Alyce Townsend

A few thoughts on Connecticut shooting

Posted Saturday, December 15, 2012, at 2:28 AM
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  • It is truly a tragedy, but I worry about having anyone and everyone packing a gun. I agree that you should have the right to protect yourself, but I don't think a gun in the hand of some people is going to stop the killing, in fact, I think we would see many more shootings.

    Imagine this, you walk into a bar. People are drinking, laughing, and having a good time. All of a sudden someone says the wrong thing to another and a gun is pulled out. Others see this and pull their gun out as well. You have an entire room of people with guns. You're fooling yourself if you think triggers will not be pulled. Innocent people will be killed, more so than if some mentally deranged person goes on a shooting spree.

    Guns are what makes killing someone a little easier. Personally, I do not care to live in a world where everyone feels the need to have a gun. Let's go back to teaching people how to communicate their problems and feelings with words not guns.

    -- Posted by Foster Mom on Sat, Dec 15, 2012, at 12:12 PM
  • My strongly held view is that it's actual, effective treatment for mental illness, and a complete removal of the stigma of seeking treatment. If guns are outlawed, someone hell-bent on killing someone will get one somehow. If the desire to kill is removed from a person whose brain is off, that's what will prevent the killing.

    -- Posted by AmyPeterson on Sun, Dec 16, 2012, at 3:47 PM
  • We have found in Spencer that one does not need a gun to kill in a bar. It is about the mental state of the person wielding the weapon whether it be gun, knife, fist, chair etc.

    -- Posted by Leah Cauthron on Mon, Dec 17, 2012, at 3:56 PM
  • We have found in Spencer that one does not need a gun to kill, but let's not blind ourselves to the fact that a gun is a more efficient killer than a knife, fist, chair, etc.

    -- Posted by Sony on Mon, Dec 17, 2012, at 5:08 PM
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