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The gun (non-)debate

Bluster out-performs any suggestions

This article was published February 18, 2018 at 1:55 a.m.

It says something, and nothing good, about the state of opinionating in this country when a matter of life and death, like yet another school shooting, can't get the commentariat to move from Do Something! to a suggestion as to what.

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RBear says... February 18, 2018 at 8:11 a.m.

Interesting op-ed. It seems to be bipolar in opinion. More guns. Less guns. More security. Less security. The bottom line is that we have too many guns already. Citizens do not need any more guns. There is no way to vet who is good and who is bad. Our nation has the highest gun ownership ratio in the world and the highest school shooting rates in the world. Laws are on the books and, in this case, were followed.
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One simple fix would be to ban semi-automatic assault rifles and high capacity clips. During the last ban initiated in 1994, mass shootings were significantly down other than Columbine. They have been on the rise since the ban was lifted. Other nations ban such weapons or require significant reason and restrictions for owning them, including mental evaluations and reason for need. There is a direct correlation with the use of these weapons and they should be the focus of any efforts to curtail school shootings.
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For all the "reasons" by some in here, I suggest you find alternatives. People hunted without them before their introduction. I did and did decently. Using an assault rifle for protection is pretty absurd, if you look at the logistics. It's time to get rid of these weapons of choice for mass shooters.

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DerbiRider says... February 18, 2018 at 9:07 a.m.

Amazing column. No mention of the common WMD used in all of these mass shootings - the assault rifle. Also no mention of Leecher Ryan's refusal to bring bump stop ban to floor of House.

What we're those words... pish... posh?

We don't need to turn our schools into high security prisons. We don't need to sell more guns to teachers. We need fewer guns and no assault rifles.

The tide is about to turn. It will begin with Republicans being swept from power. The NRA must be seen in the proper light - as an enemy of the State.

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BoudinMan says... February 18, 2018 at 9:09 a.m.

"But few offered any solutions, or even suggestions." You were not paying attention. The 2 suggestions/solutions I have been hearing for a long time: ban assault weapons, and prohibit certifiable mentally ill persons from legally purchasing firearms. Of course, the NRA, er, the repubs did away with the latter provision.

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Packman says... February 18, 2018 at 10 a.m.

Hey RBear - You accuse this op-ed of being bipolar and then proceed with bipolar comment. When you say "ban" do you mean confiscate? You must since you say we have too many guns. Did you say "fix"? Fix as in total prevention? Lastly, can you define "assault weapon"?

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RBear says... February 18, 2018 at 11:03 a.m.

Pack assault weapons have already been defined by the 2004 law. The term ban was also defined in the law. Why should the definitions change?

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RBear says... February 18, 2018 at 12:02 p.m.

With regards to “fix,” I mean aspirationally strive to achieve something better than the current situation which is not working. Why shouldn’t we aspire for better?

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notbot says... February 18, 2018 at 2:35 p.m.

Three republicans one dem, one independent here say, quit yer bitchin and let’s vote. We’re all ready to pitch these tea baggers, alt right, white nationalists out of any party. They don’t belong.
The problem is it is at the donor corporate level..Stephens, Wal-mart, Tyson here locally all to blame with big bucks for Cotton, Hill, Rutledge and the backwater poop we got from many counties they boosted. Westerman and Womack are sorry on guns and DACA, too. No self respecting citizen wants a wall across the southern border of the U.S. or believes that will help anything.

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