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        BBC News: US President Barack Obama has met senior officials to discuss how to respond to last Friday's school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, in which 20 children and six adults died.

        The White House said gun violence was a "complex" problem that required a solution.

        On Sunday Mr Obama told Newtown residents he would do everything in his power to prevent further tragedies.


        So, yet another tragedy happened in an American school, after the massacre at Columbine High and several others.

        I don't live in the US so I don't know the problem first hand but something is obviously wrong and needs to be corrected. What do you think?

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          All those young children and adults that died is a pure tragedy.  I don't know what the answer is for USA as i don't live there either.  Perhaps someone can shed some light on why guns are such a problem in America.  Perhaps they are just too easy to buy and get them licensed?

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          I don't think guns are the problem.  I think overly-medicated children whose parents don't spend enough time with them are the problem  I also think our society has created a place of confusion for men.  Men and boys used to work together to insure the protection and livelyhoods of their families, now they have no hopes, no goals, nothing to let them know they are part of a community.  They are discarded and ignored until something like this happens and then everyone wants to take guns away.  Banning guns will not stop barbaric acts.  People simply want to point the finger at anything other than themselves.  The 9-11 terrorists used utility knives and Tim McVee used a van and homemade bombs.  No one is calling for the ban of these things.    We all sit idly by while thousands of children die everyday from disease and starvation.  Who is really to blame here, the few people with mental issues who take their rage out on innocent people or those of us with all our "mental capacities" who sit back and watch and do nothing?
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          I don't think guns are the problem.  I think overly-medicated children whose parents don't spend enough time with them are the problem  I also think our society has created a place of confusion for men.  Men and boys used to work together to insure the protection and livelyhoods of their families, now they have no hopes, no goals, nothing to let them know they are part of a community.  They are discarded and ignored until something like this happens and then everyone wants to take guns away.  Banning guns will not stop barbaric acts.  People simply want to point the finger at anything other than themselves.  The 9-11 terrorists used utility knives and Tim McVee used a van and homemade bombs.  No one is calling for the ban of these things.    We all sit idly by while thousands of children die everyday from disease and starvation.  Who is really to blame here, the few people with mental issues who take their rage out on innocent people or those of us with all our "mental capacities" who sit back and watch and do nothing?


          I agree with many kids being over medicated and parents not spending enough time with kids.  I am always baffled when there is a school shooting by a student and the parent was oblivious.  I always know where my kids are and what is in their rooms.  If there was a gun, ammo, bomb stuff....  it would not be missed by me.

          I don't like the thought of messing the The Constiution although I don't think our forefathers could comprehend the type of guns we see today.  Who would need a gun that has a magazine that can shoot of 100 rounds in seconds?

          I do find it ironic that Obama and many celebs who are on the gun issue bandwagon are surrounded by armed body guards. 

          IMO, if someone is evil enough to shoot 26 innocent people, 20 of them kindergartners, they will find a method.
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          I think due to the horrible tragedy that took place we scramble to find a resolution so nothing like this ever happens again. It gives us a peace of mind and comfort to think we can prevent this from ever happening again.

          I am not for guns in any way, shape or form whether it is to hunt or for protection inside your home because too many tragedies happen as a result.

          I think what really needs to be addressed is people with mental disabilities and proper care. I do not believe that psychiatrists have a clue as to treating many patients with mental issues. And i do agree that they over medicate patients and many of the meds have adverse effects.

          Can we blame the medical field for this? I really don't know because when it comes to treating mental disabilities and dealing with the brain we are light years away from coming up with a cure or proper treatment.

          I personally know a friend of a friend who has debilitating Bi-Polar in probably one of the most extreme cases. She has been shuffled from hospital to hospital and her recent last stay in the psychiatric ward was a complete bust as she was told "you have to leave because we can't really handle you any longer".........

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          guns are not the problem.  i wish all the teachers had guns with them that day.  sick is sick.  evil is evil.  there will always be evil people who will harm others.  there is an eternal place in hell for these sick bastards.  what has the world become?? 
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          It would help if the parents of children with severe mental problems in the home, be restricted from buying potentially dangerous firearms.Also i think laws should be reformed,not because of guns but because of people who use these weapons to commit horrific murders.I grew up hunting and fishing.I was taught from age 3 that guns are not toys and they are not to be used as such.My grandfather showed me what guns did to deer and rabbits when they are shot.I dont have guns in my house but i do have a dog and Louie ville slugger just in case someones dumb enough to break in.
          My heart goes out to the children and family's of this terrible crime. :'(
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          thank you you said the right thing no one could say it any clearer then you just did



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          Sorry to be late to this discussion, but here's how I see it.

          We'll never ban guns, ain't goi ng to happen. Regarding mentally ill, they'll still be roaming aorund despite what we do for them...My solution? Secure the guns. Had the mother of this young man made it extremely hard to get to them, there's little chance this would have happened.

          If I was living in a home with a mentally disturbed individual, I'd make SURE any gun there is secured....Yes, they "Could" use another type (Knife, steel rod or baseball bat, but using a gun is faster, less likely a need to get close (Rifles can go 3-5 MILES with a single shot) so that this would be a better solution to reduce the violence.
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          My dad just bought a Glock with 3 magazines.  Bought a shoulder holster for his conceal and carry.

          One of my clients bought a Glock and was instructed to buy a AK15 but they were sold old.

          **scratching head**

          My mom and dad have always had a gun.  Went to the firing range, learned to shoot and to RESPECT the gun.  We were robbed years ago and my mom walked in while the robbers were still there.  They were dead set on finishing the job.  Followed my mom and fed our dogs.  Whenever I heard movement on the rocks outside my bedroom window, my dad would go outside with his gun. Thankfully the people were always gone by the time I ran to get him.

          I'm still stunned someone would be so...can't find words...to go to a school and shoot 5 and 6 year olds.  When you think you have heard the worst, some idiot comes up with something worse. It is beyond sickening and imcomprehensible.

          My thought is.. the government is jumping on a 'solution' but when the dust settles, once again, things will be the same until the next big tragedy.  So much for me being about the 'glass half full'.

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