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Is Now the Time to Talk Gun Control?

Does the massacre at Newtown, Conn., signal the need for a political debate on gun regulations?

Before officials had even held their first press conference Friday, Facebook was abuzz with status updates about the Newtown, Conn., massacre. The statuses were split between those sending their condolences and those asking if the country would finally deal with the issue of gun control.

Some fought back, asking for respect and mourning before political debate began. Others remained fierce in their belief that stricter gun control regulations would have prevented such a mass killing, saying the victims were shot multiple times and with semi-automatic weapons, according to Fox News.

The guns were not illegal and were, in fact, owned by the shooter's mother. Among them were a semi-automatic .223 caliber bushmaster rifle and two handguns. Those who knew Nancy Lanza said guns were a hobby of hers. 

Should the massacre in Newtown, Conn., be the tipping point for political debate on gun control? Is there a need for stricter regulations? Tell us why in the comments.

IP December 18, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Guns do not kill people, people kill people!
Karen December 19, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Yeah, but you can kill a hell of a lot more people with an assault or automatic rifle or handgun than you can with your bare hands -- and a lot faster. I definitely think it's time we ban weapons like that. They're not for hunting animals, they're for hunting people.
barbara r December 22, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Give everyone who wants a gun a musket, three balls, and a pouch of powder. That should satisfy the Original Intentioners like Scalia and the Tea Party and those who stand by and let their reading of the Second Amendment go unchallenged. End the hypocrisy. One machine gun is too many, but "only" 12 a year? Unlimited ammo and huge kits? Outrageous.

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