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    This board proves that people are offended by ridiculous things every single day. Like Stacey said- the outrage on this should be directed at the idiotic decisions and regulations in Texas that allowed this tragedy to happen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlyssaEimers View Post
    I was referring to her saying "Ah, yes Texas. Where they will defend the second amendment but not the first."

    No one was saying they should not have the right to post the cartoon, but that it was in poor taste.
    The governor wasn't defending the 1st amendment.
    "While I will always welcome healthy policy debate, I won't stand for someone mocking the tragic deaths of my fellow Texans and our fellow Americans," Perry wrote.

    Read more: Perry blasts California newspaper for cartoon depicting Texas plant explosion | Fox News
    He should stand for someone exercising their first amendment rights with the same passion as he does the second.

    AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Texas Governor Rick Perry on Friday said a gun manufacturer that has decided to leave Connecticut should "come on down" to the Lone Star State.

    PTR Industries, a maker of military-style rifles, threatened to leave Connecticut after the passage of one of the toughest gun-control laws in the United States. Connecticut enacted the measure in the wake of the Newtown school shooting that killed 20 first-graders and six adults.

    "Hey, PTR," Perry posted on Twitter on Friday. "Texas is still wide open for business!! Come on down!"

    The Connecticut law bans high-capacity ammunition clips of the kind used in the December school shooting and adds to the firearms covered by the state's assault-weapons ban.

    A second Connecticut gun company, Stag Arms, a maker of AR-15 style rifles, is also threatening to leave the state. The companies are being wooed by officials from gun-friendlier states such as Florida and Arkansas, as well as Texas.

    "We want to send a message that Texas is wide open for business, whether you're a weapons manufacturer or whether you're a tubular steel manufacturer," Perry told reporters in Austin on Friday.

    "There is still a place for freedom that is very much alive and well," the Republican governor added. "That place is called Texas."
    Perhaps this is in poor taste and insensitive to the families of Sandy Hook victims.

    The company sold ammonium nitrate and anhydrous ammonia, both commonly used as fertilizers. It had notified state and local emergency management officials of its stock of both in its most recent declaration of hazardous chemicals, filed in February.

    However, the risk management plan it filed with the federal Environmental Protection Agency in 2011 mentioned only anhydrous ammonia, which produces suffocating fumes and can cause burns if mishandled. The plan listed as a worst-case scenario "the release of the total contents of a storage tank released as a gas over 10 minutes" and did not warn of the risks of explosion.

    Federal law requires any operation that holds more than a ton of fertilizer-grade ammonium nitrate to report that stock to the Department of Homeland Security. Proposed new rules would cut that to 25 pounds. But Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told a Senate subcommittee Tuesday that West Fertilizer doesn't appear to have reported its ammonium nitrate stock to federal officials, adding, "We're following up on that."
    This man should be criticized. This never should have happened. The stuff is what Timothy McVeigh used. Yet the plant has gone unchecked for decades.

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    I don't see it as making fun of victims. At all. It's making fun of a governor who wants businesses to come to their state because of lack of regulations and zoning and it could have prevented a lot of lives lost if they had some stricter rules and better oversight.
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