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Should the United States re-evaluate our gun laws?

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A woman talks to a state police officer at the scene of a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. ( Cloe Poisson, Hartford Courant / December 14, 2012 )

The shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, coupled with the shopping mall shooting earlier this week in Oregon, the movie theater shooting in Denver, Virginia Tech, and even Columbine.

In these cases the gunmen were not drug dealers, they were seemingly ordinary people who bought a gun legally and easily.

Our Food for Thought question: Should the United States re-evaluate our gun laws?

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13 Comments to “Should the United States re-evaluate our gun laws?”

    Chuckie Cheramie said:
    December 14, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    We have more gun laws than the federal government can charge us with until we start making people responsible for there actions we will still have these problems

    James said:
    December 14, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    People want to take prayer out of schools; they want to take God out of the pledge of allegiance and off our money; They want to take the 10 commandment off of everything that receives a penny of tax payer funding; they are legislating morality out of our schools and out of our society; when someone commits a heinous act they make excuses, whether its because they are poor, bullied, a minority, abused, ect… Then they are shocked when thing like this happen and they blame it on a gun which is an inanimate object. The gun did not commit the crime and neither did the bullets. The person did.

    When you do everything you can to take God and morals out of society, don't be surprised when you end up with exactly what you wanted: and Immoral, Godless society.

      CSCOTT said:
      December 15, 2012 at 10:49 PM

      The Bible said that men would be alienated from God. The news makes it very clear that is the case.

    Shawn said:
    December 14, 2012 at 8:12 PM

    Yes it's time to get more strict on control

      popseal said:
      December 14, 2012 at 10:28 PM

      The ATF&E list of gun laws numbers about 20,000+ on the books already. At 10 AM today I was buying gifts for the Marine Corps Band Toys for Tots concert in Slidell. After some pistol craft at the range I heard of the crime and cried, just like I cried when one of my son's childhood playmates was killed years later in a drug deal gone bad.

        CSCOTT said:
        December 15, 2012 at 10:44 PM

        It's sad to think that even with all of these laws crimes like this are rampant. The system is indeed flawed.

    popseal said:
    December 14, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    "ON KILLING" by Col. Dave Grossman PHD psychology professor at West Point Military Academy is an excellent study of the 'desensitization process' wherein a young or defective mind is bent toward violence. A heavy diet of video and movie killings softens the natural human aversion to killing our own species. The short version is that the gun violence is a sympom and not the disease, to say nothing of the 20,000+ gun laws on the nation's books that go largely unenforced. Another take "Pencils and keyboards don't cause mispelled words".
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      CSCOTT said:
      December 15, 2012 at 10:55 PM

      Very interesting point. I do agree that what we feed our minds conditions our thinking and ultimately fuels our actions. That includes "entertainment."

    CSCOTT said:
    December 15, 2012 at 10:43 PM

    It seems to me that when you compare this country's gun murder rate with other countries', it seems clear that the issue warrants serious discussion.

    charles818 said:
    December 15, 2012 at 11:42 PM

    Sure there has to be more discussion about gun laws. But i am 100% against banning guns. But also i do not see any reason for a person to have these types of guns that shoot hundreds of rounds a minute. we all know what these typed of guns are for.

    Bernard J Hill said:
    December 16, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    YES, you guys do need stronger gun laws. We in Australia had a horrific mass mass murder and amongst much outcry from the gun lobby new tougher laws were implemented. They worked!
    If you love your people enough then the USA should do the same, If only one firearm is removed from the streets then it is a start, tighten up your laws an make the USA a country that you can all be proud of.
    I gave up any offending weapons that I owned at the time and did my bit.
    Bernard J Hill, Australia.

    Kelly Brandon said:
    December 16, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    It's sad that they always want to blame the gun and the bullets and not the person that shot the people and killed them. They need to be held accountable for their actions. The media wants to top it by doing something worse, and going out in a memorable way. He'll be remembered as a horrible monster, instead of a sad nobody. How will you protect yourself from someone if guns are banned? B/C next will be knives and any other weapons that they can banned from the people that don't kill others. Put God back into your homes, schools, and quit trying to take it off of everything that it is on. Evil is out there and the only way to walk from it is to have Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.

    Moose said:
    December 17, 2012 at 10:45 PM

    Yes, the U.S. should re-evaluate gun laws. When it gets as bad as killing innocent children while attending school, something should/must be done immediately. There are too many children dying from guns. Parents, grandparents, caretakers need to become more responsible when it comes to the usage and possession of guns. The government needs to do their part in passing stricker laws to prevent the selling of guns to individuals with criminal backgrounds. They should also pass laws to prohibit the selling of high-power/military style guns to civilians.

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