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Old December 23rd, 2012 (1:43 AM).
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I think guns shouldn't be outright banned but that anybody who wants to get one should go through the same examinations required to drive a car: being taught how to use them, passing a test to prove you can use them, passing a medical examination to ensure your eyesight and all is okay, and going throught a mental assessment to make sure you aren't crazy. Like driving licences, they should be renewed every other year (5, 10). And, of course, no assault rifles anywhere. A 10-shot gun should be good enough to defend yourself from any boogeyman, let the professional stuff for professionals (police, army, and all those people who use weapons for a living).

And again, it's a matter of education. Here in Europe we aren't told to carry a gun in all cases to defend ourselves. As a result, I have only seen one gun in my entire life (a policeman's), nobody wants to get any (other than professionals), it's absurdly hard to get your hands on one, and the amount of shootings here is anecdotal, with no yearly carnages or anything remotely similar. And we feel safe, not because we have a weapon to defend ourselves, but because we assume that nobody will use one to hurt us in the first place
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Old December 23rd, 2012 (7:23 AM).
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    Old December 23rd, 2012 (10:51 AM).
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      Lets point out some irony.

      Republicans say more police and easier access to mental health care will help to prevent this from ever happening, again. I guess that explains why this massacre happened, as Republicans have been cutting and trying to cut funding that funds or would have funded more police and mental health care.

      Arming teachers is, in theory, a good idea. However, all it will do is change some headlines to "Teacher beats student, caught on tape!" to "Teacher shoots student, caught on tape!" Sure, arm teachers. But lets get rid of the overly agressive teachers, the ones who like to beat on their students, first otherwise this will backfire badly.
      Or ”Student steals teacher's gun and massacres class”
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      Old December 23rd, 2012 (11:17 AM). Edited December 23rd, 2012 by Mr. X.
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      I find it funny that a lot of people who own guns for their 'defense', also consider themselves religious.

      Strange. Aren't religious people supposed to put their faith and trust in God, for all things? If they are religious then shouldn't they place their faith and trust in God for their protection, instead of putting their faith and trust in a man-made object?

      Anyway, since I feel like playing both sides of the gun control arguement, here are the top 30 reasons to oppose gun control.

      http://guninformation.org/reasons.html
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      Old December 23rd, 2012 (7:18 PM).
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      For the record, there are plenty of liberals that oppose stricter gun controls. Like myself, for instance. I would appreciate it if people would stop painting us all with a single brush.
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      Why the lump do people even sell guns, knives or whatever?

      This is heartbreaking. I'm at a loss for words. I don't understand why a person can do this kind of thing -- and I don't think he even is a person. Taking a life of seventeen angels. It's horrifying to think about. My prayers to the families who won't be able to enjoy this Christmas.
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        About what's being said on gun control, I just wanted to throw in that they outlawed cocaine and other harmful substances here in the States. How's that working out?

        I blame stupidity for what happened - the mother knew her son was mentally unstable and did not properly secure her guns. I do believe in restrictions though when it comes to the number of guns you can own, there is no reason to have as many as she did. Not sure if that's been mentioned yet.
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        Why the lump do people even sell guns, knives or whatever?
        Guns: protection, sport (hunting), hobbyists (collectors mostly)
        Knives: protection, cutting things (food, rope, packaging, anything else that might potentially need cutting)
        Whatever: I didn't know there was a large market for "whatever"
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