Shooting rampage in a La. community: Questions raised about access to guns for troubled people

  • Article by: STACEY PLAISANCE , Associated Press
  • Updated: February 13, 2014 - 3:40 AM

HOUMA, La. — Denise Freeman was just starting to learn about the two sides to her new husband, Benjamin, before she was slain. There was the smiling Ben, dancing on a chair on his 38th birthday in October. Then there was the troubling Ben, handed a citation weeks later alleging domestic battery against his wife.

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mmediaFeb. 13, 14 6:31 AM

""I want to know how he got a gun," said Denise's brother" You don't get to know because we have people willing to fight for a broadened 2nd amendment. And other than close family, you don't get to know about mental issues . But that's what makes America fun. It's like a live action first-person shooter style video game; you never know when someone will pop out and gun you down. And don't take it personally, you were probably never the intended target - you just happened to work with a guy who knew a guy who wanted him dead.

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EleanoreFeb. 13, 14 7:17 AM

"we have people willing to fight for a broadened 2nd amendment." - I have never, ever heard of anyone arguing seriously for a broadened 2nd amendment. To characterize people who want the 2nd amendment respected as if they are asking for something unlawful, something not in keeping with the 2nd amendment, seems to be the corporatists newest line of attack on Americans civil rights. We'll have none of it thank you.

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selfmadeFeb. 13, 1410:13 AM

What if he would have used a pistol, would the story be any different? How about an "assault rifle"? How about a Samurai sword? A shovel, ice pick, or an axe? How about none of the above and instead he tied them all up and set the house on fire? In Houma, La, there are more guns than people and as common as forks and spoons; almost every house has one. Why can't we focus on the carpenter instead of the tool? Oh yeah, because the solutions are too hard, too controversial, and the reporters end up with boring stories with nothing to vilify...

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ruphinaFeb. 13, 1411:47 AM

If the officers had known about the restraining order and taken any guns in the house, it is quite possible he would have just snapped before Christmas, as soon as he acquired another gun. Crazy people are NOT a gun problem, they are a crazy people problem. Bill G.

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