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  • Curmudgeon Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 18, 2012 4:24 a.m.

    The author makes some good points about family breakdown, media violence, and isolation via electronic devices, but the comment that guns don't kill people is altogether trite and unpersuasive in light of the Newtown tragedy, which follows on so many similar incidents. Without a gun, the shooter would not have been able to slaughter so many innocents. I mourn for the victims and their families, and for the gun advocates who are deluded into thinking that free access to automatic and semi-automatic assault rifles is any kind of solution. Somehow I doubt that the framers of the Second Amendment would have condoned such access if they could witness its consequences in today's world.

  • Screwdriver Casa Grande, AZ
    Dec. 18, 2012 5:55 a.m.

    I don't feel sorry for gun enthusiasts at all. You all failed to set a responsible tone in this country regarding guns and instead fanned the flames of discontent, rebellion and glory of killing with assault rifles.

    You deserve all the regulation you get in the near future.

  • ECR Burke, VA
    Dec. 18, 2012 7:10 a.m.

    The author makes a legitimate point that our culture contributes to the gun violence that we have witnessed in mass killings over these past several years. But the statement that "Guns don't kill people, people kill people" is getting old and certainly doesn't belong in this discussion.

    I think those who will fall on their sword (or their rifle) before they allow any gun laws to change should at least answer this simple question: Why is that last year, the United States, with 330M residents had 9120 gun related deaths and Germany, with 55M residents had 148 gun related deaths. One reason, it seems, is that there are approximately 10 times as many guns owned by private citizens in the US as in Germany. Of course the US is 6 times larger than Germany. So what is the rest of the answer? I'd like to know. Can anybody explain?

  • pragmatistferlife salt lake city, utah
    Dec. 18, 2012 7:47 a.m.

    Jan, the simplicity of your argument is one of reasons the discussion of how to prevent mass murders is so hard to have, and that is the discussion now... the prevention of mass murders. Someone as deranged as this person has problems far more serious and complicated than self alienation. I would say also that violence in games, tv, and movies has a tendency to de-sensitise an individual to violence (an issue directly related to guns) rather than lead them to self alienation. Shooting someone over and over in a game and having them just pop again the next time you turn the computer on is a very different outcome than developing a dislike for the character.

    If the discussion is about preventing mass murders..you as a gun enthusiast have to explain and defend a weapon whos sole purpose is mass murder. Semi automatic high capacity guns have only one purpose and that is to kill many many people very quickly without the need for re-loading and giving your victims access to you.

    Lastly you have to defend policies that allow the deranged unencumbered access to such a weapon.

  • Sal Provo, UT
    Dec. 18, 2012 8:37 a.m.

    How can an ordinary citizen defend himself against an assault-carrying criminal if assault weapons are banned? The police? They arrived quickly at the Sandy Hook school but not in time. Criminals will always carry assault weapons whether they are banned or not.

    What has the banning of illicit drugs done to prevent their use? Zip.

    Why aren't we banning alcohol? It kills, too.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Dec. 18, 2012 8:39 a.m.

    @ Screwdriver. As long as we have a society dominated by the secular progressives, the moral relativism cultures, we will continue to have these tragedies. Excellent examples of this are the evolution of the cultures we see everyday on the news in Chicago, Detroit and New York. As long as we have these cultures, a gun in my hand is much better than a cop on the phone for me and my family!

  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    Dec. 18, 2012 8:52 a.m.

    @Mountanman

    Aren't some of the most dangerous places in the world dominated by religious fanatics rather than secular progressives? You cite Chicago, Detroit, and New York. Perhaps they are dominated by "secular progressives," but I'll counter with Baghdad, Kabul, and Rio De Janeiro, which are cities hardly dominated by "secular progressives."

    A gun in your hand may well be your best protection, but to blame a lack of religion for crime is just foolhardy.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Dec. 18, 2012 9:02 a.m.

    Mental illness has been with us for 6,000 years.
    Guns have been around for 1,000 years.

    Mass shootings (schools, malls, going postal, ect.) erupted 20 years ago.
    SSRI medications were indroduced 20 years ago.

    Coincedence?

    Read the FDA warning labels on the box.
    We've been warned.

  • Roland Kayser Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 18, 2012 9:31 a.m.

    How about some resources for our abysmally underfunded public mental-health system?

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Dec. 18, 2012 9:33 a.m.

    I say allow the sale of assault type weapons to Military, Police, or veterans of both.
    We've had the proper training.

    Keep them out of the hands of the general public.

    I grow tired of people sighting Switzerland as an example.
    Switzeerland has a 100% Military enlistemnet requirement.

    so, if you want an assault weapon - join the Military.
    And get the proper training.

    Oh ya, and one other thing -- it's FREE.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Dec. 18, 2012 9:36 a.m.

    @ CHS. The difference between Baghdad, Benghazi, K. Korea and Tehran is not religion, its just the size and kind of the weapons, i.e. WMDs. Your example of Rio De Janeiro is a perfect example of leftist, secular progressive culture, not religion. Religion has NOTHING to do with gun violence. Switzerland, Sweden, Finland and Israel are among the highest citizen gun ownership countries, yet very low if any gun violence. The difference, again, is secular progressive, and moral relevance cultures that have infested much of America. I lived for two years in a small country in SE Asia where private gun ownership is banned! Only the crooks had guns and trust me, they used them frequently against an unarmed victim citizenship. History is full of nations were citizens were disarmed only to allow dictator (the only ones who had guns) to murder millions of defenseless citizens without moral conscience. Pol Pot, Hitler, Kim Jung Il. Mao tse Tung and Joseph Stalin to name a few of the more recent ones. Guns in American citizen's hands is our best defense against dictatorship.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    Dec. 18, 2012 10:13 a.m.

    Curmudgeon, ECR,
    the statement "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" is trite and getting old and certainly doesn't belong in this discussion.

    just because you do not like a statement does not make irrelevant or untrue.

    LDS Lib,
    the DN publised an article by John Fund yesterday refuting your comment about mass killings erupting in the last 20 years. "In fact, the high point for mass killings in the U.S. was 1929, according to criminologist Grant Duwe of the Minnesota Department of Corrections.

  • Roland Kayser Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 18, 2012 10:16 a.m.

    To Mountanman: Sweden, Finland, and Switzerland are all far more secular and progressive than the U.S. The U.S. is a theocracy compared to those three.

  • ECR Burke, VA
    Dec. 18, 2012 10:33 a.m.

    Lost in DC - I would say that none of us should give equal status to statements from the Bible and those promoted by the NRA. The Bible has just a little more credibility, to me anyway.

    And by the way, would you like to stake a stab at answering my question from my earlier message? Would anyone?

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    Dec. 18, 2012 10:40 a.m.

    Guns don't kill people but they make it simple. As killing devices, they are effective and easy to operate. So easy, in fact, that a child can work it. So easy that you hardly have to think about it. Just hold it in your hand, aim, and with a single movement of your finger you send a piece of lead flying through the air at 1200 feet per second or faster to tear through flesh, arteries, and organs before you can blink your eye.

    After the bullet exits the muzzle, there is no calling it back.

  • Kent C. DeForrest Provo, UT
    Dec. 18, 2012 10:41 a.m.

    One of the stupidest statements I have ever heard (and I hear it every time someone massacres lots of innocent people) is "Guns don't kill people. People kill people."

    Actually, it should be "Guns don't kill people. People with guns kill people."

    And for the record, guns sometimes do kill people. How often does a gun being cleaned go off and kill the owner? How often do kids find a loaded gun, and it accidentally kills one of them? Too often. So don't give me that nonsense about guns not killing people.

    Gun deaths in the U.S. are so much higher than in those countries where strict gun laws prevail that we don't need to ask stupid questions about how we can prevent many of these tragedies. We will never prevent all of them, and our violent culture certainly needs to be reformed, but it is obvious that stricter gun laws are necessary. At a minimum, ban assault rifles. That's a no-brainer. And if you don't think so, well, as I said, it's a no-brainer.

  • a bit of reality Shawnee Mission, KS
    Dec. 18, 2012 10:42 a.m.

    You'll be happy to know that folks who want gun control readily agree that guns do not kill people--people kill people. By the same token, please know that "gun control" has nothing to do with controlling guns--it's about controlling people. We are in favor of guns being left by themselves to be what they are. We simply want to restrict the ability of people--whom we agree are the cause of the problem--to aquire the instruments of death that are needed to committ mass murder.

  • Bifftacular Spanish Fork, Ut
    Dec. 18, 2012 10:51 a.m.

    I am weirdly pretty neutral on the gun debate. I own a dozen guns but I also have some sympathy for the assault weapon ban argument. With that said, I can't listen to anyone too seriously that isn't at least consistent in their argument. Ban assault weapons because they kill people? Okay, great. Are you also just as - or even more serious about banning alcohol too? Drunk driving killed nearly 10,000 people last year along in the U.S - many, many of those completely innocent children. That's A LOT of Sandy Hooks EVERY SINGLE YEAR. Where's the outrage over that? Please... someone who is anti-gun but pro alcohol use enlighten us.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Dec. 18, 2012 11:04 a.m.

    This is a problem that goes far beyond any simplistic discussion of either gun control or mental health.

    It needs to be tackled very seriously while examining all aspects of it. It's society, mental health, culture, weaponry, and a perhaps a hundred other interrelated factors all rolled together into one incredibly complex casserole.

    But this America. And if any nation can solve it, we can.

    We just need to find the will to work together to do it. And that will require ALL of us to put aside preconceived notions -- no matter how sacred they may seem to us.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 18, 2012 11:26 a.m.

    "Please know, guns do not kill people; people kill people."

    Says someone who then blames violent movies/video games. "the incessant violence that our children are watching at younger and younger ages "

    A lunatic in China went into a school that same day and stabbed 22 children with a knife. The good news from that sad story is that unlike in Newtown, nobody died. Guns are manufactured for one purpose, to injure or kill. I'll buy the idea that people kill people... but guns make it a heck of a lot easier. Since the right to life is something that is supposed to be inalienable, I would think we would take reasonable steps to help preserve that. After all the Second Amendment itself specifically has the words "well-regulated" in it.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 18, 2012 11:31 a.m.

    @Mountanman
    "As long as we have a society dominated by the secular progressives, the moral relativism cultures, we will continue to have these tragedies."

    Swing and a miss, as bad as gun violence is in the US we're actually at 20 year lows for it despite the rise in secularism. Plus, if this were the case, why is it that Canada, Germany, Sweden, France, Spain, the UK, Japan... why are all those socialist, and in I think all cases more-secular, nations have way lower gun crime rates than the US? Why are the southern states worse than the northeast, midwest, and west, if religion is a deterrant?

    Note: I don't think religion causes people to be more violent or secularism causing people to be less violent, I think there are other more important factors at play there... but your premise is not supported by the evidence.

  • Anti Bush-Obama Washington, DC
    Dec. 18, 2012 11:33 a.m.

    Are you aware that on twitter sites. anti-gun democrats are calling for killing the president of the NRA with a gun???? They want to take the guns away from everybody who produces and keep them for themselves and use them on us.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    Dec. 18, 2012 11:42 a.m.

    Bifftacular it's harder to get an Alcoholic drink than a gun, does that make you feel safer?

    How many drunk drivers ran over 20 kids in a tight group 2 or three times each?

    Apple to oranges but that's radio analogies.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Dec. 18, 2012 12:15 p.m.

    @Mountanman
    "As long as we have a society dominated by the secular progressives, the moral relativism cultures, we will continue to have these tragedies."

    =============

    Ultra-Religious Societies spawn regimes like the Taliban and Iran and pass laws based on Sharia Laws.
    Is that what you want?
    For that reason and that reason only, I for one am GLAD there is a madatory seperation of Church and State.

    FYI - Mountaman, I'm still don't know what "religion" you are basing your morality on, but I know LDS Prophet Joseph Smith taught about moral relativism.

    The Heathen can not be judged using the same scale or measure as the Christian -- Christ will judge based on the time, the place and the circumstance one lives and whatever light or knowledge one receives -- therefore, it's ALL relative.

    BTW - It guys like you, that I fear the most -- not my Country.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    Dec. 18, 2012 12:33 p.m.

    That is a nice half truth. While gun violence is down, they have mass murders committed with swords and knives.

    See "Sword rampage: Japanese man chops off realtor’s arm" at RT.

    See also "86-year-old ex-cop found dead in house after killing woman with sword" at Japan today.

    Look up the "Osaka school massacre" where a man killed 8 people with a knife.

    See "Japan knife killings: Alleged killer Tomohiro Kato's plans published on internet" in UK Telegraph.

    There are many other stories like that coming out of Japan.

    Yes it cuts down on people getting shot, but now Japan regulates swords, and is starting to make more regulations covering knives. Japan shows that you regulate or create laws to stop people from killing. All you do is end up with more tools/weapons to control and regulate.

    Even blaming computer games and TV is insane. There was shootings prior to the invention of TV, the internet, and FPS games. That is nothing more than a false cry to push a political adgenda.

  • Curmudgeon Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 18, 2012 12:35 p.m.

    Bifftacular:

    The alcohol analogy is inappropriate, because no one consumes alcohol for the purpose of committing mass murder, alcohol is not the direct agent used to kill another person, and alcohol is not designed for the sole purpose of killing other people, as are assault rifles. Apples and oranges. There are lots of things that are dangerous and should be regulated (alcohol, explosives, nuclear material, pathogens, airplanes, cars, etc.), but there is nothing quite like an assault rifle (unless you include military weapons) when it comes to a single-minded purpose and design to kill.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    Dec. 18, 2012 12:43 p.m.

    ECR,
    you throw out the arguments put forth by others because you don't like them - why should we bother answering your question.

    Happy Valley Heretic,
    are 49.2% and 43.7% majorities yet? Your comment has no credibility.

    LDS Lib,
    There is no mandatory separation of church and state in the constitution. The constitution proscribes laws concerning the establishment of religion, for or against. The main author of religious liberty laws, Thomas Jefferson, wrote them to ensure conscience could not be silenced, contrary to the current popular opinion.

    Remember 4th Nephi and Mormon and what the people had rejected - that is more applicable to our situation than your Joseph Smith quote.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    Dec. 18, 2012 1:09 p.m.

    To "LDS Liberal" actually that is not moral relativism in your quote. It is a statement that you will be judged based on the knowledge you had. The "heathen" referred to in your quote does not apply here, as the nation has a judeo-christian base to its laws. It is like children growing up. The younger and less they know the less is expected. This is NOT moral relativism.

    If the church believed in Moral Relativism, why is it that they have spoken out against it so often?

    D Todd Christopherson speaking out against Moral Relativism (shades of gray) in May 2009.

    Dallin H. Oaks speaking out against Moral Relativism (shades of gray) in October 1992 in an article titled "Religious Values and Public Policy". He repeated this message again in February 2011 in an article titled "People of Faith Should Defend Freedom of Religion". He again repeated the message about the evils of shades of grey (Moral relativism) in a CES fireside in September 2011 titled "Truth and Tolerance".

    There are more articles like those, if you just search for them on the LDS web site.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Dec. 18, 2012 1:38 p.m.

    Blaming guns for the violence some people commit is the equivalent of blaming spoons for causing obesity or that matches causes arson. Human's who see no difference between good and evil causes these senseless acts, not guns! In most cases, guns are used to STOP the perpetrators of evil.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Dec. 18, 2012 1:57 p.m.

    To a liberal, any gun is an assault rifle. If you want to really confuse them, ask them how it was possible for Pol Pot, Joseph Stalin and Mao ste Tung to murder millions of UNARMED citizens of their own country? They will just give you a blank stare because they can not comprehend the obvious connections between secular progressivism, moral relativism and these murdering dictators.

  • ECR Burke, VA
    Dec. 18, 2012 3:25 p.m.

    Lost in DC said "...why should we bother answering your question."

    I'm thinking the better question is "Why shouldn't you answer my question?". And the answer is because there is only one answer and that is that guns are too easily accessible to the wrong people. How about we just include that subject in the conversation about how to stop the mass killings (or any gun related killings). That's all I'm asking. Let's just talk about it. I don't think anybody is talking about taking away everyone's gun. If they are they are as foolish as the one's who think we should not even talk about this issue.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Dec. 18, 2012 3:36 p.m.

    Mountanman
    Hayden, ID
    To a liberal, any gun is an assault rifle.

    =============

    No - I'm a veteran.
    I know full well what an assault weapon is, I've been tried and certified how to use them.

    In fact, I own several myself.

    I keep them not to threaten my Country, my Government or other citizens like you do, but rather to defend and protect them --

    Lately, it seems most likely from unstable vigilante sorts - those enemies foreign and domwestic - who keep threatening it the most.

    I would hope you never fall into that category.

  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    Dec. 18, 2012 3:38 p.m.

    @Mountanman

    Your broad-brush assumptions are pretty funny.

    You think I don't know the difference between an assault rifle and any other sort of gun. The rifle I used in Iraq to defend myself was an automatic assault weapon. You don't think I understand the difference between that and a semi-automatic hunting rifle, a bolt-action shotgun, etc? It is quite insulting that you think only conservatives know how to fire a weapon.

    You are very selective in your murdering dictators. Perhaps you should take a college-level European History class and learn about the Crusades (all nine of them), as well as the Thirty Year War, the French Wars of Religion, etc. I'm not saying one is worse than the other - war is war and it is a horrible experience, as I can personally attest. I just don't understand why people believe that more religion will bring a cease to all murdering. World history shows quite different results.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    Dec. 18, 2012 4:09 p.m.

    To "CHS 85" since you claim to know so much about guns, explain the difference between a semi-automatic hunting rifle and an assault rifle.

    Since there are not any significant difference, explain why banning assault rifles will do any good. Japan did that, and now they have to control swords and knives.

    Conservatives know that Progressives and their ilk know how to fire weapons. Che, Mao, Fidel, Lennin, and the others that have believed in the utopia where government makes everything all better always end up firing weapons.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    Dec. 18, 2012 4:36 p.m.

    CHS 85 both Mntman and redshirt have never served their country, but believe they know more about weapons and killing then people like yourself. They know only what the radio tells them of history and war and it tends to be slanted to the right and righteous.

    lost in DC said:
    Happy Valley Heretic,
    are 49.2% and 43.7% majorities yet? Your comment has no credibility.

    Since I made no comment with whatever those percentages are I guess credibility would mean you didn't read my comment?

  • Open Minded Mormon Everett, 00
    Dec. 18, 2012 5:05 p.m.

    RedShirt
    USS Enterprise, UT
    To "CHS 85" since you claim to know so much about guns, explain the difference between a semi-automatic hunting rifle and an assault rifle.

    =============

    As a veteran (since I know you, Mountaman, Mike Richards and all your AM radio heros never did serve our counrty either) --

    I was taught to kill with anything I could get my hands on -- bare if that's all I had to work with.

    I went and say the Hobbit las weekend --

    When Gandalf gives Bilbo a sword to arm himself, he warns him of the temptation to rely on it too often.
    “True courage," he tells Bilbo, "is about knowing not when to take a life, but when to spare one.”

    I fear the untrained and inexperienced cowards who will shoot first, and ask questions later.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Dec. 18, 2012 5:40 p.m.

    Nice try, but there is no practical use for an assault weapon except to kill people, and we're not going to rein in the gun culture without reining in some guns.

  • Screwdriver Casa Grande, AZ
    Dec. 18, 2012 5:58 p.m.

    The founding fathers were "secular progressives" mountainman. Otherwise we would be bowing to a king and the Church of England.

    “There! His Majesty can now read my name without glasses. And he can double the reward on my head!”
    ― John Hancock

  • Screwdriver Casa Grande, AZ
    Dec. 18, 2012 6:01 p.m.

    Anti - blah blah, It would be ironic, but nobody is going to assassinate that French guy at the NRA with a gun.

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    Dec. 18, 2012 6:09 p.m.

    Firearm death rates in the United States vary by state. The five states with the highest firearm
    death rates are Louisiana, Alaska, Nevada, Mississippi and Alabama. The states with the lowest
    rates include Hawaii, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York.

    Utah (19) has a higher firearm death rate than CA (20) due to a significantly higher suicide rate (#10 in the nation). As a parent of 3 (now adult) boys, I made sure we didn't have guns in the house while they were growing up. I learned in teen parenting classes that when young men get emotionally upset it triggers physical activity--"don't give your sons the keys to the car" when they are upset, while in young women emotional upset triggers verbal activity. Firearms are the most commonly used method of suicide among males. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among persons aged 15-24 years.

    re:LDS Liberal
    Sources? for info about the medications the Conn. assailant and others were on? Medical records are usually private and not released to the public.

  • Nan BW ELder, CO
    Dec. 18, 2012 7:28 p.m.

    How many of you have read the story of the 1927 mass murder in a school wherein the murderer used explosives? He intended to kills 100s, and had his elaborately contrived scheme worked would have done so. He also planned ahead, killed a family member before causing the school explosion and was just as cold blooded, and even more effective than the Connecticut shooter. This was in Bath, a small town, and there is a story circulating about the horror of that tragic event.

    People of the Dakr Ages were constantly doing away with each other, amazingly, since they didn't have anything like modern day weapons. I think the answer lies in greater family cohesiveness, better resources for families who have members who don't cope with life, and focusing on entertainment that isn't so violent, self-centered and immoral. I'm fairly certain that everyone of us knows someone who is on the edge of commiting a violent act, and we don't know quite what to do.

  • Screwdriver Casa Grande, AZ
    Dec. 18, 2012 8:15 p.m.

    The difference in an assault rifle and a hunting rifle are obvious.

    If there are no differences then gun enthusiast that have been paying 2 to 5 times as much for an assault rife over a Reminton 700 series are pretty unaware. If "they both fire bullets" is your argument then nobody is reading the billions of pages written in books and magazines about the nuances of different guns.

    If gun enthusiasts are that gullible then I say pull the plug and don't allow them ANY guns until they know the difference between an assault rifle and a hunting weapon. Hint, one makes one precise shot and the other is more about volume of killing and ruggedness in battle. Have need of killing an entire herd of buffalo?

    If you need 30 rounds to kill a deer then maybe hunting just isn't your thing huh?

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 18, 2012 9:02 p.m.

    The best solution is to repeal the Second Amendment.

  • Roland Kayser Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 18, 2012 9:25 p.m.

    Mountanman: "they can not comprehend the obvious connections between secular progressivism, moral relativism and these murdering dictators."--that because there are none

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    Dec. 19, 2012 12:18 a.m.

    In 1994, Congress passed and President Bill Clinton signed the Federal Assault Weapons Ban. The law prohibited individuals from possessing assault weapons, like the AR-15 rifle allegedly used by Holmes. It is a civilian semi-automatic version of the military M-16 and was a "semiautomatic assault weapon" under this law. But in 2004, this law expired and was not renewed. President George W. Bush opposed extension of the law, and the Republican-controlled Congress agreed. Since then, efforts in Congress to reinstate the law have been unsuccessful and have not even come for a vote.

    At the very least, gun manufacturers should be held civilly liable for the injuries and deaths that foreseeably result from their products. Traditional principles of products liability should be applied to assault weapons. Beginning around 2000, there was a rise in the number of lawsuits against gun manufacturers. However, in 2005, Bush signed a law that shields gun makers from being sued.

    The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act is also commonly referred to as the "Gun Protection Act." The law dismissed all current claims against gun manufacturers in both federal and state courts and pre-empted future claims.

  • Mike in Texas Cedar City, Utah
    Dec. 19, 2012 5:43 a.m.

    That old saw, "guns don't kill people, people kill people" is a ridiculous NRA talking point thought up by some paid gun industry public opinion consultantt. It is a classic distraction designed to focus blame for the destruction away from those who are clearly complicit in pushing for destructive gun policies. I would hope that people can think through this deception to focus more on destructive technolgy that is leading to mass murder and mayhem in this country. People with guns kill people, and the modern assault weapon makes them all too good at that.

    The 2nd amendment is obsolete. Technology has made it obsolete.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    Dec. 19, 2012 8:37 a.m.

    one vote,

    "The best solution is to repeal the Second Amendment."
    ______________________________

    I understand the sentiment but it's an overreaction. The first ten Amendments collectively constitute what we call the Bill of Rights. They were a Federalist concession to Jefferson and his fellow Republicans to build a strong consensus for ratifying the Constitution. To repeal any of them sets a precedent for the other. Today, the right to bear arms; tomorrow, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of religion, etc. No one wants to open that Pandora's box.

    The answer isn't to repeal the 2nd Amendment. The answer is to apply it more intelligently for our times.

  • KC Mormon Edgerton, KS
    Dec. 19, 2012 9:44 a.m.

    Lets put some interesting FACTS to this debate. Anti gun people say if we just ban Assault weapons we would not have school shootings. Well we had a ban from 1994-2004 so lets look at some numbers. I will use 1996-2004 (8 years the ban was lifted part way through 2004) and 2004-2012 (also 8 years) for an apples to apples comparison. In the 8 years during the ban we had 28 school shootings ion the US including Columbine. In the 8 years after the ban we have had 30 School shootings in the US including Sandy Hook. That adds up to only a 2 school shooting difference between the ban years and post ban years. Clearly the ban did not make a difference in preventing the shootings from happening. One thing I did notice in looking into this is that the earliest shootings were in fact with higher caliber rifles such as 30-6, then even during the ban years they moved more to the lower caliber assault weapons (.223 not much more than a suped up .22). We can talk about limiting mag. size but we must be honest first about the problem.

  • KC Mormon Edgerton, KS
    Dec. 19, 2012 9:55 a.m.

    atl34
    True the words well regulated are in the Second Amendment however were do they fall? What do they mean in the amendment? Here are the words in proper order
    "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."
    Notice that the Militia is well regulated not the guns? So what is meant by the Militia? In the Revolution there were two military units fighting for the US. The first was the Continental Army. They received their arms from the Congress. The second was the Militia or what we call today the Minute Men. They were just average every day citizens who worked in their field or shops then fought when needed using their own guns. They had seen a problem with them they were un trained and often turned and ran after the first shots were fired. So they wanted a well REGULATED militia or well TRAINED Militia. Now That does not mean that we can not have any gun laws. Some are needed such as missile launchers. However you must put "well regulated" in the right place.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    Dec. 19, 2012 10:48 a.m.

    The roots of a “militia” as referenced in the 2nd Amendment are in colonial history beginning with the arrival of the first English colonists in the New World. Being an ocean away from England, both the colonies and the British Crown understood that the only military protection the colonies must rely on would be what they could provide for themselves. All able-bodied men were required to serve in the militia or their respective colonies and to supply their own firearm. So national defense was quite literally dependent on an armed populace providing the justification for enactment of the 2nd Amendment which we still have today although national defense is now provided for through our Armed Forces.

    Today, most Americans don’t even know why the phrase “well-regulated militia” is in the 2nd Amendment. Some of the more fanatical gun rights advocates probably wish that it wasn’t.

  • airnaut Everett, 00
    Dec. 19, 2012 12:06 p.m.

    Craig Clark
    Boulder, CO
    The roots of a “militia” as referenced in the 2nd Amendment

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    Agreed!

    The Modern "Militia"s is equal to a State's National Guard.

    Subject directly to State and Local Leaders,
    trained and well regulated via monthly drills and 2 week annual deployments --
    local folks living normal, working noraml jobs, living normal lives,
    called up only during emergencies,
    to defend and protect,
    both National and in OUR our backyards and neighborhoods.

    True Minute Men.

    These pro-gun 2nd amendment folks are mostly a disconnected independant individuals (think lone-wolf terrorists or sleeper cells) of redneck thugs with guns, and need to be carfeully watched and kept in check.

    They can keep their hunting rifles, ect.
    But no where near protected as far as Constitutional Militias rights are concerned.

  • KC Mormon Edgerton, KS
    Dec. 19, 2012 12:10 p.m.

    Craig Clark
    You are missing a BIG part of the reason for the Second Amendment. By 1768 the British were actually trying to find any way they could to keep guns away from the Americans. This went on through 1777. And no not every person was required to sever. Many in fact did not. Just to prove this point look at how hard it is to enter the Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution. All you must do is provide a family tree that shows that you have an ancestor that either fought for or paid taxes to support the Patriot cause. By your count of Militia that should be very easy yet it is in fact very hard because not even the majority supported the cause.Again as I pointed out you had two form of military you had Colonial Army (Washington's men) and then the Militia. A good example of this is the Battle of Cowpens (known to most as the major battle from the movie the Patriot) it used both Colonial Army and Militia using the known weakness of the Militia against the British.

  • KC Mormon Edgerton, KS
    Dec. 19, 2012 1:08 p.m.

    Update to my post on school shooting during and after the weapons ban. As I have looked into each one more I found the numbers are actually different. There were actually MORE school shootings DURING the ban than after there were 28 from 1996-2004 and 48 from 2004-2012 the difference is that the source was counting things like the Gabby Gifferd shooting and the Aurora movie shooting as school shooting. They listed 4 shootings after the ban that were in fact not school shootings while they did not list any such shooting during the ban as a school shooting. The number of people killed also is misleading during the ban was 52 after the ban 98. This looks like a huge jump. Yet a closer look shows some interesting facts. Thirty of those came two hours after the first two people were killed at VT. Had the school taken action two hours earlier the number would have gone down by 30. Twenty are from Sandy Hook. Just hose two bring the post-ban ban to 48 less than during the ban. Others are things like adult on adult violence.

  • SLC gal Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 19, 2012 2:46 p.m.

    What good does regulation do? Just to cite one exampe, the Trolley Square shooter got his gun out of a trunk in parking lot. Criminals will always find a way to get guns.

    The laws only restrict citizens who follow the laws, and act responsibly, and ironically enough, are the type of people who SHOULD be gun owners.

    Personally I favor open carry. How much less likely will these incidents happen if theres a chance other people are also packing.

    Dont forget: one of the heros in the Trolley saga was an off duty cop who just happened to be carrying his concealed weapon.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    Dec. 19, 2012 4:40 p.m.

    So according to conservative thinking, if everyone was required to be packin' we would all be a lot safer.

    Got it. Now just to avoid flawed logic like that and those who think more guns equals a safer society.

    Awe the longing for the 50's and now the 1850's frontier gun fights.

  • pragmatistferlife salt lake city, utah
    Dec. 19, 2012 5:25 p.m.

    KC Mormon you couldn't have described the argument made by the democrats at this time more wrong. "Anti gun people say if we just ban Assault weapons we would not have school shootings. " Absolutley no one has said that..let me repeat..no one has said that. What is being said is that the recent mass killings have two characteristics 1) crazy people..usually young people, and 2) weapons that are designed to be mass killing weapons (semi automatic and high volume clips).

    As to the gun equation of this problem what is being said (and not necesssarily by people who are "anti gun") is that the described weapons were designed for military use and high volume killing and have no other use and therefore no business being in the hands of the common citizenry.

    The world is brief, random, indifferent and cruel..so banning assault weapons won't stop evil..that's just the world, but it may mitigate the numbers killed, and what society allows free access to it's military weapons anyway?

  • Mister J Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 19, 2012 7:01 p.m.

    After the Jovan Belcher incidient, Bob Costas (on the Dan Patrick Show) summed it up best... "Grandma should have a gun to protect herself and hunters should have guns, but, your average person should not be as well armed as the military or police."

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Dec. 20, 2012 9:23 a.m.

    I find it quite heartless and hypocritical when I see and hear the radical left ranting about gun banning just a week after this nightmare. A gun-less America is all about left wing ideology and many on the left are bent on using this tragedy to achieve their goal. Where is the empathy and sympathy? The families who lost their kids to this evil act are going through impossible grief at this time and maybe those who 'truly' care can just stop the politics for a moment and just support the families in some way. Just a thought.

    As far as gun banning - this is predictable from the left. Left wing ideology has it's ugly roots in Communism and that is how these people think. No changing them...not now and not ever. I am a member of the NRA and I plan on getting a concealed permit ASAP. To me an 'armed America' is the answer to avoiding more tragedy from evil killers who don't value human life. I believe our founders had the same thinking when they created the second amendment. I will side with our constitution and our founders.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Dec. 20, 2012 9:59 a.m.

    What if Lanza would have made some Mark Hoffman style pipe bombs and tossed them into classrooms as he walked past? What would the carnage have been then? Where would be anti-gun crowd be then? Clamoring to ban nails?

    The bottom line is, and the writer alluded to it. Values, morals, ethics, the difference between right and wrong can't be taught in schools because someone will be offended.

    Guns are not the problem, access to guns are not the problem (China and their knives proves that). Banning large capacity magazines is not a cure all. Remember the so called "assault weapon" ban was in place when Colombine happened. Didn't help.

    Behavior is the problem and unfortunately with some people, you can't legislate how they may act. They have their agency to do whatever they want to do, good or bad.

    Until I squeeze the trigger, my pistol is no better than a paperweight, so it's not the problem. If I ever do have to squeeze the trigger, there will be a really good reason to do so (unless I'm target practicing).

  • Jack Aurora, CO
    Dec. 20, 2012 7:11 p.m.

    Let me shed some light on the so-called "Assault Weapons" ban. It was ineffective and really didn't ban anything of consequence. If you will notice that today's AR-15 doesn't have a bayonet lug; a result of that ban. AR-15s with a bayonet lug were no longer allowed to be manufactured, or "banned". Take the bayonet lug off, and presto, no more assault rifle. Did that make any difference? No, but it made some people feel better. How about pistol grips? Just modify it so the pistol grip becomes a thumb hole for a larger stock, and presto, no more assault rifle. Meaningless, feel-good, worthless legislation. It doesn't address the problem, that being the wrong people get access to guns. In Oregon, he stole the rifle before going to the mall. In Connecticut, he murdered to get the gun. Columbine, they used a straw-purchaser, all illegal acts to get access to guns. So, lets look at what motivates people to mass murder?

  • Jack Aurora, CO
    Dec. 20, 2012 7:19 p.m.

    I maintain that we as society need to look at what motivates these actions. They are learned somewhere, and as one who spent the most part of my life in the profession of arms, police officer, soldier, security, I can attest that the mere possession of a gun does not motivate to these actions. Where did they learn that mass killing will solve their issues? Not in Boy Scouts/Girl Scouts, CYO, 4H, Boys & Girls Clubs, or a church/synagogue. The issue is not the guns used, but the motivation and how we need to engage before it gets this far. Serving others, being more engaged with others than yourself will go far.

    Let's have this discussion, but just making more gun laws isn't the answer.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 21, 2012 7:11 a.m.

    Guns are designed only or killing. Time for the control within the Second Amendment. Gun shows first.

  • Dep/Tech Slc, UT
    Dec. 21, 2012 7:41 a.m.

    Happy Valley get over yourself, about if everyone was packing we would all be safer. Let's take the Trolley Square deal, who was packing and stopped or greatly reduced that situation. A Man packing a gun. Ok, so he was a cop, but if others would have been packing I am sure they would have protected themselves like the constituion says they can.

    I believe that if one of these people planned to take out others might think twice if they thought someone on the other end would have been packing a gun and was willing to shoot back.

    I am not saying that school teachers should have a gun in their desks. I am just saying a person with a gun walking around firing bullets at everyone and everything, might not feel so great if all the sudden bullets starting come back at him.

    I know when I lived in Arizona you just assumed everyone was packing, because the law said they could. I am not saying it prevented crime, but it sure has made for alot less victims.