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July 22nd, 2009
04:00 PM ET

We Listen – Your comments 7/22/2009

Concealed weapons and heath care reform were top of mind for Wednesday’s American Morning audience. The majority were in favor of allowing those with weapons permits to cross state lines without penalty.

  • Dave: I am A retired Police Officer. I don't even own a handgun any more, but I have a permit to carry, and just think that If I want to carry again, I can. I choose not to, but that choice if I have complied with the law should be mine, not just a national blanket NO you can't. Our cities have a track record for violence. Our officials have saw fit to some extent to allow that to happen. Now they are crying because people are starting to realize that the Police and Government isn't going to protect them. Criminals don't bat an eye about using violence. Law abiding citizens weigh the consequences of their actions. Defending one self is a natural instinct. Govt Bow out.
  • Gordon: You guys missed the point in your story about the proposed concealed carry law in the Senate. Your story was about buying and owning guns. That is far different from having a concealed carry permit. How many CC gun owners have committed violent crimes. Not at Virginia Tech! Since Vermont does not have a CC permit law, would not that disqualify a Vermont resident from carrying in NYC, since the new law would require a permit in the state of residence? The Brady bill fro buying a hand gun didn't work! Concealed Carry background checks does work!
  • Shayne: YES YES YES i think it is a good idea for citizens that have a weapons permit to carry them in any state!! The government is really good at taking away our rights; it would be nice to reward the GOOD Americans for once.
  • Monte: the question of concealed weapons becomes one of "what can you do with it if you feel threatened? you cannot shoot somebody with it, regulation on deadly force should be taught to every gun owner. I feel that people who choose to carry a concealed weapon often get more aggressive in their behavior and feel they can pull the gun out anytime they want. that is not true! threatening people with a gun is a serious crime. people need to really understand the laws on gun use against other people.
  • Dianne: I see no harm in licensed concealed gun owners carrying the weapon from state to state. As long as they also carry affidavits from at least five (5) different psychiatrist, confirming their sanity and common sense.

Where do you stand on this controversial issue? Are “illegal” guns responsible for the crime in America?

Regardless of opposition to the president's health care reform, the majority of viewers were still in favor of the Obama Administration’s push to solve the issue.

  • Paul: In regards to healthcare, provide the general population with the same plan that Congress receives.
  • Daisy: I am an independent voter. I voted for Obama and I am still with him!! When I hear the head of the Rep. party Steele sent a secret memo saying to delay the health care do every thing you can to delay it and I hear the S,C. Senator say we have to defeat Obama on health care it will be his Waterloo I know that it must be good for America!! They the Rep don't want to help the people they want back in power. This makes me sick!! Why don't you at CNN bring these things out let the people know what is being said?????
    Sandy: taxing the rich: they have been using 'loop holes' for years & not paying much if anything...just let them pay their 'fair share'...
  • Jerry: Ref Health Care: Why not ask the public to call or e-mail the senate and house and tell them what they chose or would like to have.
  • Jose: "A Nation can not be wealthy when its people are sick."
  • Mark: My wife and I are both retired. I'm on SS disability. We both have pensions from long term employers. We pay almost $4000/year for medical and dental. Our coverage is pretty good, but I get the impression that it would become worse under Obama's plan. How can I possibly support a plan that would give me less health care and cost me more? Why not expand the existing programs of Medicare and Medicaid to aid those w/o health care? They're already in place and could be modified to provide for more people
  • Michael: With regards to health care reform, I hear a lot of people complaining that this is socialism. Well, look at our police and fire departments...those are forms of socialism, and no one seems to complain about that! Why don't we privatize those things if "socialism" is such a threat to our country? When it comes to these issues of importance, why do some people have such black & white views, as opposed to embracing some new ideas that might benefit us all?

Tell us your thoughts.

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  1. ronvan

    Carrying concealed weapons: People carrying firearms is not what bothers me. Its the fact that "to many people" THINK they can just just defend themselves, pull the trigger and kill another human. As a retired Army Vet., I can tell you that this is a "life changer" and many do not get over it! I have friends that are police officers that have gone through this, years ago, and they are still having problems. And this does not even begin to cover the additional problems. What kind of weapon do you carry, how big the caliber, type of ammo., and can you even shoot straight if, god forbid, the situation occurs. Police, everywhere, are going to be run crazy with calls about people carrying.
    Will normal traffic stops become "felony stops" ?

    July 31, 2009 at 8:45 am |
  2. Bernice

    My vote is with you Dale! Are you running for president, by chance?? Wish I could take back my vote and vote for you! You sound as an intellegent man who has a love for his country, and a deep respect for our Constitution! This president thinks that it is just an old piece of paper! If they feel this way before election, they should never be voted in! Its unAmerican! He i just plain un American!!

    July 24, 2009 at 6:10 am |
  3. Jerry

    Name is Jerry ..and it was Bush that took 8 years to create the mess the states is in . Obama can not wave a magic wand and create millions of jobs in six months if he had not done what he had done with the stimulus packages you would be much worse off than you are now.
    I said nothing about abortion ..I am talking about your private mega profiting hmo's that cut people off when they get sick with cancer or the millions of Americans with no health care at all or the guy that cuts off his fingers in a accident and has to decide whether to keep the 25k finger or the 15k finger or people that have to sell their house to pay hospital bills.

    July 23, 2009 at 6:38 pm |
  4. Bernice

    Jezebel... if you want him there, please feel free! He has sunk our ship in what he referred to as a stimulas package worth over a TRILLION DOLLARS!!! Then he and the democratic party blew the money like it was Christmas in July! We still have no new jobs and he does not seem to be concerned of this issue ...altho we had yet another huge increase in UNEMPLOYMENT! He is litterally making a total mess out of our country and employment issues, why should he be given any more room for errors? We are the one who have to pay for it, not the Canadians! I REFUSE to have to pay for an abortion for anyone! I did not comit that sin, I do NOT wish to have to pay for it! Once they start having to pay for thier own sins, they may think twice before committing them again!

    July 23, 2009 at 2:33 pm |
  5. Jerry

    As a Canadian I am finding the US is becoming more and more bizarre .
    -questioning whether your president was born in the US.
    -a country that was built on owning other human beings.
    -so many that want to run around with a concealed weapon because they feel so unsafe.(is it not time to maybe up date your laws for this century? )
    -health care for can you put a price tag on human life and refuse care for people with no ability to pay?(and then have people from the states with a straight face say you live in the best country in the world?) I was appalled to see in that story awhile back a hospital dumping indigent people off on the side of the road like human garbage.
    -refusing to place hefty taxes on cigarettes..liquor..gas and junk food all which would pay for your health care ..all which do you harm and add to the health care costs..not to mention everyone and they’re mother toting guns which adds to health care costs. Sorry but taxes are what build roads ..bridges…top notch schools and hospitals and would give all Americans health care care should be a right not a privilege( I am quite sure the US pays the lowest taxes of any of the G8 countries) I live in Alberta you get more oil from us than any where else in the world yet we pay much more to gas our cars up than you.
    -a country which laws allowed wall street to basically commit fraud on many countries leaving them in ruins by selling bad loans (not sure why this is not up before the world court)
    -a country that left people to die and corpses to rot in the streets during hurricane Katrina.
    -your country is decaying look at parts of Detroit and other various cities they are starting to look and act like scenes from that movie “Escape from New York”
    Obama is the best thing to ever happen to the US . It is time to pull up your pants America and let Obama do his job and bring civility, order and fairness to your country and hopefully cure your country of racism.

    July 23, 2009 at 1:10 pm |
  6. Jerry

    Bernice ..are you paying $12 dollars for a pack of cigarettes? or $50 for 24 beers?
    Friend of mine went down to the states not long ago and paid $2 and something for a bottle of wine ..the same wine here was $18.
    We pay very high taxes here but I do not complain because I want to see everyone's health care covered and see that single mother have suitable housing and if that single mother is legal or illegal I do not care ...they are human beings.

    July 23, 2009 at 1:06 pm |
  7. MichaelS

    Well,, ALL guns are illegal! Thats the way the government would want to have it. But it is not going to ever be so, because those that want them will have them, regardless of any laws. The issue at hand is:
    legal CCers can take their weapon anywhere they go. Duh! Of course they should be able to, without all the bogus "homeland security" that only seems to thwart citizens doing lawful things. Whats next?
    Concealed nail clippers? Is that a pointy comb? Even a plastic lighter in the hands of a person who knows how to kill in one stroke should be banned! How many hammers are out there being displayed, that "could" be a potential "weapon"?
    Cop: "Are you authorized to use that crowbar sir?
    Person: "Im just changing a tire, officer"
    Cop: Wheres you permit?
    Person: ??????????????????????

    July 23, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  8. Vermont Resident

    We have observed that in the past 8 years, health insurance has doubled. As both of us have lost jobs, we have no health insurance and therefore, my son’s activities are limited.

    We support Obama’s health insurance strongly. The savings that consumers get from this healthcare will help the economy and will also help in keeping a check on competition. The changes that USPS has implemented are keeping a check on private couriers. Similarly, this model in healthcare will keep a good competition bringing more benefits to the consumers. The congress should raise above all petty politics and support the president in this historic reform.

    Thanks to the President for working on this major issue very swiftly and wish him all the best to implement this reform ASAP.

    July 23, 2009 at 11:08 am |
  9. JEZEBEL58

    I believe wholeheartedly with Ruth Daniels.And i do believe the Republicans are shooting him down every chance they get and they should be working with him,having money to pay for health care is okay if you've got it and if you don't.....I guess "John" has it easy not having to worry about paying for health care and getting a welfare cheque is not a tax break,it's not even enough to pay rent.I don't believe the americans how the health care would work,we in Canada do have to wait a long time for MRI's and surgeries but once we show our health cards we are covered for the basics.Ruth Daniels,the white house was built primarily by blacks,so why shouldn't a black man live in the White House.Sometimes we do play follow the leader instead of actually knowing the facts and your president whether it was Hilary or McCain needs your help,you are racially attacking him by knocking him down with every thing he tries to do.I do feel sorry for your president,he has only been in office six months trying to clean up eight years of whatever was left for him.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:56 am |
  10. Bernice

    Jerry, obviously you are not even from here! We, the American People, have "sucked it up" for a very long time! We pay taxes on top of taxes! We even have to pay taxes just for having the privagege to work! They tax just about everything and will not stop till they own it all! It really should not matter what surgeries that people may have payed cash for, it was thier right to do so! It's thier money! And, if you came here to an emergency room in the USA, they would NOT turn you away! There lies the problem, Jerry! We pay for ALL ILLEGAL ALIENS! Know your facts! You would if you were an American, having to pay for it! We are paying dearly because we have to pay for the healthcare of these illegal immagrants! There, as I've said, lies the problem!

    July 23, 2009 at 10:48 am |
  11. Bernice

    My father was a truckdriver! He should have had the rights to protect himself as long as he was following the laws nationwide! The "bad guys" carry them and use them, but the legal sane gunowner can not? This is just another hit on our constitutional right! Nothing more! When this administration is done, the states will deside, and we will lose our right to bear arms! We should ALL be UNITED and STOP THIS ADMINISTRATION NOW! One day it could be much too late! Please fight for your freedoms!

    And Ruth, the book of Revelations tells us of a man....he comes towards the end, he will be known as Palerider. Do not follow this man. He is decieving you. We have come to notice that this very pale black man does not have the love for the Bible in which you and I do. Be careful on which God you chose. You could follow the Palerider. into the depts of....DOWNSTAIRS! Read the passages. If you are a believer, then you must have read about the Pale Rider who comes at the end, decieving the people, and misleding them down a bad path of destruction worldwide. This is the only time in history that a Pale man had this much power! Be careful of what God you chose! Even though it does sound good, once he has lied, he will lie to you on a regular basis. This man has been caught in many lies! Be ever so careful on who you chose to follow. Your God may have just sent you an angel. Please read the book of Revelations very carefully. God bless you, Ruth. I wish that this administration had the real love for the Bible that you and I seem to have. One day, according to the Bible, we will.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:38 am |
  12. Bernice

    My father was a truckdriver! He should have had the rights to protect himself as long as he was following the laws nationwide! The "bad guys" carry them and use them, but the legal sane gunowner can not? This is just another hit on our constitutional right! Nothing more! When this administration is done, the states will deside, and we will lose our right to bear arms! We should ALL be UNITED and STOP THIS ADMINISTRATION NOW! One day it could be much too late! Please fight for your freedoms!

    July 23, 2009 at 10:28 am |
  13. Jerry

    I thought Obama's speech was clear and to the point.
    Hard to believe so many want to shoot him down but America is known for shooting themselves in the foot constantly.
    I have no idea why you do not tax booze..cigarettes..junk food and gas. Maybe tax people that pay for all that plastic surgery for lips the size of vagina's and boob's the size of could probably treat every cancer patient in the US from that alone
    I live in Alberta and majority of our oil goes to the US(and you get the majority of your oil from Canada) and we pay way more to fill up our tanks than you do.
    US needs to suck it up and start paying taxes if you want a decent society or you will continue to decay . In the end its all about priorities do you want to cure a sick child of cancer ..have safe roads and notch schools that are not falling apart or have cheap gas ..junk food and cigarettes?

    please inform your earlier guest there is plenty of Americans that enter Canada in search of free health care ..unlike the US we do not reject people if they have no ability to pay .

    July 23, 2009 at 10:16 am |
  14. Bruce Nelson

    I wonder if the recent "unrest" in Iraq would have ended differently if the Iraq populace was armed?

    July 23, 2009 at 8:47 am |
  15. Lynda Pruitt

    Prohibiting citizens who have permits to carry handguns across state lines is ridiculous. When people go on vacations, they feel more secure with the protection of their small arms, and actually could be likely to need them more than at home in unfamiliar surroundings.

    Also makes absolutely no sense to blame the refusal to allow this on any criminals. As everyone knows, it's the criminals who don't obey the laws, and they'll always have whatever arms they want, at whatever time they want, and wherever they want. They're likely to carry anything from Uzis to sawed off shotguns.

    July 23, 2009 at 8:39 am |
  16. Ruth Daniels

    I thank that if Obama was a white man thier would't be so much talk about health care plan. becaus he is a black man with the ring in his hand he is put down and made to look like he don't know what is doing. it looks like that because know other President never cared abouth the poor it has always been the rich white people that had the ring. so now we got a black man that care about everybody. white look down thier nose at and make it look like he don't know what he is doing but is headed the right way. why not work with him the Repubican and Democracy are to work with his why can't they give him something that will work than all that bad mouthing they are is whites worker at the white house working with the president come out and say they done want this plan not to pass so it will hit the president in the face so work will him not againt look more like the 1960 to just in a lighter colorer.take off the Black and White lens from the eye. THE BIBLE SAID IN THE LAST DAYS THERE WILL BE A CHANGE THE ONES THAT WAS FIRST WILL BE LAST AND THE LAST WILL BE FIRST. WHAT GOD DO MAN CAN'T UNDO IT. LET US GET ON WITH LIFE HE IS THERE FOR THE NEXT 31/2 YEARS. MAYBE BY THEN THEY WILL COME UP WITH WAY TO GET THE BLACK OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE RIGHT NOW THE BLACK MAN CALL THE SHOTS HE IS OUR PRESIDENT BLACK IN ALL IT COME DOWN TO THE BACK WATER WHITES DON'T WANT THAT BLACK MAN TO SHOW THEM UP FOR ALL THEY DID TO THE POOR PEOPLE. I WAS BORN IN 1955 KNOW A LOT.

    July 23, 2009 at 8:27 am |
  17. K Harrell

    Obama stop the campaign, you've got the job. Listen to your polls and what they are saying about health care. And a new concept for you, listen to the house and senate and all the feedback they have, draft a bill, but don't send it out at three o'clock in the morning and demand to have a vote a few hours later. Draft a bill, put it online, let our representatives explain it to us in our monthly emails and remember a health care bill should be easier to explain and understand than the process of splitting an atom. Your numbers go down every time you get on TV now. You remind me of that hard sell in history you must pay to get your family out of purgatory, besides you are now interrupting Fred Sanford and Son reruns. My husband thinks you should trade in that $6,000 purse to buy your own health care and prescription drugs for the year. And what about spending some time on our kidnapped soldier?

    July 23, 2009 at 8:11 am |
  18. John

    The President's speech on health care reform was another one of his style over substance speeches. Yes, we need to reform health care. No, his plan won't work.

    Obama must think American's are stupid when he can also stand there and lie about the cost of his proposal and say it won't cost us a thing. I'm sure the only people that will believe that are the same people that believe a welfare check is a tax break.

    If the Dems and the President are serious about trying to pass health care reform, go after the cost reductions first (get rid of the waste he claims is 2/3 of the cost), then really cost a major cost to doctors and add tort reform to the mix. Once he's successfully done that I will believe the rest of his claims.

    July 23, 2009 at 8:05 am |
  19. John

    I'm always amazed that it's the places that have the highest crime rates have the toughest restrictions on their citizens getting a concealed carry permit and don't honor anyone else’s permit (don't reciprocate with another state). It's not the typical law abiding citizens that commit the majority of the violent crimes in this country and restricting those citizens from carrying a weapon does not reduce crime.

    July 23, 2009 at 7:55 am |
  20. Steven M

    I'm a liberal but I'm tired of how most liberals who support civil rights forget that gun ownership is a civil right too.

    July 23, 2009 at 7:51 am |
  21. Gary Burgess

    After hearing about and reading about the story of Professor Gates and his demand for an apology, I feel an apology is due. Racial profiling is a serious matter and it happens in America more often than people realize. When a person is is placed in a predicament because of their race, color, sex or even sexual preference by individuals in authority positions it is nothing more than discrimination. With that being said, the apology should come from Professor Gates. The police responded to a neighbors/citizens report of a possible crime in progress. The police asked several times for Professor Gates identification. Professor Gates refused the instructions of the responding officer and even became verbally abusive. The situation escalated BECAUSE Professor Gates refused to provide the proper identification. This situation could have been resolved IF he would have complied. The people that have had their rights violated by individuals in position of authority are the ones that should receive the apology, FROM PROFESSOR GATES!!

    July 23, 2009 at 6:50 am |
  22. David C

    I just want to make sure and have a full understanding. Individuals that have a conceal carry license have to go through a thorough background check including fingerprints and take a course that requires you to pass a written and shooting test. My understanding is that individuals with a CHL are in fact law abiding citizens. So, why restrict the individuals with CHL permits? Now let’s play devils advocate, remove all firearms from the United States except for police officers. Handgun violence would go down as long as you removed all firearms. Using the United Kingdom as a model, only 14 murders with firearms were recorded on in 2008. Where the firearms came from? Only the criminals who committed the crime know. Now, murders over all ranked 7th of 49, kidnappings 1st of 39, Rape victims 6th of 20, I can go on but here is where they ranked in total crimes 2nd of 50. Yes, number one is this great country of ours.

    United States of America Total crimes 1st with 11,877,218
    United Kingdom Total crimes 2nd with 6,523,706

    You are probably wondering “where are you going with this?” If you look on all the percentages of crimes compared to the United States of America, the United Kingdom show a higher percentage of crime. You see the total number of crimes does not reflect the total population.306 million compared to 61 million. Total crime victim shows The United Kingdom with 26.4% (3rd) and The United States at 21.1% (15th). The plain fact is that if a criminal will more than likely to commit a crime, from robbery to murder, if he or she knows that the victim is not armed or prepared. An example; rape victims in The United Kingdom 0.9% (6th), rape victim in The United States 0.4% (13th). Without proper counter measures do you really think a female has a chance of not being a rape victim, unless the guy has the physical prowess of Steve Urkel? If you remove guns then the method of committing the crime will change not the violence, and would somebody please explain how 14 individuals obtained firearms under a total gun ban?

    July 23, 2009 at 12:07 am |
  23. Dale

    I wish that the people writing on these blogs would spend more time on researching their areas of concern before making accusations, assumptions, and destructive comments on the issues they are concerned about or think they have the answers to. We need to go back to what our forefathers have founded this country on, that being a Repubic. One ruled by the laws written in our Constitution and Bill of Rights, not from a Democracy, which we have moved towards, which is ruled by a majority. This form of government we are in today will not sustain itself. The more power we give it, the less freedom we will receive. We need to fix the issues that are already before us, before we add more issues to our problems. Once our country gets to the next stage, that being an Oligarchy, ruled by a few or group, then we will have no freedom! Read some history. Rome is a prime example. On a side note, think about this. There is a falsehood we have started, that of left-wing or right-wing groups being among us. Instead, there is a scale. A scale consisting of 0% government to 100% government. Your so-called left/right wing groups are somewhere in-between. In order to have the proper stability, government should be somewhere in the middle, just enough to provide security for us and allow us to prosper. We can still fix healthcare ourselves, just keep the government out of it and follow the rules we already have on the books.

    July 22, 2009 at 9:37 pm |
  24. Richard

    Brad, you are mistaken, the Bill of Rights applies to the Federal Government, not the states. SOME of the rights in the Bill of Rights have been applied to the states indirectly, by incorporation through the 14th Amendment. Only 1 court of appeals has arguably said that the 2nd amendment applies to states.

    July 22, 2009 at 6:37 pm |
  25. Veta Gardner

    I believe health care reform that the President is proposing is a good one. Most Americans do not understand it and rather follow what the
    Republicans are saying. Why can't we have the same as Canada? I have friends in Canada and they get good health care.Give the President a break. He is doing a good job trying to clean up the mess than was done for 8 years

    July 22, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  26. Brad

    1. The bill of rights applies to all states equally. I do not have to check any of my other rights at his states or cities border.
    2.Mayor Bloomberg may not carry or own a gun; but he has armed (probably concealed weapon) bodyguards to protect him. Why can't every law abiding citizen in his own city have the same?
    3. Mayor Bloomberg says that it is difficult explaining to a family of a police officer in his city who has been killed with a gun. Mayor Bloomberg must think that boxcutters and airplanes are responsible for the tragedy of 911.

    July 22, 2009 at 4:49 pm |