Dolphins president on latest mass shooting: “How do we stop this?”

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When mass shootings happen, and they seem to happen far too often, we’re keenly aware of the incident and we’re affected by it. But we also recognize that certain distractions to the things that create grief, fear, and worry are necessary. So we try to stay in our lane, providing the kinds of information and analysis that has become for many a welcome diversion from more serious subjects.

Since our lane continues to be the NFL and everything associated with it, it’s prudent to share this observation from Dolphins president and CEO Tom Garfinkel in the wake of the latest school shooting, which occurred Wednesday in Florida.

How do we stop this?” Garfinkel wrote on Twitter. “When will there be proactive change from our government leaders to address the complexity of why this keeps happening? Praying for those affected in Parkland. And Orlando, and Columbine, and Sandy Hook, and every other senseless and tragic shooting.”

It’s a simple question, but it has no easy answer, because it relies on a combination of factors and issues, from spotting a potential killer before he or she decides to kill to making it harder for someone who has resolved to kill to accumulate the means to easily do so to addressing the factors that can drive a person to choose to kill. Until an answer is identified by those charged with leading and protecting us, the risk of death in a mass shooting at school, church, work, the mall, or anywhere people gather will remain one of the saddest realities of life in America.

69 responses to “Dolphins president on latest mass shooting: “How do we stop this?”

  1. Well put and I couldnt agree more. It is time to get after this issue. If it is tighter gun laws or better mental health evaluations – i dont care. it is time for everyone to get their head out of their ARS and DO SOMETHING. I am a legal gun owner but this has to stop. I put peoples lives ahead of my personal values at this point. SOMETHING HAS TO CHANGE. Anything. Lets just do something.

  2. That kid was a nutjuob, every warning sign was there.

    As owner of over 30 guns, including multiple semi auto rifles including AR-15’s, there is no way he should have been able to get a gun of any type.

    While I hate the term common sense gun laws because it’s a term that has been pushed by the extreme anti gun side, we need to do what makes sense.

    Would it have stopped this? we may never know as the majority of guns used in crimes are illegally purchased, but we shouldn’t facilitate it either.

    I also know this, I have never shot up a school and I never will. My AR-15 has never opened up the safe i keep it in and started shooting itself. Taking mine away won’t stop crimes.

    Owning a gun is a big responsibility and I have nothing to hide. We need to focus on the purchaser not the items being purchased.

  3. We may never be able to completely stop it, but doing absolutely nothing, as has been the case thus far virtually ensures that it will continue to happen. There is evidence that a majority of Americans favor gun control (not just liberals) but the politicians are in the NRA’s pocket and until we vote into office officials with strong gun control platforms, as opposed to strong NRA ratings…the ineffective “hopes and prayers” after it happens, and that it doesn’t happen in YOUR area will continue.

  4. Stop promoting violence in this country. It’s like our fat problem. Americans are raised to be violent and to eat themselves to death on whatever tastes good with no restraint.

  5. I also know this, I have never shot up a school and I never will. My AR-15 has never opened up the safe i keep it in and started shooting itself. Taking mine away won’t stop crimes.

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    Serious question….why do have/need an AR-15?

  6. He was 19, so wasnt allowed to purchase, carry or possess guns. Its against the law to take a gun on school property. What am I getting at? More restrictive gun laws will not stop this issue. The police must treat illegal gun possession and illegal gun dealing as a serious crime which for some reason they do not. Less than 3% of arrests due to illegal carrying or selling of guns end in a prison sentence. There was some woman where I lived who was purchasing guns legally and then selling them to criminals, she pled it down and got 1.5 years probation. WTF! She should have gotten 10 years no parole at least. Stop guns getting into hands of criminals! As a gun owner and active target shooter ( sometimes competitively ) I also agree that waiting periods, more extensive background checks, and making it more difficult to purchase AR style guns can be helpful. Why not make those checks as long as as tough as a concealed carry permit? In return I would like to see more reciprocity for concealed permits. The people who go through that hassle are about 1% as likely as the general population to get into trouble with the law.

  7. I have fun shooting my semi-automatic handguns and rifles, but I’d gladly give them up if we could pull all semi-autos off the street. I can hunt and target shoot with a bolt action rifle and defend my home (probably a crazy notion anyway, but whatever) with a revolver just as effectively, but those weapons are not the terribly efficient killing machines that semi-autos are.

    I’m about as big of a gun rights guy as there exists, but this is just nuts. We have no effective, reliable, and affordable means of identifying mentally ill before they snap. We will never stop them from hiding their illness and then attacking. Let’s take the weapons out of their hands that serve to multiply the effectiveness of their attacks when they do snap. We will probably never stop school attacks; it is part of our culture now. But I’d gladly trade my semi-autos if it meant that an attacker could only fire a half dozen rounds before needing to reload or switch guns. Police and military need semi-auto weapons. I really don’t.

  8. I also know this, I have never shot up a school and I never will. My AR-15 has never opened up the safe i keep it in and started shooting itself. Taking mine away won’t stop crimes.

    Owning a gun is a big responsibility and I have nothing to hide. We need to focus on the purchaser not the items being purchased.

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    Taking yours away may not stop crimes, but taking this kid’s away might have. This is such a stupid argument.

    Gun control needs to be comprehensive. Focusing simply on the purchaser is a nice thought, but it still puts too much power, discretion and ultimately, room for error, with firearm sellers.

  9. There is NO evidence that the majority of Americans favor ‘gun control’; in fact , it’s just the opposite.
    We used to have mental institutions where the criminally insane were treated, and if necessary, incarcerated. Not so much anymore, and many marginal, emotionally disturbed, and criminally insane individuals are out in our society, with little or no treatment or controls, leaving it up to the police to deal with.
    Unless/until we as a society get a better handle on how to keep firearms out of the hands of EDP’s (Emotionally disturbed persons), and the criminally insane, we will continue to see this kind of tragedy happen. And it’s too bad that there wasn’t a ‘good guy with a gun’ there to stop this bad guy with a gun from committing unchecked mayhem.

  10. Odds are that right now somebody somewhere is pregnant with a baby that will grow up to the point of going to school only to be gunned down by another unborn baby currently being carried in it’s mothers womb as well.

    We have been too late to save so many of these kids. We have time to have a civil rational conversation as a nation. We have had time to have a civil rational conversation. When will this conversation take place? This should have been a national debate/topic after the Columbine shooting. Can you believe that was back in 1999? April 20th 1999? We have done virtually nothing about it for 19 straight years in a row.

    The school shooting dynasty has lasted longer than the Patriots dynasty. But which dynasty is the bigger hot button topic? We need to focus on our priorities.

  11. Put the Bible ,prayer and God back in schools would be a good step to take to stop this. When people believe there is no God they become worse than animals.

  12. vikingsvoice says:
    February 15, 2018 at 9:31 am
    Fewer assault rifles in civilian hands would be a good start.
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    I have an AR 15 and it’s never “assaulted” anyone. It’s a semi automatic .223 caliber rifle with a pistol grip. Just because it looks cool doesn’t make it different from any other semi auto rifle.

  13. It won’t be cheap but how about security and metal detector screenings at all schools. We have it at airports and and sports stadiums. Why not schools? I know, I know, it’s too expensive and the kids will lose their sense of freedom, it will be like a prison, blah, blah, blah. But they will be safer yes?

  14. This starts way before gun control. We have a broken world without love and peace. We have even less moral fiber. I won’t go on but for anyone who reads the bible is this world of lawlessness not spoken of. I don’t know the answer other then prayer, prayer and more prayer. I pray for the families of the victims my heart cries for them. Senseless acts of violence come from a person but start further / deeper and come from the enemy. Yep I said it for all those that will say it’s all crap just do a bit of reading open your mind and heart to why the heck humans are here. Does it all make sense no, but it sure makes more sense then humans just coming from monkey’s. The bible clearly has suggested that the world will continue this way and only get worse until a return of a real king. I wish it did’t have to be this way, i wish countless people didn’t have to have bad things happen to them but it is the way of things.

    Gun control would help, but the black market is so alive and well in the US and other parts of the world. I guess every school in the west now needs security with an AR to save lives.

  15. People will blame guns, you can kill someone with anything. How about asking your kids how their day went? Eat at the dinner table. American traditions are going out the window. Everyone is on social media now. How about asking your kids if they’ve been bullied? Think about how many of these kids dont go home to two loving parents. These are kids. And what happens when these shootings happen? Adults get on social media to complain about guns, looking for likes and who they can argue the most with. Its goes far past guns. It’s not guns, it’s our values as adults have gone out the window. Our society is on a downhill spiral. The signs of this guy being a nut job were there and they didn’t do anything about it. I’m not saying it wasnt his fault, but the warning signs were there and no one stepped in. Why do we not have armed policeman or officers in every school? There are so many ways to prevent this and we don’t. We all need to come together to prevent these things, instead of taking one side of the other, and live as a functioning society.

  16. Why not fix the mental health system in the US? The shooter had been reported to local law enforcement as well as the GNU. People knew he was mentally unstable but nothing happened.

  17. Remember now, we can’t mix politics, societal issues and sports. Can’t have it both ways. Just run your team and don’t make statements or acknowledge off the field stuff.

  18. People scream for gun control from the mountaintops, and hey, getting guns out of the hands of psychos is a nice idea. But what’s the first step? Raid everyone’s properties? Yeah, that’ll go over great. And free healthcare and education for all. Just make it happen! Some people have all the answers but never offer up how to get there.

  19. When we were kids, we were taught the value of all human life.

    Today’s children are taught differently. No amount of government intervention is going to change this irrefutable fact.

  20. You won’t. If you make guns illegal, guess who will be the only ones getting guns? THOSE WHO GET EVERYTHING ELSE ILLEGALLY. THE BAD GUYS.

  21. Law makers NOT being allowed to receive millions of dollars from the largest terrorist organization in the United State, the NRA, would probably be a good place to start…….

  22. Bad people do bad things. Murder is illegal regardless of how it’s done. You can’t legislate morality.

    The common denominator with mass shooters? Angry depressed disconnected evil.

    Improving our culture, the way we treat each other, education, family, better parenting, kindness are all ways to not let evil seeds take root, grow unchecked and then cause irreparable damage in our community.

  23. Where is all the uproar about school shootings? Seems more people are concerned with attacking flag/national anthem protestors than they are about children losing their lives to AR-15s in the hands of psychos.

  24. First call it gun reform as opposed to control. It’s insane to think the government will be able to take everyone’s gun and realistically it’s never been about that, it’s always been about reforming laws for safety.

    No accessories that make rifles automatic, so outlaw things like bump stocks yesterday.

    Have a mandatory 60 day waiting period for buying any gun in all states. If you want a gun you shouldn’t have a problem waiting for one while a background check is conducted. This should also require references to check on the mental health of the person and make sure they’re not a danger to themselves or others.

    Reinstate the assault rifle ban. Never should have been taken off the books, and if you’re one of the people who was marketed to as it being a hunting rifle, I suggest you find a new rifle for your hobby. Plus you don’t need a high capacity magazine.

    Have background checks at gun shows.

    Have mandatory safety classes taken before getting a license that are both a written and practical test.

    Have that license expire after five years and a background check required for it to be reinstated.

    Make it impossible for people accused of domestic violence from buying firearms.

    Have universal gun safety laws as opposed to varying them state to state.

    Basically have some common sense here and make it as difficult to get a license for a gun as we do a license for a car. If you’re a law abiding citizen (as I’m sure 99.9% of you are) then it shouldn’t be a problem to have to go through a few more checks to make sure your family is safe before you drop them off at school.

  25. How about no guns for people with mental problems? Why is this so hard to figure out? Maybe gun lobby money clouds their vision?

  26. You think common sense gun laws is just a partisan position being pushed by “anti-gun” extremists? You are part of the problem. Seek help.

    Stop the NRA from owning elected officials and we’ll have the beginnings of a solution.

  27. Stop giving participation trophies. Teach your children that not everyone is a winner all the time and teach them how to deal with disappointment and loss.

  28. steelerdeathstar says:
    February 15, 2018 at 10:00 am
    There is NO evidence that the majority of Americans favor ‘gun control’; in fact , it’s just the opposite.
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    I own a gun and I favor better gun control. I would gladly give up my gun in a heartbeat if it put an end to kids getting shot. Wouldn’t you?

  29. Few Facts:
    1. AR does not mean Assault Rifle
    2. Who has the lowest crime rate Police Officer or CCW Holder? CCW Holder
    3. States with borderline unconstitutional gun laws still have have gun crime
    4. It will come our that this shoot was on some type of SSRI

  30. Everyone wants to blame guns. You should blame the internet, TV and the media for this. You never saw school shootings until the mid and late 90’s. Guess what showed up in the 90’s. Wonder where they get the ideas to do this look no further than those 3. The TV and media gives these people there spotlight.

  31. Oh, and your politicians don’t care because their kids don’t go to school with yours in most cases, and they don’t play where you play.

    Banning guns isn’t going to fix it, but rather like I said, a mentality shift needs to happen where we don’t glorify violence. People cite low gun violence in other countries, and in many of them, guns aren’t restricted outside of the absurd people who think machine guns are good for a normal functioning society to have at large, which is kind of a dumb perspective to have. They just don’t raise their society to think that shooting people is akin to throwing a punch when you get upset about something.

    People who really think impressing the brains of society at large over and over again in different aspects of its culture with gun violence and violence at large isn’t going to produce a lot of screwed up people who come from messed up backgrounds as a reaction to that are either willfully ignorant or plain out stupid.

  32. You never saw school shootings until the mid and late 90’s. Guess what showed up in the 90’s.
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    Excesses. Loads and loads of excuses showed up in the 90’s. We use to be accountable for our own actions. Lying denying and deflecting blame onto others really took off around then. It’s been out of control every since. While I’d agree social media is a huge stage for all people (good and bad and every degree of good and bad) it’s still us (Americans) that have a problem to fix with ourselves.

  33. txtroutslayer says:
    February 15, 2018 at 11:01 am
    Name one new Gun law that would have prevented this tragedy.

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    How about banning assault rifles? You Americans have this perverse desire to own these military grade rifles for what reason? You can protect your home and family with a handgun. You can shoot deer with a hunting rifle. I’m going to get hammered for this on here but as an outsider I just cannot comprehend the delusional thinking of Americans who are obsessed with owning guns and will never agree to any type of gun laws. Crazy.

  34. “Name one new Gun law that would have prevented this tragedy.”

    You have to be 25 to buy a military style weapon, and pass a rigorous background check.

  35. birdwatcher100 says:
    February 15, 2018 at 9:44 am
    I also know this, I have never shot up a school and I never will. My AR-15 has never opened up the safe i keep it in and started shooting itself. Taking mine away won’t stop crimes.

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    Serious question….why do have/need an AR-15?

    Serious question, can we go through your house and question anything that we deem dangerous or inappropriate? Why does anyone need a Cadillac or Mercedes? Why does anyone need a mansion.

    OK, let’s get each and every civilian gun out of the hands of citizens. Then when people start mowing down kids at school crossings you can ban cars, then bows & arrows, blades other than butter knives. I know, you’re upset about MASS shootings but you’re OK if only a couple are run down. A gun in a safe is damn near useless if you need it in a hurry to defend yourself so there’s no point in anyone having a gun at home. No one needs to hunt. We have grocery stores so no hunting rifles.

    Things aren’t bad, people are bad. The anti gun folks have this exactly backwards. But hey, go ahead, remove the 2ndA. Watch what happens when people know that you have no way to defend yourself.

  36. cabosan1978 says:
    February 15, 2018 at 10:56 am
    steelerdeathstar says:
    February 15, 2018 at 10:00 am
    There is NO evidence that the majority of Americans favor ‘gun control’; in fact , it’s just the opposite.
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    I own a gun and I favor better gun control. I would gladly give up my gun in a heartbeat if it put an end to kids getting shot. Wouldn’t you?

    Far more kids die in car accidents than by guns. Ready to give up your ride?

    Nearly 1300 kids die from gunshots each year. Nearly 1600 kids under 15 die from car accidents. If you add in ages 16-20 it balloons to nearly 10000.

    Where’s the outrage? Or are we OK with this because it all “part of the plan”?

  37. txtroutslayer says:

    February 15, 2018 at 11:01 am

    Name one new Gun law that would have prevented this tragedy.
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    Trying to prevent yesterday’s shooting isn’t going to accomplish anything, it’s about trying to stop more shootings in the future. Surely we can come up with some sort of law that will prevent future shootings

  38. The same NFL fans who (if they could) would skirt 1st Amendment protections and compel pro-America speech by NFL players are often the staunchest defenders of 2nd Amendment gun rights. But if the 1st Amendment doesn’t grant US citizens an absolute right to speech, why should the 2nd Amendment grant US citizens an absolute right to firearms?

    Common sense gun control is a no-brainer. To sit here and claim otherwise based on language written over 200 years ago by guys who disagreed about that language as soon as the ink dried on the parchment is illogical and lazy. No member of the citizenry needs to own a military-grade assault rifle that could have singlehandedly swung the Civil War at Appomattox. And failing to install gun control measures because we’re unsure if those measures will be 100% effective is not acceptable.

    So to answer Mr. Garfinkel’s question, holding politicians accountable when they vote otherwise would be a good start.

  39. Lemmy Aksyadis says:

    February 15, 2018 at 11:51 am


    Far more kids die in car accidents than by guns. Ready to give up your ride?

    Nearly 1300 kids die from gunshots each year. Nearly 1600 kids under 15 die from car accidents. If you add in ages 16-20 it balloons to nearly 10000.

    Where’s the outrage? Or are we OK with this because it all “part of the plan”?
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    Cars provide a value though, our economy would shut down without cars since nobody would be able to get to work. You can’t compare stricter gun laws with banning cars

  40. As an NRA member with multiple guns (including semi-autos), I have no problem with common sense gun control legislation, including banning bump stocks, extended clips, fully-automatic weapons, and conducting background checks and limitations on gun ownership on those with mental illness. But that’s only part of the problem — the other is more programs to address mental illness and more resources to law enforcement to address mental illness and these types of mass shootings. It’s not just one thing, but those who say guns aren’t the issue simply aren’t looking at the issue logically from 10,000 feet.

  41. mantastic54 says:
    February 15, 2018 at 12:09 pm
    Lemmy Aksyadis says:

    February 15, 2018 at 11:51 am


    Far more kids die in car accidents than by guns. Ready to give up your ride?

    Nearly 1300 kids die from gunshots each year. Nearly 1600 kids under 15 die from car accidents. If you add in ages 16-20 it balloons to nearly 10000.

    Where’s the outrage? Or are we OK with this because it all “part of the plan”?
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    Cars provide a value though, our economy would shut down without cars since nobody would be able to get to work. You can’t compare stricter gun laws with banning cars

    Economy. It all comes down to the almighty dollar. So 10000 kids dead is OK because you’ve decided there’s a value? Ban alcohol. Demand cell phone blocking in cars. Give out real sentences to DUI instead of a smack on the hand and right back behind the wheel. Jail irresponsible drivers with histories of violations.

    But we all know how it works. It’s all good until you’re the one with a dead child b/c someone needed to apply makeup while driving. So much better than death by gun.

    BTW, I own no guns but will defend that right as ferociously as I defend the entire BOR. There are ways to stop these school shootings but we lack the will and the courage to do it.

  42. It’s pretty simple, based on inaction, Americans and politicians put protecting gun rights above the safety of innocent people. No other country has this bad of a massacre issue and the US has the most lax gun laws in the world. Not hard to put a correlation between the two. Doing nothing ensures the next massacre is right around the corner.

  43. birdwatcher100 says:

    Serious question….why do have/need an AR-15?
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    Because the purpose of the 2nd Amendment is to have an armed civilian militia to defend against a future Stalin. It may scare you, but that’s what it says. Read it. Sort of hard to have an effective militia with slingshots. There was a time when a child could literally mail order a Thompson machine gun from a catalog and we didn’t have mass school shootings then. Ask yourself what changed. To blame the gun is intellectual lazy.

  44. Ban prescription drugs that are designed to alter the minds 9f those who take the drugs. I bet every mass shooter under 30 years old was prescribed Ritalin as a child. Something happened. Didn’t see this stuff happening until the 90s.

  45. birdwatcher100 says:
    February 15, 2018 at 9:44 am

    Serious question….why do have/need an AR-15?
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    Serious answer. First of all AR doesn’t stand for automatic rifle. It was first invented by the Armilte company. The action they invented is dependable, durable and accurate with the .223 caliber. The style is also light and versatile for attachments. Very popular for target shooters, home defense and varmint/Coyote hunters. You can go buy a different style semi automatic rifle that shoots the exact same round and use the exact same size magazine but it looks like regular deer rifle if that’s what you are looking for. Glad I could help.

  46. Serious question….why do have/need an AR-15?
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    Insecurity. Every gun nut I’ve ever known spoke of and treated them like a phallic extension and sign of virility. Like they are judged on toughness/manliness by how big their gun collection is.

  47. Would’ve been a lot tougher for this nut to kill 17 people with a bat or knife. But in a country with more guns than people, a country where one party is owned by the NRA, nothing will ever change.

  48. “No way to prevent this”…says only nation where this regularly happens.

    Sadly, there is truly no way to prevent this because of the proliferation of guns in the US. No one is ever going to take the guns away.

    But tougher control over who buys them and what can be bought would at least be a start in the right direction to reduce the frequency of such senseless tragedies.

  49. The argument that this was an illegal purchase, thus wasnt preventable with stricter gun laws… moronic.

    The stricter the gun laws, the harder it becomes for those who can legally purchase the weapons with intent to sell.

    The black market will always exist. It exists in every country with stricter gun laws that don’t have even remotely the number of mass shootings as Americans. But if you limit or remove the weapons from the market, production of these weapons will vastly decrease, and distribution will vastly decrease. Thus they will become far more difficult to find and in turn, far more costly to purchase.

    All of that makes tragedies like this one FAR LESS likely to happen

  50. I’m also multi-gun owner, with several that are literally “military grade,” or better. We need intelligent, factual discussions, starting with accuracy about what the Second Amendment says. It is a single sentence. Look it up and check me, but here’s the exact wording and punctuation I found:

    “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

    Here’s what I wonder – what “well regulated militia” would have thought that arming this particular “people” would contribute to the “security” of their “free state?” Anybody? (If you feel a need to jump in here, and vigorously argue any of the great reasons this shouldn’t infringe the right to bear arms, I already agree with you. Just hang with me another moment.)

    It is time to focus on all the words in the Second Amendment. Especially those words that are increasingly failing the victims of mass shootings: “well regulated” and “security of a free state.” The Second Amendment is more than, but not less than, our individual right to bear arms.

  51. mantastic54 says:
    February 15, 2018 at 10:30 am

    We just need more thoughts and prayers, that will fix everything

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    You’d be surprised what prayer can do and he power of prayer. It’s easy to dismiss. Harder to try and believe. Lives have been changed and will continue to with or without your belief. To each their own though, I’ll pray for the victims families.

  52. First call it gun reform as opposed to control. It’s insane to think the government will be able to take everyone’s gun and realistically it’s never been about that, it’s always been about reforming laws for safety.

    No accessories that make rifles automatic, so outlaw things like bump stocks yesterday.

    Have a mandatory 60 day waiting period for buying any gun in all states. If you want a gun you shouldn’t have a problem waiting for one while a background check is conducted. This should also require references to check on the mental health of the person and make sure they’re not a danger to themselves or others.

    Reinstate the assault rifle ban. Never should have been taken off the books, and if you’re one of the people who was marketed to as it being a hunting rifle, I suggest you find a new rifle for your hobby. Plus you don’t need a high capacity magazine.

    Have background checks at gun shows.

    Have mandatory safety classes taken before getting a license that are both a written and practical test.

    Have that license expire after five years and a background check required for it to be reinstated.

    Make it impossible for people accused of domestic violence from buying firearms.

    Have universal gun safety laws as opposed to varying them state to state.

    Basically have some common sense here and make it as difficult to get a license for a gun as we do a license for a car. If you’re a law abiding citizen (as I’m sure 99.9% of you are) then it shouldn’t be a problem to have to go through a few more checks to make sure your family is safe before you drop them off at school.

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    Great post sounds allot like Canadian Law. I own a couple guns, I went through a background check, waited for months, had to redo it again after 5 years. Took a class had to pass it both written and physical exam. Further references were checked.

    Does that fix it all no, of course not but it helps. There are gun deaths in Canada and I pray there are few and it remains that way. But gun control makes it harder to get. IN fact often illegal guns make it into Canada from guess where?

    So long as it’s easy to buy, distribute and end up in the hands of kids this will continue and get worse.

    Are their larger problems like mental healthy, value issues, family issues of course. But which fight is the easiest to get worked on right away. Limit the ease and access to guns. Simple!

  53. In this day and age if you think a corrupt government could be over run by the masses and their right to bear arms you are mistaken. Corrupt governments are replaced all the time with just as corrupt ones and a lot more dead people in the aftermath. Wake up America, you have a great country but this violence has got to stop.

  54. If your anywhere near Parkland or know one of these victims your hurting right now. Today was almost harder than yesterday. It is difficult to function in the most basic ways but we are trying.

  55. It called gun control. Sure , sure, sure you have the right to arm bears or bear arms, whatever it says, but that was to protect the citizens against someone raising a militia to take down the government or a foreign invader. Guns back then weren’t high velocity, multi shots per second military grade, they were single shot muskets.

    Wake up and start protecting yourselves from yourselves. One innocent death to a gun is one too many.

    And the whole ‘only the bad guys then will obtain guns’ is a cop out, that’s why you have Police and protective service intelligence agencies for.

  56. Unfortunately, the toothpaste was squeezed out of the tube in 2004 … Prior to 2004, there was actually legislation passed regarding the sale and manufacture of assault rifles – automatic and semi-automatic. The legislation was finally passed in, like 1994 and was supported by MANY former presidents of BOTH parties including The Great Communicator. There was support from FORMER legislators of both parties – note, FORMER legislators of both parties. That legislation was finally passed and signed into law following what I recall as the first gruesome use of an assault rifle at a McDonald’s.

    The legislation was passed with a 10-year sunset clause – no kidding — and was allowed to expire in 2004. The Department of Justice released in their report to Congress a statement that went something like this … there isn’t enough data to support the belief that a ban on assault rifles is necessary because assault rifles weren’t used enough in crimes committed to register useful statistics. That became their rationale for NOT extending the ban on assault rifles’ manufacture and sale.

    Hey, you know what? I’m not a “gun guy”. Thing is, I don’t dislike folks who are. Most of my family and friends are hunters. My father-in-law is a certified firearms dealer and safety instructor in suburban Detroit – the guy sends me NRA stuff as “gag gifts” and we joke about it mightily. Never in a million years would you catch me advocating taking ANYONE’S sporting firearms. Period. I love venison as much as the next born and reared Wisconsin farm boy.

    The “toothpaste” analogy is the proverbial trigger moment here. Our legislators — not statesmen — are too worried about getting the money from THE largest pressure group in the world in order to keep their jobs, than to be STATESMEN. Look no further the official responses from our supposed leaders each time one these mass murders occurs. Equivocation and refusal to call it what it is … Selling out to the gun lobby in order to keep those massive campaign contributions coming in … and the membership of the NRA buys into the pure unadulterated fabrications. So be it. Do nothing guys … justify it away …

    Our nation has become a bad Mad Max movie.

  57. Well Mr. Garfinkel grandstanding on Twitter will not make a difference either. What about the mental healthcare community accepting responsibility for not reporting certain patients as potential threats. There are laws to protect those mental health patients but perhaps they are to strict in the mental health area. Moreover medications are an additional cause of people doing harm to themselves and others. The drug companies and the mental health Doctors know that the risk is great for many mental health patients. Watching more closely what certain patients do on social media can be a warning and possible life saver. This would allow certain mental health patients to get more needed assistance. Certain patients should be mandated to provide their social media accounts. Mr. Garfinkel your rhetorical question should not blame government only!

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