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wolfsden5lynn
"Some words may hide others" William Shakespeare
12:20 PM on 01/08/2013
God, I HATE that picture!
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12:13 PM on 01/08/2013
Gun owners are now blaming the victims of the Aurora spree killings for being unarmed. Why do gun owners so love to kill defenseless people?
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12:10 PM on 01/08/2013
The National Rifle Association is dedicated to ensuring that the James Holmeses and Adam Lanzas of this country will continue to have the "right" to stockpile all of the semiautomatic firearms, large-capacity ammunition magazines, and ammunition they want to enable them to enter a movie theater or elementary school to kill and kill and kill.

In 2014, sane Americans can begin to change all of that by stripping the NRA of their political power and influence.

I urge every American voter to use the news and the internet to keep track of all congressmen, congresswomen, and senators who accept campaign contributions from the NRA, and/or who vote against restrictions on semiautomatic firearms and large-capacity ammunition magazines. Then, beginning with the 2014 midterm elections, systematically vote against those politicians. Keep voting against them in subsequent elections until they are all gone, and the NRA is stripped of all politicial power and influence.

Do it for your children. Do it for your country. Just do it.
12:33 PM on 01/08/2013
The libs yell about this but still refuse to accept responsiability for it. There were theatres closer to where he lived. He went out of his way to a "gun free zone" theatre to commit this crime. The main problem here are people restricting the rights of others to protect themselves. Then blaiming someone else.
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calidesigner
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01:53 PM on 01/08/2013
Liberals and conservatives, anyone with a heart and a brain call out for an end to this gun worship nonsense.
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janereally
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02:08 PM on 01/08/2013
Yeah us libs should have voted out everyone who refused to extend teh assult weapons ban. Lib = Liberty
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wellreadandresearched
Coping with losing my Mom to Cancer
12:55 PM on 01/08/2013
Unfortunately I'm in Canada, and thus can't vote against the moronic lawmakers, but I will be keeping track and posting their names and where they are seeking re-election and sending letters to the editors in the newspapers in their area.
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HellenBaker
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12:10 PM on 01/08/2013
Such a horrific crime. So many families left devastated it breaks your heart. I hope that in some small way those who survived and those who lost a loved one can find some measure of peace from finding out what happened. I have no idea how you begin to rebuild your life after such a massacre and I wish them all nothing but luck with that hard journey.
I hope that all the first responders, be they, Police Officers, Paramedics or Fire-fighters are receiving the support and compassion they need. They had to deal with something that no one should and I think they are often overlooked. They are not immune to the overwhelming sights they witness in the course of their work.
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calidesigner
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01:59 PM on 01/08/2013
For anyone disturbed as they should be by this kind of violence, and traumatized by it, please take the time to inform yourselves of how healing from trauma can be done. Check websites for information of EMDR, Sense Experiencing and Sensimotor Therapy. Locate a copy of Peter Levine's book 'Waking the Tiger,' about healing from trauma and ending the cycle of violence and Trauma Through A Child's Eyes: Awakening the Ordinary Miracle of Healing, Infancy through Adolescence by Levine and Kline. Only when we address both the affects of trauma rather than minimize or deny it, and fully heal AND limit availability of guns can the cycle of violence stop. Mental illness too needs more funding and improvement in identifying and isolating those with volatile forms of mental illness and treatment that protects the rest of society will the cycle end.
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12:06 PM on 01/08/2013
Because of gun owners, going to a movie, praying in a temple, shopping in a mall, or sending your kids to school were among the most dangerous things an American could do in 2012. What horrors do gun owners have in store for America in 2013?
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wellreadandresearched
Coping with losing my Mom to Cancer
12:56 PM on 01/08/2013
That's what I am worried about.
01:20 PM on 01/08/2013
Wrong. It is because of the libs that restriced gun owners from their rights. This guy went out of his way to go to a "gun free zone" thearter. It was that policy that put those people at risk. There were thearters close to his house. He did not choose 1 of those because people were allowed to carry. So it is the policy of those who restricted the people from their Constitutional right to carry that caused this. Just like in Sandy Hook and other places. Will those people take responsiability for their policy? Of course not. They will blame someone else.
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calidesigner
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02:03 PM on 01/08/2013
Bull Sh_t! This is a fantasy that is dangerous to everyone. Denial and illusion is dangerous, it perpetuates this kind of violence and anyone who promotes such destructive, damaging lies needs to have their head examined.
The nation needs to address mental illness and treatment and do far more to limit the availability to guns by mentally ill. No one in the 1700's sent off for large quantities of bullets in the form of magazines, nor ordered mutliple weapons from the internet. Neighbors knew who were crazy and dealt with it.
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janereally
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02:08 PM on 01/08/2013
where does the constitution say "carry"?
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Pakelekia60
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11:15 AM on 01/08/2013
It's very heart breaking; especially, for the survivors who escaped death. The events that occurred last July has traumatized these people, including the police officers who were summoned to the scene. The 12 victims that were fatally shot, this is an event that will always remain with those survivors who were with them that night and also with the police officers as well. As for James Holmes, he really needs to be put down because he's a real danger to society. Forget about mentally ill. He knew exactly what he was doing. This crime had been planned for some time.
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calidesigner
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02:04 PM on 01/08/2013
Though I believe the death penalty is not a deterrent, and needs to be used rarely, in the case of James Holmes, mental ill and aware enough to plan, he needs to be put out of his misery so the rest of us are safe.
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omegas3
Is it an android you are or are you a quasar?
10:40 AM on 01/08/2013
I seriously doubt he carried this out by himself.
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Pakelekia60
R.I.P. Travis
11:09 AM on 01/08/2013
He committed this crime alone and I mean, alone. Sounds like you haven't read much about this.
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Pierre Carrillo
11:12 AM on 01/08/2013
It sounds like you just believe everything the news tells you. Eyewitness accounts as well as the police audio from that night will tell you it was more than one person involved...try opening your mind a little bit.
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omegas3
Is it an android you are or are you a quasar?
11:18 AM on 01/08/2013
I read it. I also heard the eye witness accounts from survivors on the scene minutes after it happened. So i guess there's that.
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Irene Lerner
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12:48 PM on 01/08/2013
If he had only a six shooter, I could see that. But he had smoke bombs and automatic weapons. He could have killed many more.
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The Blue Pearl
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10:09 AM on 01/08/2013
While neither state waiting periods nor the federal Brady Law is associated with a reduction in crime rates, adopting concealed-carry gun laws cut death rates from public multiple shootings by 69 percent.
Allowing people to carry concealed weapons deters violent crime – without any apparent increase in accidental death. If states without right-to-carry laws had adopted them in 1992, about 1,570 murders, 4,177 rapes and 60,000 aggravated assaults would have been avoided annually.
Children 14 to 15 years of age are 14.5 times more likely to die from automobile injuries, five times more likely to die from drowning or fire and burns and three times more likely to die from bicycle accidents than they are to die from gun accidents.
When concealed-carry laws went into effect in a given county, murders fell by 8 percent, rapes by 5 percent and aggravated assaults by 7 percent.
For each additional year concealed-carry laws are in effect, the murder rate declines by 3 percent, robberies by more than 2 percent and rape by 1 percent.
It is generally conceded that immunization of some percentage of a population confers decreased risk of disease on the entire group, not just those immunized – the so-called “herd immunity.” So too, allowing people voluntarily to carry concealed weapons confers some protection on those not carrying – because criminals and crazies never know if the person they confront will be armed.
10:40 AM on 01/08/2013
I don't know. Those numbers aren't enough (8,5,7%) aren't enough for me to agree with adopting conceal-carry laws. Also, children are more likely to die from auto crashes because more are in cars, than they are around guns. They're around pools more than guns and the bicycle crashes are connected to the car crashes.
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The Blue Pearl
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10:44 AM on 01/08/2013
You forgot one: adopting concealed-carry gun laws cut death rates from public multiple shootings by 69 percent.
11:55 AM on 01/08/2013
As a parent that excepts reality and understands I cannot bubble wrap my kids and something that I do not want to happen could, but now you take the guns away and some sick criminal could now stab my kid to death or do something to them and they live and suffer with that the rest of their lives. For myself if I ever fall a victim of a crime and whoever I was a victim too intended to kill me, I would rather take a bullet than be tormented till death.
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calidesigner
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02:10 PM on 01/08/2013
So far, there have been few reports of tragedies averted because witnesses were carrying, either legally or with concealed carry permits. One recent example of two witnesses carrying, and not being able to use the weapons to stop the slaughter was in Tucson. They couldn't even get to their weapons before so many were injured/slaughtered.

Sad that you believe such illusions without evidence. Where are the actual statistics?
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The Blue Pearl
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09:59 PM on 01/08/2013
If what you purport is true then there's no reason to make any additionasl laws restricting guns or licenses.  In reality you are wrong. In fact, those are real stats. I didn't just make them up and one example is the Oregon mall shooting.
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shmroc313
10:05 AM on 01/08/2013
Costly trial? This guys is giulty as sin and should be hung live on pay per view and the money go to the families of the victims! Mental problems or not!
10:04 AM on 01/08/2013
You people who do NOT want assault rifles banned should be required to read this article over and over again....maybe, just maybe something will sink in your head about the innocent being killed by the crazy gun-culture nuts and violent, mentally ill people of this country who have access to weapons of mass destruction, and that includes approximately 85% of the population. I hope everybody caught the rantings on Piers Morgan's show on CNN last night of a gun nut who has over 50 weapons and was/is the most hostile, angry, violent person who is obviously mentally ill. This is what we have carrying weapons of mass destruction.
10:48 AM on 01/08/2013
The disturbed people who get their hands on guns are the problem, not the guns. People are outraged that the NRA would dare to say put armed guards in our schools. Obama wants gun control and yet his daughters go to school protected by 11 armed guards in their school and the secret service. Why shouldn't your kids have that same protection? In the movie theatre, do you want to be the person cowering under your seat hoping not to be shot or do you want to at least try to protect yourself and others with a gun? The politicians who are screeming for new gun laws all have security at their workplace and at their homes by armed guards. They and their families are safe. Shouldn't your family be as safe?
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huhwut
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11:38 AM on 01/08/2013
While I can agree mental health is a big part of this issue,this particular false equivalency needs to stop....

"Obama wants gun control and yet his daughters go to school protected by 11 armed guards in their school and the secret service."

Do you really need it explained to you why high ranking public officials,like the President Of The United States,needs heightened security around themselves and their familes????
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ivlichelle
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12:24 PM on 01/08/2013
"Obama wants gun control and yet his daughters go to school protected by 11 armed guards in their school and the secret service."

That is because he is the POTUS and they are his family! There are people who wish to do harm to him and his family because of who he is. The First Family will ALWAYS have security measures in place... if Obama was saying "Screw gun control!" while making sure his family was protected that would be a different.
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Merton Baggs
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11:10 AM on 01/08/2013
We're all the same people, but of different opinions. It sounds like you're scared and angry, not the best frame of mind to develop public policy. Take a deep breath, take a walk around the block, and come back when you're feeling more composed
12:39 PM on 01/08/2013
Yes, I'm angry -- you would be too if a loved one was shot and killed. Don't judge me -- you don't know me. Read, educate yourself before judging others...and then you go for a walk and get "composed" especially after hearing about 20 children killed/murdered by some nut that has access to assault weapons that should ONLY be in the hands of the military and police. You people have got to wake up. You can't live in a functioning society never knowing if some nut is going to shoot you or your family. You can be armed with a handgun (I have no problem with that -- in fact I'm a very responsible hand-gun owner) but it's no match against an assault weapon and someone in full body armourment. It's the assault weapons that we have to ban...no ifs, ands, or buts, along with gun shows where people do not get evaluated.