Original post made
by Paul Losch, Community Center,
on Dec 21, 2012
What transpired last week in Connecticut was indeed tragic beyond my imagination.
While my kids are now grown adults, I kept thinking about how the schools they attended could have been assaulted by some nut case who shot while kids were in the playground, not even a classroom
I had a conversation with my son, who is an elementary school teacher, about what his school did at a staff level and with the students in the classroom this week. They tried to play it down. Kids should not be concerned about this sort of thing. Teachers and Administrators should not either. This should not be an issue, because we have safe environments for people.
I then heard a spokesperson from the NRA (National Rifle Association) assert that the "solution" to the problem of mass killings is to have armed officers in schools. What BS.
What about movie theaters, where an incident in Aurora Colorado took place. What about a Sikh temple in Wisconsin? I could go on with other examples, and I think the point is made.
I am of the opinion that there is so much disingeuity around guns in this country. Too much hiding under the guise of the 2nd Amendment that makes little or no sense in this day and age.
Posted by Woodrow
a resident of Atherton
on Dec 21, 2012 at 1:41 pm
Jerry - "The Sandy Hook masacre demonstrates the limitation of gun registration"
Yes, thank you! That's why comprehensive gun control needs to be enacted to remove assault style weapons and high capacity clips/mags. Thanks for making the point about comprehensive gun control. Take away Lanza's mother's access to military style weaponry that serves no legitimate purpose! Then they can't be used on her and 20 children.
Jerry - "There is nothing in the 2nd Ammendment that limits individually owned weapons to muskets. There is also nothing that prevents the regulation of the type of weapons individually owned." From another thread, Antonin Scalia disagrees: (Scalia's majority opinion, Heller): "We also recognize another important limitation on the right to keep and carry arms. Miller said, as we have explained, that the sorts of weapons protected were those "in common use at the time." We think that limitation is fairly supported by the historical tradition of prohibiting the carrying of "dangerous and unusual weapons.""
Jerry - "My view is that guns need to be toned down." Yet Jerry wants more guns out in schools and on the streets. Jerry: there are 37,000 grocery stores in the US; there are 129,817 federally licensed firearms dealers in the United States.
30,000 grocery stores
129,000 firearms dealers
Jerry is worried about the government!?! "...to form armed resistance to any tyranical force that threatens it (.. and EPA)."
Wow. There ya go folks. Your gun protectionists at work. It's all about the EPA taking over and Jerry needs military style weaponry to defend himself and the tea baggers from the EPA.
Easy call. With opinions like that, I agree with Jerry, we need a mental health background check on all gun owners!
If you don't think so, let me help you consider it with a list of the kids at Sandy Hook:
- Charlotte Bacon, 2/22/06, female
- Daniel Barden, 9/25/05, male
- Olivia Engel, 7/18/06, female
- Josephine Gay, 12/11/05, female
- Ana M. Marquez-Greene, 04/04/06, female
- Dylan Hockley, 3/8/06, male
- Madeleine F. Hsu, 7/10/06, female
- Catherine V. Hubbard, 6/08/06, female
- Chase Kowalski, 10/31/05, male
- Jesse Lewis, 6/30/06, male
- James Mattioli , 3/22/06, male
- Grace McDonnell, 12/04/05, female
- Emilie Parker, 5/12/06, female
- Jack Pinto, 5/06/06, male
- Noah Pozner, 11/20/06, male
- Caroline Previdi, 9/07/06, female
- Jessica Rekos, 5/10/06, female
- Avielle Richman, 10/17/06, female
- Benjamin Wheeler, 9/12/06, male
- Allison N. Wyatt, 7/03/06, female
If that doesn't help, you can recall 80 Americans died due to guns SINCE SANDY HOOK. That includes at least 4 police killed by guns, since Sandy Hook.
Four officers killed by guns since Sandy Hook:
Officer David Gogian
Officer Jeff Atherly
Officer Martoiya Lang
Officer Sean Callahan
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