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Sandy Hook Shooting Is No Excuse for Gun Control

by Jenny Erikson on December 16, 2012 at 12:34 PM

On Friday, psychopath Adam Lanza shot and killed his mother, then walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut and killed 26 people, including 20 children, before killing himself. The tragedy is of mind-boggling proportions, and our whole country is grieving over it. We all are hugging our kids a little bit tighter and thinking to ourselves, that could have been my family.

Then just like clockwork, the anti-gun zealots come out and point to this as a valid reason for the government to limit the size, type, and quantity of firearms free citizens may own. I get it. I really do. I’d be as anti-gun as anybody if I believed that guns killed people. I’d be terrified of spoons too if I thought they made me fat.

A weapon is a tool. It doesn’t go around by itself shooting things up anymore than a knife goes around stabbing people. It’s only when these things are in the wrong hands that we have problems. Bad things happen when bad people are involved, whether guns are used or not.

The argument that we need to limit the number of guns available to criminals by limiting the number of guns law-abiding citizens may own is invalid. I don’t think the insane murderer who shoots up children and teachers and then kills himself cares if owning a gun is illegal or not.

Just because the gun used in this massacre was legally obtained by Adam Lanza’s supposedly “gun enthusiast” mother does not mean that we need stricter gun laws. Citizens need to be able to protect themselves with the same type of weaponry that may be used against them.

Guns exist. That technology is never going to go away. The only thing that would be accomplished by making guns harder to get or outright banning them would be to take away law-abiding Americans’ right to defend themselves from harm as they see fit.

Again and again, we see how guns in hands of the good guys minimizes gun-related crime. Instead of talking about banning guns, why don’t we talk about training and arming teachers or administrators in schools? Or having armed security guards present to protect the children against people like Adam Lanza?

If we’re going to politicize a terrible crime like this, can we at least talk about options that have been proven to work?

Do you think stricter gun control laws would have prevented this tragedy?

 

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Filed Under: crime, death, education, guns, in the news, law, media

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  • jalaz77
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    jalaz77

    December 16, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    Yes. Control not ban. 


  • Jenna
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    Jenna

    December 16, 2012 at 12:43 PM
    Thank you for being one of the few people to point this out! There are tons of things that are illegal in this country and it doesn't stop people from getting them. Why would guns be any different?
  • Senia...
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    Seniahmom

    December 16, 2012 at 12:50 PM
    There is no simple answer. I just know many times these are legally owned guns.

    I don't understand why anyone needs to own automatic or semi-automatic weapons.

    I think gun ownership absolutely should be controlled. I think there should be a safety test, a waiting period, gun owner education classes, stricter laws regarding unlawful use & ownership.

    I should not have to worry about going about my everyday life and wonder if my mall, workplace, school, park, movie theatre etc is going to turn into a war zone because someone flipped their lid and took a legally purchased firearm(s) and decided to take out as many innocent victims as they could with them.

    My andy family and friends right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness trumps the interpretation that the second amendment means ownership of a weapon of mass distraction is ok!
  • Senia...
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    Seniahmom

    December 16, 2012 at 12:51 PM
    *destruction. Because that's what these guns that fire multiple rounds rapidly are. Weapons of mass destruction.
  • kelti...
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    kelticmom

    December 16, 2012 at 1:04 PM
    Once again: Arizona shooter and Aurora shooter both purchased their weapons and insane amounts of ammunition LEGALLY and both are mentally unbalanced. Ban semi automatic weapons, high capacity magazines, limit the amount of ammo you can buy within a set time frame and track it, mandatory psychological screenings when applying for a weapons permit.
  • NatAndCo
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    NatAndCo

    December 16, 2012 at 1:11 PM
    Thank you, kelticmom.
  • tinyp...
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    tinypossum

    December 16, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    Jesus Christ, if this shooting horror isn't demonstrative of the need for better gun control then I don't know what the hell is. The zealots are people like you who cannot open your brain and use some commonsense and see that we need to figure out a way to keep dangerous weapons out of the hands of mentally unstable people. That doesn't mean that no one can own a gun. It means that you shouldn't be able to go into Wal Mart and buy a few hundred rounds of ammuition along with a gallon of milk and some anti-freeze. It's time to wake the hell up and do something about the state of mental health treatment and the accessibility of guns. And people like YOU, the NRA, and all the other idiots screaming about their 2nd ammendment rights are part of the problem. 


  • ilove...
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    ilovemy4kiddies

    December 16, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    Yikes, can't believe that guns were compared to spoons and I'm all for people having the right to own guns but do think better gun control is needed.

     


  • Karma...
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    Karma Grant

    December 16, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    I agree with the article 100%. Tinypossum your argument would be valid had the shooter done that but guess what? He didn't. Of course mentally unbalanced people shouldn't have guns, just like drunk drivers shouldn't have a car. Pyschos will still find a way to do the damage they want to do. Whether it's a gun, a knife (like in China on the same day) or a bomb. We need to deal with their mental issues, not the gun ownership of the mentally balanced.


  • KathyTh.
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    KathyTh.

    December 16, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    Amen, kelticmom.  A little common sense goes a long way, Jenny.  Try some.


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