Our View: It’s been said on hpe.com
In a Dec. 19 Our View, the Enterprise said in reference to comments President Obama and N.Y. Mayor Michael Bloomberg made about gun control and the Newtown shootings:
“Neither of them said we don’t need knee-jerk reactions to this terrible incident, so we will, especially in light of the fact that it’s still unknown fully what happened and why. We also note we agree with U.S. Sens. Kay Hagan and Richard Burr when they, in speaking with the Enterprise, say a common sense debate and a comprehensive approach – including examination of related mental health issues – are needed to help protect our communities while at the same time protecting our Second Amendment rights. Terrible tragedies such as the shootings in Newtown appropriately cause us to review the status of firearms regulations, but they also should cause us to examine a wide range of societal and cultural issues, as Burr said, ‘to prevent events like this from happening and keep our children safe.’ ”
Here are some comments posted on hpe.com in response to that editorial:
• TaxpayerOne: Any discussion of repeal of the Second Amendment should be tied to a repeal of the First Amendment. Violent music, movies and video games, protected by the First Amendment’s free speech clause, are as much to blame for such tragedies as are firearms. Or we can put the blame squarely where it belongs — on an unstable Adam Lanza and his mother, an irresponsible firearms owner. Both are dead. Justice is served, as much as it can be.
• BlueJSeesRed: I don’t see any attempt to take away the right to have a gun. Conservative knees are jerking all over the place on that accusation. The Second Amendment is super-duper safe and I don’t know why even the thought of (god forbid) extra forms or longer waiting periods makes gun lovers freak the heck out. Why trying to keep guns out of the hands of crazy people and criminals somehow within a gunpowder-saturated brain gets translated into “abolish the Second Amendment.” Quit fighting a battle that doesn’t exist.
• Gunner: There are a huge number of people who shoot, and just own arms merely for fun, with the thought of hunting or “sporting use,” as defined by the left, not in the mix at all. Most legal gun owners do not hunt, or shoot skeet, or compete in the Olympics; we own these arms for the history, and enjoyment, and do not understand a country that seems to be hell-bent to legalize drugs and demonize the legal ownership and use of guns. If we are to do away with the abused item, based on the misuse of same, then we had all better learn to walk or ride a bike, as drunks and jerks kill our wonderful kids every single day with the misuse of the automobile.