Gun control was the hottest debate among readers commenting on LoHud.com stories this weekend after the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., that left 27 people, including 20 first-graders, dead:
So if we’re going to have a “national conversation on guns,” here are some openers:
Why do people who favor gun-control call people who disagree with them murderers or accomplices to murder? Is that constructive?
Would any of the various proposals have actually prevented the tragedy that is the supposed reason for them?
When you say you hope that this event will finally change the debate, do you really mean that you hope you can use emotionalism and blood-libel-bullying to get your way on political issues that were losers in the past?
If you’re a media member or politician, do you have armed security? Do you have a permit for a gun yourself? (I’m asking you, Dianne Feinstein!) If so, what makes your life more valuable than other people’s?
Do you know the difference between an automatic weapon and a semi-automatic weapon? Do your public statements reflect that difference?
… When you say that “we” need to change, how are you planning to change? Does your change involve any actual sacrifice on your part?
Let me know when you’re ready to talk about these things. We’ll have a conversation.”
— Rob Buchanan (via LoHud.com)
Obviously our founding fathers did not have these types of weapons in mind when the Second Amendment was penned. Firearms that have magazine capacity of 15 or 20 rounds should NOT be accessible to the civilian population. If one desires to protect their home with a firearm then a revolver or shotgun will suffice. There is no reasonable justification for civilian possession of assault weapons or firearms with high-capacity magazines. The Second Amendment should not be used as a justification for the proliferation of firearms.”
— Jeffrey Meyer (via LoHud.com)
It’s not about taking guns away from hunters, and it’s not about telling people they can’t keep a handgun in their home for self-defense, if they feel that’s necessary. Rightly or wrongly there’s a well-established political consensus that those ‘rights’ (or ‘privileges,’ whatever term suits you) are not going to change. What’s being advocated is a very specific ban on assault weapons and clips that have no business being in civilian hands, and whose ostensible benefit is far outweighed by the dangers they pose, as well as taking other rather moderate steps that would impose, at most, modest inconvenience to legitimate sportspeople.”
— Chris Kearin (via LoHud.com)
One hundred million guns did not kill anyone and if we had a president and an attorney general who actually enforced current federal law we wouldn’t have occurrences like this. The blame goes on them and the liberal media for sensationalizing this.”
— Clifford Albertson (via LoHud.com)
There are so many things that can and should be done to reduce the annual carnage short of taking away the right to bear arms. That said, the statistics make it very clear: the last thing anyone concerned about personal safety needs in an American home is a gun. Those who insist otherwise are invited to become better informed about the facts.”
— Nicholas Christie-Blick (via LoHud.com)
I defy any rational human being to justify the possession of at least three weapons that had only one purpose from their manufacture, and that was to kill and end the lives of human beings. Combine that with the absolute failure to secure those weapons safely. My goodness!”
— John Taylor (via LoHud.com)
The first thing that totalitarian regimes do is confiscate privately owned weapons using registration as the means to identify who has them. The Second Amendment is not there for any other reason but to allow the citizen to defend himself against the overbearing government. Anyone who believes that ours has not been tilting that way with an accelerating loss of personal freedom just isn’t paying attention.”
— Alex Umrichin (via LoHud.com)
I was not surprised that this happened. I am surprised that it’s as rare as it is. Sure, we can kick the guns around all day, but hell, the parents of this ‘age’ (whatever you choose to name it) have provided perfect training grounds for these blowouts. … The root problems of gun rampages are parenting, education and the legislators we elect. They cheerfully tout great numbers in their success columns, but when kids turn 18 and enter the big world, those numbers go into the wind. We have people problems, NOT gun problems. Start there!”
— Scotty Maloney (via LoHud.com)
Let’s not act on emotions here. We all think that what happened in Newtown is tragic and our hearts go out to every one affected. But [the] truth of the matter is government always makes rash decisions on the hot topic of the day to save political face.”
— William Roza (via LoHud.com)
Monday morning quarterbacks are so what we don’t need right now. New York City has some of the toughest handgun laws in the country. How many get killed there and (guess what!) by handguns?”
— Ryan Cummins (via LoHud.com)
I have absolutely no use for guns, but the gun cat is out of the bag. We live in a gun culture. People like guns and ownership is constitutional. Since this is the case and guns are legal and can be legally obtained, maybe the time has come to arm school personnel such as teachers and principals if they would be willing to carry a firearm.”
— Michael Palumbo (via LoHud.com)
In this case, the killer used guns that belonged to his mother. Maybe every time someone buys a gun they should get a free trigger lock and a safety info sheet that reminds them to lock up their guns and keep them away from other people when they’re not using them.”
— Jennifer Streit Ervin (via LoHud.com)
I nothing else comes out of this latest abomination, I sincerely hope we can begin a dialogue about how to address what is clearly a terrifying reality — the idea that any of us could be going about our normal lives, seeing a movie, shopping at a mall or going to school and be slaughtered. It seems pretty obvious that the system of controls and laws we have in place are not enough and that we need to make some fairly significant changes sooner rather than later.”
— Ken Harper (via LoHud.com)
I believe that first, we must act immediately to do what we can locally to improve school security. The fact that the perp entered the school by shooting out a glass door is obviously a red flag for any school building with glass doors. I would hope for a more comprehensive review of school security beyond that. Second, I would hope we will tighten gun-control laws, especially on concealable weapons. Firearms do not kill people, but they sure do make the people who kill more efficient at their labors.”
— Michael Santos (via LoHud.com)
I don’t normally circulate petitions or write on blogs. But this is different. It’s got to stop. This can’t be a partisan issue. It doesn’t matter what position anyone took before — this is now. We need legal regulation of assault weapons, high-capacity magazines and large ammunition purchases. Gun vendors who sell guns to homicidal lunatics should be publicly identified. Politicians who pander to gun groups must be called to account. Everyone in America must respond to what has happened.”
— Alexander Lerman (via LoHud.com)
So sorry for these families and so upset that guns are worshiped by some in America. Please, please, America, tighten up your laws. No other family should have to grieve so unbearably like the families in Newtown. God bless the little angels and the teachers who tried to protect them.”
— Siobhan O’Brien (via Facebook)
This is the saddest moment of our society as a whole. It’s definitely time to have a serious conversation and measures in regard to gun control in this country. If this is not the moment, when will it be? What else needs to happen to do the obvious right thing — to regulate the easiness by which one can get a gun? This is irresponsible and insane and tragic.”
— Gil Dalessandro (via Facebook)
Readers also found fault with movies, video games and families.
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