Standoff: Alabama gunman kills bus driver, seizes boy

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  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Jan. 31, 2013 9:41 a.m.

    Given the violent history of this guy, WHY was he still able to possess that weapon?

    But I can hear it now. If that five year old had been able to carry a gun to defend himself, this would never have happened.

    (I know that's nonsense, but it makes as much sense as most other NRA ideas.)

  • Lagomorph Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 31, 2013 8:47 a.m.

    The reporter botched the lede. It should read, "An individual arms-bearing member of the free-state-securing militia holed up in a bunker with a 6-year-old hostage kept law officers at bay Wednesday in an all-night, all-day standoff that began when he killed a school bus driver and dragged the boy away, authorities said."

  • xscribe Colorado Springs, CO
    Jan. 31, 2013 7:51 a.m.

    3grandslams: Only assault-type weapons and high-capacity clips, that's it. No one is taking away or even recommended taking away all guns, so don't make it sound that way. Either way, the kids wouldn't have been armed - unless you feel these kindergartners should be armed - which left only the bus driver to be armed. I doubt the 65-year-old bus driver would have been ready and able to deter this surprise attack by this person. You also assume in your post that everyone wants to carry a gun, which is absolutely not the case. And it certainly sounds like this bus driver was not the type of person who would want to carry a gun. Our whole cultural mentality needs to change as far as guns are concerned for these kinds of events to go away, armed or not. Unfortunately, I don't see that happening in the near future.

  • Maudine SLC, UT
    Jan. 31, 2013 12:03 a.m.

    @ 3grand: Considering all the threats this man had made and aggression he had shown, the solution would have been to take his gun away.

  • 3grandslams Iowa City, IA
    Jan. 30, 2013 8:20 p.m.

    So we got crazies like this guy and we want to ban guns why? So more crazies can kill innoccent DEFENSELESS people.