Speak Out: Will Newtown Change Your Attitude Toward Guns?

Shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School has sparked broader debate over gun control and whether semi-automatic weapons should be banned.

The Sandy Hook shooting has opened a broader discussion over gun control and whether there should be tighter restrictions on semi-automatic weapons like the one used by shooter Adam Lanza.

As Columbia Patch points out, citing an article from The Washington Post, current law bans fully automatic assault weapons, but semi-automatic assault weapons are legal, as well as high-capacity magazines.

Since the shooting, Walmart stopped selling online the Bushmaster Patrolman's Carbine M4A3 Rifle, which is in the same family of firearms as the weapon Lanza used, The Huffington Post reports

Wheaton Patch is reporting that Dick's Sporting Goods has suspended the sale of "modern sporting rifles" at all of its stores. 

The shooting has sparked a national gun control debate, and lawmakers already have started to weigh in.

California Sen. Dianne Feinstien has pledged to introduce new gun-control legislation next session, the Los Angeles Times reports. President Obama has said he wants gun laws tightened.

The National Rifle Association, the biggest opponent of gun laws, has suspended some of its social media, including a 1.7 million fan Facebook page

U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) issued a statement on Tuesday calling for a national discussion on gun control:

"... we must discuss the ready access of individuals to weapons. I know there are different views in this Congress. I must tell you that I do not understand why we need to allow access to military-style assault weapons and ammunition. I strongly support Senator Feinstein’s effort to reinstate the expired 1994 ban on assault weapons, including a ban on ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds."

In Virginia, longtime Second Amendment rights supporter Sen. Mark Warner has come out in favor of stricter gun laws, Northern Virginia Patches are reporting.

On the county level, Howard County Executive Ken Ulman said he'd support an assault weapons ban, Columbia Patch reports.  Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz echoed a similar sentiment, Towson Patch reports.


Speak Out: Should there be tighter restrictions on semi-automatic weapons? A ban? Or do you think stricter laws would infringe on Second Amendment rights?

Please post your comments below this story.

Marvin Nedrow December 18, 2012 at 09:05 PM
I must say that I'm greived by the shootings & fully understand that there needs to changes made stop these murders. Though we should limit the amount of bullets in a firearm and though we should enforce more strictly the laws we already have in place. Making more gun laws is redundant. Mental health provision & intervention should be addressed nationwide. Also, a more pronounced address to legal gun owners should be in all states. Thank You for reading this. Marvin Nedrow
Louis J Gleason December 19, 2012 at 12:08 PM
Just a side note: Maryland law only allows magazines of 20rds or less for most ammunition rounds.
Eric S. December 19, 2012 at 03:14 PM
Nope, none of my stances changed. I am still essentially pro-gun, and would also still like to see the MUCH MORE SERIOUS problem of mental health in this country looked at. Crazy is crazy, and this guy could have gone on a rampage with a machete, set off pipe bombs, etc. That said, here is what changed: -- I am even more sickened than usual by politicians who use this as a jumping point to bring up their pet issues. -- I am even more disgusted than usual by the media, who tends to sensationalize the hell out of everything, telling the next crazy that if you do something big, you'll be famous. -- I am saddened and even more disgusted in my fellow humans who don't use rational thinking to realize that this is an isolated incident, and that you're more likely to be killed in a car crash or any number of everyday situations than you are to be by a lone nutjob shooter. -- On top of that, I pretty much hate humanity for our hardwired need to be scared shitless by everything, and watch every piece of disgusting crap that the TV sensationalizes (they wouldn't do it if it didn't bring in ratings!) and vote for pandering politicians year after year, on all sides of the fake aisle. With the exception of people directly affected by this tragedy, screw everyone. Yes, this is news, as are the revolts in Syria, European debt crisis, infrastructure funding (or lack thereof), and any number of good things you never actually hear about at the expense of fearmongering.
Robert Ragland December 19, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Like most others, I was extremely saddened by the massacre that was commited Friday at Sandy Hook. As a grandfather four times over, the loss of those innocent children is particularly heart-wrenching. But I do not support a wholesale ban on the sale of semi-automatic weapons. I fully support strict enforcement of the current federal gun laws, and I will even support any additional federal gun law that is as restrictive as current Maryland law as interpreted by the courts, except that I would support limiting high- and medium-power magazine capacity to 40 rounds, as opposed to the 20-round limit imposed by Maryland. Among other things, Maryland requires regulated firearms (i.e., handguns and so-called "assault weapons") to be registered, imposes a 7-day waiting period prior to taking possession of a purchased or transferred regulated firearm, and prohibits sale or transfer of regulated firearms to any person who has been convicted of a disqualifying crime, is addicted to drugs, suffers from a mental disorder and has a history of violent behavior against himself or another, has been confined to a facility for more than 30 days for the treatment of a mental disorder, is visibly under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or has not completed a certified firearms safety training course or otherwise has not met the standards of the Police Training Commission. These are good, common-sense requirements that I support.
Jay Levy December 19, 2012 at 07:03 PM
To those who oppose any restrictions on clip size or claim that a 40-round capacity is "okay", I would simply ask what activity requires the use of a gun with a clip capacity of more than 10? To those who say they don't favor any more gun restictions, I ask why is it okay to allow someone to purchase a gun when it's not okay to let them fly in an airplane?
LeszX December 19, 2012 at 07:44 PM
"The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government." - Thomas Jefferson The Second Amendment is not about hunting or collecting antiques. Those who would try to control the populace will first want to disarm free citizens - and will use any senseless shooting as a pretext to do so. The best protection against terrorists, common criminals, and deranged individuals is an armed citizentry with the ability to return fire.
Fred December 19, 2012 at 09:40 PM
The largest mass murder of school children was done with dynamite!
Holly Agouridis December 19, 2012 at 11:21 PM
Yes it has. I believe now more than ever that schools should have armed guards/police. I think every home should have a gun to protect themselves. I am tired of hearing about tougher gun laws because it's not the law abiding citizen like me who are going out and committing these horrible crimes. The criminals don't follow gun laws. What we need to focus our anger and all out protests on is Mental Health Care for people. Does 28 days really heal someone? Then after that can these people pay $2,000 a day to be on treatment? Every time there is a mass shooting everyone comes out against guns. If people actually heard the positive situations of people who have saved lives with guns maybe we wouldn't have all this BS about the guns. The gun didn't walk out in it's own and start shooting people and if he didn't have access to a gun it would have been something else maybe more deviatating like a bomb that killed everyone. Look we don't take cars out of circulation because a drink driver kills someone and there are more deaths per yet with drunk driving. We aldo made cocaine, meth and heroin illegal and look how well that stuff is off the streets. Let's start paying attention to the warning signs. I truley believe a person does not just wake up at 7am, gets dressed and says " I think I will go on a mass shooting spree".
Robin Wind-Faillace December 20, 2012 at 02:05 AM
Roy December 20, 2012 at 10:31 PM
If the do gooder politations have the mentally ill in institutions instead of out on the streets, this may not have happened. Because someone in that condition acts this way , you take the guns from all. Oh no, Hitler did it, Stalin did it, Asaid did it, we will be throwing stones to insure our rights. We are dumb enough to elect and reelect as president some who wants to limit how we can react to dictatorship.
Jack McKethen December 23, 2012 at 04:57 AM
First of all what do planes have to do with guns. I'm a father of two children with a wife I work in afghanistan. I'm doing what I have to do for my family. Unfortunately my wife is at home alone and her only means of protection are the ak and ar that are in the house. Mind you everyone in my house are very respectful of these weapons. My wife is not a great shot so you know what she probably would need the 30 round magazines to properly defend my children. Wise up Jay if people want to kill they will use anything to do it.


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