56 thoughts on “Let Me Ask You a Question – 2/15/18

  1. By eliminate the easy access to weapons.
    Just look around in our world and see, where there are no school shootings or other huge killings, like there have been many of just in this year in US.

      1. I do read international news daily Danny and already in this year, there have been several shootings in US, but people are so scared to live without their weapons. What about all the wasted lives and suffering families? I don’t get that.

      2. I don’t get it either. I understand hunting rifles, but I don’t get the need for Ar-15s. Those guns are designed for one purpose only-to kill other human beings.

  2. It surely isn’t an easy question. However, my solutions are as follow:
    1. Family life. Sometimes because of work, sometimes because of other things, parents are not really talking with their kids. That needs to change. Parents need to parent. Talk to their kid. Get to know them. Not just provide food and shelter.
    2. Educate kids on the warning signs.
    In this recent situation EVERYONE (teachers and other students) knew he was dangerous. Knew he had issues. SAW his disturbing photos and posts on social media, and still nobody took action.
    Social media should be closely monitored as it often allows us to have a glimpse into what is going on with a person.

  3. if I were ruler of the us..we’d have a huge buyback program to rid everyone of any semi-auto weapons. No mags that can hold more than one bullet..no hand guns at all. actually, I would rather see people go back to black powder rifles only..takes a good four minutes to reload those suckers. The only people who NEED guns are the military and our police agencies. want to hunt? then register with a military hunt club and do it specifically with a rented weapon. or use a flippin arrow and bow. or a rock.

  4. And go into your kids’ room and check out what they’re doing in there every once in a while, at least. You’re invading their privacy? They don’t have any privacy until they are grown and move.

    And do some in-depth background checks. If you really want or need a gun that much, you’ll complete it and wait.

  5. How about this:

    To be licensed to operate a firearm (similarly to driving a car) there would be a written test on the applicable laws and safety procedures, including what the military calls “Rules Of Engagement”, a practical test of marksmanship with the specific weapon being licensed, and demonstrated ability to disassemble, clean, and reassemble it, and a psychiatric screening and background check (including social media activity). And, allowing anyone else who is not also licensed for that gun access to it not under the licensed operator’s direct supervision would be a felony. That would include leaving the gun unsecured out of the owner’s sight. Such a license would be needed for each individual gun a person owned, and the license would be renewed every some number of years.

    Any of that going to happen? Not bloody likely.

      1. No. For one thing, the availability of such weapons encourages the sort of fantasies that some few then decide to act out, and others to buy into the sort of conspiracy theories (of “race wars”, take over by the UN, etc.) that lead them to thinking they will need the things, and to join “militia” groups (As did the young man who did the school shooting this week.) These are weapons of war, meant only for hunting people. A competent hunter really should be able to bag a deer or wood chuck with a bolt action rifle or a shot gun. Somebody who needs a high rate of fire and 20 round magazine to do that isn’t safe to have running around in the woods.

      2. I agree with you Bob and wonder why this doesn’t make sense to others. Guns built to kill human beings should not be in the hands of citizens.

      3. In large part, its the “slippery slope” argument. They really do seem to believe that those they call the “gun haters” (and a tyrannical government) want to eliminate all guns and leave them defenseless. Then there are those who just get a charge out of holding the thing and feeling like Rambo.

  6. “Once America decided killing children was bearable, it was over.”–Dan Hodges.(commenting on Sandy Hook) That is the sad truth. Discussions in the US are back and forth and go nowhere. I am sorry to say that in the USA there are always thoughts and prayers and then…..nothing more. Today I am glad to be Canadian. Sorry so say this but that is my truth.

      1. We have federal gun laws. There are no concealed weapons. I am not familiar with the details. We have people with illegal guns . But our gun history is very different. We do not have a constitution that gives Canadians a “right to bear arms” .

      2. We have a farm next to us in Canada with livestock. One time two Rotweiller dogs got in to the sheep. Farmer and his son came out. Dogs had one sheep down. Son had a hunting rifle in one hand and ammunition in the other. Farmer went after the dogs with……a hockey stick! One good crack over the dogs nose and they took off. Farmers first choice of weapon was a hockey stick. He was within his legal rights to shoot the dog and would have if necessary but hockey stick first! Canadian eh?? 😉

  7. The guns are not the problem. Almost all the mass murderers have been on psychotropic drugs or used them in the immediate past. These drugs have side effects of suicide and violent behavior. They were on Zoloft (several of the shooters), Luvox, Prozac, Paxil (caused hallucinations), antidepressants, SSRI, benzodiazepine, Trazodone. These drugs are deadly!!! It would have also helped if people had paid attention. The last shooter was reported to the FBI and nothing was done. If someone wants to be violent and is out of their mind on prescribed medication they can use knives, hammers and many other things.

    1. He didn’t shoot them with Zoloft, Prozac or any other medicine….he shot them with a gun. Guns are part of the problem. This isn’t happening in Canada or Australia – let me guess – those people don’t take antidepressants – I don’t think so.

      1. The psychotropic medications change personalities. Violence happens when guns are not available, axes, knives, using cars into crowds etc. Our society does not value life. 65 million plus have had their lives cut short by being killed in the womb in the USA. Older people commit assisted suicide. When life is not valued by suicide, a death culture results. Even our culture reflects death with skulls on clothing from infants to older ones.

      1. I worked in the criminal justice system for many, many years. Violence and death bring death. There is many killed by other means cars, axes, drugs, etc. We kill millions of lives in the womb and honor assisted suicide. We have a culture of death with skulls on clothing from infants to adults. Violence in the media, movies, television, social media, etc. We are reaping a harvest of death. The problem is not the guns but how we think as a society. No value placed on the most defenseless opens the way for a culture of death. If their was value on all lives, there would have been a reaction to the warning signs given to those in authority.

      2. It is not the military style weapons but the whole culture. We took God out of our culture and left a vacuum, for the death and violence. We need to value life in our culture not promote death.

      3. Change starts with each one of us. Don’t support violence. No virtual games that glorify killing and darkness. Support life not the killing of innocents in the womb or people that are seen as disposable due to age or disability. No support for psychotropic medications that are dangerous and makes one violent and suicidal. Be a light bearer and show kindness to others,, forgive and don’t hold grudges. Our society has changed much in a short time to violence. It happened with turning from God..
        Of my people who are called by my name (God) will humble themselves (fast) and pray, and turn from your wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and heal their land.” Bible When we each take responsibility and turn to God, he heals our land. Then things change quickly. Legislation does not change the hearts of people but God does when we humble ourselves, change come swiftly.

      4. I can appreciate your view, but I disagree. I quote Dr. Martin Luther King…

        “Now the other myth that gets around is the idea that legislation cannot really solve the problem and that it has no great role to play in this period of social change because you’ve got to change the heart and you can’t change the heart through legislation. You can’t legislate morals. The job must be done through education and religion.

        Well, there’s half-truth involved here.

        Certainly, if the problem is to be solved then in the final sense, hearts must be changed. Religion and education must play a great role in changing the heart.

        But we must go on to say that while it may be true that morality cannot be legislated, behavior can be regulated.

        It may be true that the law cannot change the heart but it can restrain the heartless.

        It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me but it can keep him from lynching me and I think that is pretty important, also.

        So there is a need for executive orders. There is a need for judicial decrees. There is a need for civil rights legislation on the local scale within states and on the national scale from the federal government.”

      5. Yes and can take forever for that to happen. Changing laws can cause immediate impact. I experienced this when I worked for a company that sold firearms. When the ban hit we quit selling AR-15s which means fewer people have them which means fewer people can use them. Simple.

  8. Federal legislation which limits the sale of assault style weapons, thorough mental health checks of people who want to purchase guns, significant follow up on tips of a potential danger, do not allow political contributions from the NRA, vote out anyone who doesn’t take a strong stand. Basically to protect our kids we need to turn schools into prisons – fencing, guards, locked/limited access, metal detectors, etc. Or you know we can continue to do the same things which is failing miserably. I have a 13 & 14 year old in public school, this stuff makes me physically ill. We need to do something NOW.

  9. It’s not a single solution scenario. I support the right of citizens to own guns, but not the AR-15 or any other military type weapon. These weapons were designed to kill multiple people in a short amount of time. Their not appropriate for sport or personal protection. The other facet of this is the people that are gaining access to the weapons. Our ‘president’ went on about the Florida shooter’s mental health and how that was a factor. Yet, his administration cut funding to mental health checks for those that purchase weapons. Finally, we need to call these American-born shooters what they are, terrorists. There seems to be a distinction between a shooter and a terrorist based on their ethnicity and/or religion. It should be based on what they did, not why. As soon as we classify it as terrorism, consequences and the process of prosecuting these monsters will change.

      1. One of things I think they should do besides improving mental health and among other suggestions here is to armed the staff and teachers with guns. These people are left defenseless. Maybe not give guns to everyone in the school because that could be very expensive and to train everyone how to use weapons. They should have certain staff members or teachers go through the training on how to handle a gun and shoot. And keep the gun secured. Getting rid of all guns is not the answer, it’s insane. Anything can be a weapon. We have to protect ourselves because crazy people are always going to find a way or a loophole to hurt people.

      2. The media uses “shooter” when it’s a person who looks white. When the person is African-American or dark complexion they find a stronger word to use to malign an entire ethnicity.

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