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Published: Saturday, Jan. 5 2013 7:20 p.m. MST

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Rutland vs. Medfield
Seattle, Wa

"The ammunition lines are insane"



How nice.

The Catholic Church is supportive of gun control.

The LDS Church says nothing about guns or poverty but the LDS Church owned Deseret News is publicizing a gun show.

More Utahns will die from firearms than auto accidents.

Los Angeles, CA


I share your sentiment, but your facts are wrong. The LDS church has opposed the carrying of guns on church property and has said much on poverty. Also, the Deseret News is not publicizing a gun show; if anything, the paper is drawing inferences to the absurdity of the show and its popularity. However, in principle you are correct: it defies logic to deal with a gun problem by increasing the number of guns.

Mission Viejo, CA

I keep seeing lots of anti-gun control advocates claiming that gun control would be a knee jerk reaction as they run out and buy guns and ammo for fear of new laws. Do two knee jerk reactions make a jerk?

St. George, UT

You people on the west coast need to worry about your own mismanaged and pathetic states.. As for me I'll rest comfortably with my AR-15. The best home defense weapon period,,,,,,

St. George, UT

I think your numbers are way off "truthseeker"(Lol).

Danbury, CT

A whole lot of paranoid people. Just great. I hope they (and JParkerfan) don't have a kid like Lanza living in their household...

DN Subscriber 2

When powerful people say they are going to take your guns, it is wise to take them at their word.

Sen. Feinstein said in 1995 that "she would have taken them all- every one"
and just last week NY Governor Cuomo talked about confiscation. Many other powerful Democrats have been just a bit more cautions and clever about their choices of words, but their goals are obvious. And every proposal they have marches towards that confiscation goal, even if indirectly!

The nice people "protesting" are sincere, but oblivious to the fact that no gun law anywhere, including confiscation, has disarmed criminals. And, while terror-sponsor Iran nearly has nuclear weapons (which they WILL
share!) and box-cutters were used on September 11th, thinking that gun bans on law abiding American citizens will disarm terrorists is wishful thinking, and almost delusional.

If the Second Amendment is gutted, the First will not be far behind.
"First, they came for the guns, but I worked at a newspaper..."

Truthseeker is also factually incorrect about more deaths from guns than cars, by a huge amount.

Stock up on guns and ammo while you can!

Casa Grande, AZ

I don't think a gun ban would be wise. We can just show how dumb it is to think a gun makes you safer. A public campaign similar to the anti-smoking don't be a butthead commercials may reduce the insanity. Guns have butts too.

The main benefits of gun ownership are feeling safe, free, independent, and powerful. However, if you own a gun it is 22 times more likely to be used to kill you (suicide) or someone you love (accident, homicide in a heated argument) than a stranger in self-defense. The costs of living in a society of gun owners also means a substantially higher rate of homicides, suicides, and accidents. - psycology today



From 2007-11, Utah averaged 271 gun deaths annually, with suicides accounting for 84 percent of them, a slight increase from 2001-05, the health department said.

By comparison, the Utah Highway Patrol reported an annual average of 263 traffic fatalities from 2007-11. Data from the Utah state medical examiner show guns in Utah kill 11 of every 100,000 people annually, compared with last year's national average of 10.4 gun deaths per 100,000.

Actually, the on-line version of Deseret News had a "pop-up" ad for a gun show in the past month.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) wrote several letters that repeated and reinforced the bishops ongoing call to create a circle of protection around poor and vulnerable people and programs that meet their basic needs and protect their lives and dignity. The bishops message calls on Congress and the Administration to protect essential help for poor families and vulnerable children and to put the poor first in budget priorities. The bishops letters oppose measures that reduce resources for essential safety net programs.

What is the LDS Church stance on social safety nets?

Farmington, UT

I guess we're all safer now that millions more people have the ability to kill other people. And their motivation wasn't personal safety, but the fear (that's right....fear) that they wouldn't be able to buy weapons in the future. That makes me feel safer, for sure....plus the fact that everyone takes care of their firearms and a deranged person just wouldn't be able to get their hands on a gun that a family member suddenly felt the need to buy. It would be impossible to obtain the weapon that a family member owned because they'd keep it under lock and key, along with the ammunition, so even if they somehow got the rifle or hand gun, they wouldn't be able to use it bexause they lacked the ammo. (Might as well allow drunk drivers to keep their cars after being guilty of multiple DUI's.)

Oh well.....

Midwest Mom
Soldiers Grove, WI

Ironic how those who fear that their rights are threatened are all for making lists of those who suffer from mental illnesses so that they can be controlled.

Fear does not preserve freedom. It takes courage to defend precious rights. Like the courage to defend the free speech of those whose politics you dislike, or the religions you do not support. I have yet to see that kind of courage from anyone in the pro-gun camp. They cry for the "right to bear arms," yet gloss over the recommendation to keep this right "well regulated."

"The far of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe." (Proverbs 29:25)

Midwest Mom
Soldiers Grove, WI

Oops. Typo.

That's fear, not far.

"The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe." (Proverbs 29:25)

Taylorsville, UT

We are not enthusiast, we are patriots willing do die for and defend this country our families, and property, from invasion, oppression, and dictators in power. When you fight for your freedoms and life, surrendering is the ending of freedom.

Patriotism is what these gun shows are about, and patriotism kills the enemy of freedom. Any one foolish enough to think you can have your freedoms and disarmament at the same time are very foolish. Look what this disarmament cost the Jews in Germany in WWII, 7 million lives up in smoke. They were promised peace, but not their lives.

This day was forewarned by our forefathers and their wisdom is still supreme and beyond socialist understanding. We choose not to be the subjects of government and that is our cause, lives lost to keep this choice are the sacrifices we believe in, and they are profound beliefs and with the same prejudices that drive all free willed peoples.

Because a mad man shoots up his school mates is not indicative of patriotism, it is indicative of schools turned prisons, so much so the children in the schools want body armor to keep their peers from shooting them.

Bountiful, UT

Hunters don't need assault rifles?

Heck hunters don't even need guns. They can use a bow and arrows.

Neither do people really need cars. They can live closer to work, and walk or ride a bike or take the bus.

We don't need computers. There are ways to make due. We don't really need cell phones either.

Actually I am hard pressed to think of any specific thing that we really 'need'.

Casa Grande, AZ

They are buying guns because they are convinced Obama is going to take them? How nice of them to provide more for Obama to take. Aaawwwua.

"Honey, we need to spend this money on guns and ammunition. I had to buy it."

It's just like the urgency every salesman tries to give you that it's a one day sale or this is the last one in stock at this price... I've just never seen it last so long like this.

Fools and their money.

I'm thinking of asking Obama to blurt out that he intends to ban high heel shoes so republican women can go on a shoe buying spree and leave no money left for the hubby to buy guns with.

Third try screen name
Mapleton, UT

Gun bans will lead to an underground market of undocumented owners.
Take a look at Chicago. They've got the toughest gun laws in the country for 20 years running.
And they had 500 murders last year.
Rarely do they find a FOID card or a weapon with a serial number when investigating those crimes.
Beware the unintended consequences of the imperious immediacy of interest. All that do-gooder political will...all those headlines...all those photos of our "leaders" protecting the people...all that fluff for the constituent newsletter...
In the end you will find, "That's not what we meant to do."
You should read an excellent work on public policy by that same title, written by Steven M Gillon over a decade ago.

Hayden, ID

News flash to Democrats! Americans will never give up their guns. The criminals will never stop using guns and the rest of us will never stop using guns to protect ourselves. The only question is, whose side are the Democrats on? I think we already know the answer to that question.

Springville, UT


Are you serious? The .223 (5.56) round was designed for stability in flight and instability on impact. Those rounds will end up going through walls and everywhere else, where you want them, and where you don't. The AR-15 is quite possibly one of the worst weapons for home defense, unless you are lucky enough to be defending your home as people attack from 50-150 yards away. You are much better off with a short barreled shotgun with size 4 buckshot, where you get 40+ pellets for an effective spread. 00 buckshot has too much penetration and might go through a wall, unintentionally injuring someone you care about.

BTW. I am one of the few people in this debate who thing a realistic compromise from both sides needs to happen. You know, compromise, where neither side gets everything they want, and both sides need to admit to the merits of the other side's position.

Apo, AP

I agree with Screwdriver! Owning a gun may make you feel safer but all evidence points to the fact that it does not add to your safety, rather it is a risk. If you do choose to own a gun, please be smart and lock it up where kids and others cannot easily gain access! Of course if you own a gun to keep yourself safe against a random intruder you'll probably want to keep it locked and loaded and within an arm's reach at all times.
If this is you, be responsible enough to let your neighbors know that you have loaded, unlocked guns in your home. Please think about children's safety!!

Also, I think it is ridiculous to hear people say they are opposed to gun control as if it were an all-or-nothing proposition. Even in the pictures of this gun show had signs saying "No loaded guns". That's gun control! At a gun show, nonetheless!

We all believe in sensible gun control. Now let's enforce these laws!

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