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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. Dawn in Kansas
    2 years ago

    I agree that killings like these are due to a loss of God. Anger that turns to such a homicidal and suicidal raged frenzy is hard to understand. To understand that we sin against man and God by our anger is understandable and can be dealt with thru repentance and forgiveness. I wonder what the dynamics are which happen to have caused an attack on the Chinese school children as well. It seems that our civil rights protests in the 60's also had counter parts in China (and Europe?) and other parts of the world. One thing we share is abortion. When a society says that it is okay to kill the most innocent and the most vulnerable, it seems to give a green light to justify all other violations of morality with a green light.

  2. Lisa
    2 years ago

    I am not a fan of firearms but do agree with the author. There have been numerous attempts at gun control, all to no avail. I wish that the passion and fervor of the Democrats would be directed toward what might really make a difference in some of these situations, like banning video games that incite the kind of violence carried out in this tragedy. No one has picked up the torch on how certain loner-type personalities gravitate toward anonymous killings in first shooter video games. A video-game playing sociopath (like this case) doesn't seem to see the difference between fantasy killing and reality -- the video game companies know it! Democrats tend to be business-unfavorable so why don't they go after these unapologetic capitalists (I am in the tech industry investment community and can attest that gaming companies practically print money) who prey on anti-social kids just to make a buck. Where is the movement to go after these folks that promote violence in our young people?

  3. John Baysson
    2 years ago

    "Unfortunately this will cause havoc on gun owners who obey the law. Since they were his mothers guns, the anit gun movment has ample emotional support in banning all guns. Unfortunately all that is going to do is drive the underground market of guns. There will be no traceabilty there."

    Stop being over dramatic people. There many countries that have banned guns for private use and only civil authorities are allowed to possess them. The underground gun market is not thriving in these countries at all. People just don't see guns as a commodity that they need to purchase.

    Now I agree that more than banning guns need to take place in the US culture. BUT, to ignore the problem of "loving guns" is in itself a sign of the culture. You are pointing your finger at abortionists while you still want your guns. Worse is that you monger fear that banning guns will cause a underground market. Well, IF YOU DON'T BUY GUNS, THERE WONT BE MUCH OF A MARKET.

    All I hear people saying is that. if there are no guns, we will buy them underground. So YOU are the problem in that case too. Not the intent of the law.

  4. Jerry N
    2 years ago

    Short of going through everyone's house Nazi Gestapo style and confiscating all guns, there is zero probability that gun control laws will have any effect on violent gun crime in the USA. There are approx 275 million guns in private hands in this country, and many of those would not be surrendered willingly, even if Nazi-like thug tactics were attempted. A much better short-term solution than resorting to tyrannical fascism would be to arm more law-abiding citizens at all times, so that a crazed, armed killer could be promptly stopped in his tracks.

    it is not an accident that almost all mass murders involving guns occur in places where law-abiding citizens are not permitted to carry guns. An armed society is a polite society, while an unarmed crowd in a country filled with guns makes an easy target.

    The author of this article has the situation sized up correctly. More gun control laws will have no effect on gun violence. Only a return to grounding our youth in a faith-based morality will have any effect, but there seems to be no cultural or political path left for this to happen in USA, short of a miracle.

  5. Pete
    2 years ago

    Let them rest peacefully before trying to move forward with your political, pro-gun lobby, article please. The timing of this article is sickening.
    Assault rifles are designed to do one thing, kill human life.

  6. Lindangel
    2 years ago

    This is an excellent article. I agree with Mike Huckabee, "we are reaping what we sow" by allowing GOD to be taken out of our schools and our daily lives and by re-electing a "godless" president.
    These poor innocent angels had to pay for our mistakes with their lives. May God forgive us all!

  7. DarthJ
    2 years ago

    Lea, have you ever heard of the Nanping School massacre?

  8. Sister Eremeta
    2 years ago

    The problem is not the guns - that is only the symptom. What is the problem is the mega millions people who make the kinds of violent games make and surreal videos that implant into the minds of children growing up that this is just a game....that these are not real people. You get rid of the trash that is being placed into the minds of innocent children and yes, those who have some socialogical difficulties - through laws that actually penalize the companies who produce these. We need to look at the root of this....years of dumbing down I am my neigbor's keeper and the concept that my right is as good as your right. The common good is what makes a society strong...."my rights" weakens and destroys the society.

  9. Ricardo Zborovszky
    2 years ago

    It's unconsionable that the "unalienable Rights to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness" of those 20 innocent school children and six adults are secondary to the rights of gun fanatics.

    What's the difference between Americans and Canadians?
    Americans shoot guns, Canadians shoot pucks.

  10. J. Bob
    2 years ago

    according to a UN 2007 report, Australia has over 3M guns, & 12% of homicides are from firearms.

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