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Is now the time for the US government to enact gun control?

Up to 27 people, many of them children, were killed on Friday in a mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, CT. Is this latest in a series of recent mass shootings a signal something must be done about American gun laws?

Kallie Jurgens More than 1 year ago
The kid stole the guns from his mother, who had a perfect right to them, she had a permit and everything was legal. He, the kid, was jealous of the kindergartners that his mom taught so he killed her and the little ones she loved. What a jerk -- this tragedy might not have happened if one or two of the teachers had a gun and USED IT TO PROTECT themselves, the other adults and especially the children.
Bellissima Carolina More than 1 year ago
Very good insight. I agree.
Margaret Comer More than 1 year ago
You said that right.
Merle Nelson More than 1 year ago
His mother never worked at that school. So why did he go to that school and kill kids???
Priya Sah More than 1 year ago
his mother was the teacher of the kids he killed
Karen More than 1 year ago
She was not even related to the school, nice try doesn't hold up! If SHE did not own the guns those kid's would still be alive!
Betty Gaylord More than 1 year ago
Karen, really! Come on, insanity can not be rationalized.
Casey Jones More than 1 year ago
Remember the old 1960's bumper sticker "Guns don't kill people, people do", wrong... It should read "people don't kill people, GUNS do".
Emma Sprague More than 1 year ago
Yeah... and spoons made me fat.
Nathan More than 1 year ago
Emma, everybody has to eat. People buy spoons in order to do something they HAVE to do to survive. Your analogy is as silly as the car analogy. Guns are not necessary, and they are designed for one purpose: to KILL things.
c More than 1 year ago
Alert we're going from serious discussion to the moronic. Just as a side not people who eat with chopsticks eat less since it's harder to do. Just as it is much harder to kill people with knives than guns.
c More than 1 year ago
Really guns do ,knives do , baseball bats do ,cars do , toasters do . Now the question is CASEY JONES do YOU see a pattern here? Humans control the devices in question not the other way around. You control YOUR behavior , the device does not you choose to do something not the device. Think about it quit blaming an inanimate object for doing something that a mentally ill or a criminal CHOOSES TO DO. As a LEO an ex LEO I preferred having armed citizens it does deter crime look at Chicago,NYC and DC no guns allowed yet they have higher gun deaths than any where . Really think about it.
Philip Atkinson More than 1 year ago
Get some brains man, about three/four weeks ago a fellow used a van yes thats right a VAN to drive around Cardiff, Wales to mow people down & he did kill & injure a number before being stopped. Need I say more? Happy Christmas.
Pat More than 1 year ago
He killed 1 person and injured 11 in at least 4 attacks, If he had a couple of guns he would killed more. A nutcase will always find a way to kill but guns make it easier to kill a lot more.
Carl Prothos-Acton More than 1 year ago
Hmm so Bats/club, knives, Cars, planes and fertilizer kill people so they all need to be banned. This is the logic of this comment
Joe More than 1 year ago
So do cars!! Do we ban them? In some parts of the United States, guns are as important as cars. It seems to me that this should be a state issue and not a Federal Issue.
Michael Hayden More than 1 year ago
he would have found one some where else...
Jason Camara More than 1 year ago
because he could not have done it any other way... what about McVeigh?
c More than 1 year ago
and how many mass fertlizer bombings have we had. Oh right one. Meanwhile we've had 31 mass shootings in less than five years Einstein. Any more ridiculous analogies in your peanut-brain?
Don Harris More than 1 year ago
TWO. The first world trade center bombing was carried out by a fertilizer bomb using Urea Nitrate. The UNFO bomb is less effective than the ANFO bomb which is why the bombing failed its stated goal of bringing the building down.
Don Harris More than 1 year ago
By the way, why have all of these shooting been within the last five years? In that time haven't we had a president who has an "assault weapons" ban as one of his agenda items?
Kat More than 1 year ago
If SHE did not own those guns, her son would have gotten them somewhere else. Pull your head out of the sand, Karen.
Betty Gaylord More than 1 year ago
I agree Kallie, but the issue of the mothers job, is not the issue, the shooter killed these kids.
Priya Sah More than 1 year ago
his mom was also to blame. she knew that her son had a problem, and she taught him how to use them! She is also at fault, her son had a mental issue. Apparently she liked to shoot targets. Why would you need 2 pistols, and a .223 caliber to shoot at targets?!? The rifle was reasonable, but there was defenatly something wrong with that woman.
AConnors04 More than 1 year ago
AGREE!
c More than 1 year ago
What does the number of weapons she owned have to do with it. Really so what if she owned 50 pistols and 20 rifles . It was her right to own them if she chose to. How many shoes do you own ,how many dvds how many cds . it was her right. It was his choice to kill the weapon didn't have a choice in the action. Did it ?
Nathan More than 1 year ago
Yup. There have been so many incidents in which mentally unbalanced people have committed mass murders with shoes and CDs.
c More than 1 year ago
That is the problem that she could own basically as many as she could afford, and the fact that she was legally able to buy assault weapons--no civilain needs one. And last I checked, there have been no mass shootings from a DVD
JoseyCarr More than 1 year ago
Our children have the right to life and liberty...owning a gun should have a much higher bar!
AConnors04 More than 1 year ago
exactly! thank you
Alice Feretta More than 1 year ago
People buy guns to protect themselves. Less than 1 in 1000 people actually use their gun for self defense. Their guns are used more often either to commit suicide by cop or self or the guns get into the wrong hands and kill other people. SO why do we need guns in our homes in the first place?
c More than 1 year ago
The shooters in Col, Ariz and Va Tech didn't buy the guns for their protection but thanks to the NRA and gun nut lobby, it's easier to buy a gun in America than to buy Sudafed (Pseudophedrine). Gun control doesn't mean gun ban no matter what the NRA tells you. Just as alcohol is regulated to prevent drunk drivers from killing people, alcohol is still available to people who drink responsibly
Don Harris More than 1 year ago
Alcohol is also available to people who drink IRresponsibly. Let's be honest about that.
c More than 1 year ago
It has now been over 10 years since gun owners in Australia were forced by new law to surrender 640,381 personal firearms to be destroyed by their own Government, a program costing Australia taxpayers more than $500 million dollars. The statistics for the years following the ban are now in: Accidental gun deaths are 300% higher than the pre-1997 ban rate The assault rate has increased 800% since 1991, and increased 200% since the 1997 gun ban. Robbery and armed robbery have increase 20% from the pre-97 ban rate. From immediately after the ban was instituted in 1997 through 2002, the robbery and armed robbery rate was up 200% over the pre-ban rates. In the state of Victoria alone, homicides with firearms are now up 171 percent. There has also been a dramatic increase in break-ins and assaults of the ELDERLY. Australian politicians are at a loss to explain how public safety has decreased, after such monumental effort, and expense was expended in successfully ridding Australian society of guns. Let's examine the overall murder rate and the gun murder rate in Australia. Take note both are virtually unchanged and unaffected by the gun ban.
Tim More than 1 year ago
Absolutely! Actual FACTS like these are so blatantly ignored!! Thanks for the info
_katiasecret_ More than 1 year ago
^^^^^^^ This shows how everything is falling into place, how the government is slowly making its move through peoples grieves, basically blinding us. (Bill of rights, 2nd Amendment) This nation has fallen apart. Never turn your back on your creator. Smh.
Robert More than 1 year ago
You cannot remove guns from the equation and expect mental illness to go away with them. That kind of reasoning is just the knee-jerk reaction from the liberal, left that always follows a horrible tragedy like this. If at least ONE or TWO RESPONSIBLE ADULTS on every campus were trained and armed then the lunatics of the world would not attempt these kinds of heinous acts. Did anyone notice that all of the adults killed were female, don't you think that this deranged young man knew that this school would be easy pickings for him. It is so sad that someone, anyone did not have the right tools to stop him. Isn't it about time for the government to acknowledge that they need to have better security in our public schools, shouldn't they be held responsible for our children, which we leave in their care ? ? ? They have had armed air-marshalls, undercover, on commercial airplanes for years now, why not schools ? ? ?
AConnors04 More than 1 year ago
mental illness wont go away your right, however all 20 yr olds should be made to take a mental evaluation if they want to purchase a gun.. just my thought. what does a 20 yr old need a gun for?
Don Harris More than 1 year ago
A 20 y/o can have a gun for anything he wants. He's a legal adult. I'm in the Army. I've worked with 19 year olds who were entrusted with light machine guns. I carried a grenade launcher, and so many explosives that if I'd been shot it'd have been a bad day for everyone around me. I trust people with weapons. I do NOT trust the idea of only select groups (governments) having weapons. History proves that governments are more likely to kill you that criminals.
Robert More than 1 year ago
AConnors04, do you really think that a 20 year old is not capable or responsible enough to have the right to own a firearm ? That is absurd, 18 year olds can vote, young men and women as young as 17 or 18 have been in our armed forces, protecting YOUR FREEEDOM, for a very long time. You are way off base in your thinking. Remember, one of our greatest statesmen and founding fathers said long ago; " A government that is big enough to give you everything that you want, is powerful enough to take away all that you have." Thomas Jefferson
RichardA More than 1 year ago
I agree, teaches should have the right to carry. We cant stop the crazys, face it we need jobs and we need armed gaurds in school, problem solved. If you ban guns then only the killers will have guns. Stop the violance on TV and screen if you want to solve this
Joe Voacolo More than 1 year ago
You can't go ahead, an start enacting Law's that are going to take away the citizens of this county the right to bear arms, and be able to protect themselves because someone did not recognize that this kid had problems. I do not want to diminish the horrible and tragic outcome of this incident, especially due to the age of much of these kids. But there is no comparison to the number of these isolated incidents against how many people in the country have legal guns, with proper permits, that keep them locked and away from kids to get at.
Pamela Navich-Therapist More than 1 year ago
Thanks Joe for your comment. I don't believe I mentioned anything about enacting laws that will take away citizens right to bear arms. This is an issue that is complex and contains many levels and facets. This is uncharted territory needless to say. The slaughtering of 6 and 7 year old children by an assualt rifle that contained bullets designed to explode in the body is an entirely different conversation than a hand gun kept locked in a safe at home. One mass slaughtering is too many...the NRA is planning to speak on Friday-Dec 21, 2012. I don't work with speculation...I work with facts. Let's see what this organization has to offer and take it from there. God Bless....
Don Harris More than 1 year ago
Where did this tail of exploding bullets come from? Dum Dum rounds are illegal. Most .223 rounds are standard ball rounds used for target practice. Most 5.56 rounds are FMJ rounds which actually do LESS damage than a normal lead bullet. Also, ALL assault rifles are fully automatic or burst. This was a semi automatic. Honestly we don't even know what weapon was used, because the facts of this story keep changing.
Betty Gaylord More than 1 year ago
Not one law could have prevented this horror. Only law abiding citizens obey the law. Permits to carry a concealed weapon, help good citizens protect themselves & loved ones, from evil. "More guns less crime" by professor Lott says it all. God bless these angels.
Robert More than 1 year ago
Let me say this as a Democrat so that there will be no blaming me for siding with the right or the NRA. This isn't about guns unless we're talking about assault rifles and other such weapons that belong in war. I realize that everyone is looking for someone to blame, so why aren't we blaming our lawmakers and Justice system? Are they not the ones being lobbied and paid to keep certain regulations on guns and those selling them from ever being written or made laws? Most of you don't even realize that it's the NRA writing our gun laws in the first place. There's thousands of things we can do to stop the potential for madness, but I will be damned if someone is going to take away my right to keep and bear arms so that the only ones with guns are the crazies!
Casey Jones More than 1 year ago
Remember-- ALL of these guns were legally purchased and owned. MOST guns used in crimes were legally purchased. The ONLY way to prevent gun killingsi is to eliminate guns from our society, like in China. The rest of your arguments are nonsense.
Don Harris More than 1 year ago
China which just had a mass stabbing...at a school? Great example. How about Israel which hasn't has a school shooting in a very long time, because the teachers will kill the shooter?
Gregory Gray More than 1 year ago
China had a mass stabbing and no kids were killed. Imagine what the outcome would have been if the perp had the kind of access to automatic and semi-automatic weapons that we do in this country. Israel is a great example too. They have some of the srtictest gun laws in the world and no school shootings. Hmmm...
c More than 1 year ago
May be you should do a little research . A China has seen more school killings ( stabbings ) since 2009 than we have here . No weapons ownership allowed there. Honduras has a no weapons ban yet has the highest murder rate in the world , Mexico has a ban on gun ownership yet there death toll is higher than Americas. England is now banning all lock blade knives due to , wait for it ,,, the number of murders with lock blade knives. So again Mr. Jones a little fact checking before speaking, Also Israel has not had a school shooting since 1958 do to , again wait for it,,,, ARMING THERE TEACHERS. Facts then opinion.
Gregory Gray More than 1 year ago
There is a big difference between the emotionally disturbed mass murderer and other killers. Honduras' murder rate is not due to mass killings like the topic here. They lack the law enforcement resources to effectively police themselves, having to compete with the drug cartels and other criminal organizations. China and Israel are great examples of where gun control makes a big difference: Imagine the devastation in China if the killers had access to guns. And Israel, they have some of the strictest gun laws in the world.
Don Harris More than 1 year ago
Let's break that down: Honduras still has massacres and crime, even with total gun bans. This proves that they do not prevent slaughters. Only the perpetrator changes. Would you rather be shot by a drug cartel or a madman, or do you perceive no difference in outcomes. Israel is safe not because of gun control, but because it is heavily militarized. Even with strict gun laws Hamas has all of the AK 47s it could afford, because they use the same underground channels that every other serious cartel uses. Armed teachers prevent school massacres, not naive little "Gun Free zones". China proves that an unarmed people will always become serfs. Would the Tiananmen Square Massacre have caused an uprising had the Chinese people had that option? Would it even have happened if the Chinese government knew their people to be armed? I think not.
Philip Atkinson More than 1 year ago
Yes, so the nice people in authority can put you in slave camps if you detract from the party line.
craigmonzyk More than 1 year ago
Move to china!! see ya!!
Shannon More than 1 year ago
How about just blaming the person who did it?
Pamela Navich-Therapist More than 1 year ago
I've been a mental health professional for 20 years and counting. I have an array of thoughts, feelings, and suggestions. We live in a "SICK" America...WE...THE PEOPLE...need to join together and embrace mental illness, understand mental illness, and help those who struggle with mental illness. Not only do gun control laws need to be assessed....mental health laws need to be addressed as well. The problems we face as Americans is mutlifaceted and we need to join together as ONE and SHARE OUR IDEAS, EXPERTISE, TALENTS, GIFTS, EDUCATION....AND CREATE A "HEALTHY" AMERICA. It's clear WE...THE PEOPLE HAVE A PROLBLEM...IT'S TIME TO FOCUS ON A SOLUTION. I firmly believe CHANGE IS POSSIBLE...what is the alternative! As a country....what we are doing is NOT WORKING....TIME TO TRY SOMETHING NEW...SOMETHING THAT WORKS...WHO'S WITH ME?
Ellie More than 1 year ago
I am with you completely. Many of these shooters are schizophrenic and even if parents or friends suspect mental illness,there is nowhere to go for help. I suspect many homeless are mentally ill and they need someone to supervise their medications. Clinics need to be set up for these people and perhaps it will take mental health therapists like you take a stance on this important issue. This does not minimize the need for new gun control laws.
Pamela Navich-Therapist More than 1 year ago
Thank you Ellie for your response. Your comments are right on target....my plan is to further investigate these issues and explore my options and attempt to get my VOICE heard....I am a mother of a 7 year old girl who is in the first grade. I am inpacted by this event on a personal as well as professional level....
Mike Zintak More than 1 year ago
It's not about Gun Control or new Laws. If you think that is the answer, you are totally ignorant to the real problem. You can't keep blaming Guns for the violence in today's Society. Enforce the Laws on the Books already, but lets start Profiling the Bad people again. Look at the Mental Health aspect and start getting our Constitutional Rights back. Fight the ACLU, who is behind the lack of Profiling in America today. They are systematically taking our Rights away. Lets also put the Blame where it should be on the Individuals that are committing these acts. You can also go right to the Parents of these people and for that matter the Educational System, where these Individuals come from. Unfortunately, the Schools today hide these people for fear of being sued by the ACLU or some other Liberal Think tank.
Don Harris More than 1 year ago
Here it is by the numbers. This excludes things like non-induced cancer, heart attacks, suicide. The focus here is on the preventable incidents. Tobacco use 529,000 Medical error: 195,000 Unintentional injury: 118,021 Alcohol Abuse: 107,400 Unintentional poisoning: 31,758 Drug Abuse: 25,500 Unintentional falls: 24,792 Non-Firearm Homicides: 16,799* Firearm Homicides: 11,493. Taken from CDC, and FBI, both US Government sources. *According to the FBI not only is Baseball America's past time, it also provided us with America's murder implement. The ball bat it the #1 murder weapon in the U.S. Should we begin licensing them?
Mike Gillis More than 1 year ago
Gun control is not the solution.
Don Harris More than 1 year ago
China just had 22 stabbed and slashed in a school, and guns aren't even close to being a leading cause for premature death in the US. auto accidents, medical malpractice, accidental falls, and illness all outstrip this by far.
Merle Nelson More than 1 year ago
But all 22 survived!!!!
Casey Turner More than 1 year ago
Tell me, how do you know that gun control will make shootings go away, can you see into the future. If so you should be a very wealthy person right now. Shootings wont go away with banning guns. You are being silly.
Casey Jones More than 1 year ago
Looks to me like you are being stupid. How can you shoot anyone if there are no guns? Use your finger?
Don Harris More than 1 year ago
Stab them or bludgeon them, like in the other 75% of all US murders.
Thomas Nicolai More than 1 year ago
do you really believe that criminals will be unable to access guns if they are banned? Ask the folks in Great Britain and Australia how that is working for them. Ask the people in the District of Columbia how a near-total gun ban is working for them. Ask the people in Chicago how a near total gun ban is working for them.
Otaku2012 More than 1 year ago
and mass murders in China are uncommon, but it is very common in america and mostly guns are used!
Don Harris More than 1 year ago
Mass murders are not "very common" in America, which is why they make the news and get sensationalized. In China mass stabbings are increasingly common. Should they ban cutlery, or just make sure everyone gets licensed first? Is China even a country you think we should emulate? They have a pretty brutal human rights record, which seems to be the common denominator of countries with arms control. They fewer weapons the citizen can possess, the fewer rights he can demand.
Carl Prothos-Acton More than 1 year ago
Not true more kids died or were injured in the OKC bombing not to mention Adults and property damage, what about the death toll from 9/11 no guns used in either
Billy Linas More than 1 year ago
Britain has .03 deaths per 100K people from guns, Japan has .02 and the US has 2.98 deaths per 100K. Of course there would be less deaths in the US with less guns.
Don Harris More than 1 year ago
No there wouldn't. Britain has a rising crime rate. Look at this year's statistics for assaults on women. As far as Japan goes, they are not a very violent people. Their culture is radically different from ours, and you may be seeing an affect of that in those statistics; but bad things do happen, even there.
Barbara Jean Shipps More than 1 year ago
Some of our family guns are for hunting, as well as our bow and arrows, but at the same time they are here if there was a home invasion...but mostly.. they are hear to protect us from our out of control Government... and we have the right to have them for that reason. We do not have machine guns or anything stupid and we DO NOT Need the government wasting any more time talking about this... they need to get to work doing their job instead of running our country into the ground.
Shannon More than 1 year ago
There have been crimes involvingvarious kinds of weapons since weapons were produced. The onlything taking our guns away will do is make innocemt people defenseless and criminals even more dangerous becsise they will still have guns, but we wont have any way to defend ourselves.
Jordan Stevens More than 1 year ago
Looking to the government to prevent such tragedies will not stop them from occurring again. Our government is not the one to blame nor to look to. The school should have taken the correct actions to protect their children. They failed. Why are not expressing outrage over this? Instead we are trying to ban assault rifles. This will not guarentee our safety.
Salli Gallagher More than 1 year ago
I think we should look at violent video games that teach children to kill.
Sam Johnson More than 1 year ago
To bring it up I have noticed something and have done some research on the topic but look at something people....The shooting in Aurora colarodo happend exactly 9 days before the hearing for the gun grab and the C.I.A was the ones who pushed it the hardest...it didn't succeed so then what happens? Another shooting just with kids instead of general people which is gonna turn the nation and worlds head much faster than before....what would happen if the whole population had no guns? The government could do whatever they wanted to without any resistance....what I have learned is that the C.I.A maybe ploting and organizing these shootings as though they are just tragic incidence in orderto gain heartfelt support to ban weapons so that the govenment and maybe U.N. can do something big although I am not sure what that might be but I doubt good considering they want to disarm the nation first.....again this is just hersy but it is something to think about.....if u trust a government u are a fool which is why u are better to rely on yourself, family & friends before the government,,,ik I would trust satan before I would any government.
Nancy Jones More than 1 year ago
What good will it do to ban ALL weapons??? NONE!!! if a criminal wants to get a weapon they will find a way to obtain one. Our own government gave weapons to the drug cartel and then one of own gets killed with our weapons!!! and these were not your every day weapons either; they were assault weapons that no one is allowed to own. so what do you have to say about that? From the president on down those assault weapons were given to the drug cartel. I'm telling you any time the government gets their hands on any controversial issue innocent people are going to get hurt.!!!
AConnors04 More than 1 year ago
who said ban all weapons? your right they will find a way but if they are illegal more people get arrested for providing. who' gets prisoned for this??? No-one they're all dead.
Nathan More than 1 year ago
There is no proposal to ban all weapons. Why do you gun people keep claiming that's happening? it's not, and it never will. Grow up and try to compromise a little -- in order to save innocent lives.
Don Harris More than 1 year ago
I will not compromise on my rights. Claiming that this would save anybody is naive. Look at the facts: The police didn't make it in time to stop this. They were a non-factor in the entire event. No one carried a concealed weapon because of the "gun free zones" that liberal gun grabbers want as part of "gun control". We saw how well THAT works. The only logical answer is to arm teachers who are willing to carry, or to install armed guards.
Mike Qu More than 1 year ago
Yes but when everything calms down. We don't want it said it is for a different reason.
Brenda Haller More than 1 year ago
I think our problem in America is the liberal people that protect everybody until they do something like this and then they would protect him( the murderer) if he had lived and gotten the death penalty. Don't they realize that someone that has the capability to murder will do it even if they had to do it with bombs, knives etc. you are not going to stop murder from happening. Why would the liberals think that taking our guns would end this, don't they realize that criminals will still have them and sell them to people like this, they don't care abut our laws, we still have people bootlegging, selling drugs and the criminals get them. So keep your hands off my guns.
AConnors04 More than 1 year ago
do you think he would've killed 27 people with a knife?
Don Harris More than 1 year ago
I think he'd have tried. China has more school deaths from stabbings than America does from shootings. Almost every country in the Western hemisphere with the kind of arms control America's left wants has HUGE numbers of deaths, both by gun and by other weapons. Go to Juarez, Mexico alone at night, I DARE you.
Joe More than 1 year ago
This is not about the deaths of all those innocent children. People who want to control our lives are using this issue to stir emotions up on the death of 20 innocent child to establish more control of the populous of the United States. We have been a strong and prosperous country primarily because of our strong independence and the abilities to have our freedoms such as free speech and the right to bear arms. Once we start weakening these rights, we will eventual loss these rights and our country will be something else and not the United States of America. This is the bottom line!!!!
Tim More than 1 year ago
Face it people. A law is talking put on paper. It is TELLING an evil person, "You can't shoot people, you shouldn't seek to buy or own weapons!" What happens when you TELL a bad man, "Sir, you can't kill people, we forbid it!" What happens? EXACTLY NOTHING!!! HE DOESN'T CARE! That's why all the gun laws in the world WON'T STOP ANY KIND OF CRIME. Criminals WILL get guns, guaranteed!! I read recently about a robber who was caught. HE SAID THAT HE CHOSE HIS TARGETS BASED ON THE PLACARD ANNOUNCING 'NO WEAPONS PERMITTED'! He knew he'd be 'safe' there!!
Tim More than 1 year ago
Yes..And lets issue all policemen BB guns; that way gun crimes will stop! Oh wait, how will taking guns away from the non-criminal police, force the criminals to stop perpetrating gun crimes? Oh well, less guns on the street, less crime!! Right?
Diane Smith More than 1 year ago
NO MORE TALK. WE NEED ACTION ON THIS!
Diane Smith More than 1 year ago
Long overdue!
Philip Atkinson More than 1 year ago
Bans are one thing but remember guns like anything else cannot be dis-invented.
c More than 1 year ago
More than 5,000 people were killed in Guatemala last year by gunshot - most of those in Guatemala City. Other countries with a higher per capita rate of deaths by guns than the USA include: El Salvador, Honduras, Swaziland, Mexico, Brazil, Philipines, South Africa, Columbia ...
AbrahamELee More than 1 year ago
Even if guns are not altogether scrapped, there should be controls on the types of guns that can be legally bought and wielded. The right to bear arms is for us to be able to protect ourselves. But do we really need a .223 rifle to do that?
Don Harris More than 1 year ago
.223 is probably one of the worst calibers out there. He was only as successful as he was because there was no one to stop him, and his victims were shot multiple times. Think about it. He was in a "Gun-free zone". We see how well that worked out. there was no one able to stop him, and he probably killed himself before police even entered the building.
Emma Sprague More than 1 year ago
I feel like everyone can only see the bad in the world at moments like this. This is definitely a tragic event but there are also times when guns can help and protect people. That is why our 2nd Amendment is the right to bare arms. At least, that's how I see it.
Eric Bentsen More than 1 year ago
Yes: 1812 No: 1154 Maybe: 495 10:53 pm ET, 12-16-12
Don More than 1 year ago
no new gun laws you already have 20.000 on the books how many are enforced? what is needed immediatly is two things 1 psycologistal testing and 2 gun mandatory gun classes for any individual purchaseing a firearm No Gun Bans !
Hawk More than 1 year ago
If someone exercises the right to legally own a gun, then, the person MUST be responsible and use common sense. What we need is more education on how to own a gun, especially if the gun owner resides with other people. A gun is a serious thing, not a toy. Not something one goes and tells the neighborhood about it, or talk about it in public places, and put it in the hands of people than are not capacitated. You are thinking about owning a gun, invest in a good SAFE and keep it secured. DO NOT allow ANYONE else access to it. Period. I am sorry, but that's the way it works. My respectful opinion.
Elsa More than 1 year ago
The Constitution is right. No gun control but control the violence in which the mind of our young people are focused. Control video games and simulators that are training them to kill, the media and films that emphasize violence exacerbating their copycat tendency. More psychological studies and help from the Dpt. Family and Children, what is important is to teach kids how to control their anger before is too late. Many, many children are growing alone with a TV-babysitter because their parents are too busy.
Matt Flamini More than 1 year ago
gun control does not mean no guns. Perhaps gun control means that you have to buy a dafe to keep your gun in. Perhaps gun control means that you cant have automatic weapons. Perhaps gun control means that you need a background check. Gun control can mean a lot of things, and it doesn have to mean, nor should it mean, no guns.
Matt Flamini More than 1 year ago
Parent might be less busy if the parents didnt have to work so much to make ends meat. Thank the coorporations and anti-union jerks for keeping parents at work so long, and away form thier kids.
Margaret Comer More than 1 year ago
NO, but what it does mean is that they want to take your guns away from you, not have you lock them up in a saf.
AConnors04 More than 1 year ago
WHAT DO YOU NEED A GUN FOR??? Unless you plan on killing people with it, why do you need a gun why does anyone need a gun for anything , if you want to hunt you should have to jump through freakin hoops just to get THE ONE GUN for hunting animals, not people!!! I don't get it the amendment should be banned, 24th amendment back in the day made sense everyone prayed and knew how to be a decent human being, that is not the case anymore, there are so many crazy people out there who only believed in death and destruction, you just never know who's gonna blow up first and do something as horrific as this. Changed the laws and do it so we don't lose anymore young people to something like this, and the killer kills himself so we are left with nothing to go on.. NOTHIN...
AConnors04 More than 1 year ago
sorry 2nd ammendment, i was on a roll
c More than 1 year ago
How about when they take the 2nd amendment away and you cant say anything about it cause the right to free speech is gone to or the right to Habeus Corpus is taken away from you as well . The problem is simple it is not the weapons it is the people that decide to use them for evil. England is banning lock blade knives ,why cause they are being used to kill people , China has no civilian owned weapons yet has had more children killed in schools than we have by crazy people with cleavers and ,,wait for it ,, KNIVES. after you stop and think about it the removal of the 2nd amendment is the stupidest thing you can do because then there is nothing to protect the rest of them!
Robert More than 1 year ago
AConners04, you ask the question "What do you need a gun for ? " One word comes to mind, Defence. If you think the the police WILL ALWAYS BE THERE to protect you, then you are living in a fantasy world. I will have to assume that you have never been in a situation where your life and the well being of your family is being threatend by someone who plans to do you harm. If you don't understand why people own guns and why they are an important part of survival in this twisted world, then you are truly "On Your Own"
Nathan More than 1 year ago
We need to close the gun show loophole, reinstate the ban on automatic weapons, and keep guns out of the hands of the mentally unbalanced. For starters. Arming teachers and everyone under the sun is an insane solution to the violence in this country. We do, also, need to check the violence in video games. It is out of control. And we need to increase funding for mental health care.
Don Harris More than 1 year ago
Fully Automatic weapons are already illegal. The weapons they are talking about banning are only COSMETICALLY different from common hunting rifles, and they accept an external magazine. That's it. that's the only difference. If I put a forward grip on a pocket knife does it become an "assault knife"?
Mike Gillis More than 1 year ago
The problem is that main stream media is supporting these terrorist by giving them their "Fifteen minutes of Fame". Take the responsibility to the source, not the tool. Do not react in a knee jerk fashion and punish law abiding citizens. Treat the murderers as terrorists and do not print their names, do not show their pictures, do not let them become famous. These creatures may be pulling the trigger, but irresponsible journalism is loading the weapons. Shame on you for airing the dirty laundry to make a by-line.
Steve More than 1 year ago
Mike, You don't get it. The guy was mentally disturbed (probably mentally ill) 15 minutes of fame ??? ridiculous. Mentally ill people will always be with us. So will upset husbands or fired employees. Now give them an SR15. That's the issue!!!! Murderers or terrorists???? You don't get it.
Mike Gillis More than 1 year ago
Steve, it seems like we're having two different conversations here. I am not arguing your point about the upset husbands or disgruntled employees. However, those that attack soft targets like schools where we expect our children and loved ones to be safe are seeking to shock and induce fear in our communities and nation..... That, to me, defines them as terrorists. Why would you need to know the names of these individuals? What do you get out of it?
Wes Davenport More than 1 year ago
Yes the gun laws should be changed in the U.S.A its no longer the wild west it ended 200 years a go
Megan Gummer More than 1 year ago
We have the same nutjobs in Australia ....we dont have massacres of little ones because we have gun control . The only decent thing to come out of the Right Wing Howard govts tenure ! President Obama will become the man who made America safer . Those children mut not die in vain
c More than 1 year ago
and 229 murders sounds great , but giving up the right to protect ones self sounds a little stupid oh wait those murders dont count cause they werent done with a gun . knifed and beat to deaths ok .
Merle Nelson More than 1 year ago
Yes it is time for gun control. We as Americans can keep the 2nd amendment by getting war weapons out of the hands of the criminally insane and off the streets of America. What would we have thought if this had been terrorist walking into a classroom and killing. We must realize that terrorist are walking the street of America with war weapons in their hands. And they will shot you if your hair is too long too short or they do not like the way you walk.
Maureen Hawkins More than 1 year ago
Kallie, how many people could he have killed if guns were properly controlled & his mother didn't have one to steal?
Marc Soules More than 1 year ago
Murder is already illegal, and it didn't stop this guy. OJ Simpson didn't need a gun. It isn't about guns.
Merle Nelson More than 1 year ago
Yes Marc, but how many murders in the past year with shovels. We are talking about war weapons. What would have happen if this was terrorist in America killing our children,
Mike Gillis More than 1 year ago
This WAS a terrorist. One more law wouldn't have stopped him.
AConnors04 More than 1 year ago
it would've stopped him, if he wasn't able to get his hands on the weapon of his choice. aknife wouldn't have gotten him to kill 27 people
Don Harris More than 1 year ago
AConnors04: In China it was 22, so no, he might've fallen 5 shy of the mark. it is a fact that these things happen. They are shocking and result in an emotional response, which the anti-gun lobby then ghoulishly preys upon. Meanwhile while "massacres" go down with gun control (confiscation) smaller murders and crimes go UP by ridiculous numbers, until the rates are worse than they were before. The facts are there, in Australia, and Britain, and China. The cure is worse than the disease.
Matt Flamini More than 1 year ago
Maybe she should have kept her gun in a safe. When people have their kids steal their guns, the parents should be put on trial.
Don Harris More than 1 year ago
In this case the parent was his first victim. He killed her.
Merle Nelson More than 1 year ago
Yes she was and this was a troubled young man and his mother had taken him out of school to home school him. So she must have known he was troubled; yet she kept the guns where he could get to them. Hmmmmmmmmmmm
Casey Turner More than 1 year ago
what is the hmmmmmm for? Honestly, what point are you trying to make with that? You are just making yourself look like a fool.
Joan Starr More than 1 year ago
How do we justify 30,000 victims of gun violence? Just giving everybody more guns does not keep the guns from ending up killing our babies, our mothers, our fathers, our neighbors. The NRA thinks only of their pocketbooks. No civilized nation has these statistics.
Don Harris More than 1 year ago
Where do you get that "30,000" number from? According to the FBI firearms kill around 8,000 people in the US. 75% of all violent crime is committed with weapons other than firearms, primarily the baseball bat, and knives.
Merle Nelson More than 1 year ago
Don 30,000 folks are killed each year with firearms!!!
Casey Turner More than 1 year ago
Merle Nelson, state your source, FBI website says 11,493 die a year from firearms, 34,485 in motor vehicle accidents. Maybe cars should be illegal, after all if guns kill people then cars kill people. It, for sure, couldn't be the operator of those machines. Use logic
Casey Turner More than 1 year ago
How do you justify automobiles then? Joan Starr, deaths from cars is three times higher then firearms. If guns kill people then cars kill people. Straighten out your logic.
Steven Georgia More than 1 year ago
There are certainly crazies with cars as weapons ! hahah
AConnors04 More than 1 year ago
this subject anything but funny.
AConnors04 More than 1 year ago
i didn't know cars purpsosedly set out to kill others.. i think the logics off a bit. just like the person who said ban pencils because someone use it to stab others should be illegal, you guys are acting like fools.. You don't need a degree to know what guns do.. its not a pencil, its not a car slipping on ice and causing an accident.. Cmon~
c More than 1 year ago
I'm still unsure how you figure that a gun is any different from the hammer that beats someone to death or the knife that stabs some one or the baseball bat that beat someone to death. IT IS the choice of the person using any thing they turn into a weapon. China it is meat cleavers and knives that are killing school children , in Israel it is bombs and missiles but no one has attacked a school there since 1958 why because the teachers and most of the parents are armed and trained to use them to protect students.
c More than 1 year ago
Check your facts please , and yes there are other coountries with higher rates ,honduraus , Mexico and several other central american countries and they have gun bans in place . China has had more school children atacked with cleavers and knives . NO guns used . England is banning all lock blade knives why? being used to murder people so you and Merle need to check your facts before you speak. please .
Joan Starr More than 1 year ago
Let's regulate the sale of bullets!