President Obama attends service for Connecticut Shooting victims: 'You are not alone in your grief'

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  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Dec. 17, 2012 7:40 p.m.

    Sixty percent of our deficit has come during the Obama years.

    We'll soon be looking at the Grand Canyon cliff.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 17, 2012 5:59 p.m.

    There were many in the US, just today, including two police officers. Refer to article in this paper about hardly any gun deaths in Japan. No guns, no gun deaths. That must be the goal.

  • colleen peters Portage, MI
    Dec. 17, 2012 2:38 p.m.

    I agree a ban on all guns would not end the ravaging of citizens, especially children, but also I call to mind many years ago in the Reagan administration when a number, or most, of the mental health institutions were closed by that president seeking to 'cut costs'. What a terrible political move then that has given our generation a multiplicity of sad problems. Being civil to people would help; gun bans would help but treating mentally challenged persons would REALLY help.

  • ulvegaard Medical Lake, Washington
    Dec. 17, 2012 2:13 p.m.

    Its a good argument that other things have a good use and it is a silly notion to ban them. Whereas assault weapons have no purpose and should be banned. We can write on a piece of paper to ban unhappiness, poverty, hunger and so forth. And we'll stand up and applaud the president who signs the ban on any of these things. But the reality is this, they will still all still exist. Banning the weapons will make everyone feel warm and fuzzy, but they too will still exist and in a covert world that cannot be controlled by presidential edicts or congressional posturing.

    I too mourn with those who lost loved ones a few days ago, just as I mourn with those who lost loved ones to drunk drivers, accidental drownings, over doses, suicides, and countless other tragedies whether intentional or accidental. Declaring guns bad,while simply telling people to drink responsibly makes just as much sense as making cars and baths illegal. It will take more than gun control to prevent untimely deaths in this world.

  • Sophie 62 spring city, UT
    Dec. 17, 2012 11:47 a.m.

    It isn't just these kids at this school. It's all the other shooting massacres in the last few years. How many people have to die so that others may have assault rifles and others weapons that have no use but to kill people?
    People always say, following these slaughters of innocnts, that we have to also ban cars, knives, baseball bats, prescription drugs etc. if we're going to ban assault weapons. While it's true that people die because of these other things, they at least have a primary purpose other than killing people. Unlike assault weapons and automatic pistols that can discharge an enormous number of bullets in an instant, we use these other things in our everyday lives for good purposes. The same cannot be said of these terrible killing tools.
    People have said to me that these are the sacrifices we have to make to keep our 2nd amendment rights intact. They believe if you say some people can't have guns, soon all guns will be taken away.
    This price is too high. Some people should not have guns. The ban on assalut rifles should never have been repealed.

  • SLC gal Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 17, 2012 10:59 a.m.

    If you read the "mother of Adam" article, that's been floating around on DNews, and other sources, it really shines a light on the way to get help for mental illness in this country. The mother was literally told to get her son charged with a crime so he'd be "in the system", and that would start a paper trail. Her son's only wrong was being born mentally ill. This is wrong and morally reprehensible. Mental health really needs work in this country!

    Second, I believe our nation needs to rethink it's position on "open carry". How many mass shootings do you think would occur if there's a chance someone is packing and will shoot you if you start something? I belive this has worked well in Amsterdam. On a smaller scale, how many corner store clerks do you think wouldn't be robbed if they had a visible firearm at their hip.

  • Freedom Huntsville, UT
    Dec. 17, 2012 10:33 a.m.

    Beverly, I feel the same pain you do. I admire your compassion. I want solutions just as you do.

    Please consider that making it illegal won't keep these people who want to kill from buying assault weapons and using them. Guns were not allowed, were illegal on that school property. Banning guns will not make them go away. At that point, only killers will own them. Well and those who refuse to give up their right to defend themselves. Think of the home invasions of late that were thwarted by armed home owners.

    With respect,

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Dec. 17, 2012 10:28 a.m.

    Many men, women, and children have been killed along the border with American thousands of guns passing through ATF.

    Perhaps our commander in chief could lift an executive order, bans an investigation into this.

  • lqqk pocatello, ID
    Dec. 17, 2012 10:08 a.m.

    The problem seem to me there is too little help for the mentally ill in this country. Insurance doesn't want to cover long term care. Some people need more help than they are getting. Why is the mental health thing totally ignored for gun legislation? If all the "crazy" shooters had been under mental health care, maybe we wouldn't have these tragedies to talk about.

  • Beverly Eden, UT
    Dec. 17, 2012 9:53 a.m.

    Twenty little kids between the ages of 6 and 7 were murdered. Does this reality get past the Rush Limbaugh, Fox New, mentality? A lunatic with a readily available assault rifle killed 20 children. not to mention the repeated, multiple, murders with assault rifles around our Country, in the recent past. We must look at this problem without shouting past each other. I'm sure the President will look at this problem with a reasoned mind. Why does anyone need an assault rifle? Why does any one need a magazine that holds more than 10 rounds? Stop your "Doom's Day - Prepper" thinking and think about how we can solve this problem in a reasonable manner. Who needs an assault rifle in your neighborhood? If we, as gun owners are not reasonable, we face losing more than just assault rifles. Compromise is essential. Again, why would anyone need an assault rifle?

  • Clinton Draper, UT
    Dec. 17, 2012 9:42 a.m.

    This massacre was tragic beyond description, but I am appalled at the president's politicization of the situation to once again push the liberal agenda of gun control, regardless of where they decide to draw that line. More children die each year from their parents leaving them in the car, but we don't address that serious issue by banning cars. A mother drowns all her kids in the bathtub, but we don't introduce legislation to ban bathtubs or outlaw water.

    Blaming violent behavior on guns is a non sequitur argument, and it is incredible how many in our society want to jump on that illogical bandwagon.

  • George Bronx, NY
    Dec. 17, 2012 9:14 a.m.

    to bad that you do not expect more from yourself then to continue to spread the dishonest talking points of the far right. maybe you should clean your own side of the street before pointing fingers at others.

  • WinSum Rexburg, ID
    Dec. 17, 2012 8:56 a.m.

    I feel terrible about the senseless murders of innocent people. I feel terrible about murdered Boarder Agents and US Embassy personnell and our servicemen and women. All deaths are sobering.

    However,I really struggle with a President / Commander in Chief, who knowingly allowed Embassy personnell die and ran a political campaign that indicated months in advance they needed to "kill" an other candidate. Hence, when a person is willing to br so ruthless, stretch the truth or outright be dishonest and then when the camera light turns on, he is so sorrowful and concerned I just can't respect the performance......I must be missing some of the character he would have us believe he has......

    Personally, after having served this nation and held a full-time-taxable job all my life, I expect more from leaders than just good photo-ops.

  • Freedom Huntsville, UT
    Dec. 17, 2012 8:18 a.m.

    If we blame and ban guns, then we must ban cars, planes, Tylenol, docs, and prescription drugs. Far more deaths are attributed to the latter.

    Never make long term decisions on short term emotions.

  • Beverly Eden, UT
    Dec. 17, 2012 7:14 a.m.

    As a Republican for a long time. I voted for Barry Goldwater and every Republican President since 1962. As a lifelong Republican, I will support President Obama in any attempt to limit assault rifles and large magazines for all semi-automatic weapons. We cannot tolerate this horrible behavior and the easy access to assault rifles or any weapon of mass destruction. Please think this through. I hunt, and I target practice, I'm not against guns. I strongly recommend we ban assault rifles and large magazines that are banned in hunting, but available to lunatics. I will support the President's efforts in a reasonable, open-minded, manner.

  • 3grandslams Iowa City, IA
    Dec. 17, 2012 5:33 a.m.

    Let's discuss a gun ban that Obama is alluding to after we get justice for dead border patrol agents and US Ambassadors.