In the wake of tragedy: Gun control debated after Sandy Hook school shooting

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  • SS MiddleofNowhere, Utah
    Dec. 19, 2012 11:42 a.m.

    I am truly sorry for the victims of this tragedy and their families, but gun control is simply not the answer! It will never work to stop things like this. In China recently there was a massacre of 20 people and the person used a knife, a knife! So the problem really is getting away from this culture of violence, educating people about guns, and understanding mental illness. Taking away guns of any kind is unconstitutional. The 2nd Amendment was constructed to provide citizens with an equal and comparable means of defense against those they may be defending against and that includes our own government. In the 18th century that included muskets, in the 21st century things have changed, but it is still our right to own and bear arms accessible to our government. If more people were educated and responsible gun owners more things like this would be prevented. It's logic. People are less likely to carry out or accomplish acts of violence if there are two or three people next to them with guns. In the same situation I would rather have a gun than have to rely on a cop getting there in time to rescue me.

  • jaywalk94 Kaysville, UT
    Dec. 19, 2012 11:39 a.m.

    You cannot legislate responsibility.

    The problem is not that we can have guns, it is that we can not have guns in certain places. If teachers were allowed to carry a concealed weapon, the crisis would have ended much sooner with less casualties.

    Another problem is that if weapons were taken away, people CAN still find a gun somehow. Everyone look at Brazil, they banned weapons, did it work for them? Smuggled weapons are just like smuggled drugs, yes it's illegal, but people STILL do it.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    Dec. 19, 2012 11:23 a.m.

    All that happens when you make tighter gun control laws is that law abiding people have a harder time buying guns. Criminals will get guns one way or another. Even in this case, he was not using his own guns. He stole the guns from his mother.

    Criminals are not concerned with obeying the law, that is why they are criminals.

    In this case we should be addressing mental health issues and the security of our schools.

  • VIDAR Murray, UT
    Dec. 19, 2012 10:21 a.m.

    Provo, UT

    The right to own a gun does not mean you can leave the gun laying around for any child or mentally ill person to pick it up.
    It also does not mean if you sell a gun to a mentally ill person you are without blame.
    If gun owners would simply secure their weapons; and that does not mean in a glass gun case; And do a background check on people before they sell their weapons to someone else: which does not happen in gun shows
    It would go a long way to preventing these type of incidents.
    Think back: in the majority of the last ten years mass shootings the shooter got their weapons because they were not secure or bought them at a gun show.

  • davidctr ,
    Dec. 19, 2012 10:00 a.m.

    "It began as insinuation, but quickly flowered into outright declaration. Words used to describe the killer, Adam Lanza, began with “odd,” “aloof” and “a loner,” shaded into “lacked empathy,” and finally slipped into “on the autism spectrum” and suffering from “a mental illness like Asperger’s.” By Sunday, it had snowballed into a veritable storm of accusation and stigmatization. Whether reporters were directly attributing Mr. Lanza’s shooting rampage to his autism or merely shoddily lumping together very different conditions, the false and harmful messages were abundant.
    Let me clear up a few misconceptions. For one thing, Asperger’s and autism are not forms of mental illness; they are neurodevelopmental disorders or disabilities. Autism is a lifelong condition that manifests before the age of 3; most mental illnesses do not appear until the teen or young adult years. Medications rarely work to curb the symptoms of autism, but they can be indispensable in treating mental illness like obsessive-compulsive disorder, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder." "Don’t Blame Autism for Newtown", The New York Times

  • DEW Sandy, UT
    Dec. 19, 2012 9:53 a.m.

    "Gun control and mental illness."

    That second part above, you going to do something to help them or to do something bad to those mentally ill people? I'm hoping the government going to improve for their needs in terms of financial cost for medications and doctor visits. Better insurance plans at less cost and social need would be a good start.

  • snowman Provo, UT
    Dec. 19, 2012 9:49 a.m.

    This shooting was awful but it really doesn't matter what Congress tries to do, they can't change the Constitution. The Constitution tells us we have the right to own guns. But we must remember guns don't kill people, people kill people. Guns can not kill on their own.