entertaining, is not really the best person to address the issue of rhetoric. Instead of focusing on this issue, your show should focus on bringing on experts to talk about mental health issues and how we can help to identify those who are a danger to society.

    January 11, 2011 at 9:24 pm |
  4. Bonnie

    Reality is the political powers that be are responsible for the Arizona massacre. Why, the words used to describe the President and congress and the senate. The words used help to fuel the fire and encourage those mentally ill and others. They believe it is acceptable to take people out of office with blessings. This includes Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, and all the other hate mongers in society. I am so sick of it. Can't people walk down the middle of the road any longer, or respect those who have different views. What happened to the USA that I grew up in?

    January 11, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  5. Tim Gibson

    Only if it means that Obama himself tone his down as well. This is not a one sided debate, even if the political left wish it to be so.

    January 11, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
  6. Sherry

    I heard Mr. Gergen during the 360 segment last night on CNN. I have never written or called anyone out on a comment prior to this but feel extremely disturbed by Mr. Gergen's comment regarding the loose gun laws in Arizona and his question regarding why we let 22 year-olds run around with a concealed carry weapon. I must say, I have not heard Mr. Gergen dispute the fact that a 22 year-old can join the military to serve this country, carry a weapon and possibly give his life while protecting Mr. Gergen's right to free speech. The bad guys are always going to find a way to get a gun whether it's legal or not and then the rest of us are left defenseless.

    January 11, 2011 at 2:18 pm |