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Is Now the Time to Talk Gun Control?

Does the massacre at Newtown, CT, signal the need for a political debate on gun regulations?

Before officials had even held their first press conference Friday, Facebook was abuzz with status updates about the Newtown, CT, massacre. The statuses were split between those sending their condolences and those asking if the country would finally deal with the issue of gun control.

Some fought back, asking for respect and mourning before political debate began. Others remained fierce in their belief that stricter gun control regulations would have prevented such a mass killing, saying the victims were shot multiple times and with semi-automatic weapons, according to Fox News.

The guns were not illegal and were, in fact, owned by the shooter's mother. Among them were a semi-automatic .223 caliber bushmaster rifle and two handguns. Those who knew Nancy Lanza said guns were a hobby of hers.

In Wilmington, Police Chief Michael Begonis said that while he will leave the big policy debate to politicians, he also believes there is no harm in at least starting a discussion on gun control.

"I don't think there's anything wrong with a meaningful discussion from all sides on an issue such as this," said Begonis. "That's what makes America so great is that we can do that. And we should do that. As things happen we should adapt and make changes that are helpful in our response to this type of thing."

Should the massacre in Newtown, CT, be the tipping point for political debate on gun control? Is there a need for stricter regulations? Tell us why in the comments.

Wayne Sullivan December 20, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Karl - seriously??? You state the following: "A gun is a tool. When a person misuses a tool, it makes sense to focus on the person, not the tool." A gun is a tool? When is the last time you saw a gun sold at the local hardware store, Home Depot, Lowe's or Sears in the tool section? A gun is a tool for what exactly? Here's my response...when a person misuses the WORD TOOL, you should focus on the person and not on the tool!
Resident December 20, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Proves that it is a mental health issue. Sick people will always find ways do to horrible things to others.
Maya December 20, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Gun control alone isn't the solution but it is part of it. We need to get rid of semi-automatic weapons. Unless you are a soldier or on a SWAT team, why do you need a weapon like that? I think we also need to look into adding more resources for families of mental health patients. And we need to stop glorifying the people who commit these crimes in the media.
Karl Ian Sagal December 21, 2012 at 03:42 AM
There are people who don't like or understand guns, and they want to blame the guns for the problems, but the guns did not do it. Look at the crime rates in places that have more guns per person, like the western states, and places like Texas, and compare it to crime rates in places where guns are highly regulated, like Massachusetts and Connecticut. People can rant all they like, but it does not change the actual facts. Some countries do regulate and illegalize guns for their citizens. That is true. But they also do not have constitutional rights. China has is an interesting model to be offered to us. I believe they still have their children max at 1, so I wonder what happens to those girls? And Norway has some of the most restrictive gun laws, yet they had a pretty bad time last summer... All that said, I do not have a problem with some restrictions on some types of guns, or safety screenings on purchases. But the point of the safety screenings is again focusing on the person, not the gun. And again I say, lets look at what is really killing our people. Cigarettes is a biggie. Wait till smoking pot becomes more popular, and that smoke in the lungs will be doing the same. Cars kill a lot of people. Obesity also kills a lot of people. All in all, getting killed by a nut with a gun is a pretty slim chance. Unless you live in a city like Chicago, where there are lots of gun restrictions in place already.
Resident December 21, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Sick people will always find ways to hurt people. Be it by home made bombs, poising, knives, cars… When people who have not had the opportunity to grow up in a house that has taught proper gun handling and respect hear the word gun it automatically means BAD to them. Most people who say they want to ban assault weapons have absolutely no idea what they actually mean. What is an assault weapon? Fully Automatic? Already restricted. Is it by looks? So it can function the same, but if it looks different it is BAD. Sounds a lot like something else…

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