here's the thing with the 2nd amendment.... its 220 years old. Granted, it was applicable back then because you needed a gun to protect yourself/town from militia. 220 years ago, people weren't concerned with buying a semi-automatic weapon... because they didn't exist.
In 2012, it just allows nutbags indirect access to killing machines.
as the op said he did not want to turn this into a debate about gun control, and i understand that a regular civilian does not need semi automatic machine guns, etc in there homes, but the truth is i do not believe that something like this can be prevented from someone so possessed, unless its through tighter security, etc.
evil people will always find ways to do evil crimes, whether we outlaw certain types of weapons or not. most of society fortunately is not like this, but for the evil people that are, they will always find a way to commit there act.
yes outlawing certain types of weapons would make it harder, but unfortunately i do not believe there are anyways to '' eliminate'' the use of these weapons.
SMFH on people that scream gun control over this.
99% of ALL gun owners own them for recreational use, hell I'll go out on a limb and say 99.9% of them do. 1 incident where 1 person went full retard does not change the 99% of people that own guns for the hell of it. I own almost 30 guns. A couple AR15s and AKs but mostly handguns and shotguns. Am I gonna go shoot up a school? no. Will I shoot up some targets on my land? yes.
So before you go all rioting over gun control, use some sense.
This is truly an abhorent situtation that was created by a truly sick, demented, and/or evil human being. However, I have to seriously disagree with implementing gun control as a means of preventing this type of tragedy in the future. In Connecticut, it is already illegal to purchase or bring assault weapons in the state. It is also already illegal for people under 21 to purchase or have ownership transfered to them of handguns. They can, however, purchase ammunition and long guns (rifles and shotguns) at age 18. They also have a long list of people who do not qualify to purchase guns who might pose a threat to themselves or society. Nonetheless, tragedies like this occur...because people kill people. The shooter was 20 so he couldn't legally buy his own handgun and couldn't legally buy an assault weapon. Yet, it is rumored that he had both. If someone doesn't mind slaughtering a bunch of unarmed teachers and children, why in the hell would they care if the gun they used to do it was legal? All gun legislation will do is take guns out of the possession of law abiding citizens and create a horrific black market. Let's not politicize this, let's just mourn the poor people who have been affected.
As many of you have stated, I too have lost a lot of faith in humanity and am terrified of the world left for my children and their children. Whether you believe in God or not, no one can argue much with the proclivity of evil that we face today although, I suppose that man has inherently been evil forever. Sad, sad, sad.
What's with the smiley faces when I use ??