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Has anyone forgotten the Dunblane school massacre in scotland in 1996? Scotland/UK has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the world, and yet someone intent on mass mayhem still found a way. Or the mass shooting in Norway last year - again, Norway forbids guns yet someone found a way to hurt many people. Banning guns will not prevent tragedies like the one today from happening. Arming a few teachers might.
How much of this are we going to tolerate? When is enough enough?
mrhands, how about less concern for your gun and more for the victims of this terrible tragedy?
Some time ago I saw statistics that showed countries with strict gun control have murder rates far below the U.S. It is time to get serious about gun control. I don't think our founding fathers ever envisioned these circumstances when writing the Second Amendment.
Our founding fathers only wanted to be able to put together a militia to fight the Red Coats or Indians. Now we need to suffer with over 12,000 firearm homicides a year because of their shortsightedness. Gunmen are now killing more people than drunk drivers. This is pitiful. Thanks NRA on behalf of the grieving and frighten of the country. Hope you enjoy your right's you lied and lobbied for as you view the collateral damage. The ban on assault weapons should have never been lifted. But too late the cats out of the bag. Sleep well.
mrhands, would you like to tell us how many senseless tragedies were avoided in those countries because a deranged person could not easily find a gun to use.
Some would start with identifying and intervening with the whack jobs who commit the crimes, and some would start by attacking the legal owners. Which smacks more of seeking easy answers to complex problems?
If you are going to blame the NRA for every gun homicide in the country, then it stands to reason that Auto and Liqour companies are responsible for 12,000 + drunk driving fatalities each year. Pray for the victims of this tragedy and mourn their loss.
I can think of one. In China today, a 36-year-old man wounded 22 schoolchildren in a knife attack at a school. The difference between their 22 kids and our 20? Their children survived. I agree that the 2nd amendment is important, but totalitarian regimes aren't the ones shooting up shopping malls and elementary schools, nutcases are. There is a difference between restricting guns and banning them outright, and we sure can tighten up restrictions in a decisive and comprehensive way without obstructing people's rights to defend themselves. We need to do so immediately.
Yet another tragic result of the US' seemingly insatiable appetite for firearms and the ease with which anyone can devastate a community in the blink of an eye. When will we get serious about saying it's OK to make guns a little more difficult to obtain than a driver's license?
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