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? What do you think, Lindenhurst?

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

And today, August 14, an officer and a civilian have been left dead and two other officers and another civilian have been wounded in a shooting near Texas A&M University that also left the gunman dead.

The Aurora shooting, an allegedly pre-meditated event during a midnight showing of the Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises, heightened fears about gun safety only hours after the shooting occured on July 20.

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 today's shooting and the August 5 shooting continue to be released by law enforcement in Texas and , respectively, 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.

So, in light of these shootings, what do you think, Lindy?

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?

Share your thoughts in the comments section, below.

Debbie August 14, 2012 at 02:27 AM
"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?" I truly believe it isn't just a matter of stricter gun control laws, but a more uniform control. Different states have different laws. Make them standard across the states by taking the strictest law and enforcing them across our country. Guns have been around for a long time and will always be something that people want for various reasons. If guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns, and where does that get us? The criminals will always find a way to get them. We have the right to bear arms, we just should know how to keep them safe. Proper laws can help with that. We see how many crazy people end up with guns, but we will never know how many guns we've kept out of their hands within the states with strict laws.
Ariel August 16, 2012 at 03:11 AM
Society would benefits with stricter gun control laws. The Aurora, Co. shooting was just 90 seconds long, and in that short span 71 victims were shot. That kind of firepower is unacceptable. It is understood that you cannot prevent shooting, but you can mitigate the number of victims in a shooting. Start by restricting the ammo clips and cartridges sold to civilians. Prohibit the sale of clips that allow 100 rounds to be fired. Make the max amount 5 rounds per clip. In addition, regulate the amount of ammunition that can be purchased at any given time, and have a database keeping track of ammunition purchases. For those going to firing ranges, the ranges can have clips with more rounds, but they must be returned by the shooter. This way, lawmakers cannot be accused of banning the sale of firearms
vin boccanfuso August 17, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Compare the statistics of death by guns with our country with other countries that have gun control laws. Its scary and comical no one sees the correlation as a reason to institute change. Sensless deaths of innocent victims,especially little kids in the wrong place at the wrong time, and shootings of our law enforcement arent enough? What is? Or make the penalties of shooting at someone so severe theres no opportunity to do it twice.


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