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Reflections on guns and the shootings in Connecticut

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Reflections on guns and the shootings in Connecticut Along with everyone else, I am sickened by Friday's senseless killings. I would like to make a suggestion to our media. I know we have to report these stories, but I would like to make one change. Never, ever, report the murderer's name if they killed themselves. There is no trial, so there is no story to follow here. These individuals derive some sick pleasure from knowing ...

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wmarincic
December 18, 2012
7:33 a.m.

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It should be noted that the largest U.S. massacre of school children was on May 18, 1927, 55-year-old farmer and school board member Andrew Kehoe dynamited the new consolidated school in Bath, Michigan killing 45 people mostly children.

If a person has mass murder on their mind they will find a way, look at Timothy McVey and Terry Nicols. What next, do we ban knives or fertilizer? We need to look at the real problem, what is causing this autism and mental illness in our childrem. Is it the floride in the water or the BPH from plastic? How about no social skills because of social media, texting and violent video games?

bostonredsoxfan
December 18, 2012
9:51 a.m.

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The Gazette should close comments on this page.

hodgkins.t
December 18, 2012
10:43 a.m.

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FrankLowe
December 18, 2012
10:56 a.m.

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Bostonredsoxfan, Some comments may be unpopular and some are downright nasty. But people here are expressing opinion, which is how our country was founded and built. Open dialogue is healthy, and can lead to solutions. Lack of dialogue and closed minds can lead to brooding and violence.

duke1942
December 18, 2012
11:29 a.m.

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Finally on Fox News this morning a law enforcement department (I think in AZ) said that they need to allow teachers and administrators, after police training, if they so desire to carry a firearm to protect our children in all the schools. These "no gun" areas are the places of choice for the lunatics. All the political knee-jerk gun law changes will not help one bit and they know it. Lunatics and other criminals could care less what gun laws there are or no gun areas that are designated, only us law abiding citizens care and respect those laws and rules. Also, nearly all of these mass murderers have one thing in common, mental defects. What do the politicians recommend to resolve those risks, euthanasia?

albright1
December 18, 2012
2:08 p.m.

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What is the purpose of designating schools as "Gun Free Zones"? What benefit is derived from it?

dan
December 18, 2012
4:30 p.m.

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A few things to remember- this happened through a combination of lack of mental health care for someone who really needed it, and easy access to weapons of mass killing. While one could use a knife to kill multiple people, it most definitely doesn't fall under the "weapon of mass killing" category as firearms do. To decrease the chances of this sort of thing from happening again, we as a country need better health care for those who need it, and stricter gun laws. Why are there so many mass killings by guns, but very few by dynamite? Because guns are so much more accessible. Could you imagine how much more often kids would be killed if guns were accessible in schools? In last week's attack, a teacher did have a gun. She had an arsenal of them, which her son then used to kill her and 25 others, then himself.

wmarincic
December 18, 2012
4:42 p.m.

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Mexico has the strictest gun laws in the western hemisphere and thousands are murdered every year by guns. Answer me this Dan, why are there not shootings in private, Christian or Hebrew schools. Teachers in Israel carry both pistols on their hips and have rifles in their classrooms to protect the children, if that principal in Ct. ran down the hall carrying a handgun things would have had a different outcome. This is the America we now live and we as citizens have a right to protection, the criminals don't care about laws. We have laws against drugs and robbery yet we still have drugs and robbery.

dan
December 18, 2012
6:51 p.m.

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What do you mean there are no shootings in private schools? Just this year, 7 were killed at a private Christian university. http://news.yahoo.com/cops-7-dead-3-hurt... Or what about that Amish school shooting a few years ago? If you want to restrict the scope to regular K-12 schools, there are three times more public schools than private schools, any public space is equally attackable... whether it be a school (public or private), a mall, or a movie theater. And yes, if the principal had run down the hall, the outcome would have been different- the killer would have had been able to take her gun after killing her.

myshortpencil
December 18, 2012
7:53 p.m.

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Frank Lowe: Thanks for that.

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My recommendation is a 10% federal tax on weapons, accessories and ammunition to be distributed solely to PK-12 schools for the exclusive purpose of paying for security.

wmarincic
December 19, 2012
1:18 p.m.

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Actually that Amish school was not a private school and there were 5 killed, the university was not a private school either. If the principal had a gun the gunman would have died. Again Dan, you are wrong....

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