Letter: Protect our children from gun violence

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  • Zabilde Riverdale, UT
    Sept. 11, 2018 7:25 a.m.

    The NRA does not Own America. It's influence is due to the fact that it represents 6 million voters. But that is just a fraction of the firearm owning community of this nation.

    No, none of the "solutions" put forward by the letter writer would make a bit of difference. Nor are they simple or common sense. Universal background checks: to enforce that would require universal registration and we will not accept that path. Mandatory locking up of weapons. No, a locked up weapon is useless when the criminal is at your kicked in door. Nor is there anyway to enforce it without tossing out the 4th amendment (which also comes into play in stopping universal background checks).

    And the fact is Utah has some of the safest schools in the nation. Why? Because everyday multiple staff and faculty members are carrying, ready to be the last defense of your children. Our schools are not gun free zones. They are armed but nobody knows who is carrying so they can't be targeted or lured away like the resource officer at Columbine was.

    Stop blaming the NRA for your irrational fears.

  • NewsFlash Kearns, UT
    Sept. 10, 2018 1:51 p.m.

    Letter Writer - " The need for tighter gun regulations should be apparent to every thinking citizen — including most gun owners. "

    How did tighter gun regulations help Chicago over the last two years in which over 700 people were killed? Google "gun violence in Chicago"

    All the regulations did was drive people to buy guns on the black market.

    Why don't we use a term that some people have forgotten... "Accountability", make the person doing the harm "accountable"for their actions? that would include such things as bullying at school, not locking up your weapon at home, etc.

  • Anti Bush-Obama , 00
    Sept. 10, 2018 12:48 p.m.

    Whether the NRA is in existence or not it won't change a single thing. Gun nuts don't need the NRA. By all means abolish it. It's not going to change anything.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    Sept. 10, 2018 11:33 a.m.

    To "Open Minded Mormon" then you agree that none of the proposals would work. The most recent shootings were by people with no history of mental illness or criminal records.

    What you describe is what is going on in Chicago, you know, that city where buying a gun legally is very hard. It also sounds like Mexico, and a lot of countries where the general population has a hard time buying guns.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    Sept. 10, 2018 11:28 a.m.

    To "Ron Molen" I hate to tell you this, but we already have Universal Background check laws in place in Utah.

    Another fact I hate to share with you is that the tighter the gun control laws are, the more gun violence you get. If you look at a map of the US and look where they have the most gun crimes and where the most restrictive laws are, there is a correlation to HIGH gun crime and HIGH restrictions.

    As for mandating gun lockup laws, that is pointless. How are you going to mandate who has access to the guns? It is a nice idea, but totally worthless.

  • Open Minded Mormon Everett, WA
    Sept. 10, 2018 10:18 a.m.

    I saw a company manufacturing and selling "bulletproof backpacks for kids".
    With straps that make into tourniquets.
    Are you kidding me?

    Look, I'm not saying "take away guns".
    I'm saying - the 2nd amendment does NOT apply to KNOWN criminals and the KNOWN mentally ill.

    Knowing giving dangerous people unfettered easy access to weapons,
    requires everyone else - including our children - to start wear bulletproof clothing.

    Only in America

  • What in Tucket Provo, UT
    Sept. 9, 2018 7:55 a.m.

    It would be nice to keep guns out of the hands of the perps. Don't think it can happen. Controlled entry could help, but I think some teachers should carry.

  • NoNamesAccepted St. George, UT
    Sept. 8, 2018 10:42 p.m.

    According to easily searchable FBI crime data, violent crime rates are at 60 year lows in this nation. We are literally at 1950s, Father Knows Best, kind of crime rates. Violent crime is one-half what it was in the 80s and 90s. A child has about the same risk dying from a mass shooting as he does dying from youth sports.

    The risk to children today is not nearly so much from firearms used criminally as it is from excessive time spent on cell phones being disconnected from reality. We are learning that social media contributes to, perhaps even causes a host of social ills for children, that can, in too many cases, lead to suicide. Violent video games pose a risk to mental health. And, of course, the risks of automotive crashes including from both distracted driving and driving under the influence.

    But, that pesky 1st amendment limits what we can do about the content of video games and personal freedoms limit what we can do about how much time other people's kids spend on social media.

    I guess attacking the 2nd amd is easier than dealing with real data.

    What to protect your kids? Limit phone & video time, take them for a walk, and be sure they don't text or drink while driving.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Sept. 8, 2018 10:55 a.m.

    Nothing will change. Gun violence and mass shootings are just the cost of doing business, or freedom, or whatever. That cost is, apparently, acceptable.

  • ConservativeCommonTater Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 8, 2018 9:02 a.m.

    If "thoughts and prayers" worked, there would be no gun violence, no overdose deaths, no spousal abuse, no poverty, etc.

    Thoughts and prayers don't work. Something tangible needs to be done to help correct these problems.

  • patrioticAMERICAN South Jordan, UT
    Sept. 8, 2018 8:26 a.m.

    Who's going to pay for all these upgrades? People don't care enough abt kids' education to pay decent salaries to their teachers or pay for programs like music, that have proven to increase brain activity, & intellectual capacity. And yet you can bet that they'll jump at the chance to add millions to the education budget to " make kids safe" if it means avoiding the root cause--the ready accessibility of guns in this country, & the lack of consistent laws controlling them, or responsible enforcing of already existing laws.

    It's a crime that my children have to go to school worried that some day they might have to experience another Parkland or Sandy Hook, because Repub leaders bankrolled by the NRA, (now controlled & funded mainly by gun manufactures & arms dealers) refuse to act.

    I know there are plenty of responsible gun owners who advocate for responsible controls. But their commonsense seems to be drowned out by fanatics who claim 2nd amendment gives them "absolute right" to own any gun they want, & to carry it around anywhere they want, & who don't seem to care at all that our country is running red w/blood of it's citizens. Turns out Repub color choice was prophetic.

  • unrepentant progressive Bozeman, MT
    Sept. 8, 2018 8:15 a.m.

    Could not agree more.

    One of the great impediments in stopping the slaughter of innocents in school, churches and at concerts is the NRA. An NRA that we now know is closely tied to our chief geo-political rival, Russia.

    The NRA is no longer advocate for the sporting set who like to hunt. It is a political powerhouse with countless millions to spend on its pet causes. Shame on them. They inflame, not inform.

  • Dexter183 Murray/Salt Lake County, UT
    Sept. 8, 2018 7:30 a.m.

    Obviously the letter writer is unfamiliar with the many safety programs that the NRA sponsors. Suggesting more laws to control the few people that don’t adhere to existing laws doesn’t make a lot of sense to sensible people.