25 comments on “It Was a Friday Most of Us Would Rather Forget

  1. I’ve never owned a gun in my life and don’t intend to. The world would be a better place without them especially here in gun crazy USA.

  2. This is NOT about gun control. The man was crazy and you’re never gonna stop crazy. Shit happens.

  3. Really, Travis? Putting a gun in the hands of a crazy person isn’t about gun control It was all done legally, Travis. Think about what you’re saying.

  4. I am not so sure this should be a conversation on gun control, but rather our attitude toward mental illness. As I understand, his MOTHER said, “You’ve got the right person.” And she is reported to be a psychiatric nurse? And even the gun dealer said he detected something “wrong” with this person. I do not think we can legislate any gun control that would keep guns out of the hands of everyone who should not have them. I do think there should be limits. He purchased 6,000 rounds of ammunition and four guns since May. But no alarms were sounded, either on the family or the retail front. And now all we have is the tolling of bells to remind us that we have yet to figure out how to prevent these tragedies.

  5. You’re right, Karen. No bells went off when all that ammunition was purchased. However, there was the old ringing of the cash register. That’s part of the problem too.

  6. No, Karen, this needs to be a conversation about gun control. More people in this country are killed by guns than any other country in the world. The math doesn’t lie. Let’s not get on “side issues” and ignore what the real problem is.

  7. You all can work your jaws all you want. There will not be gun control in this country because Americans love their guns and will kill you if you try to take away their rights to bear arms.

  8. Sadly, I think Wise Guy is right. People will be taking it to the streets if their guns are taken away. There are other countries to move to where they’re not all gun crazy. Hello Canada?

  9. The gunman didn’t care who he was shooting, adults or children. He had a semi-automatic assault weapon that’s designed to spray bullets. The weapon had a cartridge that holds 100 bullets.

    These weapons are designed to inflict the maximum number of casualties in the minimum amount of time. And the cartridge is designed to shoot the maximum number of bullets possible without reloading.

    The police have said that apparently the cartridge jammed on the assault weapon. Otherwise, the fatalities would have been much higher.

    Lucky us.

    These weapons are not designed for rabbit or deer hunting. That’s why they’re called “assault weapons,” and not “hunting weapons.”

    It’s time to outlaw these horrible weapons once and for all. They have no legitimate purpose in a society.

  10. So, the line of thinking is, that if we took proper care of our mentally ill, then we could have all of the guns that we want, and no one who shouldn’t get a gun would be able to get one?

    That’s the silliest logic I’ve ever heard.

  11. What I don’t understand is why gun owners would object to taking away these assault weapons. Gab is right – no legitimate purpose. Do “normal” people want these things for the massive joy of unloading one of these things into an empty pop can? I will never understand it.

  12. It will be interesting to see if Obama and Romney will now start talking about gun control. My prediction? They won’t. It’s still too hot to handle.

  13. You know what’s happening here. Right after the shooting and the killings, it’s too soon to talk about gun control. Then when it’s not too soon, it’s forgotten. Only in America.

  14. I’m down about all this. It happens much too often. Now I’m afraid to go to a damn movie. I’m seriously thinking about moving away. I really am. Someone mentioned Canada here and it’s not far away. I think I would be safer there.

  15. Since early Friday morning, it has been a long three days. I pray for those who died in Aurora and also pray for those who were hurt and for all their loved ones who are now suffering and will for years to come. Let’s try to move forward and hope the coming week will be better somehow. That’s all we can do for now.

  16. I like seeing the gun show every time I look in the mirror and flex my biceps.

  17. “The accused killer in Colorado had [a] modified military weapons, had purchased more than 6,000 rounds of ammunition on the internet, along with body armor, other non-sportsman gear and a high-capacity drum that could hold up to 100 rounds and shoot 50 or 60 rounds a minute.”

    “Nearly twenty years ago, in 1993, Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan argued that the best way to attack gun violence was to restrict the sale of ammunition. (This is also known as the Chris Rock solution: “If a bullet cost $5,000 there’d be no more innocent bystanders.”) He said that there was a 200-year supply of guns in this country but only a four-year supply of ammunition. I’m sure those numbers have not changed for the better. His proposal went nowhere.”

    http://takingnote.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/07/23/a-gun-for-every-person/

  18. And one final thought – if politicians refuse to pass gun-control laws, then it is time for them to pass a mandatory body armor law, requiring all citizens to wear body armor wherever they go. That will at least lower the fatality rate somewhat.

    Also, as part of that, the government should provide subsidies (ala Obamacare) to assist all citizens to purchase body armor.

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