Tighter gun laws: If not now, when?

18 thoughts on “Tighter gun laws: If not now, when?”

  1. Ever since Kennedy’s assassination I have been waiting for your country to change your gun laws. Well, it will never happen. You will just keep killing each other. What bothers me is that we in Canada are taking up your example.

    1. Sorry, David. I just found this caught in my spam filter for some reason.

      It’s like a disease spreading across our common border, isn’t it? Sorry to hear it’s contagious.

    1. Yeah? I spent all of ten minutes pulling it out of the cobwebs of my mind. Scary how long it got, and how fast. Seems like there’s a range of things that could be done, if anyone would just grow a pair and get the legislation done.

  2. That the NRA continually opposes any gun laws AT ALL, ever, has always been a very confusing issue. Their motive appears to be nothing more than fanaticism. The only other motive would be monetary. Sure, they want to sell more guns, I get that. But tightening the laws to prevent people who shouldn’t have them from easily obtaining them? I think they’d be happy if the Government instituted a law requiring citizens to own a weapon or pay a penalty – maybe they could call that penalty a “tax.” Maybe they can work it into Obamacare as a “health defense” strategy.

    1. The way the NRA pitches it, carrying a gun is health insurance. Maybe, after all, there’s an issue the two parties can come together on.

      What’s scary about this now, locally, is that in the wake of the shooting, gun sales have soared. I’m wondering if that means the next time I go to a movie, most of the audience will be packing. That does not make me happy.

  3. Knowing that a large number of other law abiding citizens were in the same theater carrying weapons with me would be the best insurance possible against my being killed (or you being killed) by some deranged murderer.

    1. I don’t see how turning that theater into a circular firing squad would have made anyone safer. In the dark, no one would know who they were shooting at. And you keep forgetting this guy was wearing full body armor.

  4. It is doubtful that concealed carry guns would have made much difference in that dark theater.
    The delivery company didn’t notice the number and type of companies all the delivered boxes were from?…They keep track of Sudafed, and fertilizer/ammonia and other items Homeland Security has noted as potentially dangerous
    Many many of these ideas are already laws in certain states. I know for an absolute fact the last one is – in multiple states – but it is NOT ENFORCED – even when brought to the attention of law enforcement.

    1. It’s shocking to me that there wasn’t some system in place to alert authorities to the number of guns and amount of ammunition the Aurora gunman bought in a period of about two months. Four guns, including an assault rifle, and thousands of rounds of ammunition, plus a full suit of body armor, and no alarms went off? Or perhaps there is such a system and it didn’t think these purchases were unusual. That’s even scarier. Sounds to me like we’ve already given the bad guys carte blanche. But then, Operation Fast and Furious was ample evidence of the government’s shortcomings when it comes to gun control and tracking.

      1. All pretty unsettling. Unfortunately, I know way too much about existing gun laws – and the lack of/selective enforcement by authorities. Homeland security keeps telling us they are watching all of this …selectively, apparently. Guns across the border. Multiple systems broken.
        New story recently: Mr Wong who lives north of Houston is authorized to hold conceal carry license classes. He has been charged with fraudulent certification of LOTS of “friends and people he knew were capable/knowledgeable” – misrepresenting required hours of class and shooting practice at a gun range and handing them a “pass”. Great.
        Once again only the honest people follow the rules

      2. I wouldn’t trust Homeland Security to walk me across the street. As for Mr. Wong, who was in charge of certifying him!? Just one more example of why so many irresponsible people have guns.

        I’ll admit I know little about existing gun laws since I’ve never had any desire to acquire one. But it’s obvious something needs to be done to strengthen them and their enforcement. (However, I harbor no illusions of living long enough to see them fixed.)

    1. That’s about the way I’d imagined it. But the graphic certainly makes it crystal clear how heavily armed and armored he was. The quote at the bottom reflects my thinking too.

... and that's my two cents