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Published: Friday, Dec. 13 2013 12:00 a.m. MST

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Bountiful, UT

Although the news hasn't said it yet, given past history, its a pretty sure bet this shooting happened in a gun free zone. These zones are very dangerous. Since we are all looking for common sense solutions, wouldn't getting rid of gun free zones be something we could all agree on?

St.George, Utah

How terribly tragic that some feel that more guns will solve this horrific problem at the site where our children are educated.
Their wish for a heavily armed society defies everything the majority of citizens cherish about America.

Bountiful, UT

re riverofsun

If you feel less guns is the answer regardless of who is in possession of the guns, then I suggest you work to get guns out of the hands of the police and the military.

Provo, UT

Aside from the blatantly politicized, ungrounded speculation in the idea that "gun free zones" are more dangerous, some comments make me wonder what kind of toxins might be in the water in Colorado... and Bountiful.

Layton, UT


What will solve it?

Nan BW
ELder, CO

Gun free zones aren't gun free when someone who isn't law abiding steps into one with a gun. It is an American tradition that citizens should be able to defend themselves and others.

one old man
Ogden, UT

What is really pathetic about this latest shooting is that it is something that has become almost routine in America.

Just another school shooting. No big deal.

Now we need to ask AGAIN, the big question that MUST be answered:

WHEN will the people of this nation come to our senses and find the courage to stand up to the NRA and DEMAND sensible gun control laws?

The National Rifle Association is one of the greatest public enemies in America. There ARE ways to gain better control of firearms, but until we are able to get past the overwhelming influence of the NRA there is no chance of even trying to find them.

How many more must die before we wake up and stand up to Wayne LaPierre?

Lehi, UT

Thoughts & Prayers go out to Colorado, hopefully the victims will have a speedy recovery, and the people of Colorado will pull together after 2 very terrible school shootings.

St.George, Utah

Those making the laws in our country have been bought and sold by the NRA.
Appears that is why those in charge of both political parties cannot get enough legislators together to bring forth a vote for various laws that have been presented for gun control.

Provo, UT

Yes! YES! Everyone, why don't we ban guns completely and totally. Only the military should have guns. Just like only doctors have access to ALL drugs. I love that narcotics are not a problem in this country because they are illegal. That's the best part about the government an all of the laws they make. It makes it so much better for all of us because every act of government is 101% effective in accomplishing the its design.

We should also have celebrities speak out against gun violence. This will help. Especially because those celebrities have never participated in anything media related or otherwise that condones or worships the use of lethal force daily.

Stay tuned for more.

Iowa, Iowa

I stand amazed at how uninformed gun control advocates are. Houston Texas as about 200 dedicated gun stores and over 1,800 place to buy guns and Chicago has none. Houston had a total of 207 murders and Chicago has 1,800 in 2012. Seems like that "gun control" in Chicago isn't working so well except for criminals.

Farmington, UT

Glad to see that Colorado's newly tightened gun laws are so effective in preventive shootings in public places!

one old man
Ogden, UT

Opposition to SENSIBLE gun control measures is insanity.

Nan BW
ELder, CO

Kathy, your comparison of Houston and Chicago are a revealing story in a few words. Good comment!

Lets check the facts
Santa Fe, NM

How come no one has mentioned limiting what we put in kids heads. Over the years, having a fire arm accessible and the number of school shootings doesn't correlate. But school shootings directly correlate with the violence in media, entertainment, "games", and the disintegration of the family. You don't have to be a statistician to figure out what would work to curtail the violence.

Eden, UT

Every shooting brings home the reality that we need effective gun control laws. Supporting guns over people is a national mental illness.

salt lake city, UT

A new approach needs to be taken by those who excercise their constitional right to own a gun. I suggest if that gun is ever used in a crime or accidental injury or death (suicide, etc.) the penalty would be severe. Mandatory jail time, heavy fines, community service. If you own a gun keep it locked up and inaccessible, otherwise you run the risk of having your life dramatically changed. Careless gun ownership in this country is tearing our communities apart. As a society we have reduced drunk driving with this approach and now is time we constitionally do the same with carless gun owners. Gun owners may be protected by the constition but their careless storage of them is not.

Clovis, NM

This student was probably a minor. It is illegal for a minor to own a gun. He probably stole the gun. So those who think gun control laws will stop crimes are little off base. You can legislate who SHOULD own a gun. But if laws stopped criminals, our jails would be empty. Sure, background check everybody who wants to purchase a gun. But do I think outlawing guns will stop murders? The angry, criminal and mentally deranged folks will always find a way to kill somebody. Can't find a gun? There's always knives, ropes, bombs, arson, etc. We should work harder on treating mental illness, teaching anger management, and promoting negotiating skills. It's not the guns. It's the people holding them.

Snowflake, AZ

From the comments made above, it would appear that these gun right activists want schools with armed staff and faculty, or having armed security or policemen on campus. I have been on campuses with police stations on campus. When there was a sporting event, those attending the game went through metal detectors. Honestly, I didn't feel safe, and students became hardened and cynical - even the best kids did.

Do we want schools to be militarized zones, just in case some crazed shooter comes in? Even though shooters are becoming more common, it is still not frequent enough to warrant spending millions of dollars to arm and train faculty and staff, while undermining the feelings of safety of students and personnel as well. If students and visitors need to go through security similar to what they would see at the airport to go to school each day, do you think they will feel more safe?

Just arming teachers and staff won't make schools safer. If teachers and staffs are not trained properly, they become part of the problem instead of the solution. Funding for things like increased security won't increase, as we continually under-fund education.

Far East USA, SC

Guns need to be locked up. Yes, they can get "stolen". But typically not from a safe. And they typically dont shoot with a trigger lock.

Those who own guns need to safeguard them from children and theft.

If a minor gets a parents unsecured gun, the parents should be liable for the outcome.

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