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This in Not What They Meant by the Right to Bear Arms

I'm sorry but the gun control debate needs to be dealt with. IT IS TOO LATE!

I know this is going to piss a good number of readers and I want to say in advance that it is not my intention to do so on purpose. 

In light of the horrific tragedy that has not only been cast to the many good people of Newtown, Connecticut but across the globe, we parents are reminded of the nightmare of losing a child. I know I can speak for us all in saying that our weary hearts weigh heavy upon our saddened souls for those who have lost loved ones in today's tragedy. 

The last thing I want to do is use this event as a reason to pull out my political "soap box" but I am having a really hard time to get myself to believe that our nation is not in need of tighter gun control measures. As much as I try to be objective about the whole Second Amendment and the "Right to keep and bear arms," seeing parents being told that their child had been shot and killed is something that I am willing to bet the ranch that is not what our Founding Fathers had in their minds when they debated the right to bear arms. I don't care what side you stand on this debate, this IS not meant to happen and this CAN NOT happen again!

Let's put aside our pride, our beliefs, our wants, and let's consider the facts. Twenty-eight people were killed by a man yielding two guns. 20 of the poor souls were CHILDREN who were killed while in SCHOOL!!

It's not about US, it's about our future. Take yourself out of this debate and look forward and most importantly let us be blessed enough to use our common sense to see that there is a very ugly pattern developing and the number of guns out there is not helping.

I understand that "Guns don't kill people..People kill people." And as my nephew had told me that pointing the finger at the gun is "like pointing the finger at a pencil for a misspelled word." A valid point which I shall respect, however, if this deranged man didn't have such easy access to these guns it was one less option on how he could unleash his rage. 

I just see no other viable option than to restrict the availability of such deadly devices. 

May God hold those he has called home in his warmth and bless upon those who have suffered a loss, a Christmas gift of understanding, comfort, and unyielding and everlasting compassion. 

Mary, Mother of God, Pray for Us because we sure can all use it!  

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Ridgewood Mom December 16, 2012 at 02:30 AM
Well said Craig. I think that most of us feel the same. It has been a horrible couple of days.
Mikka H December 16, 2012 at 05:06 AM
why should i put aside my beliefs? anyone can and will have access to a weapon...it cannot be stopped with any from of what you refer to as "gun cotrol" .....this young man had a deep seated problem that came from shitty parenting, violent video games, filth coming out of hollywood and reality TV that has brainwashed our youth....don't come to get my gun....you won't get it because I need it to protect my family from people like Lanza
thetentman December 16, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Craig nice piece. Yes it is time to stop the carnage and ban the gun. It can be done. Change can happen, women vote, we have a black President and whites will not be a majority for much longer. It is time to take up the fight to ban the gun. The USA has the highest murder rate in the civilized world. It is time to save our kids.
Ridgewood Mom December 17, 2012 at 07:34 PM
I don't deny that the man who committed these horrible acts was an ill and wounded person, but I don't think that it makes sense to think that such people will always get guns to do crimes with no matter how hard we work to regulate. If guns are made less legal, and serious attempts are made at enforcing such laws, then the result will plainly be that there will be fewer overall guns in society. If there are fewer guns around, then fewer person's like Lanza will use them. Lanza was not a gang member from the ghetto nor a man with ties to organized crime networks. He was a boy who took his mother's legal "hobby" guns, which just happened to be lying conveniently around the house. It is highly unlikely that, had she not had those "legal" guns around the house, he would have pre-meditatively gone shopping on the black market in preparation for the event. If such guns were illegal it would have been highly unlikely that he would have committed a crime of such scope, even if he might have snapped as he did anyway.
Cheryl S December 17, 2012 at 09:10 PM
There is NO reason why any home should have an semi automatic assault rifle especially with a special needs kid. I read that the mom couldn't reach the boy mentally and this was the only thing they bonded over....that should have been her the first alert - God forgive her. Home protection is important and I am not against having a gun with a clip that holds a certain number of bullets. But a whole magazine???? No, that isnt right. The only thing that a gun like that is good for is killing the most amount of people in the shortest amount of time. THAT is what needs to be harshly regulated. A gun that can shoot a couple rounds is dangerous but not capable of mass killing. Oh and enough of doomsday preppers shows showing how they will shoot people and violent video games. ENOUGH.

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