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Strong arguments are made on both sides of gun control debate

Published: Monday, July 23 2012 8:00 p.m. MDT

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Sugar City, ID

In our present society, the need to have a gun to protect your home is pretty remote. However, there may be a day when there are riots and civil disorders in our cities and owning a gun might be a good thing in order to protect yourself and your family. People should have the right to own guns for their own self protection if not now, then at some future date.

Centerville, UT

God helps those who help themselves. Arming one's self for self-defense or taking a life in self-defense is something that occurs thoughout the Bible and the Book of Mormon. David slew Goliath in defense of self and his country. He led armies in defense of country. Some of the most spiritual men in the Book of Mormon were forced to use deadly force to defend themselves, others and their country. Examples: Nephi, Captain Moroni, 2000 Stripling Warriors, Mormon, Moroni. God does not expect us to be shot and die like fish in a barrel. Be prepared by arming yourself. He who is prepared shall not fear.

Ogden, UT

Sometimes there are horrible things that just happen. This was just a crazy person who went nuts. We think we can stop all bad things from happening but we can't. We try to find reasons why something like this happened when sometimes it was just a crazy person who went nuts.

As far as creating more gun laws. Read about New Orleans and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. There were no police, women were being raped, and gangs were roaming the street killing people. I'm sure those victims wished they had a gun. There is a thin line in society between order and chaos and when it breaks there will be no one there to help your family except you.

Bountiful, UT

It doesn't take faith to believe that an off duty policeman with a concealed weapon saved lives at Trolley Square when a gun man took it upon himself to fire at bystanders, this is a factual matter. When the off duty police officer began firing at the gunman, the gunman retreated to a place where the off duty police officer couldn't hurt him, and from this location, neither could the gunman hurt others.

The person with the conceiled weapon could have just as easily have been a citizen with a carry permit. If you don't think an offense is justified as a defence, don't take antibiotics and curse the fact that you have an immune system that works whether you want it to or not.

Bountiful, UT

Before guns there were murders. Should the time ever come when there are no more guns. There will still be mass murders. A person with a sword or gasoline bombs can kill a lot of people in a crowded place before they are stopped.

Craig Clark
Boulder, CO

Armed Citizen,

"How does my faith intersect with my gun ownership?"

Matthew 26:52 - "Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again your sword into its place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword."

Craig Clark
Boulder, CO


"A WELL REGULATED MILITIA, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

I appreciate you putting the first phrase into all caps, even though gun rights advocates' eyes will glaze over anyway. I've never heard the NRA explain how 300 million guns in this country in the hands of people whose use of those guns is determined by their own personal judgment constitutes a well-regulated militia.

It's historical roots are in America's colonial militias when able-bodied men required to serve were often required to provide their own firearms. So military defense of the 13 colonies was literally dependent on an armed populace. That was reaffirmed when Washington as President signed into law an act requiring men to own firearms. Today, of course, that need is met by the most powerful military in the world.

But don't tell that to good old Rufus and Bubba sitting on their front porch oiling their shooting irnos. They might be drinking whisky.

Mesa, AZ


"There is some controversy in the way we interpret this amendment. Historically the word "people" has been interpreted as meaning individual citizens. If that was the original intent, perhaps is time to Amend or eliminate the second amendment. 1791 and 2012 are quite different times, wouldn't you agree?"

Those ten amendments that are commonly considered the Bill of Rights are different then the rest of the amendments in the constitution they cannot be repealed or amended. The government cannot touch them.

"A bill of rights is what the people are entitled to against every government on earth."
Thomas Jefferson

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