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Talk Back: Should There Be More Gun Control Laws?

In the wake of two large shootings in Colorado and Wisconsin, is it time to reconsider gun control laws?

Only weeks after a deadly shooting rampage left 12 people dead and 58 wounded in an Aurora, Colo., movie theatre, a gunman in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, killing six before his life was taken by a responding police officer.

The Aurora shooting, an allegedly pre-meditated event during a midnight showing of the Batman movie "The Dark Knight Rises," heightened fears on gun safety only hours after the shooting occured on July 20. The accused gunman, James Holmes, was found to have mental problems, but had the ability to purchase multiple weapons that he used on his rampage.

While information about Sunday's shooting continues to be released by law enforcement in Wisconsin, mass shootings have dominated the country's news over the last few decades including the Virginia Tech shooting in 2007 that killed 33 people and the Columbine High School shooting in 1999 that left 15 dead, including the two shooters.

Should there be stricter gun control laws? Would such laws help prevent a horrible event like these shootings? Are gun control laws of any kind a threat to the Second Amendment right to bear arms?

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JeremyNY August 08, 2012 at 04:32 PM
There is NO reason that an individual needs automatic guns that can spit bullets instantly. And if we can not get these assault weapons banned from the general public, we need stricter laws as to who can obtain one of these killing machines. Many people say that guns don't kill, people do. Let's apply the same concept to motor vehicles. Drivers receive formal training, apply for a license, and must maintain legal compliances in order to continue to own, operate, and keep their vehicle. Gun owners should be formally trained, licensed, and gun purchases should be made more difficult, with background checks, etc.
ftptch August 08, 2012 at 05:15 PM
criminals obviously follow laws....... of course we do need more gun laws.... lets make anything thats made up of more than sunshine and lollipops super hard 4 someone to get...... daddy knows best........
Chrissy August 08, 2012 at 05:53 PM
I totally agree there is absolutely no need for the ordinary citizen (or illegal citizen, for that matter) to own/use automatic weapons. I also agree that it is easier to get a gun, automatic or otherwise, than to drive a car, get health insurance, buy a house, get married, or anything else worthwhile in life. I also feel that the glut reality gun shows on television showing fathers and their sons and/or daughters selling, making, distributing, having fun with all kinds of weapons glorifies owning a weapon. Kids watch these shows and get the idea that it is OK to "shoot em up!: Just IMHO!
bph August 08, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Drivers receive formal training, apply for a license, maintain legal compliances to operate motor vehicles and still over 35k Americans will die in motor vehicle accidents this year. So by your reasoning these 'killing machines' ie cars should be banned for private use, yes?
Chrissy August 08, 2012 at 05:59 PM
I also want to state that I have nothing against people who hunt or target shoot for sport, as long as it is done legally and responsibly, with a legally owned weapon in a proper hunting season. My dad was a duck and deer hunter, and I learned how to shoot a shotgun at a young age and took the hunter's safety course, not that I would ever shoot a living thing! Again, just my humble opinion.
Chrissy August 08, 2012 at 06:03 PM
No, not what I said. It should just be extremely more difficult for the every day joe or jane to buy a gun, and they should be trained property in its use.
RL August 08, 2012 at 06:10 PM
enough with the gun laws. Every time some politician somewhere wants credit for doing something they "pass a gun law" that goes into some shelf somewhere that no one enforces. First, enforce the laws we have. I am quite scared about how the government would elect to decide who can and who can not own a gun and who is or who is not eligible to defend themselves. Morover, despite the press glamorization there are literally HUNDREDS of millions of guns out there - over 70 million LAWFUL gun owners in the US. So just like cars, or making pipe bombs, or fertilizer bombs (like the oklahoma bomber and the original World Trade Center bombs), yes, you WILL have the occasional nut case - and that is what, .0001% of the gun owners? 'cmon. Lets not tell everyone they can't exercise a fundamental right because of a few nutcases that the Government ALREADY HAD LAWS in place to detect but failed to do so!!!
Stephen J. Bronner August 08, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Great comments, everyone, thank you.
BK August 09, 2012 at 05:39 PM
Do you even know what an assault weapon is? Did you know that they're already banned? All the ban did was make pre-ban assault weapons more expensive. The Aurora gunman didn't even use an automatic gun. It is much harder in lower NYS to get a pistol permit, yet criminals have no problem obtaining weapons illegally. All gun laws do is stifle average citizens from legally protecting themselves while ensuring criminals that their victims will always be unarmed.
Stacey Pasquerelli August 12, 2012 at 12:01 PM
there is no law that prevents a mentally ill person from purchasing a gun. The seller of the gun may ask the customer if they have been committed to a mental facility or has been diagnosed with a disorder, but it is up to the customer to be honest in their answer. Gun shops need the ability to actually do more extensive background checks to verify that the customer, is in fact, in sound mind. It is a very small percentage of gun owners that are mentally ill, but this fraction of a percentage accounts for 10% of all homicides. I am very familiar with mental disorders, my sister suffers from schizophrenia and my father suffered from bipolar disorder before his death. Would it worry me if my sister was able to purchase a gun, YES. The sad fact is that if she wanted to, she could. That is the fundamental problem regarding gun control.

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