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Published: Wednesday, July 9 2014 9:15 p.m. MDT

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American Fork, UT

With respect to the tragedy and gravity of the situation, we are now at the point where we can only be told more guns present would have made the outcome more positive. I don't think so, but we're not really free to hold that opinion anymore.

Houston, TX

This family, parents with five children, were active members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in our ward. Both parents and all of their children were shot by a relative. The lone survivor was a daughter who was able to call the police, alerting them that the murderer was headed to her grandmother's house. This allowed the police to intercept and capture him after a 4 hour standoff. The teenage survivor is in critical condition.

A news station clarified this morning that early reports that the father was the shooter were inaccurate. He died trying to protect his family from the killer.

Merritt Island, Fl

Just when will we learn, the NRA is not a friend of the people. The wholesale selling of weapons to anyone is outrageous. I own both long guns and handguns, but keep them in a safe and take them out for target shooting.
The Congress of 1776 never intended what the NRA has brought. The reserves the founding fathers spoke of were just that, a citizen Army to be called when needed. None wanted a standing Army until after the War of 1812 when it was apparent a well trained Army was needed. There was never any intent to sell weapons to anyone with $$$ in their pockets.
End the madness: Open carry, mental issues, super magazines, etc., etc.

Salt Lake City, UT

Someone please explain to me how this man is a member of a "well regulated militia"?

D. Jeremy
Spring, TX

I know this family well also, and this is a tragedy that our Ward here in Spring, TX will not easily forget. Very loving parents and precious children were involved in an extremely horrific incident. Our hearts and prayers in my family go out to the lone surviving daughter.

Out of respect for this family, please stop with the gun control arguments and pushing your political agenda. If this psycho didn't have access to a gun, he would have found another way. The gun did not harm this family by itself, it was the person holding the gun and his personal decision to follow through with this act who is to blame.

Sandy, UT

D. Jeremy- I couldn't agree more. A shooting happens and you have people more worried about pushing their anti-gun agenda instead of focusing on the tragedy. I don't have a dog in the gun race. A gun cant kill someone but a person can. He could have used a knife for all I care, would people be saying we should ban kitchen knives? No, because the knife didn't harm anyone. A person did. I pray for those in the community and loved ones of the victims.

Pasedena, CA

To "Lagomorph" what part of " the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed" do you not understand?

Plus, the problem isn't the availability of guns. The problem is mental health and possibly the over prescription of anti-depressants and other brain chemical altering medications. Tell us, how do you legislate against crazy?

Protecting This House
Salt Lake City, UT

Horrifying. Mental health issues should never overshadow the fact that an entire family was gunned down.

I have a dear friend who relies on medications to help with his mental health problems. Knowing he struggles mentally, I not only check in with him on a daily basis, but am more cautious around him as well. It's a bittersweet relationship, but one that I've learned to approach with equal parts caution and love.

Utterly devastating that a known relative stemming from a place of trust, could do so much damage to innocent relatives. Bless their souls. Good luck to the shooter when the ultimate judgments are meted out.

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