Is Now the Time to Talk Gun Control?

Does the massacre at Newtown, Conn., signal the need for a political debate on gun regulations?


Before officials had even held their first press conference Friday, Facebook was abuzz with status updates about the Newtown, Conn., massacre. The statuses were split between those sending their condolences and those asking if the country would finally deal with the issue of gun control.

Some fought back, asking for respect and mourning before political debate began. Others remained fierce in their belief that stricter gun control regulations would have prevented such a mass killing, saying the victims were shot multiple times and with semi-automatic weapons, according to Fox News.

The guns were not illegal and were, in fact, owned by the shooter's mother. Among them were a semi-automatic .223 caliber bushmaster rifle and two handguns. Those who knew Nancy Lanza said guns were a hobby of hers. 

Should the massacre in Newtown, Conn., be the tipping point for political debate on gun control? Is there a need for stricter regulations? Tell us why in the comments.

QET December 18, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Gun control has been talked about non-stop for years. The fundamental obstacle to people who feel that guns have no place in modern society is the 2nd Amendment. If supporters of gun control truly believe that now is the right moment to exploit the high emotion over Newtown and enact more restrictive controls, then they should devote their considerable energies to repealing the 2nd Amendment. Then, there would be absolutely no question that government could regulate guns in whatever manner it chooses, including outright bans. Of course, even the most ardent supporter of controls realizes that if you ask the American people en masse to eliminate a Constitutional right that has been present since inception, they are likely to reject such an attempt. In fact, the entire reason for that amendment and the others in the Bill of Rights is precisely to protect the right of the people from infringement in times of high dudgeon in the majority, like now. But still, if supporters truly feel that a majority of Americans not merely demand, but really most sincerely demand, greater governmental restrictions or even outright bans on guns, then they should approach the problem rationally by working to get the main impediment--the 2nd Amendment--out of the way.
SkimThreePercent December 18, 2012 at 06:30 PM
These guns were already regulated. The owner failed to secure them as required by existing law and let a relative known to be insane have full access to them.
QET December 18, 2012 at 06:50 PM
You know that, and I know that, but all that the very frightened people out there see are scary-looking guns and they want them made to go away by somebody.
Sam Based December 19, 2012 at 02:47 AM
Now is the time to stock up on firearms for sure...


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