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Talk Back: Should There Be More Gun Control Laws?

In the wake of two large shootings in Colorado and Wisconsin, is it time to reconsider gun control laws?

Only weeks after a deadly shooting rampage left 12 people dead and 58 wounded in an Aurora, Colo. movie theatre, a gunman in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, killing six before his life was taken by a responding police officer.

The Aurora shooting, an allegedly pre-meditated event during a midnight showing of the Batman movie "The Dark Knight Rises," heightened fears on gun safety only hours after the shooting occured on July 20th. The accused gunman, James Holmes, was found to have mental problems, but had the ability to purchase multiple weapons that he used on his rampage.

While information about Sunday's shooting continues to be released by law enforcement in Wisconsin, mass shootings have dominated the country's news over the last few decades including the Virginia Tech shooting in 2007 that killed 33 people and the Columbine High School shooting in 1999 that left 15 dead, including the two shooters.

Events like these shootings commonly have raised the question we pose to you, Babylon: Should there be stricter gun control laws? Would such laws help prevent a horrible event like these shootings? Are gun control laws of any kind a threat to the Second Amendment right to bear arms?

We want to hear everything you have to say. Leave us a comment below!

Patrick Shane August 07, 2012 at 06:42 PM
Want stricter gun control? View the video and sign the petition! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_hZQPpCJ1M
richard August 07, 2012 at 08:20 PM
yes we need stricter gun control laws. automatic and semi automatic weapons need to be put under strict gun laws. the only persons that should have weapons like these are law enforcement. as far as regular rifles and hand guns enforcement of current laws should suffice. law abiding citizens who own rifles and hand guns shouldn't be penalized because of the acts of deranged persons.
DZ August 07, 2012 at 08:33 PM
Study after study has shown that states with stricter gun control actually have more crime than those that do not have any or at least a looser gun control law. Just think of it from a criminal's perspective, would you go burglarize a home or try to rob someone on the streets if you live in an area where anyone can carry a weapon? I think you would think twice about that,moerhaps that's the reason for the lower crime in those areas. Of course a few massacres may lead people to feel that it's safer if we had stricter gun control but the facts are the facts, areas with no gun control have less crime.
richard August 07, 2012 at 08:49 PM
my previous statement clarifies my stand for people to own normal rifles and hand guns to defend themselves or their property. this isn't the wild west where you packed a pistol and had shootouts with outlaws. and as far as states with stricter gun control laws it seems that the states that don't have strict gun control laws for some reason the guns from those loosely regulated states find there way into the states that have controls. and a majority of those loose states are down south. and as far as that old saying guns don't kill people, people kill people, take the gun out of that persons hand and he can't kill with it. not to many people have the guts to kill someone face to face without a gun.
Chris Wendt August 08, 2012 at 10:29 AM
We have laws that control guns, and we have laws that outlaw every imaginable kind of homicide. That body of laws is ensconced in The Penal Code. The penal code defines and classifies crimes and establishes punishment for their commission. The word, "penal" means: "Of, relating to, or prescribing the punishment of offenders under the legal system." While the Penal Code may serve as a deterrent to the commission of some crime some time, it should not be understood or thought of as being intended to prevent crime. It is there to punish criminals who commit crimes. Think of any horrific murder spree from Colin Ferguson to Columbine to Virginia Tech to Aurora to Oak Tree. Now, grant yourself the power to suspend the constitutional ban against cruel and unusual punishment and devise in your mind the most dastardly punishment you can think of for the perpetrators of those killings. Then ask yourself this: would the threat of even your most hellacious punishment have prevented any of that slaughter? Nah.

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