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Is Now the Time to Talk Gun Control?

Does the massacre at Newtown, CT, signal the need for a political debate on gun regulations?

 

Before officials had even held their first press conference Friday, Facebook was abuzz with status updates about the Newtown, CT, massacre. The statuses were split between those sending their condolences and those asking if the country would finally deal with the issue of gun control.

Some fought back, asking for respect and mourning before political debate began. Others remained fierce in their belief that stricter gun control regulations would have prevented such a mass killing, saying the victims were shot multiple times and with semi-automatic weapons, according to Fox News.

The guns were not illegal and were, in fact, owned by the shooter's mother. Among them were a semi-automatic .223 caliber bushmaster rifle and two handguns. Those who knew Nancy Lanza said guns were a hobby of hers. 

Should the massacre in Newtown, CT, be the tipping point for political debate on gun control? Is there a need for stricter regulations? Tell us why in the comments.

chefhockey December 18, 2012 at 11:45 PM
I forgot to mention, that assailant was released from a mental hospital only a few days before the incident, and hipa laws prevented that information being shared, so without a criminal record, I hired him
Brian G December 19, 2012 at 03:03 AM
Back when police were carrying revolvers, gang members and criminals had uzi's and tech 9s and other much better fire power, gun control wont solve the problems. If guns are taken away from the law abiding citizens, its,more power to the criminals, and the majority of these mass murders were committed by people with bad mental issues, maybe we need better medical care for the people with mental issues. Watch how fast the medical field (greedy bastards) fight that cost. They are looking in the wrong direction to fix the problem. People that want to commit such horrible acts will always find ways,to do what they set out to do. Guns or not. God bless the families who lost someone in Conn. Such a sad thing.
Keith MacKenzie December 21, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Every mass shooting was in a gun free environment? There were armed guards at Columbine, and Virginia Tech has its own police force. That didn't make much of a difference. As for arming teachers, I'm not sure if I want my boy going to a school where teachers have guns on their person. That doesn't sound like an ideal solution to me.
William December 21, 2012 at 07:11 PM
@ Keith.; It's a fact that they were both "gun free enviornments". There are schools in Texas that allow for teachers who have LTC's to bring there firearm to school. Given a choice I would rather my kids be protected than have them subjected to the will of a "crazy" hell bent on killing everyone. When has having no guns protected anyone from those who are looking to kill?
chefhockey December 21, 2012 at 07:40 PM
The movie theatre was also a "Gun Free Zone". Made life real easy for the whacko. I choose not to patronize any business that declares itself a "gun free zone" because criminals and nuts think they are safer to do their evil there. Another reason is that I will not give my money to anyone who wishes to restrict my liberty.

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