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Published: Wednesday, Jan. 9 2013 8:54 a.m. MST

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one old man
Ogden, UT

It sounds as if there a few -- but only a few -- red flags flying in advance. This entire case illustrates how extremely difficult it may be to head off future disasters because there is almost no mechanism available for anyone who becomes concerned that a person may be unstable to report it and get anyone to act.

In the meantime, someone like this is perfectly free to buy up an arsenal.

Perhaps one way to make us all safer would be to close the loopholes in gun laws. Be sure that EVERY time a gun or ammo is purchased by ANYONE it is recorded and compared to a national data base. If someone is found purchasing thousands of rounds of ammo and a large number of guns -- even body armor -- the ATF or other agency will be alerted and can begin to investigate.

But I'm sure the NRA and its followers would cry foul. It would mean we'd actually have to honor what the founders were intending when they wrote those now ignored words in the Second Amendment, "Well regulated . . . "

iron&clay
RIVERTON, UT

Look at the accompanying photo of the alleged shooter. Does he look drugged and or hypnotized?

Watch the 'Manchurian Candidate" to understand how young men can be turned into robots to carry out what their consciences would not normally allow and then read about the governments MK ULTRA mind control techniques that use likely subjects such as this orange haired boy to further a tyrants agenda to take away the right of the people to bear arms.

Craig Clark
Boulder, CO

one old man,

"It sounds as if there a few -- but only a few -- red flags flying in advance. This entire case illustrates how extremely difficult it may be to head off future disasters because there is almost no mechanism available for anyone who becomes concerned that a person may be unstable to report it and get anyone to act.

In the meantime, someone like this is perfectly free to buy up an arsenal...."
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When Holmes’ purchased 6,000 rounds of ammunition online, that should have been a red flag right there. But how can law enforcement monitor the Internet for such activity without the NRA screaming its bloody head off about privacy and Big Brother gathering information for the confiscation of guns?

The NRA might postulate that Holmes could have been preparing for an invasion by the Russian army. Most reasonable people would promptly be alarmed that something else was going on in his mind.

Open Minded Mormon
Everett, 00

Defense lawyer Tamara Brady pointedly asked a federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent in court Tuesday whether any Colorado law prevented "a severely mentally ill person" from buying the 6,295 rounds of ammunition, body armor and handcuffs that Holmes purchased online.

There is not, the agent replied.

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And yet --
the NRA and all the 2nd amendment gun-nuts don't think this is HUGE loop-hole in the law, or a serious problem that needs to be addressed?!

C'mon.

This is outrageous people!

Craig Clark
Boulder, CO

American Rifleman, published monthly by the National Rifle Association, ran an ad offering a bolt action rifle with a telescopic sight, cost: $19.95 plus handling. The gun was purchased by Lee Harvey Oswald under the name A. Hidell and was shipped to him at a rented Post Office box. Eight months later, Oswald used that gun was to assassinate President Kennedy. A Federal court later ruled that Federal law did not require Oswald to provide his actual name. But at least we finally got legislation prohibiting the mail order purchase of guns. The issue of gun registration and background checks was still a long way off.

How unfortunate that it takes a national tragedy to bring about reform. The gun show loophole is but one part of the problem today. Guns are sold in private homes, in parking lots, and with no paperwork. We’re not going to agree on everything but one would think there are some basic areas that both sides in the debate could get together on.

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