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Published: Friday, Dec. 14 2012 12:00 a.m. MST

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DN Subscriber 2
SLC, UT

Impossible! Guns are banned in schools!

Or, maybe criminals ignore laws and do whatever they want, no matter how heinous or irrational. But, the law abiding victims are dead because they were denied access to legal self defense tools.

(NOTE: In Utah, law abiding people with concealed carry permits are allowed to carry concealed self defense guns in schools. Criminals and crazies should know that...)

TOO
Sanpete, UT

This is the sickest thing I have read in a long time. What would possess a person to do a rampage--especially on harmless children? This is awful. I hope the families can get through this horrific ordeal.

Open Minded Mormon
Everett, 00

The guns are not the problem,
The meds are.

no fit in SG
St.George, Utah

Let's hope the next generation can get some kind of hold on this.
Years ago there were numerous hospitals (Charter Canyon Hospitals was one group...we medical professionals did rotations there). These hospitals, throughout the country specialized in working with mentally ill individuals. Suddenly funding from insurance companies and other sources vanished and these hospitals disappeared.
The entertainment industry glamorizes weapons in all aspects of media. Who will change this?
The emotionally disturbed, mentally ill, those starving for attention, and those fascinated with the macho gun culture will continue to cause horror, death and destruction til something changes.

marxist
Salt Lake City, UT

Re: Open Minded Mormon - "The guns are not the problem..." Right, guns don't kill people, people kill people (oh BTW, with guns).

ClarkHippo
Tooele, UT

What on earth is going on here? Who are these animals that keep killing innocent people? It's truly frightening to see the absolute war zone that our nation has become.

Movie theaters, local congressional meetings and now elementary schools?

And I don't care what side of the gun debate you're on, all of us must agree that this blood bath has got to end.

BYU Track Star
Los Angeles, CA

At this point 1020 am PST, the authorities aren't releasing the name of the Shooter. The news media reported that the Principal and the School Shrink were amoung the dead. First it was 3 dead, then ten, then 20 now 28 and many children. Yikes !!.

Anti Bush-Obama
Washington, DC

Time for door to door gun confinscation. This I feel is all the leverage they need to come for our guns. Civil war is going to be declared.

Mash76
Provo, UT

First of all this is really sick, but if those planning on committing the crime knew others were armed in most cases the crime would not be committed. For Marist, killings are committed more with hands, bats, knives, chains, cars, etc. Do ban everything, if so vehicles should be the first to go.

Liberal Ted
Salt Lake City, UT

Clubs and knives kill more people than guns each year. Should we have background checks and remove every club and knife in the country along with guns? I wonder if this person used marijuana before. Then we can pin marijuana causes people to shoot other people....

Since the begining of time, mankind has always found a way to kill each other. Take away the gun, they'll move to explosives, take that away they'll steal a truck and run over people, take that away they'll used rocks, ropes, nails, poisons, illegal weapons etc.

Maybe instead of working on symptoms, let's focus on the illness.

Anti Bush-Obama
Washington, DC

They are coming for the guns. This administration wants to start a civil war or race war.

Chachi
Charlottesville, VA

It's useless to respond by condemning the attacker. Instead, we need to ask why there are so many such people. What is it about life in our society that creates so many deranged shooters?

I suggest that one problem is a sense of being abandoned. Often, shooters turn out to be people who fell through the cracks; who lacked a sense of belonging in society. They feel ignored, so they do something heinous to ensure that the world pays attention to them.

Why is this problem so common? I think it correlates with the decline of community, broadly speaking--such as close-knit neighborhoods and churches. Certainly mental health and other factors play a role, but those have always been with us. The problems turn deadly when the emotionally disturbed lack a support network.

We don't know much about the shooter yet. I'll see whether my theory is supported in this case, too.

War_grunt82
las vegas, NV

Re:Marist yes guns were used but if there weren't guns it would be something else like aresen, explosives, chemicals,and so on there are thousands of ways to take a life and if someone has the drive and the want they will find a means
still this is very sad my heart goes to the families.

toosmartforyou
Farmington, UT

A mall in Oregon, a school in Connecticut......

We better soon identify and treat mental illness. Getting hollywood to back off the glamor of killing should be considered, too, but won't be. (And arming everyone isn't the answer, either.)

Many, many innocent victims. Sympathy to each person and family affected. This community will suffer the effects of this day for decades. I wish them well.

jsf
Centerville, UT

Marxist not just with guns, Yesterday, 22 in china, at an elementary were attacked with a knife. The worst U.S. school massacre was in 1927 when a school board member set off three bombs killing 48 students. This is not an issue with what but why.

Bored to the point of THIS!
Ogden, UT

It's a sad day for our Country. Sad for many reasons... My thought's and prayers go out to the families involved in this tragic event. It's sad people find themselves in such misery to commit such acts. I wish we could find a way to help them before they resort to such evil.

As far as the "gun talk", both sides, we always see after these events... I find that discussion sad too... you people, both sides of the arguement, need to get over yourselves. Why do you feel tragic events, such as this, are your forum? Really...?

Seek to understand
Sandy, UT

As long as we refuse to commit to institutions individuals with mental illness we will continue to see this happen. The pharmaceutical companies have done much to help manage mental illness with medication. However, there are many, many cases where patients refuse to consistently take their medication, or where the medication actually causes homicidal and suicidal acts, and many more patients need to be institutionalized.

We need to change laws back to an allowance of mental illness commitments. We have had several murders in Utah in the past 2 months by mentally ill people who have killed their family members (usually mothers, dads, spouses and grandparents who they live with). These poor families are left with no where to turn for their own safety. We are all at risk. We need new laws and new facilities for the mentally ill, and taxpayers are going to have to fund it. It is that or be subject to this type of tragedy happening to our children and ourselves.

Ford DeTreese
Provo, UT

I've lived in Germany. Pretty safe place by all standards. Strict gun laws. In 2011, the German police used 85 bullets. Total. For. The. Entire. Year. In. The. Whole. Country. When will we figure out that in the 1780s America was a different place than it is now? The Constitution needs some serious renovation. Apologies to Mike Richards for speaking so frankly about reality.

SoCalChris
Riverside, CA

We don't have the luxury of waiting for the next horrendous shooting to discuss this issue.

Evil people will get a hold of guns. Period. Teachers should start carrying concealed weapons and so should decent, law-abiding, trained citizens.

I hate to see us go back to the Wild West, but I don't see any other solution. We can't continue to be sitting ducks for these nihilistic, narcissistic monsters.

Sasha Pachev
Provo, UT

How is it that the crime statistics show that we have less and less violent crime, yet mass shootings reported in the media appear to be on the rise? Something just does not add up.

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