Ban assault weapons now

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In light of the unspeakable tragedy that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School this past Friday, only one thing is maddeningly clear: those children are not coming back.

This is the part of the events that cannot be changed.

The part, however, we can affect is what to do now. For that, we have a choice to make: do nothing, or speak out.

I plead with you to speak out.

Talk to your friends and neighbors. Contact your elected officials. Participate in blogs. Write to the newspaper.

It is time to immediately reinstate a national ban on assault weapons.

If we cannot agree on this type of common sense issue, what kind of society are we?

Tom Jacobs
Riverside

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Horsepower from Chicago  

Posted: December 20th, 2012 8:52 PM

These pathetic people who know zero about firearms are always screaming ban-ban-ban! A firearm is suddenly "scary" because it has an extra grip or is black instead of having wood stocks? Look at Chicago and it's firearms ban. Well onit's way to the highest murder rate in the nation. That should tell these mental slugs that banning a firearm only makes criminals of law abiding gun owners. Special thanks to Rahm Emanuel for keeping up King Daley's tradition of not "allowing" the people to be armed

Joe  

Posted: December 19th, 2012 6:27 PM

It's not the guns stupid, it's the stupid with guns. The mother stated never turn your back on Adam to a sitter, she knew what he was capable of, yet decided to teach him how to handle the guns to teach him responsibility? The apple doesn't fall far from the tree. She is as much to blame. And where was the father who he had not seen in two years.

John  

Posted: December 19th, 2012 4:45 PM

It's amazing that the same people who don't think it's a big deal to require Identification from voters want to restrict our 2 nd amendment rights.

Samantha from Brookfield  

Posted: December 19th, 2012 4:17 PM

mrt - Most states DO ban automatic weapons. If they don't they are very difficult & very expensive to buy legally. What should we do about all of the "assault weapons" already here? A ban won't get rid of them. The 5th Amendment doesn't let the govt. seize our property without compensation. Chicago is proof that a buy-back plan doesn't work. So what do we do? Are guns the HOW or the WHY of mass shootings? I agree that something needs to be done, but we need to start looking at the WHY too.

Samantha from Brookfield  

Posted: December 19th, 2012 4:06 PM

Thank you John. I appreciate it. All of the gun owners I know are responsible, reasonable and educated people. We know what the current laws are and how they work/don't work. It would be nice if those calling for bans did too! Then again, common sense is a super power.

John  

Posted: December 19th, 2012 3:03 PM

Samantha: Nice to hear from someone who actually knows firearms and firearm laws.Lots of knee jerk reactions from liberals,looking to punish law abiding gun owners for the actions of criminals.

Matt from Riverside  

Posted: December 19th, 2012 1:13 PM

I also hunt and do not think we should ban guns that are used for hunting, but we should permanently ban guns and ammunition that are able to inflict mass casualties. It is illogical to believe that the prevalence of guns has nothing to do with the rise in gun violence. Jon is right that many mass killers are not classified as mentally ill until after they killed with legally purchased guns. Better background checks will not stop would be killers from their rampage.

mrt from riverside  

Posted: December 19th, 2012 12:55 PM

"A Bushmaster is not classified as an assault weapon under the CT ban....he stole it, bg cks are moot". These are among the items that need to be changed and tightened.The letter writer says to reinstate the assault gun ban - this is a start but not not sufficient. the last one, 94-04, was hardly a ban. It had tons of exceptions and bad criteria as noted above. If 'automatic' is in the features, ban it; if a crazy or a kid is in a HouseHold with access to it, deny the app.

DR.x  

Posted: December 19th, 2012 12:31 PM

My Rifle has never shoot anything without me behind the trigger. I on the other hand have shoot and killed many deer over my life. That includes gutting them and bleeding them dry for my butcher. Does that make me a possible mass killer, or just an avid hunter who eats what he kills. in this day and age owning a gun is a necessity, you just need to know how to safely store it and handle it. Sorry just do not like the idea of being a victim.

Samantha from Brookfield  

Posted: December 19th, 2012 12:30 PM

Jon Points- The CT shooter was not using an assault weapon. Assault weapons are illegal in CT (that was one gun law not broken). A Bushmaster is not classified as an assault weapon under the CT ban. Furthermore, he stole the guns so background checks are moot. Though better transparency of mental health records would help background checks overall. IMO, there should never have been guns in his mother's house to begin with.

Samantha from Brookfield from Brookfield  

Posted: December 19th, 2012 12:16 PM

I wish people would actually have knowledge of current gun laws before they go calling for bans. Cook County already has an assault weapons ban. What people are failing to realize is that a nation-wide ban would do nothing about the assault weapons currently in this country. Like the Brady Bill, people who currently own them would be grandfathered in. What happened was a tragedy. How about using common sense and fixing the mental health system & gun laws we already have before passing more?

Jon Points  

Posted: December 19th, 2012 9:12 AM

There is no moral or justifiable reason to allow people access to assault weapons for the purpose of these guns is to kill as quickly as possible. The argument that guns do not kill, people kill is ludicrous. Is one's right to own an assault weapon more important than the safety of our society? If yes, then remember that the shooters in CT and CO were not classified as mentally unstable until after they killed. No background checks would have prevented them from buying their guns legally to kill

Steven from Riverside  

Posted: December 19th, 2012 5:54 AM

The tragedy was "unspeakable"? It's being spoken and written about wherever you look and Mr. Jacobs displays this contradiction in his letter. In congruence with his illogic Mr. Jacobs promotes the reinstatement of an assault weapon ban. The guns don't pull their own triggers. It is often mentally and/or emotionally unstable people who shoot in these tragedies. We need to better identify these people and put less emphasis on building self-esteem and more on self-control by parents and teacher

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