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

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UteRB77
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Notice these lunatics are typically always young men. The problem is a lack of strong male role models. Where was this sick kid's father? Boys need fathers that show them how to be men, taking an interest in their lives, provide guidance and discipline, and lead by EXAMPLE. Men have to grow up and learn to be MEN again. There are too many 30 and 40 year old juveniles with kids that haven't a clue. This is the result of decades of allowing government to take over the raising of our kids, and losing the ability to pull ourselves up by our own bootstraps. It's a sick and sad commentary on society, that has nothing to do with guns. It's about the gradual breakdown of the family, and weak kneed liberal policies that systematically destroy the fabric of society through futile policies that rob us of our agency and personal responsibility. This tragedy will further push us down a path of government sponsored band aids that mask symptoms, and utterly fail to cure the illness, costing us our lives, liberties, and the pursuit of true happiness.

Archie1954
Vancouver, BC

DN Subscriber you are talking idiocy. Further proliferation of guns is not the answer and you and your friends at the NRA are totally complicit in the deaths of these innocent children. What good does it do to advertise that guns are in teachers' hands when the whole purpose of these insane killers is to get themselves killed while creating endless hurt?

Ronald Uharriet
SWun City, Ca.

What ever our past thinking, regarding guns, pro or con, just is not working. Something must change now.

For those that say they will not give up their guns because it is for their own protection, I can understand. Look around in the middle east. Without guns, what protection does one have against their own govenment.

For those that say, all guns should be collected by the government, I understand. It is easier stopping the crazy person if he only has his hands or a knife to kill with. It is pretty hard to stop a person with a gun unless you yourself is carrying a gun, which in most cases, is not legal.

Something has to be done before one more life is lost. I don’t know what the answer is.
I heard there was a town in Arizona where everyone had to wear a loaded gun to enter the city. Zero crime. Would be thieves or killers would no that he/she was outgunned from the start. Every other person in the room would have their guns pointed at the bad guy.

Government needs to figure something better than that approach. It needs to be top priority.

PA Gardener
Towanda, PA

My prayers go out to the victims and the defenseless and the vulnerable. I also pray for those who have the mindset to maliciously murder others. Our society is losing its moral anchor because many families today are disintegrating, becoming corrupted in the ways of "the world" where "the natural man" takes over. We need a return to traditional values as in putting off the natural man, turning to the "Prince of Peace" and in giving as our gift for Christmas, the gift of obedience to God's law.

Should we defend ourselves against gun attacks like this? If the secretary at the head office had a gun on hand, if the custodian had a gun on hand, and if each teacher had a concealed weapon on hand, would there have been such a loss of life? I know how I would answer.

1aggie
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

A survey by researchers at the Harvard University School of Public Health found strong statistical support for the idea that, even if you control for poverty levels, more people die from gun homicides in areas with higher rates of gun ownership. And despite what gun advocates say, countries like Israel and Switzerland don’t disprove the point.

Scholars Richard Florida and Charlotta Mellander recently studied state-to-state variation in gun homicide levels. They found that “[f]irearm deaths are significantly lower in states with stricter gun control legislation.” This is backed up by research on local gun control efforts and cross-border gun violence.

Congress has passed several laws that cripple the ability for current gun regulations to be enforced the way that they’re supposed to.

LogicInduced
Ogden, UT

Guns/weapons don't kill people, people kill people. OK. Then why can't we purchase our own rocket launchers, or grenades, or nuclear devices even. It isn't the weapon, it is the person. Only blame the person, not society for allowing people to have hand held machine guns or rocket lanchers, et al. Blame the person.........

Gregg Weber
SEATTLE, WA

There are stories coming out about people who saved some children's lives. Good. How fast did someone come who had the means to stop the killing? We've all heard about the cops being only minutes away and what can happen in a minute. Hopefully they learned from Columbine that those sounds they heard while they were putting on the protctive gear marked the loss of a child. I hoped that when they got in, the shooter could see that he couldn't do more damage and was forced the shooter to have only one exit.

Now let us steel ourselves. It is the old fight, flight, or freeze option. What would we do in that situation if we were a teacher? What are the possibllities? Hide, block, resist. List all of them. Resist? Effectively? With what?

Doors that with a push of an office button can not be opened, like watertight doors on ships that almost condemn those behind? No. Especially if there was a fire.

I hope this is worded to get the comment, and the thoughs approved and seen. Else an unexpressed thought is worth nothing. Especially if it is believed to be truth.

KC Mormon
Edgerton, KS

If we want to stop this it is time for PARENTS to stop trying to be the best friend and be PARENTS. Listen to the music your kids are listening to not just the radio version but the CD version as well. If you can not understand it look it up on line read the words. If you find it offensive do not let it in your house. Turn the TV off or change the Chanel when inappropriate shows come on. If shows or movies have a lot of violence in them TELL your children NO you are not watching that. Do the same with the video games. these games were you go around as a soldier killing people do you know what they were original designed for? After WWI 13% of solders would not pull the trigger the first time training on round targets. WWII this was lowered to 3% by using silhouettes. This was still to high so other virtual methods were developed. These games are the offshoots of those methods developed to make solders more likely to pull the trigger. So before letting your kids play them think about what they were meant to do.

KC Mormon
Edgerton, KS

1aggie said
" even if you control for poverty levels, more people die from gun homicides in areas with higher rates of gun ownership. And despite what gun advocates say, countries like Israel and Switzerland don’t disprove the point."
Strange than that this happened in the state with the 4th strictest gun laws! By your logic this then never should have happened. Then again perhaps if we would go after the REAL problem our culture of glorifying violence through music, TV, movies, and games rather than the guns we could really solve the problem.

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