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Meaningful action on mass killings means more than gun control

February 4, 2013

Knee-jerk reactions such as many of those to the December massacre at a Connecticut school will accomplish virtually nothing to prevent such horror in the future....

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svensota

Feb-05-13 8:58 PM

Well, okay.

I might take up humbleness next.

Naw.

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PastResident

Feb-05-13 8:12 PM

OK

I'm sorry. I just checked the FBI Crime statistics website (linked through snopes) and I was proven wrong.

I apologize for accepting my assertion without first checking the facts for myself.

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svensota

Feb-05-13 5:47 PM

Bullroar, PastResident.

Guns kill an average of 16 times MORE people than blunt objects.

Handgun homicides per year varied between 8,000 to 14,000 for the past 35 years.

Blunt objects killed between 500 to 1000 per annum for the same time period.

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Hopetoday

Feb-05-13 10:52 AM

Bottom line Gun Makers run the NRA and they don't care what happens as long guns and clips(100) bullets keep selling $$$$.

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EaglesFan

Feb-05-13 7:34 AM

When is the last time that you heard the news report that someone went into a workplace or school and killed dozens of people with a blunt object? Guns do have the almost unique ability to do the most amount of harm in the least amount of time, short of an explosion. What is the answer? I don't know that there is one.

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PastResident

Feb-04-13 7:36 PM

“People use guns to kill people.”

The fact is, more people use blunt objects to kill people than any and all types of guns.

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svensota

Feb-04-13 2:37 PM

Take a look at the front page of the NYT today. The story is about former legendary sniper, Chris Kyle, who served four tours of duty in Iraq, and was known as the "Devil of Rahadi". He came home to Texas without a scratch.

Invincible, right?

Saturday Chris Kyle was murdered...at a gun range...by Eddie Ray Routh, a former Marine (also four tours)..with a semiautomatic handgun.

Talk about insane.

Where do we start fixing this problem when we're awash with...what 200 million handguns? Floating around... somewhere ...with someone ...out there.

The U.S has 5% of the world's population, and 50% of all the guns and ammo on the planet.

I'm sure the beloved Found Fathers had this in mind when they wrote the 2nd amendment.

Sure.

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Nusenior

Feb-04-13 11:20 AM

The saying should be. “Guns don’t kill people”. “People use guns to kill people.” Back ground check only work if the gun buyer goes to through the lawful process when buying the gun. I personal know two persons who would not have guns if they when through back ground checks. One is a convicted felon the other has a history of mental illness. So how did these persons get guns? Others bought the guns for the felon. The person with a history of mental illness is not reported because of confidential laws. Back ground checks don’t work. Should I report these persons? The only thing that happens is the felon will tell law enforcement the gun is not his. Law in enforcement then takes the gun. Only to have someone buy him another. The person will a history of mental illness has no criminal record. Therefore has a right to have a gun. So there is no answer to “People use guns to kill people.” “It’s a sad word we live in master Jack”

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TURBO75

Feb-04-13 10:24 AM

The students at Sandy Hook were killed by guns purchased for protection and sport shooting, the mother died by the very guns she purchased for protection. People need to take responsibility for their guns and if they don't, they need to be held liable. If your son or daughter gets into your liquor cabinet and causes an accident, the parents can be held liable, the same standard needs to be enforced with guns. There are millions of unsecured, loaded weapons in households, purchased by people with no training, who have deluded themselves into thinking they are protecting their family. More often than not, a family member will die by that gun, either accidently, or intentionally.

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