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How do you feel about stricter gun control regulations?

Posted by on Oct. 25, 2013 at 8:56 AM
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11-Year-Old Brings Gun & 400 Rounds of Ammo to School -- When Will Our Laws Change? (VIDEO)

by Lisa Fogarty

It's a really bad week to work in a school, and it's an even worse week to be a middle school student or the parents of one. Another child was caught with a gun this week. This time he was 11 and brought it to his Washington middle school -- along with 400 rounds of ammunition and several knives. The boy, whose name is not being released, is being held in a juvenile detention center on an attempted murder charge after police responded to calls yesterday morning from the school reporting that a shooter was in the building. Both Pioneer Middle School and the nearby elementary school were on lockdown for two hours. And that brings the total number of gun-related or incredibly violent incidents involving young teens and kids at school to four -- in four days

According to police, the boy has said that he brought the knives and loaded gun to school in order to protect a friend who was being bullied. It was also reported that the child said he heard voices in his head telling him to kill the bully, but that his plan was to shoot the other student in the arm and then put a bullet in his own head. Holy cow. I can't even imagine what it feels like to hear that your son made this statement. 

School officials became aware of the weapons the boy was carrying after his mother reportedly called them early in the morning to say that she feared her son may have brought kitchen knives with him to school. Thank the lord she was on the ball enough to notice before her child killed someone's else son.

But just where he obtained the gun and ammo is still a mystery. 

This horrifying report comes on the heels of other deplorable acts of violence this week, including the Sparks Middle School shooting, in which a teen fatally shot his teacher and himself and wounded two students, the brutal murder of a Massachusetts middle school math teacher by one of her students, and the fatal shooting of a 13-year-old in California after cops suspected the realistic-looking pellet gun he was carrying was a real weapon. 

At this point I'm not sure what we should be most frightened about: the fact that young people are filled with so much rage and aren't thinking twice about killing others? Or the insane access to guns that they seem to have? An argument can be made that a violent and disturbed child -- as in the Massachusetts case -- doesn't need a gun to kill. I agree. 

But having a gun certainly makes it easier to kill a whole lot of people at once, doesn't it? We aren't going to be able to tackle every child's anger issues tomorrow, and -- frustratingly -- we can't ensure that every parent who legally owns a gun is responsible and locks it up. But we can and should be enforcing stricter gun laws. And we aren't -- and it's just shameful. It's embarrassing and infuriating that gun control didn't become a priority after the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School and it becomes even more of a disgrace with every act of gun violence we continue to witness at schools. The time to do something has long passed. 

How do you feel about stricter gun control regulations?


by on Oct. 25, 2013 at 8:56 AM
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slashteddy
by Member on Oct. 25, 2013 at 8:58 AM
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I'm totally in favor.
Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Oct. 25, 2013 at 9:01 AM
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Gun Control?

With the corrupt administration buying up all the ammunition I believe accurate marksmanship is more important than ever.

143myboys9496
by Gold Member on Oct. 25, 2013 at 9:02 AM
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We now have 2 generations of kids that don't understand disappointment. Everyone plays, everyone gets a trophy for just showing up. Pretty soon, the 1st place team won't even get a trophy so as not to upset the other teams. 

We have common core, which is now passing kids because they can explain how they got a wrong answer. (hell if I could have done that in high school I would have gotten A's in algebra).

They're an immediate gratification generation. 

Schools STILL ignore bullying (I've seen countless posts in CM about this). 

And in many, too many, households moms and dads have to work 50 sometimes 60 hour weeks to make ends meet.

And we wonder why 2 generations of kids can't cope?

143myboys9496
by Gold Member on Oct. 25, 2013 at 9:04 AM
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So you're wiling to give up your right to own a gun? You DO realize that criminals will STILL have guns, and it won't stop illegal gun sales/trafficking? And there's always the old adage: "where there's a will there's a way". 

Quoting slashteddy:

I'm totally in favor.


momto3B
by on Oct. 25, 2013 at 9:04 AM

I am all for it.  

That said, I would prefer to not have to have changes regulated but come from a genuine national interest in reducing gun violence in our country. We have become a "gun culture" not a culture of people who use guns as tools.

PrimmednPunked
by Silver Member on Oct. 25, 2013 at 9:59 AM
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Criminals won't pay attention to gun control laws. And I have to ask why and where that eleven year old found the gun and ammo?
So no I am not in favor of gun control laws. That is only punishing responsible gun owners like me.
IhartU
by Bronze Member on Oct. 25, 2013 at 10:52 AM

 Background checks work to an extent but they don't flag anyone who is going to commit a crime in the future- so maybe yearly background checks for all gun owners in order to see if anyone of them has been seen for mental problems or anything like that.  Selling at gun shows should be outlawed and gun owners should have to have 'gun insurance' and be held liable and accountable if a crime is committed with their guns. Country- wide laws should be in effect- not State by State.

 I'm really sick of those who say 'the criminals will have still have guns' so fucking what? More gun violence is commited by actual law-abiding citizens than it is with criminals. Stricter gun laws are not just about getting guns out the hands of criminals, it's about keeping innocents safe from gun violence as well.

4kidz916
by Gold Member on Oct. 25, 2013 at 11:05 AM
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Quoting IhartU:

 Background checks work to an extent but they don't flag anyone who is going to commit a crime in the future- so maybe yearly background checks for all gun owners in order to see if anyone of them has been seen for mental problems or anything like that.  Selling at gun shows should be outlawed and gun owners should have to have 'gun insurance' and be held liable and accountable if a crime is committed with their guns. Country- wide laws should be in effect- not State by State.

 I'm really sick of those who say 'the criminals will have still have guns' so fucking what? More gun violence is commited by actual law-abiding citizens than it is with criminals. Stricter gun laws are not just about getting guns out the hands of criminals, it's about keeping innocents safe from gun violence as well.

Do you have statistics from a reputable source for that?  I'd be interested in seeing those statistics. 

slashteddy
by Member on Oct. 25, 2013 at 11:08 AM
I am in favor of stricter gun control, not of not having guns at all.

Quoting 143myboys9496:

So you're wiling to give up your right to own a gun? You DO realize that criminals will STILL have guns, and it won't stop illegal gun sales/trafficking? And there's always the old adage: "where there's a will there's a way". 

Quoting slashteddy:

I'm totally in favor.


Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Oct. 25, 2013 at 11:09 AM
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Quoting 4kidz916:


Quoting IhartU:

 Background checks work to an extent but they don't flag anyone who is going to commit a crime in the future- so maybe yearly background checks for all gun owners in order to see if anyone of them has been seen for mental problems or anything like that.  Selling at gun shows should be outlawed and gun owners should have to have 'gun insurance' and be held liable and accountable if a crime is committed with their guns. Country- wide laws should be in effect- not State by State.

 I'm really sick of those who say 'the criminals will have still have guns' so fucking what? More gun violence is commited by actual law-abiding citizens than it is with criminals. Stricter gun laws are not just about getting guns out the hands of criminals, it's about keeping innocents safe from gun violence as well.

Do you have statistics from a reputable source for that?  I'd be interested in seeing those statistics. 


 You already know that there is zero chance of that.

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