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Is Now the Time to Talk Gun Control?

Does the massacre at Newtown, CT, 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, CT, 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.

In Needham and Wellesley, the superintendents of schools have sent out messages after the shooting. The Needham Youth Services director also wrote in about talking to your kids about such an incident. 

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

Evan Walsh December 18, 2012 at 09:43 PM
The conversation should be about improving care for people with mental illness. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323723104578185271857424036.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_LEADTop
Claude Pelanne December 19, 2012 at 12:18 AM
Guns can be controlled and will be. How we care and treat the mentally ill needs more attention and will involve a lot more work and mindset change.
Jeffrey Tanner December 19, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Guns should be controlled and can be... How we care and treat the mentally ill needs more attention and will involve a lot more work plus mindsets' change, bullet points can't be.
Jeffrey Tanner December 19, 2012 at 08:55 PM
I don't want Education to become the center topic of this issue; No one would blame the mother or child or the fact she's teaching young children while her son opened fire at her place of Business .... The NRA isn't blaming the President nor should they. They'd be better of conceding and helping "US" find domestic tranquility and equal justice.

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