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On Newtown, Mourn First, Then Act

Dave8528 Wrote: Dec 19, 2012 2:24 PM
I think Mr. Goldberg has it partially right. I disagree with more gun laws, this wouldn't stop tragedies like this from happening. The other part, dealing with the mentally ill who may resort to violence is what's needed in this country. Too few mental institutions, many of these mentally ill on the street need treatment in mental hospitals. They need help and some people, like this murderer, needs treatment and needed to be in a mental institution and not out on the street. Also the media and video game manufacturers, need to be more responsible. Fewer violent video games and fewer violent movie and tv shows would help too.
James2517 Wrote: Dec 19, 2012 2:33 PM
Gun laws would have easily stopped this tragedy. He shot with a gun legally obtained by his mother with whom he lived using ammo magazines that should not be legal. His mother should have been denied a gun permit because she lived with a mentally unstable child. She acknowledged as much yet did not take steps to keep the guns from her child. She lived by the sword and ultimately died by it.
Andy544 Wrote: Dec 19, 2012 3:17 PM
Before you attempt to 'quote' Scripture, it might help if you actually UNDERSTOOD it (not to mention BELIEVE it, and put it into PRACTICE in your life...which, I am fairly confident, you do NEITHER).
When JESUS CHRIST (Savior of the world, and Judge off all) made the statement, "All those who live by the sword shall perish by the sword" (Matthew 26:52) He was talking about those who LIVE their lives by the 'sword' using force and oppression to extort from, cheat, threaten and dominate others. The Mafia would be a case in point. Jesus Himself told His disciples to 'take a sword' for self-protection (Luke 22:36).
Andy544 Wrote: Dec 19, 2012 3:22 PM
To equate this poor woman, who exercized poor judgement and pathetically attempted to 'bond' with an unstable child by purchasing a firearm and instructing him in its use (and failing to secure the firearm in a safe place out of his reach) with those who 'live by the sword will die by it' not only demonstrates a total lack of Bible understanding, it is also a HEARTLESS and stupid remark!
Woody34 Wrote: Dec 19, 2012 4:20 PM
Laws, gun or otherwise, do not prevent evil criminal acts. Theft is illegal (he stole the guns and his mother's car). Murder is illegal ( he killed 20 children and at least 8 adults). carrying a gun onto school premises is illegal in CT (that didn't seem to matter to him either) - Now, James, explain how a law served, or would serve, to protect any one of the victims. Or would you prefer to shift the murderer's guilt over to his mother and the inanimate objects he used to perpetrate his actions?
samplin Wrote: Dec 19, 2012 8:23 PM
The day I confiscated a sawed off shotgun in my classroom, the student possessor's mother asked me in all seriousness, "Where did he get the gun?"

James, have you read? Do you really know if Mrs. Lanza had the guns out and available to her son.

This was a very sick individual. We don't know the whole story yet.

On Friday, in his moving and heartfelt statement in response to the horrific shooting in Newtown, Conn., President Obama said, "As a country, we have been through this too many times. ... And we're going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics."

There's just one problem: In a democracy, politics is a synonym for "democracy." It is through politics that people with strong feelings and strong interests peaceably hash out their disagreements. When politicians say they want to do something regardless of the politics, or that they want...