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GeneralRe: Obama Gun Control Panel PinmvpJohn Simmons / outlaw programmer20-Dec-12 7:31 
GeneralRe: Obama Gun Control Panel Pinmemberjschell24-Dec-12 7:53 
GeneralRe: Obama Gun Control Panel PinmvpJohn Simmons / outlaw programmer20-Dec-12 3:02 
GeneralRe: Obama Gun Control Panel PinmentorKeith Barrow20-Dec-12 3:35 
GeneralRe: Obama Gun Control Panel PinmvpJohn Simmons / outlaw programmer20-Dec-12 5:22 
GeneralRe: Obama Gun Control Panel PinmemberHenize20-Dec-12 18:04 
GeneralRe: Obama Gun Control Panel Pinmembermark merrens19-Dec-12 11:48 
GeneralRe: Obama Gun Control Panel PinmemberRJOberg19-Dec-12 8:58 
I still think it is at least a two fold problem. One is the power and style of firearm we can easily get here. Yes this time around he did not own any. However his mother did and he got to them. The other is mental health care and mental health awareness.
 
I'm an owner and user of firearms, stress relief through target practice and competition shooting as well. My pistol holds 17 rounds, all the competitions I have been at use a 10 round maximum. One of my rifles could hold 100+ if I bought a drum for it. Currently it holds 20 or 30 depending on which magazine I use. Would I be heart broken or somehow violated if the government passed a ban on all magazines with more than a 10 round capacity? Not one bit.
 
How we treat people who are mentally ill in this country is a joke. In this case, people had apparently told his mother not to turn her back on him, he was dangerous, etc etc. So I believe she bears some of the responsibility for having the guns she did where he had a remote chance of getting them. There are no asylums anymore in this country and prisons are turning into the largest mental health institutions around. I'm all for protecting medical health records, doubly so for mental health problems. There is still a massive stigma against them. But when it comes to buying guns, mental health should play a role. In this case, it helped. He was unable to purchase a fire arm. But his mother facilitated his gaining access to them.
 
Long post short : The core problem is the person pulling the trigger. The fact that it is possible to get your hands on a firearm which can fire 30+ rounds without reloading makes it easier to hit that many more targets in a shorter period of time.
 
The link to the recent Chinese attack is moot in my opinion. Yes, the guy was mentally unstable just like the individual here, but unlike here all 22 injured in that attack will survive. It is much harder to kill scores of people in a short period of time with a knife than with a gun. It is also much easier to defend against a knife, and much easier to disarm someone with a knife. Having spent time practicing martial arts, I still have not discovered a technique that will disarm someone with a gun from 10 yards away.
GeneralRe: Obama Gun Control Panel Pinmembermark merrens19-Dec-12 11:50 
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GeneralRe: Obama Gun Control Panel PinmemberThe Reincarnation19-Dec-12 23:13 
GeneralRe: Obama Gun Control Panel Pinmembermark merrens20-Dec-12 5:04 
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GeneralRe: Obama Gun Control Panel PinmemberRJOberg24-Dec-12 4:06 
GeneralRe: Obama Gun Control Panel Pinmembermark merrens24-Dec-12 5:22 
GeneralRe: Obama Gun Control Panel PinmemberKevin Marois19-Dec-12 17:57 
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GeneralRe: Obama Gun Control Panel PinmvpJohn Simmons / outlaw programmer19-Dec-12 10:53 
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