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31 minutes - the time between a shooting and people politicizing it (today's CA school shooting)

For those who hadn't heard, 2 people were wounded today by a school shooter. It was originally reported by the crack journalists that cover such stories that both were dead, but quickly they had to reverse themselves, since one refused treatment and walked away, and the other is currently being treated at the hospital.

It took, on average, 31 minutes for people to start commenting on the assorted news stories about this shooting, screaming that we need more/tougher gun laws. Most of them seemed oblivious to the fact that CA is among the states with the toughest gun laws on the books already.  The Brady campaign even considers them the toughest of all.

So, knowing that the shooter is in custody, the death toll is zero, and that this event has ended about as well as can be expected short of the shooter being aprehended before getting a shot fired, what exactly are these "tougher" gun laws going to accomplish?

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NotPanicking

Asked by NotPanicking at 1:50 PM on Jan. 10, 2013 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Furthering people's carefully crafted illusion of safety from random events.
    Ballad

    Answer by Ballad at 1:53 PM on Jan. 10, 2013

  • Excellent question! I'm not sure any tougher laws are going to make a difference. Law breakers break laws. Whatever changes are made to the laws will just mean different laws will be broken. The problem is not going to be solved by tougher gun laws, if it were we wouldn't be seeing these tragedies in states with the toughest laws like CA and CT.
    tessiedawg

    Answer by tessiedawg at 1:55 PM on Jan. 10, 2013

  • I'm still waiting for people to start demanding laws against large sharp knives, or any sharp object for that matter. Considering people get stabbed to death all the time.
    sahmamax2

    Answer by sahmamax2 at 2:05 PM on Jan. 10, 2013

  • Wow. That long?
    QuinnMae

    Answer by QuinnMae at 3:06 PM on Jan. 10, 2013

  • its pathetic, I just posted a thing on FB about a deputy who isnt getting national coverage from stopping a school shooting! Nope we are not going to publicize that it would would make people rethink thier stand on gun control and having police at school etc.

    it is sad that it took that long for this to break today and it didnt even get a ticker on the tv......pisses me off!
    luvmygrandbaby

    Answer by luvmygrandbaby at 3:11 PM on Jan. 10, 2013

  • Sooooo....those tougher gun laws aren't really working???? Hmmmmm...who woulda thought.....

    yourspecialkid

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 3:15 PM on Jan. 10, 2013

  • We have tough laws regarding drug use. Anyone notice a decrease in the number of drug addicts? We have laws regarding speeding. Anyone notice people no longer speeding? How about drunk driving? Nope? Well somehow I don't think that more laws on gun control is going to stop people intent on killing someone anymore then the laws against these other things have stopped people from breaking them.
    baconbits

    Answer by baconbits at 3:17 PM on Jan. 10, 2013

  • I'm interested to see how many criminals turn over their illegal weapons when any ban goes into effect.
    QuinnMae

    Answer by QuinnMae at 3:19 PM on Jan. 10, 2013

  • Didn't there used to be a day when journalists had integrity & would never go to print or go to air, without having all the facts? What about all the attention these stories get. Some of these sickos out there crave their 15 mins (or more) no matter what way they have to get it. How about never mentioning their names in the story. Just say a 20 y/o male from CT was the gunman. Don't allow the bastard to get their glory. As far as the gun control issue, well, obviously it's worked so well for them so far, so... {sarcasm}  But thankfully this did not turn out to be worse. 

    mrsmom110

    Answer by mrsmom110 at 3:44 PM on Jan. 10, 2013

  • This was also a shotgun. I wonder if they will try to include those in their assault weapons ban as well.
    QuinnMae

    Answer by QuinnMae at 6:25 PM on Jan. 10, 2013

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