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Published: Sunday, Dec. 16 2012 10:05 p.m. MST

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Elcapitan
Ivins, UT

Where were the real values of this family. When one has a disturbed child living at home, it makes no sense to introduce him to firearms. It is a tragedy waiting to happen. When will we ever learn. We have driven God from our society at a great price. She had a psycopath on her hands and apparently did not know it and in todays society what can one do.I am fearful there is more to come as we do not know how to deal with the problems of violence in our country anymore. I can remember a time when we had no worries about guns at school. No one even considered such gross misuse of firearms, even in an age whee bullying was prevelant.

Screwdriver
Casa Grande, AZ

While Steven Pinker can show you how violence has actually declined it's hard to believe it from the news. Perception is not always reality.

May 18, 1927 : In the deadliest mass school murder in United States history, former school board member Andrew Kehoe set off three bombs in Bath Township, Michigan killing 45 people and wounding 58. Kehoe killed himself and the superintendent by blowing up his own vehicle.
June 11, 1964: Cologne school massacre. Armed with an insecticide sprayer converted into a flamethrower, a lance and a homebuilt mace, 42-year-old Walter Seifert entered the Katholische Volksschule and opened fire on the girls playing in the courtyard. He then knocked in classroom windows with his mace and fired inside. Eight children and two teachers died, twenty children and two teachers survived with very severe burns. After taking a cyanide pill, Seifert died the following day, in custody.

JSB
Sugar City, ID

If you have a child who is already unstable and then complicate the situation by the parents' divorce, it is a formula for tragedy. Instead of blaming guns, we ought to be looking at social conditions that promote violence and misery.

no fit in SG
St.George, Utah

Why do people need assault weapons (those used by soldiers and police swat teams) in their homes?
Why is a hunting rifle and/or a small handgun not sufficient to "protect your family"?
Why, with all the wonderful hobbies and interests available, would a person chose to collect and glorify guns and other weapons?
Why do people not see that weapons and emotionally and mentally disturbed individuals do not mix?
Why are people reluctant to get professional help for disturbed children? Do they not see what is happening in our society when these troubled children explode?
When will the insurance industry see the need to provide some mental health coverage for all policies?
Why do extremely religious people talk about God's love, yet glorify owning lethal weapons?
Will those in our country who make the laws ever see the light?

Fred44
Salt Lake City, Utah

JSB,

Who is blaming guns? Obviously this young man had problems and is ultimately responsible, but why can't we be reasonable and admit that without access to these weapons, this would not have happened. May he have opted for a different method sure, may he have obtained a gun in another method, but we don't know that. What we do know is that he had a small arsenal at his ready disposal and he used it to murder 26 people.

Reasonable people would look at this and say we need to examine whether or not average citizens need assault weapons.

Elcapitan
Ivins, UT

Guns are here and have always been here. The second amendment provides for them. As the technology increases so does the threat. Citizens and law inforcement need to keep up with this technology as criminal types always do. Most democrats and liberals do not even know what a real assault rifle is, they think legislation is the cure.

I remember the school bomb theat at Cokevill, Wyoming years and years ago. There is always the bomb threat. How does one cope wsith that with any gun except to take out the perpetrator and that is not always possible.

Unless we are willing to identify those in our society who are suffering with the types of mental illness that allow them to become unstable and kill we will always have this problem on our hands, always. Hiding these folks only increases the threat. It is not guns that creat the threat, it is the mentally unstable who have access to guns and other destructive devices..

raybies
Layton, UT

Guns. Divorce. Unsafe Mental Health. Past troubles becoming excuses not to forgive. A society in which the most popular stories end all their movies with glorious violence that makes the audience cheer. Bouts of Rage. A school of innocent unarmed people. Tragedy.

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