Suspect's friends puzzle over Oregon shooting

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  • Interloper Portland, OR
    June 13, 2014 9:46 p.m.

    The overwhelming majority of murders and suicides in the U.S. occur by gun. Nothing else is as lethal. Even though gun ownership has fallen to 35% of American homes, the carnage continues apace because the homes that have guns have multiple guns that are likely to be used. Jared Padgett's home, where there were at least two semi-automatic weapons and a large amount of ammunition, is typical of the kind of situation that results in violence. Having the guns available increases the likelihood someone will be shot, wounded or killed.

  • Copacetic Logan, UT
    June 12, 2014 12:42 p.m.

    @ vern001:

    With over 300,000,000 privately owned guns in America, your suggestion of not having guns in any homes is not even close to being feasible or practical. Even if such a far-fetched bill were to ever pass (extremely doubtful), an active black-market for guns would exist for decades and perhaps even longer. With the kind of supply that already exists, control would be all but impossible.

    Where there is enough will, there will alway be a way. There is a myriad of ways to kill other people. If guns were not an option, other ways could and would be found.

    With over 335,000,000 people currently living in the United States, there is occasionally going to be an individual who goes over the edge and does a terrible act like this. It's almost inevitable.

    Especially when we live in a violence oriented culture where almost all visual media (TV, movies and video games) portrays extreme violence as a seemingly normal part of live to many young people. Some of the more susceptible tend to become jaded to it. Sadly, some then act out their fantasies.

  • vern001 Castle Rock, CO
    June 12, 2014 11:28 a.m.

    Maybe the best course of action is not to have a gun in the home....Certainly this boy didn't appear to show any signs of violent tendencies--yet he killed another. A tragedy for both families that could have been averted.