Newtown School Shooting: Who Are We, Really?

All I want for Christmas is a civilized society.

 I've heard it said that all it takes for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing.
  So in 1998 there was the Columbine massacre...we did nothing
 then there was "the beltway sniper"... no response
  the Virginia Tech  massacre...    nothing
  Fort Hood... no response
  Carson City IHOP ...nothing
  Tucson Mall (Gabby Giffords)... we did nothing
   the Aurora Colorado movie theatre massacre...nothing
   the Clackamas Mall...still we did nothing

   Now the children (and the adults who loved and defended them) in Sandy Point senselessly murdered, with a military assault weapon.

    What will it take for us to stand up and say no more?
     No more assault weapons on our streets.
     No more free access to weapons of any kind without a background check.
     No more school shootings (there have been 31 since Columbine) in our society.

     If our ( so-called ) representatives like John Kline, Amy Klobuchar, Al Franken don't have the conscience and the backbone to stand-up for our children, then I suggest we replace them with someone who will, as soon as possible.                   

  There is no more time to wait ! Now is the time to do what we can. Stand-up, speak out. Tell the President, our Senators, and our Congressman. what you think about this, and what you want them to do about it. Now, Now is the time to act !
 If not now, when would it be more appropriate ? What will it take for us to act ?

   I guess we all have to answer this for ourselves.

        God Bless the families in Connecticut, God bless us all to do the right thing in response to it.

                                 Peace, Jon

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Megan Kraby February 22, 2013 at 06:02 PM
Community Member, we obviously do have differing views on this and that is okay. It is what makes our nation great - the abiltiy to agree to disagree. Would your solution be to ban guns altogether since you state that "illegal guns used by criminals are derived from legal guns" ? The data on owning a gun and it being "more likely" to cause death than not owning a gun is skewed. The data is derived by documenting where death by guns occurred and in what proximity those deaths were to homes where people owned guns - not whose actual gun produced the fatal shot.
Jon Frasz February 22, 2013 at 06:32 PM
Megan, It still says "well regulated". the state also has the right to legislate public safety. That kid in Newtown didn't steal that gun it was made available to him in his home ,wich was my original point , the owner (Mom) was killed by her own weapon. She took her son to the range and taught him how to use it. How about the guy who murdered the nine year old boy in Oakdale, he had a carry permit. How well did that serve civilized society?
Megan Kraby February 22, 2013 at 07:05 PM
I see, it's the age-old "blame the mother" - He didn't steal it? It was registered to him? He was the owner? If the answer to those two questions is no than he stole it. It wasn't his. So it's wrong of a parent to take their children shooting, teaching them about gun safety? What you are saying is that you want to ban guns all together. That is the double-talk that is going on here: "I'm not against self-defense" but the mother "shouldn't" have let her son have access to the gun. "I'm not trying to take away your hunting rifle", yet you want to ban semi-automatic rifles, which are the SAME thing! What is your answer for the Oakdale shooting? He passed a background check - that's what you are advocating for, correct? If you want to abolish guns from our society, than I wish that you'd just come right out and say it, instead of making it seem as though it's for the greater good.
Megan Kraby February 22, 2013 at 07:19 PM
What about the man in Duluth that just killed his roommate with a sword....a self-proclaimed "Martial Arts Enthusiast" - where's the outrage over swords left out openly for anyone to grab? Swords sold online without background checks or registration? These weapons of mass destruction that can kill many, slowly and painfully? Where is the outrage? Where are the bans over this? Where are the congressional hearings and the calls for action? Why is this different????
Donald Lee February 22, 2013 at 08:47 PM
Historical note: As I understand it, the term "regulated" in the 18th century was used not to mean "limited" or "constrained", but rather with the sense of "trained". The "well regulated militia" phrase was intended and interpreted at the time as "an effective militia" or a "competent militia". Also, "the militia" was not a standing army in any sense. The "militia" was just the people who lived nearby. They were all presumed to have a duty to share in the local defense. http://www.guncite.com/journals/vandhist.html http://www.lectlaw.com/files/gun01.htm


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