“The problem is that smoking is inherent harmful and guns are not.
The same strategy is being used with destructive devices and fully automatic weapons. The tax is about 200 dollars. There are 200,000 fully automatic weapons registered in the US. None of them have ever been used in a crime.”
“Yes, more guns in school is the answer. Those teachers we call incompetent at their jobs, who are over paid and shouldn't have unions are the perfect people to arm and train in gun combat. Its bad enough we let the TSA under-educated carry guns, please don't spread the stupid into our school system as well.”
SirenForSanity on Dec 18, 2012 at 15:27:24
“Or address the rising incidence of mental illness in our youth.”
Changeling on Dec 18, 2012 at 15:23:19
“Better be ready to pay them a lot more if you expect "Stop the guy with the AR" is supposed to be part of the job description.”
ljc on Dec 18, 2012 at 15:21:48
yukonsam on Dec 18, 2012 at 15:20:22
“Same principle. The more firearms and explosives you've got in a building full of kids, the safer everybody is. Right? Oh so very right.”
“All the experts agree gun control works, look at the list leaders who confiscated guns Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Benito Mussolini, Mao Tze Tung, Pol Pot, Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez and Karl Marx are just some of the experts who all agree gun control works!!!”
Tony Pepperoni on Dec 18, 2012 at 15:11:06
“And the 12000 people a year that die from guns and their hundreds of thousands of grieving reliatives all agree that protecting your right to shoot watermelons in totally worth the price.”
DocRockk on Dec 18, 2012 at 15:05:41
“Gun control does NOT equal banning guns. Quit trying to act like it does.
There is a middle ground to be had here.”
bellavinovita on Dec 18, 2012 at 15:05:32
“What about Australia?”
Monte924 on Dec 18, 2012 at 15:03:24
“And how about many of those countries where it seems relatively easy to get military grade weapons like the countries in the middle east and africa... They have so much peace and security”
dwilson424 on Dec 18, 2012 at 15:03:20
Adam L Brinklow on Dec 18, 2012 at 15:03:13
“Mmhmm, mmhmm. Also, Hitler was a vegetarian, so, clearly, vegetarianism is evil. Your logic is quite sound.”
DeanAdams on Dec 18, 2012 at 15:03:09
“There are treatments for paranoia and delusional thinking.”
“The problem with this is that almost all magazines hold more than 10 rounds and are never used in crimes of any sort, but this law will make it illegal for a sane, law -abiding person to have them. My opinion is that to prevent tragedy like this from happening we need to revamp our mental healthcare system so that lunatics will be kept in a facility were they can't hurt people or property (which for some reason is hard to do now), and if they are released they will be unable to buy guns.”
KIVPossum on Dec 18, 2012 at 14:41:52
“Sorry, I have a problem using the word sane with someone who needs to carry around a gun of any capacity.”
“School books and bulletproof vests are completely different. These backpacks are rated at level IIIA and will take a 357. magnum and the wearer will be fine.
This company was around and making stuff for kids before this shooting, the only reason you are hearing about it is because parents are worried and concerned about there kids and want to protect them. Is that so wrong?”
“How is this disturbing? People are worried about their kids and want to protect them. Why is that so worrisome?”
leegroves on Dec 20, 2012 at 14:18:43
“I don't see where it's a problem either. It's so sad that you have to worry about a little child on his way to school but I would probably get my child anything I could that would help protect him. I'd get the hoodie too. I'd be terrified.”
Stewww on Dec 20, 2012 at 10:48:26
“It's not really worrisome to me, but it does strike me as being a waste of money. How likely is it that kids will have their backpacks with them in the classroom? Or that they'd be able to effectively use them as shields in a shooting situation?”
hgus on Dec 20, 2012 at 10:11:11
“Yes, when my kids have strep throat i focus on making them feel better as opposed to giving them antibiotics to cure the problem.
Feeling safe is certainly more important than actually being safe.. Especially when there is profit to be made.”
Silverband 626 on Dec 20, 2012 at 10:08:52
“Because Body Armor is regulated by the Federal Government. Not to split hairs, however, whats the diffrence?”
“But Texas has some of the lowest crime rates in the nation, including homicide rates and mass shootings.”
Paris215 on Dec 19, 2012 at 09:34:09
“You live in the UNITED states of America. People move across state lines.. these guns are carried everywhere. ”
Cam Chatka on Dec 19, 2012 at 09:21:23
“Are you out of your atom-sized mind?
Texas is one of the most violent states in this country.
Not for nothing it's got the highest-population death row in the country. We got shoootings all over the place. Just because it's not one maniac with a machine gun in a church or school doesn't make it any less deadly.”
“They are not imperiling anybody unless they are the one who pulls the trigger.
They feel they have a right to because it is they're right. The second amendment say we have the right to bear arms not we have the right to bear a select few arms that Congress says are Ok.”
rgbcmyk on Dec 18, 2012 at 15:29:34
“Actually, Scalia recently ranted that the Consitution is "dead, dead, dead", meaning that it is not a living document. He argues that we should interpret it based on what the authors understood and intended at the time. For example, he argues that the 14th amendment applies only to protect blacks, not women, because that is what was in the minds of the framers of that amendment.
So by extension of that logic, the 2cd amendment only protects arms that were envisioned at the time. It is safe to say that the framers did not envision assault weapons.
If you say hogwash then take the argument in the other direction. Should people be able to bear any type of arms whatsoever? Hand grenades. Tactical nuclear weapons.
“Connecticut has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation and it didn't help. In Texas they have a strong gun culture, the majority of people are armed and they have no problems with tragedies like this.
Could you please explain your reasoning?”
The Sky is falling Down on Dec 18, 2012 at 15:23:50
“Luby's restaurant massacre 1991. 23 people dead, 20 wounded. The gunman drove his truck in Luby's cafeteria and began shooting. It was the deadliest massacre until Virginia Tech. He used a Glock and a Ruger P89.”
bcinbigd on Dec 18, 2012 at 15:22:11
“I've lived in Texas a long time. Long enough to recall the Tower Sniper. Lots of people have guns, it's true. And a lot of Texans still wish for the good ol' days and the open range. But reality is creeping up, even here, and the gun culture you describe is part of a useless nostalgia that no longer has much relevance.”
Equinos11 on Dec 18, 2012 at 14:59:59
“No shootings in Texas? None ever more than one?”
Randyman5 on Dec 18, 2012 at 14:48:35
“The legislative response needs to be nationwide and SEVERE. 50 years mandatory imprisonment for possessing a gun without proper authority. Repeal the second amendment and put another in its place that makes obtaining and owning a gun as difficult as getting an MD degree.”
Randyman5 on Dec 18, 2012 at 14:47:30
“Sure. State laws are jokes because I can walk across a state border with a suitcase full of AK-47s. Got it?
In Texas people don't care about massacres of children because people in Texas do not value life. Everything there is a commodity... it is the most materialistic, venal society on planet earth.. .and I've been all over this planet. There is no place worse than Texas. Sure humans can live like the animals in Texas, but I prefer a more civilized approach to life. I'd rather live in London than in war torn Congo. That's just me. I'm sure you'd love the Congo where EVERYONE carries and AK-47, and the life expectancy is 38 years old. That's your thing, not mine.”
“The founding fathers actually put in the second amendment so we could protect ourselves from ANY power-hungry and abusive government.”
RealWorried on Dec 18, 2012 at 15:16:38
“You are so right - but it is not our government that is abusive it is political parties and power hungry wealthy people that want to subjugate us by distroying our freedoms and our ability to make choices. If they control the moneys andthe press what freedom will we have?”
Boo2You2 on Dec 18, 2012 at 15:05:39
“I'm looking for that well regulated militia. Any ideas?”
bcinbigd on Dec 18, 2012 at 15:01:53
“How about power-hungry and abusive, money-grubbing corporations. Like the ones making the guns?”
Kemo Sahbee on Dec 18, 2012 at 14:49:50
“And in the past 240 yrs can you name when was that amendment used against our "power hungry and abusive" govt? If you can't, then I have to assume that same govt isn't power hungry and abusive enough.”
yemaya on Dec 18, 2012 at 14:49:37
“IN 1791 When the deadliest weapon was A MUSKET.
We also had laws back then where only white dudes w/land were the only ones who could vote.
Robin McStay on Dec 18, 2012 at 14:49:20
“There is no weapon available to you that will protect you from our government's military capacity. Remember Waco? The government can firebomb you in your home.”
klemicktjk on Dec 18, 2012 at 14:47:25
“Like the republicans? LOL ! Just kidding !”
NoMittens on Dec 18, 2012 at 14:45:15
When it was written WHO was the abusive government?
“What about Switzerland? Just about everybody there is armed and they have no problems at all with this sort of thing.”
MsField on Dec 18, 2012 at 16:35:19
“Once a swiss man has fulfilled his military service he can keep his gun. But the rifle is sent to the weapons factory where the fully automatic function is removed and then returned. Also, In October 2007, the Swiss Federal Council decided that the distribution of ammunition to soldiers shall stop and that all previously issued ammo shall be returned. By March 2011, more than 99% of the ammo has been received. Only special rapid deployment units and the military police still have ammunition stored at home today. So it is definitely more regulated there than here in the US.”
DTree on Dec 18, 2012 at 15:11:32
“Take a look at the per capita gun rate, and you'll see where Switzerland and the USA are different. It's about odds. Statistical probability.”
hoy156 on Dec 18, 2012 at 14:43:28
“Armed, but without full access to ammo; possession of which is highly regulated by elected government”
“Bulletproof vests are A. not 100% bullet proof B. the force is often transferred resulting in broken ribs and internal bleeding C. they are heavy and extremely hot. It is almost impossible to teach effectively or be comfortable D. They take 5 to 10 minutes to put on and adjust for optimal protection.
Repeated shots will result in death. It is faster and more functional to have a "panic cabinet" with a alarm attached that will alert law enforcement. Inside the cabinet will be a Intruder G2 ballistic shield and a handgun, all teachers will have mandatory range time with the shield and "shooter drills" along with the fire drills this will allow for the teacher to be protected know there equipment and if worst comes to worst eliminate or at least subdue a shooter. Gun safety classes would also be required for all students.”
Katanbrown on Dec 18, 2012 at 08:02:31
“Well...regardless...statistically speaking we learned from this incident that when 3 totally defenseless adults run at a shooter 2 die and one gets wounded. We also learn that when schools wait for authorities with adequate response time almost 2 first grade classes were killed...so shield, vest, classes, no...apparently SOMETHING, ANYTHING has to be better than NOTHING at all.”