No greater crime, no greater sorrow

  • Article by: EDITORIAL , New York Times
  • Updated: December 15, 2012 - 6:17 PM

So when will the day come when our leaders take common-sense action against gun violence?

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buckyharleyDec. 14, 12 7:55 PM

We cannot deny that this is a horrible problem. The senseless slaughter of innocent human beings has to stop. Please . . . for the good of our nation . . . let's work together to find a solution.

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zekefaxDec. 14, 12 8:54 PM

Much as I agree with your post bucky, our government will never do anything to try to reduce the possibility of this happening! Democrats can't do anything on their own and Republicans, (at least the gun lobby lovers), feel that we should be a fully armed and that will somehow solve all issues. Seems to me that this might cause more people to get killed by accident but at least their "rights" wouldn't have been violated!

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crystalbayDec. 14, 12 9:36 PM

I read that there are on average 20 mass shootings in the country each year. This is madness, yet the most powerful lobby in the US maintains its iron grip in opposition to virtually ANY gun control. Why on God's earth are assault rifles attainable?? For what purpose other than to kill as many humans in a brief period of time possible?? Who among us can rationalize the possession of assault rifles or even semi-automatic handguns?? America claims 80% of ALL gun deaths in this world. 66% of deaths by gun are suicides. There is no other form of death so accessible or permanent. This is insanity and the fact that every time we bear witness to yet another mass killing spree, the pols say, "This is not the time to discuss gun control". Well - if not after 28 people - mostly 5 year olds - then WHEN????

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jdlellis1Dec. 14, 12 9:50 PM

A couple of thoughts on this issue. 1 - If one thinks gun control will address the issue, suggest reading the transcript of a Nightline program (circa 1995) regarding the "global" gun trade business. The first portion of the business is legal and shows like the tip of an iceberg. The second portion is illegal and dwarfs the legal business (e.g., think alcohol prohibition). 2 - Actually there are two common themes in these mass shootings which is males typically aged 15 to 25. Perhaps then those calling for legislation to control guns should also call for legislation to better control young males!

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margeanncullenDec. 14, 1210:10 PM

This will not stop until we have the discussions. This cannot become acceptable to our society. I do not have the answers but I do have a question. Why does Canada have as many guns per capita as the US but does not have the violence?

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