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Maryland Police May Have Prevented Another Aurora: Should We Focus on the Killers or the Guns?

Daryl 2012/07/27 19:00:00
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Another Aurora-type shooting spree may have been prevented by Maryland police. Do you think we should focus on the killers or the guns?

Washington Post reports: "Authorities have taken a man into custody who referred to himself as “a joker” and threatened to shoot people at his former workplace in Prince George’s County, investigators said Friday."

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  • Scott 2012/07/27 19:34:27
    The guns
    Scott
    +45
    O so much on the guns. Just the other day I was walking down the street minding my own business and suddenly a hand gun jumped out from the bushes and took a shot at me! And my neighbor was in his own backyard and attacked by a rifle! I'm telling you these guns are getting out of hand? Lock 'em all up and throw away the keys?

    The killers? Well, it probably wasn't their fault in the first place. You know, one parent families, they got bullied in school, and they can't afford a cool car. Jeez - it's no wonder! They should be spoken to very firmly, I mean really let them know that we mean business and asked not to do it again.

    Next problem!

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  • Adam 2012/08/14 15:55:16
    The killers
    Adam
    +1
    Frankly, I chose at random, because neither side of the debate wants to question their position, treat opposing viewpoints as anything except a strawman, or present their own side as anything more sophisticated then passive aggressive image memes. As long as neither side does any more, a small number of people will continue to die needlessly.
  • Freight85 2012/08/06 04:08:30
    The killers
    Freight85
    Should we focus on the pencils or the mispelled words?
  • J 2012/07/31 18:13:05
    The guns
    J
    +1
    The guns, the knives, the ropes, the cars, the motorcycles, the cell phones, brokern beer bottles, hammers... All are the cause of someone being killed. Ban 'em all!

    That is sarcasm, in case you don't know.
  • JJrichie1708 2012/07/31 17:53:38
    The killers
    JJrichie1708
  • Claude JJrichi... 2012/09/01 15:21:26
    Claude
    It's an American attitude again that everyone should bear arms, what a joke, something that was writing over 200 years ago, come on america wake up! Don't the average american know that there's such a thing as an amendment to this ridiculous constitution? Oh, by the way if we don't stop populating on this planet we are going to pay for it soon.
  • clance 2012/07/31 15:24:30
    The killers
    clance
    +1
    More people each year are killed in automobiles then with guns yet we don't focus on the vehicle but the actions of the individual (DUI, Texting, Speed, etc...). Why should firearms be any different?
  • Lanikai clance 2012/07/31 15:50:11
    Lanikai
    +1
    because liberals said so.
  • JJrichi... Lanikai 2012/07/31 17:56:36
    JJrichie1708
    I'm a liberal i don't say so?
  • Lanikai JJrichi... 2012/08/01 15:25:14
    Lanikai
    Okay, the liberal LEADERS say so, is that better.
  • Edbert 2012/07/31 14:41:18
    The killers
    Edbert
    +4
    300,000+ million firearms were used to murder nobody yesterday alone.
  • krayzrick 2012/07/31 14:09:03
    The killers
    krayzrick
    +3
    Good, law abiding folks aren't doing killings..
  • Flowers 2012/07/31 13:55:34
    The killers
    Flowers
    +4
    guns are a weapon, they can not commit a crime. Luckily, this man made verbal threats and someone took it serious and reported it.
  • Sissum71*AFCL* 2012/07/31 12:10:57
    The killers
    Sissum71*AFCL*
    +8
    Nuff Said.... nuff
  • Grandpa Sissum7... 2012/07/31 13:15:14
    Grandpa
    Look more guns for HOLDER to sell to the drug cartell >>. He needs more retirement money at the cost of a border guard >> Good deal as obama will CHA
  • Sissum7... Grandpa 2012/08/01 00:56:28
    Sissum71*AFCL*
    Yeah, it's not the murderous bastards fault. It's an inanimate object capable of nothing on it's own. CHA...
  • Grandpa Sissum7... 2012/08/01 13:50:43
    Grandpa
    If it weren't sold to the drug cartel ,who are crooks to start with ,it wouldn't have happened To the border agent and many civilians in Mexico >> To purchase a gun here the police and the FBI runs a back ground check >> Who checked out the drug dealers ??? Get real and grow a brain
  • Sissum7... Grandpa 2012/08/01 14:01:53 (edited)
    Sissum71*AFCL*
    +1
    Rotfl....once again that's the fault of people not guns...
  • Grandpa Sissum7... 2012/08/01 14:10:32
    Grandpa
    GET REAL
  • Sissum7... Grandpa 2012/08/01 14:16:18
    Sissum71*AFCL*
    +1
    Yeah, good come back (not)
  • ExaltedGod 2012/07/31 09:52:51 (edited)
    The guns
    ExaltedGod
    +1
    NOOOOOO!!!! I ment to click the Killers ugh!!.
  • Lanikai ExaltedGod 2012/07/31 15:51:16
    Lanikai
    +1
    Not a problem, I actually READ the replies.
  • J ExaltedGod 2012/07/31 18:16:11
    J
    +1
    I clicked the guns too. But left a sarcastic remark. I noticed that "Scott" did the same.
  • fortycal_sig 2012/07/31 09:38:24
    The killers
    fortycal_sig
    +4
    When seconds count, the police are just minutes away.

    In a free society, the primary function of the police is to investigate crime, not prevent it. Prevention, so far as it's actually possible deal with a "crime" that hasn't happened yet, is more of a general social function.

    The only way to deal with a crime in progress is self-defense. The police can't be everywhere, and even if they could be, who would want that?
  • Barbara Hasler 2012/07/31 08:29:14
    The killers
    Barbara Hasler
    +2
    The Aurora incident point up the fact that we are lax in the diagnosis and treatment of the mentally ill. Apparently the shooter was seeing a psychiatrist at the University of Colorado. She did nothing to get him hospitalized and let his disease escalate to ultimately committing mass murder.
  • Lanikai Barbara... 2012/07/31 15:52:31
    Lanikai
    +1
    She has been repeatedly disciplined for violating the rules as well.

    And she allegedly KNEW he had major issues and still did not alert authorities he was dangerous because HE has rights.
  • Barbara... Lanikai 2012/07/31 18:48:35
    Barbara Hasler
    This is progressivism gone mad! Twelve people had to die and 59 had to be injured because of a feeble excuse by the only person that could possibly of stopped the madness.
  • helsinkiphil 2012/07/31 08:22:23
    The guns
    helsinkiphil
    the "guns don't kill people..." stance is the single most vapid, vacant & vacuous argument ever. And there is absolutely NO point trying to have an intelligent discussion with a moron who quotes a 225-year-old document as their sole justification. Or better still, proclaims the possession of a firearm as a human right, yet bursts a blood vessel at the idea of universal healthcare...
  • ExaltedGod helsink... 2012/07/31 10:01:12
    ExaltedGod
    +3
    I would be more than happy to hold a conversation with you but it is clear from your stance above that you're just as close minded as some of the people you hate. Clearly your not an American, and if you are you shouldn't be. The Constitution is the single most important document of history, more important than the Bible, more than the International Human Rights Constitution. The forefathers of this country knew there would be a time that the government would over step its hand (like England) and this "225-year-old document" gives people the power to prevent something like that ever happening again. The phrase is true, Guns don't kill people but lets put it another way, maybe we should blame pencils for spelling mistakes or how about we blame cars for arriving at the wrong location. This will always fall back on the user, it is never the instrument.
  • Grandpa helsink... 2012/07/31 13:22:47
    Grandpa
    +2
    Perhaps thats why germany just marched into your country as no one had guns to fight back >> People kill people and a gun is not always the weapon used >> Knifes,pipe,ax,poison ETC >>> Good poeple protect there families and home ,can't control the wierdoo's and you never will
  • Mog of War helsink... 2012/07/31 16:00:51
    Mog of War
    And what of those who are for arming the citizenry and giving them access to affordable health care? It's better to argue on one issue at a time than to pigeonhole the other side of the argument to be of a specific political faction. If we resystemized militias, that is required counties to field militias, sorting people into platoons randomly, requiring all adults to participate, then we would have a social framework to properly implement many programs in a context which more people would grasp. For one thing it would make counseling more accessible because the militia sessions would make it easier for people to asses who needs help, which would automatically make many of the existing programs more efficient.
  • mae 2012/07/31 04:40:07
    The killers
    mae
    +1
    The Killers, certainly, but also the guns. How are these people able to amass all of this weaponry? A gun sales registry by state would be a start...
  • Lanikai mae 2012/07/31 15:54:41
    Lanikai
    +2
    WE have all of those registries. WE also have intensive background checks-but those only work when EVERYONE follows the rules.


    228 dead in Chicago by ILLEGALLY purchased guns this year.

    Until they figure out how to prevent criminals from having illegally owned guns, there is no way in HELL they should retrict legal gun ownership, that is like declaring open season on law abiding citizens as the ones in Chicago are learning the very hard way.
  • mae Lanikai 2012/07/31 16:16:30
    mae
    I hear you, Lanikai.
  • Louisa - Enemy of the State 2012/07/31 03:32:52
    The killers
    Louisa - Enemy of the State
    +2
    People die on the highways. Should we go after cars or people?
    People die from cancer. Should we kill the cancer or the patient?

    Why is it that the governments solution to all problems is to work them from the end result, not the problem itself. If a kid doesn't behave in school, give them drugs. Don't try to find out WHY little Johnny can't sit still. If someone is killed by a gun, outlaw the gun and incarcerate the shooter. Wouldn't it make more sense to try to 'fix' the shooter?

    Surely by now we have a profile of the kind of person who commits mass murder. They are loners, psychopathic, no empathy, no remorse, no feeling for others, often deeply-suicidal, delusional, out of touch with reality, deeply mentally ill.

    I KNOW someone who fits a lot of these traits and believe me, I keep an eye on him!!
  • adenois Louisa ... 2012/07/31 04:31:45
    adenois
    Comparing accidents and diseases to crimes those are willingly done is just meaningless in my opinion. What about giving an atom bomb to everyone in the world then? After a whole continent is made extinct by a pshyco, you could still ask, the crazy psycho who used the bomb or the bombs?

    The guns are those which need to be clearly restricted.
  • Louisa ... adenois 2012/08/01 01:09:04
    Louisa - Enemy of the State
    Not the answer. And if so, then they MUST take cars off the road too. Because cars with drunk drivers and texting drivers are killing people and there's no end in sight unless they ban cars. Otherwise this is a forever thing.
  • firelooker 2012/07/30 22:28:17
    The killers
    firelooker
    +1
    I want to know how the Aorora kiler was able to get enough money to buy all his weapons and ammo. I can't even afford to buy one box of .45's at twenty bucks a box much less several thousand rounds. That's a lot of money!
  • firelooker firelooker 2012/07/30 22:29:45
    firelooker
    +2
    Aurora & killer, key board drops letters sometimes & I didn't spell check, my bad!
  • Lanikai firelooker 2012/07/31 15:56:50
    Lanikai
    SH has an edit feature, so you can edit your original post to make corrections. It is on the top right, just above the text box.
  • Lanikai firelooker 2012/07/31 15:56:10
    Lanikai
    +1
    Federal grant to study neuroscience at the University.

    FEDERAL GRANT despite the fact that he was under psychiatric care, and she never alerted anyone to his issues, so he was clear on his background checks for every weapon he purchased.
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