On Sunday’s broadcast of ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” Washington Post columnist George Will claimed that strict gun control laws often do not prevent determined killers from committing deadly mass-shootings. “In 1996, a man went into a gym class in Scotland, [and] killed sixteen 5-and 6-year-olds and the teacher,” Will said. “A few years ago in Norway, a young, deranged, young man killed, what, 69 people on an island, mostly teenagers. Connecticut has among the toughest gun laws in this country. Didn’t help.
Comments: A rarely cited fact in the wake of this tragedy
one thing i´d like liberals to explain. let´s assume the supreme court decided the second amendment doesn´t matter and guns are banned. how would the removal of guns be accomplished. first they do something like "all guns need to be turned in during the month of january. of course they´d get a number of guns, but how would they know if they got them all? so, the next thing they´d do would be to supoena the nra membership rolls and every state´s list of gun registrations. they would then go and confiscate those. still, not everyone registers their guns. gang bangers for example. to liberals though, minorities are sacred cows and so gangbangers won´t be touched. liberals will assume that every gangbanger in the country was a good citizen and turned in their weapons. every subsequent shooting will be termed an aberration. and so the criminals will have guns; the citizens will have none and liberals will pat each other on their backs that 50 million weapons have been taken off the street
If laws to prevent gun ownership...or the right to keep said legally owned gun on one´s person...really worked then there wouldn´t be any murders in Chicago, Washington DC or New York City...what´s that??
The South Side of Chicago has a Denver, CO theater or a Newtown CT school twice a month and has for years despite some of the strictest gun laws on the books??
Hallelujah, someone from a major network "gets it". The school attack in China over the weekend proves that a severely, mentally ill person will use whatever weapon is convenient. Both parties MUST get serious about confining and treating the severely menatally ill. They should also throw in a "No-Buy" database for all people on psycho-active drugs.
One such killer in the past 40 years in Norway and one in Scotland - versus how many in the U.S.? Sure, the US population is higher, but if you added up the mass murders in the US as a percentage of the population, it would still be far higher than in these other countries.
No, gun laws won´t stop every single case...but they will stop some. And that means lives saved. Seat belts didn´t end traffic deaths, but they greatly reduced them. There are plenty of ways to reduce access to the seriously mentally ill population without taking away the overall right to guns by the general population. For example, require evidence of a gun safety class within 5 years before a purchase.
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