I just wanted to share a site I just visited regarding the tragedy at the Sandy Hook School. My Rabbi doesn't often share her feelings one way or another politically but I think most people feel that assault rifles need to be banned to the general public. No one needs to have a gun that shoots that many bullets that quickly. Anyway this site has a petition that is being sent to the White House and I wanted to let everyone know about it. If you have a moment, take a look and if you feel the same as I do please add your name to the list.
End Gun Violence Now
Thanks for sharing, Sam. I signed it.
Signed it also!
DS Ryan 06/22/03; DD Amber 04/05/04; DS Jacob 12/09/08; Emma 11/30/09
I signed as well. Completely agree.
Kelli, mom to:
Morghan, Mykenah, Dimitri & Michael
"A happy family is but an earlier heaven." - George Bernard Shaw
Barring people from legally purchasing any weapon is not effective, as criminals can always get their hands on what they want. It is important to know that Assault Riffles are banned in the state of Connecticut already, and that did not stop this attack.
I signed it awhile ago as well.
DH - Shaun - May 18, 2002
DS - Dylan - June 17, 2003
DD - Dakota - November 3, 2005
DD - Savannah - September 25, 2007
And how do you think terrorists get their guns. There is a black market for everything. The mother purchased the guns legally the child stole them illegally. And he killed her for them, if he was willing to kill his own mother who is to say he wouldn't have walked up to the nearest Military armory and kill the guard? Or build an explosive, or grab a steak knife. There ARE bad people in the world who will do bad things in bad ways, because they have no respect for laws or human life. Taking guns out of the hands if law abiding citizens will not stop evil criminals, it gives them added opportunities. These mass shootings keep happening at places where it is illegal to carry weapons, whether you carry legally (as I do with my conceal and carry permit) or illegally, so obviously there is no regard for the law. The average loss of life when stopped a police officer in a mass shooting is 18.5 people, when stopped by an armed citizen it is 2.2. Police response time in the US is up, every second wasted with waiting for them is another possible life killed. However if even just the principal had one twelve gauge shot gun and knew how to use it all of those children would still be alive. This should not be an issue of more gun control, it should be an issue of protecting the most valuable thing in your life. There are armed guards at banks and they are protecting PAPER, why wouldn't you want the same level if not higher for your child.
And I could go into the actual reason for the second amendment. Protecting us from the government. We are not an infallible nation. We are just as susceptible to tyrannical leaders that we see around the world and try to fight and those of the past. Protecting my family with a tiny Glock hand gun vs. a fully automatic whatever the military chooses to use, it wouldn't work. It didn't work for the Jews when Hitler took over Europe. I pray that I never see the day where the great land that we live in falls into the hands of Evil, but you can be damn sure if I am here I will be fighting it. I am not looking to hurt people or go against my government. This is the reason why the legal purchase of any fire arm is needed, and it says so right in the 2nd amendment . And even still if it is not government tyranny, there are still many reasons a semi-automatic weapon would be a completely valid purchase and for me to have in my home. If a riot occurred, I live near the center of a city that has many people, if I had to protect my family, if we had to flee our home, how would we do so with out proper protection? Or what if, God forbid, we were invaded!?! There are plenty of other countries that dislikes us, that have access to weapons and the means to do it, I will stand for my country.
I am not some crazy anxiety ridden person, I have just thought it through. You may not want a gun in your home and I totally support you, but if we are walking through a mall and a person with a gun or a knife comes at you, I will gladly try my best to protect you and myself and the children and any other innocent person standing anywhere near the line of danger. If someone is coming at me I will not hesitate to empty my gun on them. I am not afraid to die, but I will not do it before my time. My mother asked me when I told her I was getting a gun and taking the conceal and carry classes "How do you know that you are not meant to die if someone attacks you?" I told her "If I die then I die, but there is nothing on this planet that will stop me from saving my son."
Taking rights away from good guys does nothing to prevent the bad guys.
Also the mother should have properly stored her guns. If the guns were kept in a safe that the gunman could not have accessed then at least this shooting with his mothers guns would not have happened. The mother knew her son was unstable, while she probably couldn't have predicted he was capable of such an atrocity, she should have at least known to keep dangerous items away from him. That was one of the first things we learned in conceal and carry class was to properly store and secure your weapons.
And I am sure no one read that whole post all the way through, and I am sorry that was so long, but if you can't tell by now this is something I feel strongly about.
Last edited by MJDttc; 01-03-2013 at 08:02 PM. Reason: I typed most of this on my cell phone and I keep noticing typos.