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Should Lawmakers Re-examine Gun Laws in Wake of Connecticut Shooting?

All of the 20 children killed Friday were age 6 or 7.

Within hours of Friday’s mass shooting in Newton, Conn., that , gun-control debates began raging across the country.

The shooter, according to Connecticut State Police Lt. Paul Vance. All of the weapons were registered to and legally owned by his mother, Nancy Lanza, who was found dead of multiple gunshot wounds at her home.

In the days since the shootings, some Democrats in Congress have been pushing for more gun restrictions in the United States, including a ban on military-style assault weapons.

While President Barack Obama has not specifically mentioned gun control in speeches to the public, he has emphasized that something must be done to prevent more tragedies like the one at Sandy Hook.

Efforts to restrict access to high-powered weapons are likely to be opposed by many Republicans as a violation to the U.S. Constitution's right to bear arms.

In recent months, there have been mass shootings at a movie house in Aurora, CO, during a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises and at a mall in Oregon.

Locally, two people died and seven people were injured in March after John Shick went on a shooting rampage at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Pittsburgh's Oakland neighborhood. Police in turn shot and killed Shick.

We want to know what you think? Should lawmakers re-examine gun laws? Is it fair to blame guns for mass shootings, or should the blame fall to people who opt to fire them?

Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.

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John December 18, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Lawmakers / politicians are the same lawyers who let the criminals get away with crime! Fix the system before making more useless laws that protect no one. Convicted felons who should not possess firearms do all the time. what did that law do to prevent that? The outrage should be at the decline of society values
Larry Myers December 18, 2012 at 11:42 PM
John: I overwhelmingly agree. How in the world can an administration that allowed it's own Dept. of justice to allow thousands of assault weapons to go unrestricted into Mexico be deemed responsible enough to police our own country. There are possibly hundreds in Mexico dead, and two border agents for sure that have died because of the "Fast and Furious" debacle. When this administration gets it's own house in order, then and only then, should they be telling the American people how to manage ours. Then there is Bengazi, need I say more.
Kim L December 20, 2012 at 03:35 AM
Our politicians need to wake up as well as those Americans who think owning a weapon of "Mass Destruction" is necessary. How many bullets does it take to kill Bambie? NRA is only interested in making money. Shame on you!! We CAN make a difference if we STOP manufacture of these guns and gun clips. No we cannot get all the guns currently off the street as some will argue, but do we need to keep putting more on our streets? I I DO NOT believe anyone has the right to own an assault weapon for ANY reason. We are a nation of greed and me first and our children are dying because of it. Please American we need to wake up. This is just a very sad time in our history. We need to quit thinking of our "God given right" to do what ever we want and look at how to protect our children. Kim
John December 21, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Kim what do you think we should do about all rap videos that glorify violence degrade women or video games being played by elementary school children whose parents have to buy them for them and do so. And how does the NRA profit from gun sales? Shame on you for having your head up some where that keeps you from seeing the truth. It's the decline of morals in this country that makes it ok to kill with a gun knife car or bare hands!! Get a clue we allow the real criminals to walk the streets because bleeding hearts believe the police are out to get us and the criminal is just a victim of their social up brining.

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