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Posted: Friday, December 14, 2012 2:55 pm | Updated: 7:21 pm, Fri Dec 14, 2012.

There are some things in life that when they or something similar to them happen we are left scratching our heads in disbelief, wondering what would have prompted such an action. Such is the case with the morning shooting at a Connecticut elementary school — a shooting that left 26 people dead, 20 of them children.

And we may never know what would have caused the gunman to open fire in a building full of innocent children who had done nothing to deserve such violence. We may never know because the accused gunman, a 24-year-old man, is among the dead. And even if he had survived and were able to discuss what he did and why he did it, it still might not fully explain in any coherent way his motivations.

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  • ksanh68 posted at 10:54 am on Tue, Dec 18, 2012.

    ksanh68 Posts: 190

    The conversation is about sensible gun control not banning guns, attempting to frame the discussion as a ban is a false equivocation. In the wake of the Newtown, Conn. shootings we have to ask ourselves: what do we as a society benefit from the sale of assault weapons and high capasity magazines to the general public?

    What is the purpose of these weapons other to kill at a rapid rate. Do hunters need a 9mm Glock? Wouldn’t a good old-fashioned rifle do the trick?

    The laxness of current controls and the danger it presents is highlighted in a video by Adam Gadahn, an American born member of al Qaeda, the first U.S. citizen charged with treason since 1952, who urges terrorists to carry out attacks on the United States. Jihad Joe: Adam Gadahn encourages American jihadists to buy guns

    “They say that 'Guns don't kill people, people kill people.' Well I think the gun helps. If you just stood there and yelled BANG, I don't think you'd kill too many people.” ― Eddie Izzard

  • Sucker Punch posted at 12:25 am on Tue, Dec 18, 2012.

    Sucker Punch Posts: 67

    Your second post clinched it. Just another liberal religion hating radical. Have a Merry Christmas.

  • sportsman posted at 11:06 pm on Mon, Dec 17, 2012.

    sportsman Posts: 64

    Albin everyone has a right to their opinion you don't have to like it but atleast you should respect it. GIOG has every right to his opinion even if you don't agree with it but does that give you the right to attack him the answer is NO.I don't agree with your opinion but I respect it and won't attack you on it but I do believe that if GOD was in more peoples lives it may be better. The shooter I won't use his name because he does not need to be glorified was a troubled kid whos mother knew of his problems but it seems she did not do what was needed so let's ban the guns that's the answer guns don't kill people people do. I have never had any of my guns walk out the door by themselves and kill anyone.Ban guns and only criminal's will have guns.

  • Albin posted at 7:55 pm on Mon, Dec 17, 2012.

    Albin Posts: 40

    GIOG: How far back in history do you wish to go to get back to that? I'd love for you to tell us all about the "good old days" when there wasn't so much violence in the world, back when your God was in full swing. Was it in the 1940s? Or maybe you'd like to return to Biblical times? Now those were some peaceful times!

  • Albin posted at 7:44 pm on Mon, Dec 17, 2012.

    Albin Posts: 40

    GIOG - Pull your head out of your back end and quit trying to blame this on any sort of "lack of God" crap. Use the brain God gave you and wake up and realize there is mental illness out there, there are guns accessible, and maybe there are real ways of preventing some of these tragic events in the future. Reading your violent old Bible isn't going to help one bit. There's a book riddled with so much violence it shouldn't be read by small children.

    You want those good old biblical days back, huh? By golly back in those days, everyone was all peaceful and happy..

  • GIOG posted at 1:17 pm on Mon, Dec 17, 2012.

    GIOG Posts: 1

    I think the problem is bigger than gun control. We need to put God back in government, schools, homes, work places and most of all back in our hearts. God Bless America.

  • itsmeuc posted at 10:11 pm on Sun, Dec 16, 2012.

    itsmeuc Posts: 633



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