4 Dead, 3 State Troopers Injured in Mass Shooting & More Guns Are NOT the Answer

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bulletsFour people were killed and three state troopers injured in Blair County, Pennsylvania, on Friday, the same morning the National Rifle Association said that the way to keep our kids safe in schools isn't to curtail gun sales. We need armed guards in every school.

Three men, including the gunman, and one woman were shot dead, Blair County District Attorney Richard Consiglio told reporters, and one of the troopers was shot but protected by his bulletproof vest. One trooper was injured in a head-on collision with the alleged gunman, and the other was injured by flying glass.

None of this would have been possible if the suspect didn't have a gun.

More information about the shooter's three victims isn't available yet, but whatever the circumstances, access to guns played a role in the deaths of those three people. The shooting scene "extended over several miles" and authorities say the community is not at risk.

But it seems like every day there's another shooting story, and isn't enough enough? How many people have to die before we actually take action and make some tough choices on what kinds of weapons everyday citizens should be able to get their hands on?

The NRA thinks that the answer to the gun problem -- to bad guys with guns -- is to give more guns to good guys. And yes, this morning the alleged shooter was stopped by a good guy with a gun. (And by a head-on collision.) Of course our law enforcement officials should be armed. But they're trained. And it's their job. The risk they choose to take when they sign up for the job.

But they wouldn't have had to put themselves in harm's way if that man hadn't had a gun in the first place.

Do you think giving more people guns is the answer to curtailing gun violence?

 

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CPN322 CPN322

How do you propose we get the millions of guns that are already on the streets off the streets? The bad guys sure as hell are not going to turn theres in. And since when did criminals follow the law? Please really think more about this.

CPN322 CPN322

*theirs

worki... workingmama86

do you really think the government will be able to collect every single gun owned by every gun owner in this country? You don't think people are smart enough to make their own gun? It will be impossible to keep guns out of reach of criminals. Just like it's impossible to keep drugs off the streets. 

fave82 fave82

You have zero details of the story, so I don't see how gun control was even a factor... how about waiting till you have the full story before writing some half cocked article.

Doomy234 Doomy234

Didnt you just say that the bad guy with the gun was stopped by the good guy with the gun? Isnt that kind of answering your own question? Also agree with CPN322.

ruby_... ruby_jewel_04

Seriously? Worst story ever. Gun control didnt need to be brought in to this. Because there are no flipping details! We don't know how he got that gun, what he was running from, or what really happened. Leave my freaking gun rights alone. You are never going to get the guns from the bad guys. And you can have my guns NEVER. 

cmjaz cmjaz

Gee, another criminal with a gun. Banning guns sure would stop CRIMINALS, right?

Sierr... SierraLynn

Oh good lord?

What other details are there? Why was he running? Was the gun stolen or his own he legally bought? What kind of gun?



Do some research and get actual facts before you go spewing your anti gun crap.

Sirena Robinson

The odds of someone using a gun obtained legally to commit a crime is insanely small. Most states require background checks, some require training courses, and almost all require waiting periods between purchase and pick up. More gun laws are not the answer. The answer is educating people about how to properly use the weapons they already have to cut down on accidents, and enforcing the laws we have. The focus should be on taking guns out of the hands of criminals, not keeping law abiding citizens from having them. I know it's hard for some people to understand, but NO ONE has an issue with disarming criminals. We just don't think the answer is to strip those of us who keep guns and DON'T have accidents. Focus on the criminals, not the other people.

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