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Tell Us: Your Thought's On Gun Control

Friday's shootings at a Connecticut elementary school have ignited the gun control debate.

Friday's shooting tragedy at a Connecticut school has ignited debate on the issue of gun control.

Twenty-seven people, including 20 children, were killed when a gunman opened fire inside a kindergarten class at Sandy Hook Elementary. 

The shooter has been identified as Adam Lanza, 20, the son of one of the victims, according to police.

Some, like White House press secretary Jay Carney, said Friday "was not the day" to discuss gun control. Others disagree.

Assemb. Michelle Schimel, D-Great Neck, a strong advocate for stricter gun control legislation said elected officials must put public safety before the interests of the strongest gun lobbyists.

“I am appalled once again. Little children gunned down in the safest of places, their elementary school classroom. In a world gone seemingly mad, I have always had to defend my stance in government for stricter gun laws and regulations," said Schimel in a press release. "I urge people to call the White House and their State Houses — and scream out — our children, our children." 

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said society must unify and once and for all crack down on the guns that have cost the lives of far too many innocent Americans, according to a press release Friday.

"While we don’t have all the facts and our focus must be on the victims, this is yet another senseless and horrific act of violence involving guns," Cuomo said. "Let this terrible tragedy finally be the wake-up call for aggressive action and I pledge my full support in that effort."

Tell Us: Where do you stand on the gun control issue? Let us know in the comments section.

Ferbissena Punim December 16, 2012 at 07:06 PM
Hurricane Sandy & Sandy Hook...'enuf' said about the name "sandy"
Kim Teeman December 16, 2012 at 08:28 PM
Why are Americans so defensive on the issue of gun control.
NH taxed December 17, 2012 at 01:23 AM
Chris. You should know that in china's attack none of the kids died , comparing knives with guns just does not make sense
sadeto December 17, 2012 at 02:43 AM
all of those children in China are alive today. All of the children shot in Sandy Hook are dead.
Jemres Poster December 17, 2012 at 08:42 AM
you say that as if stabbing children is ok. as long as its not lethal, stabby sticks for everyone! lets see how many kids we can stab today!
Jemres Poster December 17, 2012 at 08:43 AM
learn some american history. that will answer your question.
Jemres Poster December 17, 2012 at 10:14 AM
the most popular murder weapon in the uk is knives, just as it is in other countries where guns are banned/restricted. try looking those numbers up sometime. also, in most countries where guns are restricted, many other liberties are as well. such as freedom of speech, freedom of religion, etc etc.
Jemres Poster December 17, 2012 at 10:17 AM
im not jim, but im replying to you anyway. id feel awful that someone died, but it isnt my fault that some crazed maniac broke in to my house to steal my property and then used it in a crime. that is 100% HIS doing.
Jemres Poster December 17, 2012 at 10:20 AM
they used to deal with them by locking them up! gay? lock em up. depressed? lock em up. anxiety ridden? lock em up. we even locked up physically disabled people until they fought for rights! i do not think its a good idea to go back to those days. you should educate your own self on the history of mental 'help' in this country. right now, it is THE best it has ever been.
Jack Burton December 17, 2012 at 03:48 PM
You cannot find a gun banner anywhere who can give you an honest, objective accounting of gun owner's positions on issues on gun laws, gun safety, self defense or gun ownership. All they know is that gun owners are "stupid," racist" and "scary"--boilerplate terms that the readers are seeing for themselves. In resorting to such catchall dismissals of opposing views, members of the supposed elite reveal themselves to be intellectually lazy, unwilling and incapable of making the effort of mounting reasoned defenses of their own positions.
Doc Holliday December 17, 2012 at 08:04 PM
People have been slaughtering other people for millenia. The Japs slaughtered Chinese with swords. The Israelites slaughtered Canaanites with swords. The Union and the Rebels did it with swords and primitive firearms. Quantrill's raiders did it with firearms. And on and on and on...... people slaughter for the "fun" of it. The problem is not "guns" or "knives" or "swords" but lack of spirituality and a true love for fellow human beings. I can imagine sone ET's watching us from space and asking one another "what the hell is wrong with that race."
White Feather December 17, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Spoken like a true city feller wearing horse blinders and not enough sense to come out of the rain like domestic turkeys do when they drown looking up into the rain!
White Feather December 17, 2012 at 08:38 PM
Yep, heard all the rhetoric and lies how gun control of the law abiding will reduce violence when it never does. Get a new scthick cause sane people arent buying what your selling.
White Feather December 17, 2012 at 08:42 PM
Wow, so like in England in 1898 when they began keeping crime data we see.... 1898 1.0 murder rate per 100k people, no gun control 1997 1.3 murder rate per 100k people, implemented strict gun control, 820 violent crime reported per 100k people 2010 1.3 murder rate per 100k people, struct gun control, 1,977 violent crime reported per 100k people and no reduction in murders. Sadly for the antis, gun control has never been the reason for Englands low murder rate and by the govt data didnt reduce murders. You can review the data yourself at Home Office UK-Crime & Statistics Such a sad state for the antis how this trend is repeated in all those gun ban countries, even in Switzerland, Israel and such.
White Feather December 17, 2012 at 08:47 PM
You mean like the criminals who torched my dads $2,000 gun safe and stole all his firearms. David seems to infer my father should be held accountable for that theft! Oh thats right, socialists never, ever blame the person responsible for committing the crime! Funny, the government is unable and unwillingly to protect the individual citizen. But hey. dozens of court rulings showing this, as well as govt data showing how police only solve 8.06% of all violent crimes committed each year have no bearing on Davids fantasy. Sorry for intruding David, say Hi to the Mad Hatter and the Queen of Hearts for us.
Wendy Weinbaum December 17, 2012 at 09:02 PM
As a Jewess in the US, I find your comment utterly FATUOUS, D Burris. When people like you too God out of school, they invited Satan in! NOW is the time when all REAL Americans must put our 2nd Amendment FIRST! And remember that America wasn't won with a registered gun! -Wendy Weinbaum
Tony Heaton December 17, 2012 at 10:25 PM
NH taxed, In the United States, from 2007 - 2011, more people were killed with "knives / cutting instruments" than with long guns. So yes, comparing them does make sense. How about automobiles? In the same time frame, 4300 children were killed with firearms while 21500 were killed with automobiles. In a CDC list of cause of death of children, firearms rank as 100th.
Tony Heaton December 17, 2012 at 10:36 PM
The Second Amendment, as well as all of our rights, pre-exist the creation of the country. The founders knew that given power, people would become tyrants. They included the Bill of Rights because they felt these rights were to important to leave to the whims of tyrants. Even if you could possibly get the Second Amendment thrown out, the right to keep and bear arms would still exist. What you are suggesting is government by majority or Democracy. The United States is a Representative Republic and not a Democracy because the founders knew there would be people like you.
Tony Heaton December 17, 2012 at 10:41 PM
Japan has the most strict gun laws in the world. When guns were outlawed in the UK, it didn't stop crime. Violent crime has increased dramatically. Teachers in Israel carry guns. In 10 years there have been 8 children killed in school shootings. In the U.S. where schools are gun-free zones, there have been 323 children killed in the same 10 years. There are 21,500 children killed in the U.S. by automobiles each year. To me, that says spend more effort on automobile conrol legislation and enforcement. Useful idiots: People who acquiesce to powers that be without any research or critical analysis. They undermine their own individuality and are willing to give up their rights.
BHirsh December 18, 2012 at 01:16 AM
"The right there specified is that of 'bearing arms for a lawful purpose.' This is not a right granted by the Constitution. Neither is it in any manner dependent upon that instrument for its existence." - U S v. CRUIKSHANK, 92 U.S. 542 (1875) 92 U.S. 542
BHirsh December 18, 2012 at 01:18 AM
If you don't want any, you don't have to HAVE any. So THERE. [snicker]
BHirsh December 18, 2012 at 01:18 AM
"The right there specified is that of 'bearing arms for a lawful purpose.' This is not a right granted by the Constitution. Neither is it in any manner dependent upon that instrument for its existence." - U S v. CRUIKSHANK, 92 U.S. 542 (1875) 92 U.S. 542
BHirsh December 18, 2012 at 01:19 AM
"The right there specified is that of 'bearing arms for a lawful purpose.' This is not a right granted by the Constitution. Neither is it in any manner dependent upon that instrument for its existence." - U S v. CRUIKSHANK, 92 U.S. 542 (1875) 92 U.S. 542
BHirsh December 18, 2012 at 01:19 AM
Because you can't use your rights to take mine away.
BHirsh December 18, 2012 at 01:20 AM
It's who they are, Jack.
BHirsh December 18, 2012 at 01:21 AM
The hue and cry for a so-called "assault weapons" (sic) ban is a holler in a hurricane. It can't happen. Here's why. In 1994, the D.C. v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago decisions didn't exist. There was no judicial barrier to passing one. Now, it is precedent that a) the people have an individual fundamental right to keep and bear arms for lawful purposes not dependent upon militia service, b) that holding has been incorporated to the states, and c) Justice Scalia (in the Heller holding) clarified what the U.S. v. Miller (1939) decision actually said. Miller established a two-pronged test to define just what types of arms are subject to Second Amendment protection. It held that small arms "in common use" that "bear[s] some reasonable relationship to the preservation or efficiency of a well-regulated militia" enjoy constitutional protection. Semiautomatic rifles and pistols meet both prongs of this test, hence they are proscribed from any government ban. The Heller decision also addressed (and dismissed) the argument that the Framers couldn't have envisioned the capability of today's modern weapons. Just as the Internet has supplanted moveable type, so have semi-auto firearms supplanted muskets. The principle involved in both of these rights is not constitutionally affected by the evolution of the mechanisms to exercise them. Now, this may be bad news to some, but it is pure celestial harmony to others. And, it is the state of the law.
Donald Hecht December 21, 2012 at 01:01 AM
Chris, as the father of a mentally challenged son, it scares me that there are people like you around.
Donald Hecht December 21, 2012 at 01:04 AM
"Jap" is a racist term Doc.
N Keith Kappel December 21, 2012 at 04:53 PM
What exactly is the law that will prevent a criminal from perpetrating a crime? It cannot be done yet our politicians want to stand on the steps and rail about 9 point plans to address gun violence none of which come anywhere near affecting a criminal, a terrorist or a mentally disturbed person. What they will achieve is limiting the rights of the law abiding through further expansion of government and associated bureacracies which in and of themselves limit individual liberties. This is about politicians seizing upon an opportunity to expand their power. Gun control is not the issue but control certainly is. Apply some critical thinking and ask yourself exactly what will any of the gun control proposals accomplish? And stop with the ban guns nonsense - if your pursue that tact you should sue your school district for failing your education. In the tribal regions of Pakistan, primitive people are producing 1000 firearms a day with limited resources - these include fully automatic AK -47's. Any attempt at a ban will simply result in a unconscionable black market to feed the criminal element who will prey upon a disarmed populace. Beware the unintended consequences
DPM December 22, 2012 at 06:13 AM
So let me get this straight. If a person robs me on the street of my driver's license, the solution to combating this problem is to pass another law making it more difficult for me to get a driver's license? We already have plenty of gun control in NY - some of the strictest in the nation. It is both immoral and disingenuous to believe that our kids will be safe simply by posting a "Gun Free School Zone" sign on their doors. The appropriate response is having trained, armed personnel in every school.

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