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Published: Tuesday, Dec. 25 2012 12:00 a.m. MST

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Mike in Cedar City
Cedar City, Utah

Been talking about Gun Control since I was a teenager Emily, Its like talking to a brick wall. Take a look at the discussion even after several horrific episodes of gun violence and you will see that even after all this, there are still many who don't want to do anything to change the status quo. And, in their cold hearts, they all know that unless we do something the slaughter will continue and even intensify. As far as I am concerned those not part of the solution, are the problem, And they have blood on their hands.

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

OK, Emily. Before the next big one, let's get some gun control in place. As they say at every MLM recruitment seminar I've ever seen, if you keep doing what you're doing, you'll keep getting what you're getting. So let's do something different.

Beverly
Eden, UT

The NRA is America's schoolyard bully. It has plenty of money from gun manufactures and it has the far right strongly supporting its "no gun control" position. They sic their members on every politician that attempts to deal intelligently with the gun issue. They barrage the press and elected official with hateful, threatening, letters, and basically chase off any attempts to control gun violence in America. When focused on a single issue, they can effectively control the debate on that issue. It is a shame, but their bullying has worked and I don't think they will stop the tactic. There is no sliver lining in the death of 20 children, each shot numerous times with an assault rifle, but I hope this horrible shooting will push Americans past the bullying tactics of the NRA and really do something meaningful to stop gun violence in America.

Truthseeker
SLO, CA

First,Merry Christmas!

Waiting for my family to wake up.

Came across an excellent article, provided by David Frum, in The Daily Beast, "I Was Adam Lanza."

People say we don't need more laws, we just need to enforce the laws. But the NRA and gun control advocates are ever pushing to get rid of existing laws. "Stand your ground laws" are a prime example. I see gun advocates misrepresenting factual information to justify their stance--such as Israel has armed teachers at their schools. False. Or that violent crime has declined due to less gun regulation when, in some areas homicides increased but the national trend has been a decline in violent crime. The evidence is clear. The presence of a gun in the home increases the likelihood of death from the gun of someone in that home. The U.S. has astronomically higher firearm death rtae than any other industriaalized country--which also have teens that play and watch violent video games and movies.

Many of us have been talking about gun control for many years, but the NRA has been the 800 lb gorilla. Sometimes it takes a horrific event to wake people out of their slumber.

one old man
Ogden, UT

Have shootings become so commonplace that they merit very little attention. Have they become as routine as auto accidents and obtain no news coverage beyond a mention unless they are as horrific as the school shootings?

Notice how little attention is being paid to the firefighter deaths in New York and how little coverage has been given to two recent Utah shootings that left two dead and two wounded. Have Americans in general become so accustomed to shootings that they stir no real concern?

Apparently there is no one keeping good records of shootings. The few sites I can find are usually badly slanted to either extreme. There is little information about how many guns used are "legal" versus "illegal." The New York shooter was "illegal." The two in Utah were apparently "legal." Based on what I've been able to find, it appears that the majority of guns used in shootings and suicides are "legal."

We have a serious problem that we've ignored far too long.

Solutions are out there -- but finding them might be very hard unless both sides soften their stances.

If absolutely no regulation was intended, why is that word in the Second Amendment?

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

I been speaking out almost daily AGAINST assault type weapons (note: how I do not refer to them as guns) being in the hands of ordinary citizens since I got out of the military Emily -- more than 30 years ago!

It just the gun lobby that speaks after shootings.

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

The Constitution has "spoken" against gun control since the birth of this nation. There are many who think their wisdom surpasses the Supreme Law of The Land. They want to force their will on the free to take away guaranteed liberties. They care nothing for the Constitution and nothing for liberty, but they are quick to restrict free people from being free.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

In other words, Emily is a republican who merely wishes to kick the can down the road then complain later when someone actually does something to address the problem. Typical.

Elcapitan
Ivins, UT

Forget bullying the NRA or branding it as an organization promoting gun violence. It is the bullwark which stands for our second amendment rights like no other does. Guns are a part of our heritage and without the NRA more chaos would prevail.

They have been advocating that people who commit felons with deadly weopens be punished to the full extent of the law without much success for more than sixsty years that I can remember. What judge let the latest mass killer out of prison who some years ago killed his grandmother with a hammer (also a deadly weopen). That liberal judge is responsible for this latest massacre, not the killer. Until we are able to successfully prosecute and imprison these folks there will be killings like this occurring in this niolent world we live in today. Lock these people up for good or execute them. Lets get tought on criminals for a change, not law abiding gun owners or the NRA which promotes gun safety and enforcing our laws.

USMCer
POST FALLS, ID

The political hype over gun restrictions is obtuse on its face. Mayor Bloomberg screaming about gun reform when he's surrounded by his personal entourage of armed guards. "Assault weapons" (whatever that means) still means nothing in the grand scheme of things. Changing out a 10 round clip from a 30 round clip still only takes a second or two. Chicago has one of the tightest set of gun laws in the nation and still enjoys the honor of being the premier murder capitol of this nation. Where's the good being done by restricting gun laws?
It goes back to the adage that bad guys with guns are stopped by good guys with guns as was shown in the Clackamus Mall shooting.
Don't any of you find it interesting that these mass shooting are occurring in designated "Gun Free Zones"? The nuts may be nutty but not stupid it seems. When good citizens start shooting back, things will change. Besides why are we the only civilized nation that intentionally restricts our ability to protect ourselves against any threat?

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