GUN If there were more gun bans, would this have happened?

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  1. copperhead035

    copperhead035 New Member

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    WASHINGTON (AP) - A middle-of-the-night car crash near the Capitol that Rep. Patrick Kennedy cannot even remember persuaded the congressman to make hasty arrangements to enter a Minnesota rehab facility.

    "That's not how I want to live my life," declared Kennedy, D-R.I., who has wrestled with depression and drug addiction since his teens.

    The son of Massachusetts Sen. Edward M. Kennedy entered treatment Friday night at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., where he has previously been treated for addiction to prescription pain medication.

    "I struggle every day with this disease, as do millions of Americans," he said.

    His one-car accident about 3 a.m. Thursday was the talk of the capital, with police saying he appeared to be intoxicated but Kennedy saying later that day that he had had nothing to drink.

    "I've been fighting this chronic disease since I was a young man, and have aggressively and periodically sought treatment so that I can live a full and productive life," he said at a Capitol Hill news conference Friday.

    The trip to the Mayo Clinic is Kennedy's second in less than five months. He went there over Christmas and said he returned to Congress "reinvigorated and healthy."

    "Of course, in every recovery, each day has its ups and downs, but I have been strong, focused and productive since my return," Kennedy said.

    Capitol Police cited Kennedy with three traffic violations and said Friday their investigation was continuing. He promised to cooperate with police.

    The accident sparked allegations that Kennedy was drinking and had received special treatment by police. He said he could not recall the accident.

    "I simply do not remember getting out of bed, being pulled over by the police, or being cited for three driving infractions," he said.

    As Kennedy, 38, left the lectern, he shook his head when asked if he might resign.

    "I need to stay in the fight," said the congressman, who was elected in 1994. He did not take other questions.

    As a high school senior, the congressman was treated at a drug rehabilitation clinic before he went to Providence College. He has said he wants to end the stigma of mental health problems, and he has been praised by mental health professionals for being open about his struggles with depression, alcoholism and substance abuse. He has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

    "I hope that my openness today and in the past, and my acknowledgment that I need help, will give others the courage to get help if they need it," he said Friday.

    The congressman's father issued a statement saying he was proud of his son for admitting his problem and taking steps to correct it.

    According to the police report, Patrick Kennedy drove his green 1997 Ford Mustang convertible into a security barrier near the Capitol. The officer listed alcohol influence as a contributing factor in the crash and noted that Kennedy was "ability impaired," with red, watery eyes, slurred speech and unsteady balance.

    However, Kennedy said he had taken a sleeping pill and another drug that can cause drowsiness before the accident but had not been drinking alcohol.

    Kennedy told the police officer he was "headed to the Capitol to make a vote," the report said. He was cited for failure to keep in the proper lane, traveling at "unreasonable speed" and failing to "give full time and attention" to operating his vehicle.

    Louis P. Cannon, president of the Washington chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police, who was not on the scene, said the officers involved in the accident were instructed by an official "above the rank of patrolman" to take Kennedy home and that no sobriety tests were conducted at the scene.

    "I never asked for any preferential treatment," Kennedy told reporters as he left his congressional office Thursday night.

    It was Kennedy's second auto crash in three weeks. His car struck the rear passenger door of a car while he was making a left turn from a roadway into a pharmacy in Portsmouth, R.I., according to a police report on the April 15 accident. No injuries were reported and Kennedy was not cited.

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  2. Soybomb

    Soybomb New Member

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    :big grin: thats great
     
  3. Artyboy

    Artyboy Necessity is the excuse for every infringement of

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    Why the fuck isn't this idiot in jail? :ugh: More importantly WHY IS HE STILL IN OFFICE???
     
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    I was thinking the same exact thing. Probably stopping in to fill a fake prescription. lol
     
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    fucking :werd:
     
  6. kellyclan

    kellyclan She only loves you when she's drunk.

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    You'd think he'd have learned after the first time he got snagged.
     
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    jonny427 Scooby Doo OT Supporter

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    Exactly my thinking.
     
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    what the hell is with the kennedys and car accidents and drunkenness?
     
  9. D-FENS

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    Of course gun bans would help. The barrier he crashed into was clearly placed there by gun owners. His depression that he started taking the medication for was probably caused by his fear of guns. If guns were banned, he wouldn't have been depressed, wouldn't have gotten hooked on painkillers, and wouldn't have crashed. So there you have it. It's all because of guns.
     

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