Well, if he hadn't used a gun, he would have used something else. Not going "political here" at a time like this, but it wan't the gun that committed the terrible act.... it was him. God rest the little ones' souls, and I hope satan had a great "welcome home" party for the shooter. That last line came from my pastor today. I thought it was fitting.
Well, with all due respect, I've lived in a lot of places. I grew up in Detroit, lived in Nashville for a long time as a pro. musician, suburban Baltimore MD, Cleveland OH, Richmond VA, AL, and I can tell you this: it's tougher in some states than others to legally buy and own weapons, but if someone such as this individual wants to get a gun.... of "any" type, they are going to find a way to get it, wheather you and I can legally buy one or not. Maryland has very strict "permit to carry" guidlines, compared to WV where I now live and where you can carry a handgun "without" a permit to carry, as long as it is not completely concealed. As long as the handle is showing, you can carry any kind of handgun you choose to carry. Guess which state has more crime involving handguns per capita. It sure isn't WV. I grew up with shootings in my schools, including my jr. high in 8th grade. Most of what I witnessed was with stolen weapons. They are going to get them, no matter what. I do believe the laws should be tightened up, but if a crack head breaks into my home where my little girl and I are sleeping peacfully, I believe "I" have the right to defend my family and home from an invasion such as that, and so does the stated of WV and many other states. This is just my opinion, and is not meant to show any disrespect to anyone who believes otherwise, but if you take the right to own a weapon away from a law abiding citizen of the U.S., it will not keep weapons from the hands of those who should not be allowed to have them. All it will do is leave people such as you and I completely unprotected.... again, In my opinion, along with many who live in states with laws similar to the one that I now live in. Again, no disrespect intended to "any" of you folks here. I'll go one further. All the "killing games" that my child could have for xbox and all of that? They'll never come in the door of the house, nor does she play them elsewhere, yet she has a fond appreciation and respect for any type of gun. Maybe if all the video games of violence were present, along with all the other things our modern world has to deal with were around back when the Constitution was written, maybe the "Right to keep and bear arms" wouldn't have been included. I don't know. All I know is, the people at my little girl's school probably won't complain anymore about the doors being locked during school hours and having to go directly to the front office upon entering the building. God Bless You All.
The guns are not the "pattern", the DISTURBED individual is. ALL of the recent shootings have been committed by young, detached, unbalanced, paranoid men. There needs to be a way to intervene from a mental health standpoint!! We need to take the political argument of gun control out and look at WHO commits the crime. If he couldn't get a gun, why not a bomb? These are crazy people!!