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Aftermath of killings: Action on gun control?



Published: Sun, December 16, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

By Calvin Woodward

Associated Press

The question surfaces each time a mass murder unfolds: Will this one change the political calculus in Washington against tougher gun control?

The answer, after the Virginia Tech killings, the attempted assassination of Gabby Giffords, the Colorado movie-theater attack, the Wisconsin Sikh temple shootings, and more: No.

But now?

The massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., the bloodiest attack against youngsters in the nation’s history, stands as a possible tipping point after Washington’s decade-long aversion even to talking about stricter gun laws.

So it seems in the stunned aftermath, judging from President Barack Obama’s body language as much as his statement. “We have been through this too many times,” said the famously composed president, this time moved to tears. “We’re going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics.”

It remains to be seen whether Sandy Hook will break the usual cycle of universal shock fading into political reality. That reality is based on a combination of powerful gun lobbying and public opinion, which has shifted against tougher gun control and stayed that way. However lawmakers react this time, it’s the president’s call whether the issue fades again or takes its place alongside the legacy-shaping initiatives of his time, with all the peril that could mean for his party.

Is the security at your child’s school sufficient?

With the murder rate less than half what it was two decades ago, and violent crime down even more in that time, gun control has declined as a political issue.

But New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a gun control advocate, heard the familiar in Obama’s initial response, despite the striking emotion.

“Not enough,” Bloomberg said of Obama’s words. “We have heard all the rhetoric before. What we have not seen is leadership — not from the White House and not from Congress. That must end today.”

The Newtown shooter brought three guns into the school, and the weapons were registered to his slain mother, according to a law enforcement official who was not authorized to discuss information with reporters and spoke on condition of anonymity. The official said a Glock and a Sig Sauer, both pistols, and a .223-caliber Bushmaster rifle were found in the school after the attack, and a fourth weapon was recovered outside.


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1Photoman(1000 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

One of the first steps in contolling the populace is to disarm them. Criminals always find a way to obtain weapons. The citizens of Mexico are held hostage by the armed drug cartels because they have few ways to fight back and they cannot count on police, whether local or federal, to protect them. I don't have statistics, but I belive few crimes are committed by owners of registered guns.

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2Shanty(18 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

The firat place this country needs to control guns is keeping them out of the hands of gangs and criminals. If this was done then you wouldn't need any other type of gun control. Until this is done the rest of the country need their guns for protection. I agree with Hman that the only ones calling for gun control are the elite idiots that don't have to deal with every day society.

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3cambridge(2996 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

If owning and guns and assault weapons made people safe then America would be the safest country in the world. That doesn't seem the case.

Hand guns and military style assault weapons are designed for shooting people and should be outlawed. Only guns designed for hunting (shooting animals) should be legal.

This tragedy shows what happens when an idiot gun owner with concerns for her sons mental health teaches that same disturbed son how to use guns that are kept in the home he lives in. What could go wrong?

So now all the gun nuts are focused on the poor victims and this isn't the time to look at gun control. If you're really concerned, you should forget about those kids and as some would say, six lazy freeloading teachers, their dead. If you really care you would be focused on the kind of gun control that would keep these kind of tragedies from happening again and again and again.

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4Rockyroad(149 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

How many people like this woman do you meet in your daily life? The conspiracy-theorists. The survivalists. The gun-nuts. Anti-government zealots. I would love to post the names and addresses of all that I am aware of on a website. It wouldn't be a small number. Our country is up to it's ears in these lunatics spouting their craziness and living it out among us. All of them ticking time-bombs. When presented with the right set of circumstances, their absurd views of society and reality can release their paranoia on innocents. It doesn't come down to gun-control; it comes down to lunatic control. We wrongly rounded up law-abiding Japanese during war-time. We need to round-up these nuts because they are waging war on society. Treat them like Al-Qaeda or the Taliban in our midst.

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5Rockyroad(149 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

Here's what we do. Anyone who has an assault weapon or more than two hunting rifles and 2 handguns has to report each and every one of those weapons to authorities. There are gun "aficionados" and then there are the paranoid nuts. Since we can't differentiate between the two, unless you give up the restricted weapons you and your weapons get relocated to Texas or Alaska. In Texas pre-fab housing units will be set up at 25 foot intervals all along the border with Mexico. All of the "gun-nuts" who fantasize about being Navy Seals or Dirty Harry can patrol the border and get in real fire-fights with members of the Mexican Drug Cartel. That should fulfill their gun fantasies and their animus toward immigrants.
Those sent to Alaska will be welcomed by Tod and Sarah Palin to the great Northern Gun Paradise. Guns will be allowed everywhere, in schools, churches, fast-food joints, government buildings, car dealerships, drugstores, bars, etc. All the gun-nuts can have at it against each other; to the last man and woman.
We can't control guns, but we can round up those who can do the most harm with the armaments these lunatics have amassed for no good reason other than paranoia. Well they can exercise their right to have armories in every home against each other and away from rational individuals.

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