A Real Conversation About Guns Is the Perfect Tribute to the Kids Killed at Sandy Hook

sandy hook news conferenceThere's been some talk about how to best memorialize the 20 children and 6 adults killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School exactly one month ago today. Newtown is divided on whether or not to tear down the school and build a memorial, there are Facebook pages devoted to remembering 12.14.12, and there are vigils still happening around the nation. But some parents of the Sandy Hook victims have found what I think is the best way to honor their slain children ... they're asking for a national conversation about gun control.

That's all; just a dialogue about what America should do about its civilians and their right to weapons. Nothing more, nothing less, just a talk, and it started today with their emotional news conference.

The group shared with one another how the country's poised to make an important decision on gun control, and even though there's not one simple fix, discussing the touchy topic is the first step to making a positive change.

And they're not asking for drastic, immediate change, either. They're not petitioning for every teacher to be armed, they're not asking that each school come equipped with a police officer, they're not asking for all guns to be banned.

What they want is compromise. The Sandy Hook promise is a document some conference goers read that asks for a ban on all military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. As you'll remember, Adam Lanza used a legally purchased Bushmaster semi-automatic rifle.

They just don't want that new law, however -- they want the conversation to spark a new approach to gun control. The parents believe that they owe it to their children to force a difficult dialogue so that something like the tragedy in Newtown doesn't happen again. They want to turn tragedy into transformation.

Vice President Biden's expected to make a statement regarding gun control Tuesday, and we'll see then if he listened to the Sandy Hook parents' plea for a conversation about change. I certainly hope so.

What are your thoughts on the subject?

 

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bills... billsfan1104

Adam Lanza STOLE the guns. It wasn't his to use. He used them illegally. I am sorry for their lose, but they and the anti constitutionalists, are not asking for a conversation. They went straight to banning some guns and high capacity magazines. No mention on society or violent video games or mental health.

nonmember avatar Sabra

I thought he used handguns only with special magazines and the rifle was in the trunk?

ethan... ethans_momma06

While I understand and empathize with why this issue is paramount to them, they are hardly unbiased or unemotional about the topic.


Which means that I'm not going to just jump on board their agenda to ban certain things.

bills... billsfan1104

Santa, I think you are right. I also think that he rigged the gun to shoot more bullets.

If you go to the link, the petition they are asking people to sign, is asking to ban all assault weapons, not military style weapons. So you are trying to act like they are asking for a discussion dear blogger.

bills... billsfan1104

Which they are not asking to discuss anything. They are highly emotional right now. Where ALL the parents and family of the adults there?

nonmember avatar Sally

Not that I'm actually going to check back, but please illuminate to me the necessity of owning automatic weapons and high capacity magazines? The last time I check the 2nd amendment was written with muskets to arm a well formed militia in mind, not military grade weapons, otherwise there would probably be plenty of nuts petitioning to own tanks or ground to air weapons. Also it's a proposal...which generally leads to a dialogue about what the best course of action/middle of the road solution may be. Finding a moderate solution is our country's best hope of curtailing tragedies of this nature.

nonmember avatar Common.sense

There are over 30,000 gun related deaths in this country per year. We have more gun deaths per capita than any other industrialized nation on the globe. In fact, the number of gun deaths in this country is projected to be larger than vehicular accident deaths in the coming year. Long story short, whatever gun laws we have, they are NOT WORKING. It's about time we had a real discussion about how to keep people safer from armed crazies!

bills... billsfan1104

An outright demand for a ban on particular guns is not a discussion.

Doomy234 Doomy234

Gotta go with billsfan on this. I dont hear a whole lot of anyone "discussing" guns. I hear a whole lot of "make it stop by banning such-and-such". Thats not a discussion, it is a demand. A discussion would be sitting down with a group of people from both sides and each shares their opinion calmly and intelligently.

bills... billsfan1104

What happened to the discussion about violence in the media or video games? Or helping our mentally ill and going back to institutions for the violent mentally ill. I am not talking about how it was 40 years ago either. But you are fooling yourself if you think banning guns and making all these rules are going to stop. I bet most of the anti gun fanatics, don't know what the difference of a semi automatic or automatic gun is.

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