THE HORROR IS BEYOND WORDS: a peaceful school in a peaceful town turned upside down by a man with guns, children and teachers killed, families torn asunder, lives altered unimaginably and forever. And then, almost as horrible, the familiarity of the event. We have been here before, we know the drill. The details of the shooting will be particular — the precise number of casualties, the killer’s exact route, how he finally was stopped or stopped himself — we know the drill. Over the coming days we will hear of grief counselors and evacuation plans.
Would somebody explain how banning guns would stop this type of massacre? It is estimated that there are more than 100 million guns in private hands in the United States. How are you going to collect them all? I know I won´t surrender mine. Most of the people I know won´t surrender theirs. It´s not going to happen. The only thing gun control does is make it easy for criminals.
Why does the liberal media hate women with such passion? They seize every chance to disarm them and make the streets safer for every rapist, psycho stalker, and abusive men. They really ought to apologize to their mothers, wives and daughters before more of them are harmed by this silly authoritarian fantasy.
Perhaps we can talk about how liberals are destroying all of the moral checks and balances in society... pushing drugs, sex, and violence while ridiculing those who believe in a God ordained moral order.
This is crazy. Gun violence is out of control. We need to pass laws that prohibit killing other people with guns. It should be against the law to posses a gun on school property. By passing more laws, all our problems will be solved!
Maybe we should ban private ownership of guns - you know - like Mexico.
That´ll stop evil people from gunning down innocents - you bet!
My heart is sick because of this act by a savage whose purpose is beyond my ability to comprehend. The cause of this is evil, pure and simple.
We must come to grips with the understanding that a darkness is descending upon us. Think of the boys who shot the woman over a pack of cigarettes a couple of days ago and bragged about it on Facebook. Think of the increasing frequency of these horrific events, and of the nightly murders in urban cities. Think of the rhetoric being used to divide people into bickering groups by our ´leaders´, and of the open attacks by politicians and media on both Christianity and the foundations of social order. The world is becoming exactly what we are creating.
Well, let´s talk about that. First, you give us a report of how it´s going in NYC and Chicago and places where gun ownership is already restricted/banned. CT also has fairly strict gun laws, if I´ve read correctly today, and today still happened. Your turn, WaPo.
Time to talk about the "root causes". Talking about guns is just a way to deflect that. When you indoctrinate generations of people in nihilistic concepts and insist there is no good or evil ... you´re going to get a lot of people choosing evil.
Not a single thing the control junkies are proposing would have stopped this crime. The state where it happens has strict gun control laws. They didn´t stop it.
Oh, is it time to start asking questions about "Fast & Furious", the gun-running operation Barack Obama and Eric Holder used to knowingly put weapons in the hands of Mexico´s most violent drug cartels?
Say, aren´t there over three-hundred Mexican Citizens DEAD because of "Fast & Furious"?
We have over 20,000 firearms laws on the books.
I´m pretty sure that murder is illegal.
I´m also pretty sure that 99.999% of American gun owners did NOT commit a crime today....
Go straight to hell, WhiteWash Post, and take your Communist Commander with you.
What they need to talk about is keeping mental cases from being able to obtain firearms. Right now it is hard many times for law enforcement to determine if a person is a certified nut case because of the medical privacy laws. In the Connecticut case it is very possible that the perpetrator´s mother was a straw purchaser of the firearms that the nut case killed 26 people with, as the firearms were registered in her name.
It is quite more than a trivial thought to wonder how the left (and maybe Duh Won himself) ´arranged´ this tragedy. And even if ´arranged´ is a bit over the top, remember Rahm Emanual´s "Never let a serious crisis go to waste." The howls for absolute gun control and abolishing the Second Amendment will escalate. Maybe not this event but another (soon, very soon) will result in the First Kenyan issuing an Executive Order that will eliminate yet another of our rights. I do not think this administration is beyond using this tragedy as yet another step towards the subjugation of our citizens.
If a few of the responsible adults in the school had their guns with them....if the bad guys knew they would not have a shooting gallery of unarmed innocents....there would be immediate severe consequence..
You can´t legislate against stupidity. The mom bought the guns. How about legislating against the increasingly violent and sadistic video games? Could it be that the guy was living out a fantasy created from playing these horrible games?
Thanks, Washington Post, for providing more proof that journalism has devolved into the dumbest profession on this planet.
You fools do not have the very first clue on how to stop psychos from committing crimes, so you want to restrict normal people from their second amendment rights. How would you like us to eliminate your first amendment Press rights, due to your inability to perform your job as a member of the Press corp?
Psst WaPo... I heard tonight that Connecticut has about the highest rating of any state for gun control laws from the (Jim) Brady gun control organization. As clearly described to you by Charleton Heston some years ago, America will not be disarmed. Move on, as you Lefties are wont to advise.
Author William Burroughs once said, "After a shooting spree, they always want to take the guns away from the people who didn´t do it."
Reply 35 - Posted by:
Country Boy, 12/15/2012 7:10:06 AM (No. 9066835)
The biggest single driving force of this violence is pols like obama telling people 24X7 to be angry, that they are victims. Most of obama´s audience (the sane ones) take that to mean they deserve higher min wage, more food stamps, etc. The few loonies out there are encouraged to shoot people.
Since obama has been President there at least on a year of these shooting (movie theater shooting, muslim guy in the Army base, shooting of the Congresswoman in AZ, name a few).
On the other hand, Pres. Ronald Reagan NEVER told anyone to be angry. Don´t remember ever any shooting during his 8 years (except the guy who tried to kill Reagan)
Face it folks, DEMS are a big part of his mass violence/shooting problem.
Remember back in the sixties when this gun control nonsense started with the philosophy of "Saturday night specials?" The left wanted to ban cheap handguns because that´s what the gangs normally carried. This whacko had the top of the line Glock and Sig Sauer and most gangs have more money than doctors and lawyers make. Instead of gun control, Libs need to talk about controlling stupidity but then they would disappear from the face of the earth.
Reply 39 - Posted by:
Mr. Hanky, 12/15/2012 7:29:45 AM (No. 9066855)
We need to start talking about mental health. Another disturbed individual commits a monsterous crime.
Absolutely, so, how good is your gun control Mr Washington Post Editor? can you hit a nice tight grouping? Would you have been able to confidently shot this young man in this situation without risking hitting bystanders? If the answer to that last one is no, then perhaps you should spend some time at the gun range.
What, that´s not the type of gun control you were talking about? Too bad, it´s the type of gun control I am willing to talk about.
I´ve banned the Washington Post from my house, but kept a firearm. I feel much safer knowing I can take an intruder at gunpoint, or shoot if necessary, than swat at him with the rolled-up editorial section.
How about talking about putting God back into the schools. How about talking about actually "educating" our children in schools with good teachers, instead of union protected morons. How about teaching family values. You can take away the guns, and outlaws will still have them.
The title of this stupid editorial implies no gun control presently exists. Try walking into a gun shop with no I.D. and purchasing a rifle or, better yet, a pistol. Then refusing to fill out the necessary papers. I wonder how much these authors get paid to push propaganda?
When people were exploring and settling this country, they ALL had guns, usually out in the open where, when attacked, they were easily used. Now we have schools (soft targets)being assaulted by mental cases or possibly with deadly intent. And the liberal idiots indignantly yell...don´t arm the adults in the school. Best way to defend against predators is to fight them, not to surrender to them.
Reply 50 - Posted by:
save America, 12/15/2012 8:55:43 AM (No. 9067011)
How naive to think more laws would of stopped this monster.From the red haired nut to this guy and all in between,news flash ....these guys don´t care about any laws.A thousand laws would not have done anything.Oh wait,we already have thousands of laws.Laws do not stop any one from breaking them.They just don´t care.
My idea of gun control is a nice tight shot group.
Lib progressives always want to take guns away from the people who didn´t do the shooting.
It could have been a totally different outcome if only one teacher had training and access to a handgun in the classroom. Schools are now "gun free" firezones. A very soft target that any nutjob can shot up.
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