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School Shooting Raises Gun Control Issue

Friday's shooting massacre at a Connecticut elementary school has ignited the gun control debate.

Friday's shooting tragedy at a Connecticut school has again brought the topic of gun control to the forefront.

Twenty elementary school children were among the 27 people killed when a gunman opened fire inside a kindergarten class at Sandy Hook Elementary. Adam Lanza, who killed his mother first, was identified as the shooter. He killed himself as a finale to the massacre.

Immediately the debate turned to gun control with advocates saying stricter gun controls are obviously needed. This is the fifth time this President has had to visit the families of mass shooting victims. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, however, said Friday "was not the day" to discuss gun control.

But the President made it clear that this does bring the topic back up. He was criticized during the election by gun control advocates for allowing politics to temper his voice on this issue. Gun owners and strong Second Amendment supporters expect that to change now that there is no longer an election on the line.

Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, D-Great Neck, a strong advocate for stricter gun control legislation said elected officials must put public safety before the interests of the strongest gun lobbyists.

Those who support gun ownership, however, say disarming those who legally seek gun ownership only leaves the criminals armed since they don't follow the law anyway. They suggest it is a cry for more gun ownership, not less, just stricter enforcement against those who possess guns illegally.

What was your gut reaction to the tragedy? Stricter gun control or time to go out and buy a gun of your own?

S. Persh December 17, 2012 at 12:55 PM
Is it a coincidence that during Obama's terms there has been several of these tragedies? Coincidence? I don't think so, I don't believe in coincidences. A series of tragic events (of the same type)((GUNS)) that seems like coincidence are really events that have been planned or arranged. There are gun control people, and some of our own government, that will do anything to obtain their objectives. (even murder). Coincidences like this just don't keep happening. Think of the big picture down the road when the public have no guns, our rights are gone, The population with guns can protect, the population without guns are servants. We have now shown the enemies of the US how to strike at us, to hurt us most, our schools and our children. With no means to protect our most valued commodities, our families, we are open to whatever terror they can conger up. Don't be fooled. We must not lose our rights, not any of them. THINK, just don't act and later be sorry. The politicians don't care, they just want to be reelected so they can enjoy the good life at our expense.
Everyday Joe December 17, 2012 at 01:05 PM
S. Persh has just convinced me that what we need, URGENTLY, is to improve our pathetic system of mental health care in the U.S. Mental illness seems to be more prevalent and deeper than I thought. Let's get this poor soul some help before he turns into the next Adam Lanza.
S. Persh December 17, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Joe, to put me in the same catigory as Adam Lanza is quite an insult. Everyday i try to protect people, esp. children. What you do to children is the real tradedy, esp your own, you are a terrible person.
Everyday Joe December 17, 2012 at 01:52 PM
So Persh, you write, "With no means to protect our most valued commodities, our families, we are open to whatever terror they can conger up." Adam Lanza's mother would have agreed with you wholeheartedly. You are insulted because I put you in the same category as Adam Lanza, as you put it. But you commented, "There are gun control people, and some of our own government, that will do anything to obtain their objectives. (even murder)." So what have you just done to those on the other side of the gun control issue? You opened yourself up to insults of all types. Dude, stop throwing stones or get the heck out of that glass house! I'm actually being kind to you. Don't you think someone should have gotten help (or more help) for Adam? I don't doubt that you're a good person, but you're paranoid and need help. On the other hand, you should be careful...just because you're paranoid doesn't mean someone isn't out to get you!
Everyday Joe December 17, 2012 at 01:57 PM
And Persh, if you hear a knock at the door, DON'T OPEN IT! Obama may just bust in any minute and try to take away your guns, children, wife, Bible, and who knows what else! They're out there...in the bushes, behind cars, infiltrating churches and sporting events. They're everywhere! (Whoever "they" are!)

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