Originally Posted by Taco John
This much is true. If that kid didn't have access to those guns, these killings might never have happened. That's not a federal gun control issue - that's a parenting issue. The responsibilities around gun access is the lesson here. If you want to look at that lesson from a political lens, it's a lesson for the liberty-loving 2nd Amendment supporters. Gun access should be made a more important topic as part of the "respect of guns" responsibility that all gun owners have. These are implements of war.
The only solution to this problem is impressing upon individual gun owners the tragic threats that unsecured weapons invite. Obviously people should inherently know this, but just as in everything when dealing with (training) people, repetition, repetition, repetition.
I hope that organizations like the NRA and the GOA take it upon themselves to use this tragedy as a platform for raising awareness about the issue of responsibilities of owners where gun access is concerned.
I'm not saying that more gun control is the answer. But I think that saying "better parenting" when the mother was one of the victims... That's pretty bold. If only she had done a better job of impressing upon her son that guns were dangerous, maybe he wouldn't have maliciously shot her in the head? And then killed a bunch of kids? My guess is he knew guns were dangerous and that's why he used them. Some people are just psychopathic and want to hurt others. Given that info, the question is, do we restrict guns and try to keep them out of the hands of psychos, or do we let anybody have em so they can potentially protect themselves from said psychos?
I lean towards the latter, but that opens a whole new can of worms. Imagine how many shootings there would be every day in every bar if every person HAD to carry a loaded gun. What if every person in that movie theater a few months ago had a loaded gun? Sure, the assailant would have certainly been killed, but once 100 people have guns in their hands and the bullets start flying in a panic toward anybody else who has a gun, I would bet A LOT more people would have died.
It's a much tougher issue than anybody on one side or the other wants to admit.