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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. 

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.

David Kent January 03, 2013 at 11:04 AM
The NRA stands for 'liberty"? Sure. The liberty of a special interest group - gun owners - at the expense of society. Sorry NRA, et. al. your interest group DOES NOT possess that liberty. The Constitution doesn't give it to them. No, like the rest of us their rights must be balanced against the needs of society, as the Supreme Court routinely does. Now gun owners have every right to argue that their rights are more important then the negative effects upon society of unrestricted gun ownership. Reasonable people can disagree upon that. But the NRA is NOT protecting an inviolate right provided by the Constitution. That's a complete red herring.
Doug Melanson January 03, 2013 at 12:01 PM
and how many shooting did Chicago have last year? Yeah a gun ban works huh! Seems some criminals didn't get the memo.
Gretchen Robinson January 03, 2013 at 12:14 PM
this is bound to stir the pot here and give gun lovers more ammo. For the record I disagree with most of this but maybe it will serve as an example of having the facts and figures and still getting to a wrong conclusion. http://www.samharris.org/blog/item/the-riddle-of-the-gun Harris is the author of "Free Will" "Lying" "The Moral Landscape" and "The End of Faith"
Doug Melanson January 03, 2013 at 12:16 PM
Gretchen, Sure lets blame him for not being a good Dad but he was out of the picture for years. Lets Really blame the 2 people that caused this. The Mother supplied weapons to an unstable young man by not locking them up and the blame is his obviously for what he did. I don't know why you continue to go after the Father. There isn't anything sexist going on just looking at who actually caused it.
Doug Melanson January 03, 2013 at 12:21 PM
NICE!!! Carla rocks. Gretchen doesn't care about saving lives or gun control. She is an extremist.

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