Are Gun Laws A Solution To Gun Violence?

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According to a Canadian lawyer gun laws are not necessarily the solution to gun violence. There is the thought that bad people will do bad things no matter what.

What Was Single Mom Doing With Assault Rifle?

According to a Canadian lawyer gun laws are not necessarily the solution to gun violence. There is the thought that bad people will do bad things no matter what. That may be true, but what gun laws may do is keep assault rifles off the streets if it is made illegal to own or carry them.

In the case of the current shooting in Connecticut I am not sure what a single mom was doing with an assault rifle in the first place. There may be those who will say that she had guns for protection, but an assault rifle seems like overkill to me. If there had been some way to make it illegal for her to own one of these weapons of mass destruction (that is exactly what an assault rifle is) then maybe this disastrous school shooting would not have taken place, or it would have been less severe. That is just my opinion.

Assault Rifles Are Not Hunting Rifles!

There may still be others who claim that they need assault rifles to hunt. I come from a family of hunters and yes rifles are necessary when going out hunting, however; an assault rifle is not necessary to bring down an animal. An assault rifle for hunting is once again overkill. This is also just my opinion; the hunters I have known did not need an assault rifle to bring down an animal.

Just a word of note here that assault rifles are on the Canadian list of prohibited weapons as are any firearms which have fully automatic fire capability, or "converted automatics" (i.e.: firearms which were originally semi-automatic, but have been modified to discharge ammunition in an automatic fashion).

A Note Of Condolence And A Plea.

My condolences go out to the grieving families of this latest shooting in Connecticut. Society it is time to figure out what is going wrong with our children and our neighborhoods that we would sit still and have assault rifles in houses next door to us and have it be legal to own one. Unless one is going to war one does not need an assault rifle.


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author avatar Randy Duckworth
21st Dec 2012 (#)

While I do understand the need for SOMETHING to be done to remedy gun violence, I do not believe banning weapons is the answer. As your article states, those who choose to do bad things will always do so regardless. I mean, criminals have no problem with breaking the law so what makes anyone think they would obey the restrictions placed on firearms? That doesn't make any sense! And banning guns would only create MORE crime, because their illegal sale would become a very profitable business for the bad guys!

I agree that we need to find a solution, but if they really think this will work, they are on the wrong track!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
21st Dec 2012 (#)

I get a feel it is tough to put the genie back in the bottle. But easy access to guns should be prevented - siva

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
22nd Dec 2012 (#)

thanks for is important for pages like this to appear...

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author avatar Robb714
24th Dec 2012 (#)

Guns don't kill people, guns in the hands of people that stop taking their prescription medication kill lots of people. Just want point out that enforcement of current gun laws on the books are down under the current regime. We have all kinds of laws, like smoking crack and pot are illegal but plenty of people still do it. Criminals historically do not obey laws, smoe people seem to overlook that little fact. Chicago has the strictest gun laws and yet the highest crime rates and shootings (resulting in death) in the country, go figure. The point is that most all these people that take "weapons" and kill multiple people are not run of the mill criminals (most have clean records) they are simply crazy (not wrapped to tight) and usually have stopped taking their pills and yet no one wants to discuss that.

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author avatar carolford
30th Dec 2012 (#)

I am not sure about the medications part of this reply, however, I do believe that criminals do not obey laws. I also know that if someone wants to do something like kill someone he/she will find a way to do it. Automatic rifles make it easier to kill multiple people at one time; it is my belief that if these weapons of mass destruction were taken off the streets (made illegal to own one or more) it would be harder to use them in crimes and kill multiple people or children in an elementary school.

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author avatar Robb714
31st Dec 2012 (#)

Well I don't think Andrew Kehoe would agree with you at all. All these mass murders were on or stopped taking their medications, normal people just don't act like that.

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author avatar carolford
8th Jan 2013 (#)

Just because you are a bad person does not mean that you have to be on medications. Do normal good people kill others or commit violent crime? No. Unfortunately the really bad people have access to too many automatic rifles that allow them to commit murder enmass.

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author avatar Retired
5th Jan 2013 (#)

Thanks for the insight, success for your article

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
2nd Jun 2013 (#)

Well thought-out article.
I would agree with Siva that it's difficult to put the genie back in the bottle, and with Randy's comment that restricting assault rifle sales will increase the black market and (which he didn't say but I will) reduce sales tax revenue currently generated from these types of sales.
I don't agree with adding legislation or background checks. Like a lot of 90s bands, the most heinous murders we have been seeing lately have been committed by one-hit wonders -- people who up to that point had flown under the radar. I see the argument that if everyone is allowed to have one (a weapon), and there is the possibility that everyone is armed, it may do more to make a potential murderer think twice than a law ever could.
The only answer I can come up with is this: do everything we can to strengthen our communities and bring people into our circle so that when an outsider (or rogue member) does decide to do the unthinkable, the children or intended victims are surrounded by friends and loved ones who will protect and defend those in need. And that is so much easier said than done, I realize!!
Much success to you, and thanks for sharing!

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