After Sandy Hook Shooting, Is It Time for More Gun Laws?

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Just about everyone in the country knows that 26 people -- incuding 20 children -- were shot and killed at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Connecticut last week, before shooter Adam Lanza killed himself.

The question is: now what?

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-Fully-Auto vs. Semi-Auto: The Dividing Line in Gun Control

As you can imagine, after the nth mass shooting in recent memory, some folks are calling for more regulation on firearms.

Our colleague Stephen Lemons pointed out a few of these developments yesterday, including an editorial written by Democratic Congressman Ron Barber.

"There are many other factors that can produce a violent tragedy," Barber wrote in the Arizona Republic. "But we do know that the availability of certain weapons coupled with mental illness is a recipe for disaster."

If you read through the whole thing, he's very cautious in going after the guns, but is adamant about mental-health-related legislation.

Mark Kelly, the wife of former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who has slammed Governor Jan Brewer for her comments on guns around the time of the Tucson shooting, was more direct in his comments after the most recent shooting.

"As we mourn, we must sound a call for our leaders to stand up and do what is right," Kelly wrote on Facebook. "This time our response must consist of more than regret, sorrow, and condolence. The children of Sandy Hook Elementary School and all victims of gun violence deserve leaders who have the courage to participate in a meaningful discussion about our gun laws - and how they can be reformed and better enforced to prevent gun violence and death in America. This can no longer wait."

Without any specifics, do you think it's time for some kind of additional gun-control laws in the country?

Cast your vote below:



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jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

The place to start is more School Resource Officers. When there is an emergency we call the cops. Having them ALREADY IN THE SCHOOL would be a huge increase in safety. Raising taxes to cover this should be recognized by all as worthwhile.

alehound
alehound

oh yeah, in China 22 kids killed by ahole with sword the same day, where's the media? fuckers. 

alehound
alehound

Only if they take the guns away from mexicans and naygroes first....,. 

maxonepercent
maxonepercent

Take away guns and psychopaths will still find ways to kill innocents. The worst school massacre in US history occurred on May 18, 1927, when 45 people, including 38 children, were killed when BOMBS planted by Andrew Kehoe, 55, ripped through the Bath School in Bath Township, Mich., and exploded outside as rescuers arrived at the scene.  Timothy McVeigh used a few hundred dollars worth of animal fertilizer to kill hundreds of people in the blink of an eye. Over in the middle east people with less resources than your typical american crackhead manage to make bombs that they strap to themselves and kill dozens of people in an instant. It is silly to think that taking away guns will do anything to reduce the rates of these attacks. All it will really do is punish the 99.99% of gun owners who are law-abiding and peaceful people.  Ultimately, this is a mental health issue.  As a nation we need to do a better job of identifying and forcing treatment upon young men with potentially dangerous mental conditions.

RobAZ
RobAZ

Does anyone know where Cathi Herrod stands on this?  What does the Bible tell her about carrying guns and wiping out 20 Kindergartners and their teachers?

If we can get answers on that, then we may well know which way the wind will blow when the next session starts.

Then again, we've watched as our legislators have slashed mental health care and the education budget for the last 5 years.  We've heard them tell us how teachers are "thug unions members" and "overpaid slugs" and how we need to starve the beast that is education.

You reap what you sow.

Warrior-X
Warrior-X

With our current do-nothing Republikook leaders in office. Don't expect any "changes" in Aryan-zona any time soon.

Dontbelieveit
Dontbelieveit

More laws are not going to fix anything. When a psycho decides it's time I doubt very seriously if the person is going to be worrying about if it's against the law or not. I am relly undecided at this point . Have never kept a gun at home ,maybe it's  time to get one .

Dontbelieveit
Dontbelieveit

If I were a student I sure as hell would not go to school unprotected. What is this world coming to? I remember going to school to learn ..hell now you have to dodge bullets ?. That just plain sucks . Guns are not the problem................... psychotic people that go undected all their life and then snap are the problem.. Outlaw guns........only outlaws will have guns.

royalphoenix
royalphoenix

Lets keep spending more on foreign wars. John McCain likes to hand out military hardware around the world, and Barack Obama likes to run guns into Mexico. Did you hear anything about "battle ground states" or "War Chests" in the last election ? You glorify violence, and violence you shall have. peace

PRO2ndAmend
PRO2ndAmend

Gun control?  No.   How about a valid mental health system incontrol?  We allow Big Pharma, Big Prison, & Big Business to pimpthe mentally ill at the hand of Big Brother (thank you Ronald Reagan and the80's US Government!)- a pimp never helps their hoes fix whats broken justbring 'em the damn money!  Remember, through human history man hasbeen a murderer through 99%, and 99% of that was without guns.This country's "Freedom" (or freedumb depending how you see it) came by way ofgun barrels.  For those that are foolish enough to give up theirguns, go ahead and do that but don't believe for one second that you arewelcome to ever decide what to do with mine! The tyrants on this soil thatwant to strip away your constitutional RIGHT are aligned with the one'smurdering innocent men women and children across the globe now even with drones!WAKEUP

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

All that will happen here is the the leadership? will talk a good game like they do with CPS but in the end, little will change, like CPS. 

Wonder which one of the cons will introduce a bill aimed at arming teachers?

ExpertShot
ExpertShot topcommenter

@phxmusicman64 Maybe you should - owning a gun increases the change of you having a gunshot wound in the near future!

ExpertShot
ExpertShot topcommenter

@phxmusicman64 Outlaw guns and only people authorized to have them will have guns, the rest will go to jail.

ExpertShot
ExpertShot topcommenter

You want to ignore our constitution and the language of the 2nd Amendment - " . . . A WELL REGULATED MILITIA . . "  Regulation of guns is in that amendment too.

ExpertShot
ExpertShot topcommenter

@PRO2ndAmend 75% of NRA members want a ban on assault style weapons.  We have gun control laws now - they are ineffective in curbing irresponsible gun owners from engaging in behaviour that enables these shootings.

Gun Control?  Yes and MORE!

RobAZ
RobAZ

@PRO2ndAmend We Arizonan's took a very personal walk down this road less than 2 years ago with the Tucson shootings.

Yet, we've also watched as our Governor and Tea Party controlled legislature have slashed budgets for health and mental care.  Then we watched as they created an official state gun.  And tried to legalize concealed carry on our school campuses.

As a gun owner, by no means do I support an all out ban on guns.  I do support sensible legislation that any law abiding gun owner should have no problem complying with.  High capacity magazines are of no use along with the assault style weapons that litter the used weapon shelves at Cabelas.

"State, critics disagreeing on impact of mental health cuts"

Sept 21, 2011

"Thousands of Arizona's most severely mentally ill lost a wide rangeof treatment and services last year when the state made deep budgetcuts. Some of them are getting along, and others have deteriorated. Buthow they are doing as a whole is uncertain.To help close a billion-dollar budget gap, state lawmakers and Gov.Jan Brewer eliminated all but generic drugs and crisis services,effective July 2010, for 12,000 people diagnosed with serious mentalillnesses who don't qualify for Medicaid."

http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/20110921mental-health-cuts-toll-debated.html#ixzz2FL8nhCfm

jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

@ExpertShot @phxmusicman64 Yep. Worked for the Third Reich.@ExpertShot @phxmusicman64

maxonepercent
maxonepercent

@ExpertShot Guns are already extremely well regulated, easily the most regulated commodity in the nation.  Also, the meaning of "militia" implies a non-governmental body, a group of normal citizens banding together for mutual protection.  Unlike the military or government officials, these people a subjected to the same regulations that any American citizen has, and their weapons are subjected to governmental regulation.

maxonepercent
maxonepercent

@ExpertShot @PRO2ndAmend - I would like to know where you got those numbers because anyone who knows anything about guns would be very confused about what you mean by "assault weapons".  Literally any gun could be called an assault weapon.  Do you mean automatic assault rifles?  They already require a very expensive license to own and are actually among the least common weapons to be used in actual crimes (the Sandy Hook killer used handguns).  Do you mean semi-automatic rifles?  That could include a huge number of common hunting weapons, such as the ubiquitous Ruger 10/22?  Do you mean handguns?  Once again, depending upon the exact details this could refer to a huge number of weapons.

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