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What Would 'Meaningful Action' on Gun Control Look Like?


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: gun control, violence, safety, society, politics, NRA, sadness, crime, ethics, children, death, culture, law, government )

Carrie
- 612 days ago - washingtonpost.com
In his national address late Friday, President Obama promised "meaningful action" in the wake of the Newton school shooting. The statement left many wondering whether that would entail a push for new gun-control laws.



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Carol D. (108)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 5:44 am
meaningful action on gun control would look like NO GUNS unless you are in the armed forces or police A gun kills
Everytime you give someone a gun you are giving them a licence to kill whether its people or animals etc No one should have guns in their homes to defend themselves thats ridiculous Do away with the guns and you do away of anyone having them and then there is no fear The USA has built up a society that lives by the sword but the way its going they will die by the sword as well as incidents are getting more and more over there No wonder the world thinks America is gun crazy They are not using these guns just to defend their territory Time to change it before it gets worse
 

Jaime A. (32)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 6:09 am
Noted, thanks.
 

John Gregoire (254)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 6:33 am
We can't be draconian and we must also stop the root cause of this insanity. Guns are easy. Ban anything that shoots more than one round without reloading. That should do for hunters and target shooters. If you can't get it with one shot then you shouldn't be out there. Police and military the only exceptions.

Root causes are harder. We might start with a ban on violent video games and movies that teach our young that robbery, rape, murder, cop shooting, etc are acceptable. Then we have poor parenting and I'll leave that one to the experts. Bottom line is we need to stop all this namby pamby feel good sort of leadership and parenting and go back to the teaching and exercise of personal responsibility.
 

Gloria picchetti (286)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 6:52 am
The mother had too many bad guns for "self defense." If she had a dog a few extra dead bolt locks she might still be alive.
 

Arielle S. (316)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 7:45 am
I hate guns so I'd be happy to see them all banned - like that would ever happen. Next best would be what John says - anything that shoots more than one round at a time should be banned - NOW. And chilling all the violence would help, too. What kind of violence have we not seen on tv and in movies? Enough already.
 

Elizabeth M. (66)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 8:16 am
Noted and read. Thanks Carrie. I am in agreement with John's idea that if a rifle shoots more than one round at a time then they should be banned - destroyed. Like John said that should do for the hunters and target shooters.
There are so many guns being sold illegally and countries at war are being supplied all the time.
I like so many others, hope that an answer to this problem will come soon.
 

Nancy M. (201)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 10:30 am
Great question. WHile I personally have no problem with gun control laws, they seem to only take guns away from those law abiding citizens who buy through licensed dealers. THey don't deal with unlicensed dealers of the whole black market.

I had noted a similar thing about the mother of this young man, Gloria. Why did she have all those guns to begin with? If her son was troubled why did she keep them?
 

Donna G. (38)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 12:34 pm
I do not have a gun. My parents never had guns. My grandparents didn't have guns. Guns are too easy to get for those who shouldn't have them. For the average person who wants a gun for protection, why is it necessary to have a gun that is meant to kill a bunch of people in a short amount of time?

Maybe not enough kindness is being taught. I wish there was an easy answer.
 

Kathleen Tyson (2)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 1:43 pm
All of these ideas are certainly worth considering.
But here is where I think the problem lies.
If a person is willing to go to ANY LENGHTS obtain cotraband items of any kind,i.e. drugs,child pornography guns,nothng seems to be able to stop them.
The massacre in Colorado is a blatant example of an unstable person being able to go online,in stores etc to purchase guns,ammo,etc.
According to the school psychatrist James Holmes,(the Colorado shooter) there were signs that he was showing signs of regression in his mental state,but those signs were ignored,had they been looked at more closley,it (may)have been prevented.
Let's hope(and continue to sign petitions regarding the gun control issues)that this latest unspeakable,horrific crime will get President Obama to start seriuosly acting this issue of gun control.
 

Dave C. (213)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 2:08 pm
if you have a gun that shoots repeatedly without reloading what is its purpose???? killing.......

one stop.....get rid of guns that have the ability to be fired over and over without reloading......
 

Lois Jordan (54)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 4:26 pm
Thanks for posting this excellent article, Carrie. I agree with his suggestions for action. It's a good start.
 

Ann Breeden (65)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 7:36 pm
Put a ban on assault rifles now.
 

Mitchell D. (130)
Monday December 17, 2012, 7:35 am
My thinking is that at the very least, we must do away with assault rifles, and automatic/semi-automatic guns.
 

Linda Rust (67)
Monday December 17, 2012, 7:51 am
I say "all of the above", but especially banning semi-automatic weapons and the clips that hold so many rounds, no exceptions, no exemptions for weapons created before a certain year! Hunters can keep their hunting rifles and those unfortunate enough to live somewhere where they feel the need for a defensive weapon can keep their pistols. And the NRA needs to stop fomenting the idea that if we ban semi-automatic/ assault weapons and multi-round clips it's the same thing as taking away the poor hunter's ability to provide food for his family, or to deprive those people living in high crime areas the chance to defend themselves. (A concept open to debate in itself). It's not the same thing at all. And the very important difference between these classes of weapons is what allows these massacres to happen!
 

Mike H. (217)
Monday December 17, 2012, 10:21 am
There needs to be an armed guard at every school. This would deter some of these cowards from going to a school. Hopefully it would cause less people to be hurt when a psycho starts shooting at a school.
 

Angelika R. (146)
Monday December 17, 2012, 12:45 pm
To begin with, put the blame on GWB for allowing the ban on assault weapons to EXPIRE,-you had it for a reason!
Basically, I agree with Carol D (top comment) but I also realize this is no practicable solution.
Perhaps read our German gun law to learn what a law could look like!
Main points are: OWNERSHIP LICENSE, CARRY PERMIT and STRICT RULES for STORAGE in your home!
Also just few weapons can legally be bought by persons over 21.
 

monka blanke (74)
Monday December 17, 2012, 1:08 pm
drop all guns, take care of yourself, don't rule the world with your sick gun laws. America, no thanks.
 

Janet P. (0)
Monday December 17, 2012, 2:26 pm
Other countries have proved that banning certain types of guns has resulted in a major reduction of deaths brouight about by guns. Why is this information not being given more coverage in the USA.

I am stunned that there are 21 million+ care2 members and yet only 32,000 odd have signed the ban guns petition! Don't be fence sitters. Become part of an ongoing wave of public opion that can bring about change.
 

Rose NoFWDSPLZ (273)
Monday December 17, 2012, 4:55 pm
I am very glad that Oz has strict laws
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday December 18, 2012, 12:06 am
I am with Janet P on this
 

Aaron Bouchard (126)
Tuesday December 18, 2012, 10:40 am
Noted thanks
 

Arthur S. (88)
Tuesday December 18, 2012, 10:24 pm
Reading the article was thinking all the time NEVER GOING TO HAPPEN. People that want guns are always going to obtain them one way or another. Personally, I see no reason why people should be toting guns like John Wayne especially in today's SICKO world.

This is a sad attempt by Obama to look good on tv. Empty words.

Janet P. I have seen a ton of petitions for many years and a ton of people are always talking about making a change, but most of the petitions that are on Care2 rarely make the needed signatures that they are asking for. Not everyone is on Care2 for the Environment, Animals or GUN control, they are here to do something else, whatever that is is in their mind. That petition is actually gotten more signatures that most in this amount of time.



In looking though the comments do have to agree with John G. All of today's society is into violence (John was talking about kids games), grow up with that type of SPEED in your veins you are going to snap ~ just takes a little thread to break and it always does sadly.
 

Arthur S. (88)
Tuesday December 18, 2012, 10:38 pm
Typo +++++++ That petition has actually gotten more signatures than...Also, referring to John G. comment it also was pertaining to more than one clip for me. The Capone days left America with a history of violence. Society is broken and broken because it is BROKE PERIOD. DEBT and handouts have created a Society that feels if they don't get what they want then they will take it, if at that time they are denied then off goes the SNAP in the brain and mass killing happens.

I have no idea what in the heck is wrong with some of these parents that can't seem to notice anything until it is over and done. That is the type of society we have parents off working to make ends meet the+++ kids in the mall, playing games, getting high on and on and on.

Sadly, in Newtown it was the little ones that paid the price of neglect. RIP
 

Jason S. (57)
Wednesday December 19, 2012, 5:50 pm
Good posting, thanks
 

Janet P. (0)
Wednesday December 19, 2012, 6:04 pm
Arthur S. I am glad to see that the petition has obtained so many more signatures, but disappointed that so many of them, including me, live oustide of the USA. However, in my case I do have a lot of family and friends in the USA and do visit often.
 

Angelus Silesius (66)
Thursday December 20, 2012, 5:25 am
I am not an advocate of gun control but am an advocate of personal responsibility. Why don't gun advocacy groups form a fund out of membership dues,etc. that is earmarked exclusively for gun education and victims of gun violence? This way they will show they care about vctims of misuse of guns and be an incentive to educate to reduce necessary payouts in the future. I am not a gun enthusiast, but i would personally donate aa modest amount to go into a victims fund if it will preserve rights guaranteed by our Constitution.
 

Technician Q. (0)
Sunday December 30, 2012, 7:33 pm
Government cant control guns at least not from the bad guys. Remember this guy stole the gun from a law biding citizen. What is really happening is that media sells fear by telling you these stories over and over again. It makes lots of profit for the corporation that owns the network by airing commercials. This also encourages or conditions people through a daily repetitive process, causing some who want attention, fame, or power to make that choice to commit mass murder. Then some think they can push a new law because there will be public support for an idea to control guns and limit freedoms. If you give up your liberty for security you will soon find that you have no liberty or security because you are being manipulated in to giving someone else power to control you.
 
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