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.

Owen December 19, 2012 at 01:47 PM
You hit on two tired old excuses for why people supposedly do crazy things: Lack of faith and violent video games. We've been hearing that one for years.
Owen December 19, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Regulation is necessary. Unfortunately that word is often taken to mean "ban". The Second Amendment is rather ambiguous, however it does call for a "well-regulated militia". The point is that no one is coming to tell us that we cannot keep and bear arms. However, it is absolutely necessary, and vital to the health of a democracy, that we work out a solution, because obviously there is a problem.
Rich P December 20, 2012 at 03:37 PM
"we" have extremely rigorous licensing requirements for dozens of things that are far less dangerous & DEADLY ... e.g. CPA's, lawyers, plumbers for example, I'd say the extreme would be hairdressers - HAIRDRESSERS!! ( point of info , I;m not a hairdresser) It is mind boggling that a hair dresser must have 100's of hours of training to be certified - to cut hair! Worst case scenario - bad hair day - seriously. STRICT controls over activities, professions etc that can have an adverse effect on society are commonplace EXCEPT for guns - whaaaaa??? That makes no sense to me in the most advanced society in the history of mankind. Ensuring that those who own guns go through as rigorous a system as a hairdresser , to me, is LESS than reasonable. I think anyone who owns a gun should be required to do MORE than a hairdresser to become certified AND then maintain periodic continuing education many others who are licensed for a wide variety of both life safety and non life threatening activities. I also think that if a person owns a gun and does not store it in a high security method and it is then used in a homicide, including suicide, they are absolutely responsible as an accessory before the fact. It boggles the mind that civilized people still act like the Romans did 2,000 years ago - glorifying human bloodsport.
Ruth A Barker December 23, 2012 at 12:12 PM
Guns create tension - raising anxiety when the next bullet will be triggered.... The media, and entertainment industry have found it pays off to feed us with films with gratitutius sex and violence as we are a free society. however, opening our minds to things is one thing but how is one person supposed to process all that is thrown as us. i have met with friends over the weekend and find it remarkable how different they feel about guns in our society. some are more narrow minded and some very broadminded. what kind of culture are we creating to live in fear of a trigger being pulled at any minute. time to disarm our fears and work on knowing who are neighbors are and building community. i knew all my neighbors growing up during the 60s and 70s, haven't a clue who they are nowadays.
Keith Best December 28, 2012 at 11:21 PM
Adama Lanza broke myriad gun laws as Connecticut has some of the strongest gun laws in the country. More laws is NOT the answer. Improvements in dealing with the mentally ill is. Blaming the guns is like blaming the fork and spoon for making Michael Moore and Rosie O'Donnell fat. Think about that.


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