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TELL US: Is Now the Time to Talk Gun Control?

Does the massacre in Newtown, CT signal the need for a political debate on gun regulations?

Before officials had even held their first press conference Friday, Facebook was abuzz with status updates about the Newtown, CT, massacre. The statuses were split between those sending their condolences and those asking if the country would finally deal with the issue of gun control.

Some fought back, asking for respect and mourning before political debate began. Others remained fierce in their belief that stricter gun control regulations would have prevented such a mass killing, saying the victims were shot multiple times and with semi-automatic weapons, according to Fox News.

The guns were not illegal and were, in fact, owned by the shooter's mother. Among them were a semi-automatic .223 caliber bushmaster rifle and two handguns. Those who knew Nancy Lanza said guns were a hobby of hers. 

Should the massacre in Newtown, CT, be the tipping point for political debate on gun control? Is there a need for stricter regulations? Tell us why in the comments field below.

Laura Condon December 22, 2012 at 12:56 AM
"And here's another dirty little truth that the media try their best to conceal: There exists in this country a callous, corrupt and corrupting shadow industry that sells, and sows, violence against its own people. Through vicious, violent video games with names like Bulletstorm, Grand Theft Auto, Mortal Kombat and Splatterhouse. And here's one: it's called Kindergarten Killers. It's been online for 10 years. How come my research department could find it and all of yours either couldn't or didn't want anyone to know you had found it? Then there's the blood-soaked slasher films like "American Psycho" and "Natural Born Killers" that are aired like propaganda loops on "Splatterdays" and every day, and a thousand music videos that portray life as a joke and murder as a way of life. And then they have the nerve to call it "entertainment." But is that what it really is? Isn't fantasizing about killing people as a way to get your kicks really the filthiest form of pornography?" Wayne LaPierre
ForThePeople December 22, 2012 at 01:28 AM
People have been playing with toy soldiers, acting out cops and robbers, so and so forth since the dawn of time. It's not that video games created human aggression, human aggression is represented by things we create. Humans need a way to get out their aggression; sports, movies, roughhousing, TV, video games, whatever it is… these outlets do not somehow make humans mad, they come that way! Need proof? The shooter was mentally ill.
ForThePeople December 22, 2012 at 01:29 AM
Disingenuous Steve. We're talking about banning assault rifles and putting meaningful regulation on firearms. For your correlation with DWI, notice that not all drugs are legal.
Tim Rego May 21, 2013 at 04:34 PM
We don't need more gun control, enforce the gun laws we have. Criminals don't care about gun control they get guns when ever they need them.
wm as it is. May 21, 2013 at 06:07 PM
the number one common denominator in all these recent random acts of mass homicide from what i have read was that all shooters were given some form of antidepressants during adolesence. our children need are time and understanding not drugs and video games.

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