Post # 1
I – like most everyone I would think – am extremely saddened and sickened to hear about the mass shooting in Connecticut. But, even more, I am furious that these KEEP HAPPENING and NOTHING is done about it.
It is deemed insensitive to discuss gun control in the wake of a tragedy. (In this case we should do our best not to speculate about what happened in this particular situation until more information from a thorough investigation is released) – but it seems like there is always another tragedy around the corner. I mean the shooting at the mall in Portland happened on TUESDAY.
Mental healthcare and gun control NEED to be discussed, but it seems like the discussion will never happen. There is a reason this is a such a major problem in the US.
I’m pretty liberal, and I remember this Rachel Maddow clip from last year after the Gabby Gifford’s tragedy. I wouldn’t ever call her politically neutral, but I think she has a really interesting report on mass shooting throughout history. It is sobering and heartbreaking.
I think it is appropriate to have a debate and I don’t know what the solution is. What do you think?
Post # 3
Gun laws or no gun laws people who want to harm others will. They will burn down a building, bomb, stab….
I personally am a 2nd Ammendment supporter and have a gun to protect myself and my family.
Post # 4
@Crabbabs: AGREE AGREE AGREE. I too am so sick to my stomach about these gun shootings. Gun control NEEDS and HAS to be brought into the light.
Post # 5
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
I support the 2nd Amendment to reasonable lengths – hell, I live in Wyoming, we all hunt here.
But I think it should be harder to get a gun than it already is, so that psychopaths can’t just waltz into a pawnshop and pick one up. Or order assault weapons and gear on the effing internet, like that Aurora shooter did.
That said, gun control would not necessarily prevent these kinds of acts – but it could reduce the frequency (think Aurora shooting, with semi-assault weapons and gear bought off the internet).
ETA: Rachel Maddow <3
Post # 6
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
I’m in favor of gun laws, but I also know that the facts are not actually in line with the position that gun control stops mass public shootings. The worst mass public shootings have occurred in Europe in countries with strict gun laws, not in the USA. They just don’t dominate our news cycle the same way. The best argument for strict gun laws is not that they prevent tragedies like this… because the don’t. They do, however, help lower other rates of gun violence.
Post # 7
I’m with you, OP.
Countries with gun restrictions in place don’t have nearly same kind of shooting statistics as we have in the US. Yes, shootings happen in those countries on occassion, but at nowhere near the same rates. Gun violence in the US is crazy high. That says it all right there, for me.
I don’t think there is anything remotely insensitive about wanting to discuss how we should prevent this from ever happening again. If I die from a gun crime that is exactly what I want discussed.
Post # 8
Gun LAWS would only affect law-abiding citizens, which would leave honest people without protection, while the black market raged on. Criminals and bad people don’t care about laws.
Post # 9
While people who want to cause harm will, it’s a lot easier with guns.
I agree it’s time to look at gun control and mental health care in the US – I don’t expect to take guns away, but consider how they are issued to certain individuals.
Post # 10
@HisAngel: I can understand supporting 2nd amendment rights, but I think it is shortsighted to say, “Gun laws or no gun laws people who want to harm others will. They will burn down a building, bomb, stab…” It’s a lot harder to mass murder people with a shot gun than with a automatic gun with seemingly unlimited rounds of ammo.
There are already rules in place about getting a gun. I am not advocating taking everyone’s guns away – but taking a hard look at those rules and regulations and seeing if we can improve them.
Post # 11
- Wedding: June 2013 - Country Club
@WhiteWedding: This! Since when has a criminal been like, “Oh, the law says I can’t steal? Okay, I won’t.” Laws don’t stop criminals. Honestly, if ONE teacher had a gun to stop the shooter and even one child’s life was saved, it would have been worth it.
Post # 12
@WhiteWedding: I disagree. I’ll have to double check, but I think many of the recent mass shootings (Gabby Giffords/Colorado movie theater shooting) have been done by people that have obtained guns legally but have had histories of mental illness.
Post # 13
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
@missmorganista: I do NOT want to send my future kids to a school where the teacher is armed. That’s insane.
Post # 14
To think that teachers should be allowed to have guns is ludicrious and just shows how insane the attitude about guns truly is in this country.
Post # 15
@WhiteWedding: Yep. This exactly.
Post # 16
I think that there definitely needs to be something done about how freakishly easy it is to buy a gun in the US. I’m all for having a gun to protect yourself, your home, and your family, but you do NOT need a miltary grade weapon to do it.
I think you should have to pass a background and mental health check before you can own a gun.
I also think there needs to be much harsher punishments for people selling guns illegaly.
While, I do agree that people who want to harm others will do so, but I think harsher laws will help slow them down. I sure has hell don’t want to make it easy for them.