'The Stir' Bloggers Talk About Gun Control (VIDEO)

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Google Hangout

In the wake of the Newtown shooting, America's focus continues to be on gun control.

Yesterday, parents of the Sandy Hook victims announced the formation of Sandy Hook Promise. Today, New York became the first state to pass new gun control laws inspired by the shooting. And tomorrow, President Obama will unveil his own gun control plan.

With so much going on, five writers from The Stir took a few minutes today to discuss the issue from their very different perspectives, as part of this week's Moms Matter Google Hangout. See the video after the jump.

Participants in the hangout included Adriana Velez, Amy Boshnack, Erica Souter, and Jenny Erickson, while I moderated the discussion. 

What do you think about the issues that came out of this discussion? Do you think gun control laws need to be tightened? Do the entertainment and video game industries need to take a closer look at violence depicted on the screen and in games? And what actions should parents take?

Share your opinions on the issue in the comments.

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wamom223 wamom223

I think this was a bullshit debate with no real substance.  All I learned is the majority of the people on the panel have no idea what they are talking about over a lot of different issues.  I do think desensitizing our young children through TV and video games can be dangerous but that isn't the big issue here.  We need to start parenting our children and we need to take better care of our mentally ill.  Also it bothered me when Adriana said,"no one is talking about taking away all the guns."  Well yes there are.  Just like you think there are zealous anti-gun control nut jobs we know for a fact that there are a ton of anti-gun over zealous nut jobs Adriana.  

nonmember avatar Pip

The noises in the background are quite distracting. And the camera angles. And the vocal fry.

redK8... redK8blueSt8

I couldn't watch it all, the video crapped out about 4 minutes in. The background noise was distracting. The talking points were all over-repeated opinions.

bills... billsfan1104

Adriana, if they are not taking away our guns, then the republicans were not taking away your rights to havese and take birth control. But the difference is is that the latter is true.  Democrats are trying to take away our guns.  Look at what they have done here in NY

Heath... HeatherJo11

We don't need more gun control. We need better mental health care. The sheeple are doing exactly what the government wants. Which is a scary thing. Hand over your guns. Its for your own benefit & to keep your children safe. Don't think. Just obey. Ugh. Morons. All morons.

nonmember avatar LizzieBorden

I can't watch the video because my phone is too crappy to play it.

When it comes to guns and violence here are some things that I think need to be thought about:

Why do people choose guns to carry out these mass murders; such as but not limited to the Sandy Hook shooting, Aurora Colorado's shooting, and Tucson AZ's shooting? The answer: because guns make it easier and faster to kill people. Period.

This is why guns have replaced swords and arrows in battle; because it's faster and easier. This is why guns have replaced arrows and spears for hunting; because it's faster and easier. This is why people use guns for mass murder; it's faster and easier.

Semi automatic weapons are made to spray bullets in the direction of the enemies quickly and efficiently. This is why we don't have mass murderers that use ice picks or knives or extension cords; these sorts of methods would take them up and personal with their victims rather than being able to stand at a distance and spray into the crowd.

"Guns don't kill people; people kill people." Well yes, of course because guns are immobile inanimate objects. But people choose guns to kill people in this country, repeatedly. That's the fence we're up against.

Yes, guns have their part in violence.

What can be done? That is a harder question to answer.

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