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How Do We Stop All This Gun Violence?

The second worst school shooting in U.S. history, a shooting at a Portland mall, and a report of a man's threats to kill Muslims in a Fremont mosque bring the question to light.

It is being called the second-worst school shooting in U.S. history, second only to the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre that took 32 lives. A man with several guns entered Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut and killed 27 people, including 20 children.

"THIS IS THE PRICE FOR THE 2ND AMENDMENT. CAN WE FIND THE COURAGE TO AMEND IT NOW THAT WE SEE THE PRICE?" posted a commenter on the NBCConnecticut.com website.

Within four minutes, another commenter responded: "The 2nd Amendment will never be amended and we should never get rid of it. Its (sic) for law abiding citizens to protect themselves, criminals will always find a way to access guns regardless of the 2nd Amendment."

With tears in his eyes, President Obama addressed the nation. "As a country, we have been through this too many times."

“No more weasly words of ‘comfort’ Mr. President. This is the latest, and worst, gun outrage on your watch. Time to act,” tweeted Piers Morgan

A White House spokesman was asked if it was time for a gun control debate in Congress. “I think that day will come, but today’s not that day," said White House spokesman Jay Carney.

“Too soon to speak out about a gun-crazy nation? No, too late,” tweeted filmmaker Michael Moore. “At least THIRTY-ONE school shootings since Columbine.” 

“I am disgusted by those who want to get into the politics of today’s violence. Shame on Michael Moore & MSNBC,” tweeted one-time GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain.

Five months ago, a shooting in Aurora, Colorado claimed 12 lives and wounded dozens more.

A few days days ago, a hospice nurse and a youth coach who were both killed in a shooting at a mall outside of Portland.

A few days ago, the Mercury News reported that on Wednesday a man entered a Fremont mosque and shouted that he was armed and was going to shoot worshipers there. The white man entered the mosque during a prayer time, claimed he had a gun, and said he wanted to shoot everyone.

The Merc reported that the man was confronted by a worshiper and escorted out, where he drove away.

Hours after the Connecticut tragedy, the National Rifle Association website mentioned nothing of the shooting on its website; its 'Top Story' was Homefront Hugs USA Urgest Volunteers to Make a Difference in a Soldier's Life and its 'NRA News Update: Today's latest breaking news and headlines' spoke of a Michigan ruling allowing gun owners with extra training to be able to carry concealed weapons in places such as schools and churches.

Do we have a facsimile to the 'fiscal cliff' here, a 'weapons cliff,' where there will never be the likelihood of compromise, where advocates on both sides of the gun control issue will draw their line in the sand and never cross? As long as the 2nd Amendment remains unchanged, is gun violence inevitible?

Tell us in the comments below. 

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stephen schwindt December 18, 2012 at 01:10 AM
Let me be clear on this. I am not advocating the confiscation of all guns. after all, our colonial forefathers depended on their guns to put meat on the table. There is today a large contingency of sportsmen in america who's licensing fees help fund the management of our indigenous wildlife. Of course the guns appropriate to the sportsman should remain available to the citizenry. Fully automatic weapons are illegal for taking game. Some semi-automatic weapons are legal if their magazine holds no more than 5 rounds (shotguns 3). Any guns that do not fall into this category should not be available to the general public. And christine, you and your AR-15 are darn sure not capable of protecting me from my government. That's what the ballot box is for.
DavethePragmatist December 18, 2012 at 06:19 AM
Why does the NRA continue to remain silent? Can't they hold their heads high and come out to say what has happened is a tragedy and that a ban on assault weapons is justififed? Because they are cowards, true cowards. The American voice is much more powerful than a semi-automatic assault rifle - and it always will be. The writers of the 2nd Amendment DID NOT envision that this so-called "freedom" would be taken hostage by the selfish right wing fringe of society. They never envisioned the killing of so many citizens young and old in the public arena. Keeping a militia armed to help defend the country is what they had in mind. When will the right wing extremists finally recognize this? I hope that time has come.
T.Sprocket December 18, 2012 at 08:43 PM
Dave for the very same reason that after we were hit on 9/11 by terrorists many sat quietly out of respect and in order to let the warranted fervor settle down. Were those that were opposed to rushing in to Afghanistan "cowards"? As you know, it is never wise to make rash decisons when very upset over something as emotionally charged and horrific as the events in Newton.
DavethePragmatist December 18, 2012 at 10:04 PM
The NRA is quiet because of "respect'? You have got to be kidding. Ban Assault rifles, ban quick load magazines, make all gun show sales contingent on background checks. What is rash about that!!! The NRA should be the FIRST in line to "man up" and become part of a civilized society!
Karen Dionne December 18, 2012 at 10:32 PM
Hear, hear, Dave. Let's move to action while everyone's feelings are still raw, people still care and have not forgotten the massacre, as has happened with all past massacres. Just how many people have to die before guns are highly regulated and less attainable to every Tom, Dick and Harry?

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