Do Americans want more gun control? One year after Parkland shooting, 5 takeaways on what's changed

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  • JLindow St. George, UT
    Feb. 15, 2019 2:01 p.m.


    "Congress is prohibited from making ANY laws pertaining to our right to keep and bear arms."

    If you're referring to the Constitution as interpreted by Mike rather than the Constitution as interpreted by the Supreme Court, I think more weight should be given to the Supreme Court's interpretation. And I think they came to a different conclusion than you did.

  • What in Tucket Provo, UT
    Feb. 15, 2019 9:53 a.m.

    I believe at least 60% of Americans want the wall. Its a no brainer, but like guns 90% of the media preaches gun control so it is surprising so many do not want gun control. The fact is that guns prevent about 1,000,000 incidents a year. These are not reported by the media.
    Time and time again it has been shown that more guns result in less crime. The old cowboy stories are just that stories. A lot of westerners were civil war veterans and not likely to be pushed around.
    As for guns and suicide. Japan, Korea and other countries have gun control and a higher rate of suicide. Where guns have been removed the suicide rate does not go down.

  • dmcvey Los Angeles, CA
    Feb. 15, 2019 9:24 a.m.

    I think we do need some kind of gun controls--but our politicians and media won't even have an honest discussion about it because pro-gun and NRA people always move the goal posts away from the loss of life into discussions about what is and isn't an assault weapon.

  • 4601 Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 15, 2019 9:17 a.m.

    The 2nd Amendment mandates a "well regulated militia" implying that regulations are allowed. It is up to the legislatures to draft effective and permissible laws. The is a middle ground between those who ultimately want to discard the 2nd amendment and those who want no restrictions. Unfortunately this is not the era of meeting in the middle.

  • LOU Montana Pueblo, CO
    Feb. 15, 2019 9:10 a.m.

    The NRA had a great chance to show America that they are on the side of gun safety.

    Instead, the NRA doubled down and sent Dana Loesch to combat the kids from the massacre at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

    A closer look at the NRA found Maria Butina (a spy from Russia) had infiltrated the NRA. She lured senior members into a trip to Russia and the Russians had funneled campaign funds to the Donald Trump's campaign through the NRA.

    It is sad the NRA missed an opportunity to show America that they care about gun safety.

  • Paysonite Payson, UT
    Feb. 15, 2019 7:56 a.m.

    I would prefer seeing more criminal control. It’s the criminals who are creating the problem, not the tools they use. They will use anything to accomplish their nefarious designs.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, UT
    Feb. 15, 2019 7:46 a.m.

    Congress is prohibited from making ANY laws pertaining to our right to keep and bear arms.

    "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

    In 2008, the Court ruled that it is not necessary to be part of a militia before being allowed to keep and bear arms. In fact, just the opposite is true. There can be no citizen led militia unless those citizens have armed themselves BEFORE organizing themselves into a militia.

    No citizen can take away another citizen's right to keep and bear arms. No level of government can overturn the Constitution.

    When people and the media start respecting our Constitution, then, perhaps we can start discussing ways to improve America within the limits set on government. Only the unimaginative think that a government that has failed to keep its promises since FDR made promises that cannot be kept would think that government is a solution to our problems.

  • Nan BW ELder, CO
    Feb. 15, 2019 4:22 a.m.

    "Gun control" is a hysterical reaction to shootings.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Feb. 14, 2019 10:52 p.m.

    Do Americans want more gun control? This one does. I say that as a gun owner. And I say that now, between well publicised mass shootings, because the previous one wasn't the last one. I know that. I have memory, and conscience, and emotion.
    There will be a next.
    And a next after that.
    Day after day after day, around the world, it's proven to work. Why do we have to be so obstinate?

  • Fullypresent Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 14, 2019 8:36 p.m.

    What would help is a very massive effort across this country to teach kids, teens, and adults to solve problems and address their emotions without violence. They need tough love approaches, skills, and mentoring to learn to do these things. Too often guns are the 1st option instead of the last.

  • Tumbleweed Centerville, UT
    Feb. 14, 2019 5:27 p.m.

    Parkland has no bearing on Utah's school safety situation. Utah has allowed state employees with concealed permits to carry concealed since 1997. No students or co-workers have been injured as a result of the policy. Israel's school shootings ceased after an armed teacher and armed adult student killed a terrorist attempting to shoot up a school. If Parkland's assistant coach Feis had been armed, the casualty count at Parkland could have been much lower. Our Founding Fathers knew what they were doing when they wrote the Second Amendment. Policy makers need to stop infringing on the rights of the innocent by establishing "gun-free" zones. Ironically, leftist leaders surrounded by armed bodyguards are never subjected to being fish-in-a-barrel in a gun-free zone.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 14, 2019 5:18 p.m.

    Unfortuantely, this article and the sources it uses have tunnel vision on "gun control" in accordance with Rahm Emmanuel's advice for the left to "never let a crisis go to waste."

    While everyone has focused on "gun control" they have largely ignored any serious attempt to address mental health issues, or the lack of action by law enforcement on people who are clearly a threat. The Parkland killer was described by many as being crazy, but no one bothered to get mental health treatment or adjudication as mentally ill which would have prohibited him from purchase or possession of any guns. Nor did the cops do anything despite dozens of calls to his residence.

    Too many of the bills are opportunistic efforts to push the left's longtime dream of gun bans and confiscation, and would do nothing to prevent another killing spree.

    Hopefully Utah's legislature will be wise enough to ignore the left's agenda and focus on ways to keep mentally ill or violent people off the streets and to restrict their gun access while ensuring full compliance with due process, just as with people suspected of any other crime.

    Meanwhile, enforce existing laws which is not being done.

  • viejogeezer CARLSBAD, CA
    Feb. 14, 2019 4:33 p.m.

    Today Mr Trump declared a national emergency so he can build a wall 2/3 of Americans do not want. I predict that three years from now after we have put Mr. Trump in the dustbin of history a new president will declare a national emergency and ban assault rifles. Sometimes precedents can have unintended consequences.

  • LOU Montana Pueblo, CO
    Feb. 14, 2019 3:55 p.m.

    How about certificate of training and back ground checks especially for handguns.

    Let's not forget the killers and learn why they kill.

    Let's remember how senseless the killings are.

    Please let's learn from it.

  • bikeboy Boise, ID
    Feb. 14, 2019 2:40 p.m.

    First comment - EXCELLENT reporting by intern Emily Hoeven!

    Second comment - I appreciate the fact that the high school killer's name isn't mentioned. I fear that too many of these warped/disturbed would-be shooters consider the notoriety to be an incentive. They should be forgotten and NOT publicized, even if the debate continues about how to prevent additional such incidents.

    Third comment - it's a little bit disturbing, but probably understandable, that peoples' opinions about gun control ebb and flow based on such incidents. The WORST time to enact new laws is in the heat of emotion. Any changes that will impact law-abiding citizens should be well-thought-out and widely supported for the long term.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Feb. 14, 2019 2:33 p.m.

    Guns are traveling the same road as cigarettes - they just lag by 30. By the time I'm old, it will be as difficult to buy a gun as it is to smoke today. And I'm glad for that.