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Speak Out: Will Newtown Change Your Attitude Toward Guns?

Shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School has sparked broader debate over gun control and whether semi-automatic weapons should be banned.

The Sandy Hook shooting has opened a broader discussion over gun control and whether there should be tighter restrictions on semi-automatic weapons like the one used by shooter Adam Lanza.

As Columbia Patch points out, citing an article from The Washington Post, current law bans fully automatic assault weapons, but semi-automatic assault weapons are legal, as well as high-capacity magazines.

Since the shooting, Walmart stopped selling online the Bushmaster Patrolman's Carbine M4A3 Rifle, which is in the same family of firearms as the weapon Lanza used, The Huffington Post reports

Wheaton Patch is reporting that Dick's Sporting Goods has suspended the sale of "modern sporting rifles" at all of its stores. 

The shooting has sparked a national gun control debate, and lawmakers already have started to weigh in.

California Sen. Dianne Feinstien has pledged to introduce new gun-control legislation next session, the Los Angeles Times reports. President Obama has said he wants gun laws tightened.

The National Rifle Association, the biggest opponent of gun laws, has suspended some of its social media, including a 1.7 million fan Facebook page

U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) issued a statement on Tuesday calling for a national discussion on gun control:

"... we must discuss the ready access of individuals to weapons. I know there are different views in this Congress. I must tell you that I do not understand why we need to allow access to military-style assault weapons and ammunition. I strongly support Senator Feinstein’s effort to reinstate the expired 1994 ban on assault weapons, including a ban on ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds."

In Virginia, longtime Second Amendment rights supporter Sen. Mark Warner has come out in favor of stricter gun laws, Northern Virginia Patches are reporting.

On the county level, Howard County Executive Ken Ulman said he'd support an assault weapons ban, Columbia Patch reports.  Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz echoed a similar sentiment, Towson Patch reports.

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Speak Out: Should there be tighter restrictions on semi-automatic weapons? A ban? Or do you think stricter laws would infringe on Second Amendment rights?

Please post your comments below this story.

Fred December 19, 2012 at 09:40 PM
The largest mass murder of school children was done with dynamite!
Holly Agouridis December 19, 2012 at 11:21 PM
Yes it has. I believe now more than ever that schools should have armed guards/police. I think every home should have a gun to protect themselves. I am tired of hearing about tougher gun laws because it's not the law abiding citizen like me who are going out and committing these horrible crimes. The criminals don't follow gun laws. What we need to focus our anger and all out protests on is Mental Health Care for people. Does 28 days really heal someone? Then after that can these people pay $2,000 a day to be on treatment? Every time there is a mass shooting everyone comes out against guns. If people actually heard the positive situations of people who have saved lives with guns maybe we wouldn't have all this BS about the guns. The gun didn't walk out in it's own and start shooting people and if he didn't have access to a gun it would have been something else maybe more deviatating like a bomb that killed everyone. Look we don't take cars out of circulation because a drink driver kills someone and there are more deaths per yet with drunk driving. We aldo made cocaine, meth and heroin illegal and look how well that stuff is off the streets. Let's start paying attention to the warning signs. I truley believe a person does not just wake up at 7am, gets dressed and says " I think I will go on a mass shooting spree".
Robin Wind-Faillace December 20, 2012 at 02:05 AM
Agree.
Roy December 20, 2012 at 10:31 PM
If the do gooder politations have the mentally ill in institutions instead of out on the streets, this may not have happened. Because someone in that condition acts this way , you take the guns from all. Oh no, Hitler did it, Stalin did it, Asaid did it, we will be throwing stones to insure our rights. We are dumb enough to elect and reelect as president some who wants to limit how we can react to dictatorship.
Jack McKethen December 23, 2012 at 04:57 AM
First of all what do planes have to do with guns. I'm a father of two children with a wife I work in afghanistan. I'm doing what I have to do for my family. Unfortunately my wife is at home alone and her only means of protection are the ak and ar that are in the house. Mind you everyone in my house are very respectful of these weapons. My wife is not a great shot so you know what she probably would need the 30 round magazines to properly defend my children. Wise up Jay if people want to kill they will use anything to do it.

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