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Apparently, it takes a police state to be truly free

Broward Sheriff Scott Israel makes a point to NRA Spokesperson Dana Loesch during a CNN town hall meeting at the BB&T Center, in Sunrise, Fla. (Michael Laughlin/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)

There were two extraordinary discussions on the Florida shooting Wednesday, one hosted by the President at the White House, one hosted by CNN in Florida.

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What it boiled down to: do we regulate guns or people? Looks like it has to be one or the other.

At the Florida event, students booed Senator Marco Rubio when he hesitated on banning assault rifles and explained the gun manufacturers would just get around the law, and you better be careful what you wish for.

“Once you start looking at how easy it is to get around it, you would literally have to ban every semi-automatic rifle…”

Turns out that’s exactly what they’re wishing for.

Then there was Dana Loesch of the NRA. She confronted the local Sheriff at the Florida event, asking why he didn’t act on the gunman’s online threats.

“Thirty-nine visits … I’m not saying you can be everywhere at once, but this is what I’m talking about, we have to follow up on these red flags.”

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Weapons are a constitutional right and to ban them is an assault on freedom, she said. Instead, she offered ideas like metal detectors, reinforced doors, checkpoints, ID badges, and armed teachers. She also suggested more training drills and arresting people who make online threats.

I guess it takes a police state to be truly free.

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