Comments about ‘Connecticut school shooting revives gun debate’

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Published: Friday, Dec. 14 2012 7:14 p.m. MST

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Hutterite
American Fork, UT

We are so bereft of ideas that all we can do is claim that adding more guns to the situation is the only way to improve it. It's sick and criminal that we refuse to deal with the root causes of these events.

UtahBlueDevil
Durham, NC

@Hutterite - not sure where you were heading with this, but the issue isn't guns... it really isn't. Guns made the tragedy more deadly than it could have been... but this was going to happen, with or without guns. The real issue is we have some real issues in how we deal with those that have mental issues.... laws limit what can be done to those who are a danger to themselves and others, and the resources to identify and help these people have all been cut to the bone.

I wish I could blame the guns... it would be easy.... and I would love to stick it to the NRA. But that would fix nothing. When we have turned hours of young mens entertainment into hours of killing via video games - there will be those detached from reality enough, that you will get results like this. Killing stops having consequences, and doesn't hurt anyone... and when your are done, you just start a new.

Except for these 27 people... there is no reset and restart. The game is final...because a sick person was left in public.

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

This was an unspeakable tragedy where someone who was underage to own or handle a pistol or rifle or to buy ammunition broke the law to obtain firearms and then to use those illegally obtained firearms and ammunition to kill innocent people.

It will be interesting to see how many people pass the buck when they had the personal responsibility to help him or to imprison him for prior actions. It will be very interesting to see how many of them are indicted for not doing their job to protect society from someone who has been reported to be deranged.

The facts are not in. We can all speculate, but if his age was accurately reported, he was not allowed to own or operate those firearms.

Washington, D.C. has the highest rate of firearm deaths per 100,000, yet if you look that the laws of Washington, D.C., who, besides policemen and government officials, are licensed to carry a firearm? Chicago had 1,852 firearm caused homicides in 2006. How many of those were committed by licensed firearm users?

Criminals use firearms illegally. Enforce the law. Catch the crooks.

Third try screen name
Mapleton, UT

Not much ink about mental health problems in the USA. I guess gun control is an easier "target."
The truth is that The Community Mental Health Act of 1963 was a disaster, made worse by the efforts at reform that followed.

Screwdriver
Casa Grande, AZ

Fellow liberal please just stop talking about restricting or taking guns. You know it's not going to happen, there are 300,000,000 guns in the US, we are never going take them.

We can try to change the discourse around guns though that they are not a solution to our problems. Have them if you want, we have by far for than any other country on Earth yet the government does whatever it wants and we're not safer.

If the sane believe guns are the answer what hope can we have for the insane?

Kalindra
Salt Lake City, Utah

@ Mike: 20 is too young to legally own a gun? Really?

Once again, you really should work on your reading comprehension.

Lledrav
West Jordan, UT

How bout we try putting God back in the schools and homes? Maybe more bible study and less violent video games?
Or how about trying what Israel does, arm the teachers. When last did you hear of a multiple-victim shooting taking place on a firearm range, in a police station or at a gun show, or wherever many firearms are found anywhere in the world? You haven’t.

In Israel, teachers and parents who serve as school aids are armed with semi-automatic firearms whenever they are on school grounds. Since the country adopted this policy in the 1970s, attacks by gunmen at Israeli schools have become non-existent.
In 2004 Thailand adopted a similar approach to ensure the safety of its schoolchildren.

worf
Mcallen, TX

Things which kill people:

* cars
* alcohol--causes more deaths then guns
* cigarettes
* over eating
* stress from unemployment, and high taxation
* guns in the hand of governments

Mark B
Eureka, CA

So, is worf proposing to treat every item on his list in the identical way, or do some of them actually have uses OTHER than killing? Sure, a falling piano can take you out, but that doesn't mean there are "serial droppers" out there, does it?

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