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Guest Opinion: Sandy Hook and Gun Control. Can Lawmakers Stop the Killings? Comments

If we truly want to prevent further school shootings in this nation, we need to stop fooling ourselves with utopian "feel good" solutions like passing some more anti-gun legislation. We need to look inward and see that, as Pogo famously said, "We have met the enemy, and he is us." Continue Reading

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  1. djonkep pichery
    1 year ago

    I think public acces to guns must be banned all together

  2. John
    1 year ago

    Belief in God and observing his commandments help us to have gun control. The 10 commandments are necessary for living in freedom and without fear.

  3. vance
    1 year ago

    Godless people do Godless things. The Marxist Democrat Party has been waging war against the Constitution since Woodrow Wilson. Yet, these hypocrites violently defend movie violence and pornography. This is because Hollywood and the Popular Music Industry are in their back pockets. Heavy Metal and Rap Music are filled with hate and violence. The video game violence is as bad as it gets. Blessed John Paul II named our culture right, the Culture of Death. The Sandy Hook shooter is a clear product of the Culture of Death. We need to ban all violent video games, violent music records, and violence in movies. The Anti-Christ Litigation Union ( ACLU ) has defended all this under the excuse of 1st Amendment Rights. No one has a Right to wage psychological warfare on the American people. This is exactly what the violent movies, video games, and music industry is doing.

  4. KarlVDH
    1 year ago

    if it's harder to get a gun and there are stronger limitations on doing so, and harsher penalties for unlawful posession or use of one... why is that a bad thing?

  5. KarlVDH
    1 year ago

    With all respect, Sister... we're blaming guns, liberals, conservatives, video games, movies, TV, schools, oher countries, our own government, and ANYTHING we can think of, and the only reason for it all i that we'd rather find the quick, easy scapegoat to pin it all on than do the much harder work of changing... which begins with a long, unflinching look in the mirror.

  6. Old Soldier
    1 year ago

    What others have said about keeping weapons locked and secure is right. But when it comes to military-style automatic rifles and pistols with or without enlarged magazines, nobody but members of the police and military (including the reserves) have any need for them. And police and military personnel have their weapons stored in secure armories on base, in armories, or police stations.

    Military style automatic assault weapons and combat automatic pistols should be controlled as they are in Canada.

  7. Jeffrey Caperton
    1 year ago

    Emma,

    Please clarify. Are you suggesting that we arm our nation's instructors? If I were an instructor, I would refuse to carry a weapon. Also, by your logic, a vast majority of our population are "sitting ducks" because we choose not to arm ourselves. Do you really want to live in country where everybody is "packing heat"? I am not sure you are reading what you are writing. If you are, I have real concerns.

  8. Spade
    1 year ago

    Emma: http://www.vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/p3s2c2a5.htm

    "Legitimate defense

    2263 The legitimate defense of persons and societies is not an exception to the prohibition against the murder of the innocent that constitutes intentional killing. "The act of self-defense can have a double effect: the preservation of one's own life; and the killing of the aggressor. . . . The one is intended, the other is not.

    2264 Love toward oneself remains a fundamental principle of morality. Therefore it is legitimate to insist on respect for one's own right to life. Someone who defends his life is not guilty of murder even if he is forced to deal his aggressor a lethal blow:

    If a man in self-defense uses more than necessary violence, it will be unlawful: whereas if he repels force with moderation, his defense will be lawful. . . . Nor is it necessary for salvation that a man omit the act of moderate self-defense to avoid killing the other man, since one is bound to take more care of one's own life than of another's.

    2265 Legitimate defense can be not only a right but a grave duty for one who is responsible for the lives of others. The defense of the common good requires that an unjust aggressor be rendered unable to cause harm. For this reason, those who legitimately hold authority also have the right to use arms to repel aggressors against the civil community entrusted to their responsibility. "

    Hope that helped.

  9. Starzec
    1 year ago

    Grew up in a hunting family. Between that and my military service, I have fired several different arms from BB and Pellet guns to 50 Caliber machine guns. The one thing these ALL had in common: they were locked up in one manner or another. BB and Pellet guns we stored with the 30.06, my 12 and 16 guage and dad's LC Smith side by side in the gun safe. The .22 and single shot 20 guage had trigger locks and dad kept the key. In the military, the armorer kept the weapons safe until we deployed. We knew how to keep our weapons safe from damage and nefarious use.

    If Mrs Lanza had trigger locks, which are free at most police stations, and kept the keys on her person, we would not be talking about this right now.

    I am going to go further. My older brother once said to me "If you cannot fix and maintain a car, you should not own one". I took this to heart and worked with cars along side my father. Before long, I got to the point where I could more than basic oil changes and sparkplug changes. Likewise, if someone does not know how to properly handle and maintain a firearm, they should not have one. I do not consider leaving a firearm where a mentally unstable person has access to it falls under "proper handling".

  10. Pete Brady
    1 year ago

    Bingo! Dr. Liewehr hits the nail squarely on the head. Despite all the surveys American society does not know God. In a world that truly loved God --- and showed it --- certain at-present realities, abortion & homosexuality, would not be the all-consuming political issues that they are. They would be rejected for what they are --- opposed to the creative design of God. A society that truly loved God would not precipitate anything like the tragic horrors we see in these mass killings. The root of the problem is not "guns" but a secularized society that does not acknowledge justice to God, its creator. What if the assailant at Sandy Hook had been a martial arts enthusiast and his weapon of choice in the attack, a machete? Not only would the scene have been far more gruesome and horrific but how then would "gun control" have forestalled any of what resulted? With regard to gun control, as with most issues we face as society, there are right principles rightly applied as opposed to either right principles wrongly applied, or wrong principles rightly applied, or worst of all wrong principles wrongly applied. Gun control that does not tackle the 2nd amendment is the last. Examine the principle behind the 2nd first. And then, rightly or wrongly, the rightly applied would be to amend the Constitution, the 2nd, if such was the pathos-guided decision of the American electorate. To not follow the Supreme Law of the Land would make American society not only Godless but lawless.


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