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Patch Talk Back: Should There Be More Gun Control Laws?

In the wake of two large shootings in Colorado and Wisconsin, is it time to reconsider gun control laws?

Only weeks after a deadly shooting rampage left 12 people dead and 58 wounded in an Aurora, Colorado movie theatre, a gunman  in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, killing six before his life was taken by a responding police officer.

The Aurora shooting, an allegedly pre-meditated event during a midnight showing of the Batman movie “The Dark Knight Rises,” heightened fears on gun safety only hours after the shooting occured on July 20. The accused gunman, James Holmes, was found to have mental problems, but had the ability to purchase multiple weapons that he used on his rampage.

While information about Sunday’s shooting continues to be released by law enforcement in Wisconsin, mass shootings have dominated the country's news over the last few decades including the Virginia Tech shooting in 2007 that killed 33 people and the Columbine High School shooting in 1999 that left 15 dead, including the two shooters.

Events like these shootings commonly have raised the question we pose to you: Should there be stricter gun control laws? Would such laws help prevent a horrible event like these shootings? Are gun control laws of any kind a threat to the Second Amendment right to bear arms?

We want to hear everything you have to say. Leave us a comment below!

Ronnie Gavarian August 08, 2012 at 01:51 PM
What is the point of strickter gun control laws? This has been rehashed over and over, ad nauseum. The people who abide by the gun laws are NOT the people who obtain illegal hand guns. Don't you politicians get it? Making it harder for law abiding citizens to get guns, isn't going to cut down on the illegal gun trade. This is just a smoke & mirrors ploy to take away our second amendment rights. As it stands now, you can barely get a hand gun in some states. Since when does the government have the right to plunder our rights as citizens. Our illustrious congress person McCarthy, has made it her life's work to remove guns from law-abiding citizens. Perhaps if someone had a gun on that ill-fated train, where her husband was shot and killed, Mr. Ferguson would have met a different fate.
David P. Redmond August 08, 2012 at 01:54 PM
You can pass any law you want, but criminals will not obey them, and the federal government could still potentially traffic arms to Mexican drug cartels with little to no consequences on those who did so, like in Operation Fast and Furious. Making responsible citizens less able to defend themselves can lead to increased casualties. The only realistic way to minimize casualties when psychos attack, is to have responsible people able to reasonably defend themselves and others at the time of attack.
Ronnie Gavarian August 08, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Exactly David, and they [politicians] keep using every one of these random, infrequent outbursts, as an excuse to corral the LEGAL weapons out there. And the sad part, is that most people go along with it. Everyone is so ready and willing to give up more and more of their rights, because it is always done so very slowly and discreetly and under the guise of "caring" for the populace's safety. What will they come for next? In light of the two recent carnages, as Rahm Emmanuel says, "You never want a serious crisis to go to waste." Sad, isn't it? I'm hoping for a public awakening in November.
hypocrite August 08, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Ronnie agreed......,.....there was a time when the MTA/LIRR would allow law enforcement ride puplic transportation for free after their tour. That perk was done away with some time ago by the MTA/LIRR and perhaps when colin ferguson murdered those commuters,there could have been an armed off duty policeman to possibly thwart some of his carnage. Maybe mrs.mccarthy should advocate for that perk to be re-instated instead of hurting the right of responsible firearms owners to continue to protect themselves.
Ronnie Gavarian August 08, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Well said Hypocrite - I think I will write Mrs. McCarthy today and ask her that very question. Good point.
Lynn Borowski August 14, 2012 at 12:42 PM
Wow, what fabulous comments! So nice to know there are well-informed people among us. I certainly am not making light of the horrible shootings and acts of terror committed by those crazy people. But, you are correct--criminals and deranged people will always find a way to obtain weapons. You could ban them all, and they still will procure them somehow. (But, please, don't force them to take their meds. They have their Rights, you know!) I do feel, however, that being allowed to purchase thousands of rounds of ammo on-line is disturbing. I am not sure if the madman in Colorado bought them a little at a time and stored them up, but keeping tabs on how much is purchased or setting a limit may be a good idea. (Altho I am sure there would be a way around that, too. Human ingenuity) I know our illustrious Rep. has just introduced a bill to put a stop to this and it just happens to co-incide with her re-election bid, yet again. I just wonder why it took Ms. McCarthy so long to do this seeing as this is not the first incident involving on-line ammo purchases. Such perfect timing!
Ronnie Gavarian August 14, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Lynn, Just as our politicians are determined to undermine our freedoms, I am equally as determined to get the word out there, either by espousing my opinions publically (and I don't care one bit about political correctness) or by blogging in every internet community forum I can find. Our country and our freedoms are at stake. Keep fighting the fight - the liberal media and masses will thank you in the end. Time will prove us right.

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