Bears issue statement after Highland Park July 4th parade massacre

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Another day in the life of America. Another mass shooting. Another mass murder. This time, it happened at a Fourth of July parade in Highland Park, Illinois. A gunman climbed an unsecured ladder to an unsecured roof and shot 30 unsuspecting people, killing six of them.

After being at large for most of the day, the murderer has been caught.

The Bears have issued a statement regarding the latest tragedy involving guns and human beings far too troubled and evil to ever own them. It’s what’s done at times like this, even if it doesn’t do anything.

Thoughts and prayers. At this point, it’s more caricature than cliche. And yet that worn out phrase has made its way into the team’s statement. What else, really, can be said?

The problem is simply beyond our ability to properly diagnose and repair. We just can’t do it. We can try. We can make minor strides. But it’s never going to be conclusively solved because we lack the political will to do it. The people may want it, but the politicians we’ve elected will not do it. And those who think it’s simple to replace the politicians who resist meaningful safety laws that don’t prevent responsible gun ownership don’t understand how a toxically-flawed two-party system truly works.

Here’s the reality. If you’re going to live here, you need to accept getting shot to death in a public place as one of the daily risks of leaving your house. Go to the grocery store, parade, church, school, wherever, and you could be shot and killed. Someone who has no business having a gun possibly will have gotten a gun and possibly will show up and take aim at you or those you have a solemn duty to protect but can’t.

You can’t do it because we are broken. Fundamentally and, by all appearances, irretrievably. Those who are supposed to be the best among us are the worst, selling out the lives of Americans for political support and acting like they have done no such thing even though everyone knows it.

Anyway, this is who we are as a people. As a nation. It’s not changing. Some like to say, America, love it or leave it. Plenty of Americans love it, but they will only ever feel truly safe if they pack up and leave it.

108 responses to “Bears issue statement after Highland Park July 4th parade massacre

  1. As a canadian I just want to say Im so very sorry to see this. The USA needs traditionaly republican voters to get a grip on reality and demand a stop to this madness.

  2. What needle does this move besides making the bears organization feel like they’ve done something when nothing has been done?

  3. Even in the 1960s and 70s there were gun clubs in high school (I was in one) and firearms were everywhere. Most families had one where I grew up in the midwest. These types of things didn’t happen then.

    Pinpointing what changed in society since becomes the logical next step.

  4. Time again for a big gigantic dose of good old thoughts and prayers. The well-regulated militia scores another win. The fact of the matter is not everyone deserves to have a gun, and not everyone should have a gun.

  5. It can be all placed in the hands of politicians. It also falls on those raising children…. Morals, value of life, accountability and more. Not only that the majority of murders are carried out by those who use stolen guns and NOT legal gun owners. Prayers for our country.

  6. Let’s talk about the real root cause … dysfunctional homes and the culture of our society. We can make all the laws we want but until we, as a society, make parenting, respecting authority, and empathy cornerstones of our culture, no amount of legislation will bring about the kind of change people are wanting.

    Condemn thoughts and prayers all you like, but virtue signaling by talking solely about gun control is not much better.

  7. This is madness. Only country in the world where half the population has their head up their rear. How many more innocents need to die? How many more families torn apart? Disgusted.

  8. I’ve said it many times over, it starts at home with parents and family. Top it off with more good cops on the streets and laws backing up perps whether it’s rehab or jail time !!!
    It’s not too late

  9. We take sides, meanwhile none of those charge care about us. NONE. No matter which color you like. A divided country is sadly the best thing for politicians, and the WORST thing for its people. Gun violence is yet another example. This is who we are.

  10. Chicago and IL leaders are going to lecture the country on gun control? Where was the pressers after the 50 people that got shot and killed just last weekend alone, who are we kidding here…

  11. Looking forward to hearing the politicians plan to secure ladders and close roofs to stop this from happening again.

  12. Laws can’t change evil. We have a Godless nation and sit around scratching our heads wondering how to fix it. I’d say maybe get morality back in schools and focus on strong family units and we might just be able to salvage our country.

  13. As far as the 2nd amendment goes, if we were to start a constitution from scratch today would we expect people to take it as gospel in the year 2257? Seems illogical and probably not what the founding fathers intended.

  14. I wouldn’t say leave it, America, but in no darn way am I living in a big city. I guess HP is a suburb of Chicago, perhaps the very most dangerous city in America, but maybe even the suburbs aren’t safe. Chicago has daily shootings. Daily. Every day. I don’t know if this HP nerd bought his gun legally but those daily shooters in Chicago, none of them did. None. Guns are never going away. That ship has sailed. If you’re going to start editing the constitution, guns will certainly not be the last thing they rip out of it. Speech. Assembly, they’ll follow. Build more prisons. Throw away keys. These Americans need to know, if you even possess a gun illegally, you’re going away forever. The time is NOW to make laws extremely tough, and ENFORCE them. Got a better solution? I’ll listen.

  15. Can we resist from throwing political beliefs in a post and just acknowledge how sad the situation is. God bless the families of all effected.

  16. It’s time to realize that weapons of war are not for hunting. Unless your hunting human beings.

  17. The misinterpretation of the 2nd Amendment by the courts and the gun lobby have turned the entire nation into a war zone.

  18. And there re some who think thats worth it, for their right to own military grade weapons. Not just for home defense, but to seize a capitol if necessary.

    >>Here’s the reality. If you’re going to live here, you need to accept getting shot to death in a public place as one of the daily risks of leaving your house. Go to the grocery store, parade, church, school, wherever, and you could be shot and killed. Someone who has no business having a gun possibly will have gotten a gun and possibly will show up and take aim at you or those you have a solemn duty to protect but can’t.

  19. Gun laws will not change anything. Perhaps parenting laws will. Who’s in charge of this monster kid? [Sigh]

  20. what kind of people are giving a thumbs-down to this solemn situation?

  21. It’s a horrible action and a horrible tragedy that never should happen. But how do you determine if someone is “evil”? Convicted felons aren’t allowed to own guns, but mass shootings still happen. What’s the cutoff line? It’s something to be cognizant of, and some changes could help, but life is a risk. Your own personal health, car accidents, many more likely things to happen than to be shot in a mass shooting. And I don’t think there’s a clear answer aside from teaching togetherness, empathy, and understanding and having more mental health support as a nation.

  22. More guns = more crime = more dead kids. This weekend it’s a mass shooting in suburban Chicago, a 3 year old child accidentally shooting himself to death in Milwaukee, and many other gun deaths throughout the country. Happy Birthday America. No other country has this many guns. No other country has this many gun deaths. I’d like to think it’s a case of America not being able to do simple math. But really, it’s a case of America wanting to have unlimited personal firepower more than they want to save the lives of children. Messed up priorities.

  23. Did the US gun laws cause the recent active shooter in Denmark also? The moral decay in the US is leading to a lot of this country’s problems, including active shooters. The 18 month COVID lockdown effects on teenagers are also not helping. BTW I am all for raising the age of gun ownership to 21.

  24. Please offer us a solution that might work. Don’t we know that if a person really wants a gun, that he can get it, either legally or illegally? We know that tobacco kills thousands every year, yet we allow it. We know that alcohol kills thousands every year, yet we allow it. We know that doctors and prescribed drugs and so-called vaccines kill thousands every year, yet we allow it. And some of that is forced upon us. So is there really a solution here that will work? I’m not smart enough to see one. I still look back at Prohibition and see how that failed. Maybe one of the readers here has the answer. There may be no reaal answer or solution until human hearts and minds are changed. Perhaps we need to address the real root of the problem rather than seeking a mere bandaid. I don’t know.

  25. Thanks for not sticking to football Mike.

    These things need to be said, even if all will not agree.

  26. After each of these mass shooting events- they seem to happen weekly now- I keep telling myself now is the time the GOP will finally agree to a 21yr old minimum age limit, red flag laws, a 2-week waiting period on assault rifles, and thorough background checks. You know, common sense laws that other industrialized nations have. And then…nothing happens.

  27. The fact that money is, by far, way important to a select few than the life of a human being almost brings me to tears. At the rate we’re going, if I let myself start I will not be able to stop. What have we become?

  28. As a Canadian I have always wondered how this happens so often in the States. I don’t think it matters anymore what you try and do as the amount of guns and ammo out there is too much. I know how important the Declaration of Independence is and to many especially the 2nd amendment. I don’t fully comprehend how it is 2022 and you so strictly follow a doctrine from 1876. I’m not judging at all, I’m just stating I don’t understand is all. I feel for the really good American people who suffer through these shootings and the devisive politics that seems to accomplish nothing.

  29. Guns and mayhem on the 4th of July. What could be more American. Thanks GOP. Thanks NRA. Thanks Supreme Court.

  30. I loved the time I spent in the USA from 1998 to 2003 – stints in Texas (Hook ’em!) and Indy (Go Colts!) have left me with many friends and fond memories. I shudder to think what memories I would have if I spent five years from 2018 to 2023 in the same places…

  31. I believe you have the right to bear arms. I believe if you take it off your property you should go to jail.

  32. Illinois has some of the strictest gun laws in America. Chicago’s on particular are even more rigid, yet there are more people killed in the average Chicago weekend than in this mass shooting incident.

  33. It’s a legitimate mental health crisis amongst young male Americans. That’s your common thread in all these incidents. It’s not guns, it’s not politics- figure out why American boys end up in the emotional place where they envision and then perform this kind of behavior, and you can solve this issue.

  34. As bad as it sounds it’s true. No matter what people say they would or wouldn’t do. There is truly no way to stop it. The streets were filled with armed police and the KID still found a way to not only gun down innocent people, but also evade everyone for hours.

  35. This is what happens in Chicago. Every weekend. Every Holiday. Every Summer. There are groups that do not value life. And they prove it over and over and over and over.

  36. Second amendment, the well regulated part is never mentioned only the right to bear arms. People only want these assault rifles for one reason, they may need them to fight the government some day, think about that, cannot argue with stupidity.

  37. Only fitting that it happened on Independence Day when independence has been taken away from everyone except people who climb on roofs with guns

  38. Yall just dont get it…you can make gun control laws all you want, that doesnt solve the problem.driving drunk is illegal, yet thousands are killed by them annually( are you crying out for alcohol and cars to be outlawed?? Nope. Just one of many examples

  39. I grew up in the South, got two guns as birthday presents, been hunting, target shooting all that good stuff. And I’m here to say guns are evil instruments of death that have no place in a society outside of the military. Plain and simple, guns suck.

  40. Another obvious high risk individual,exposing themselves on social media, who probably should have been reported by family,friends or acquaintances and monitored by law enforcement.With hope,the new gun bill can intercede.

  41. Only in the USA will the conversation go from the police are killing people to gun control without ever seriously talking about disarming the police…

  42. I don’t trust our elected officials to implement red flag laws. Drafts I’ve seen don’t have due process. Unless that is in place, hard pass

  43. It’s got nothing to do with guns….bad guys will always find a way to get a gun. It’s about parenting. Plain and simple.

  44. Everybody saw the shooter. Re-open the insane asylums. This stuff would stop.

  45. We have devalued the family and even life itself. Too many kids grow up without a father in their lives. We are reaping what we have sown.

  46. It seems that almost every one of these mass shooters are found to have left red flags all over social media, but it’s never discovered until AFTER they do something like this. At least some of them could be stopped in their tracks if the sites were policed for posts and videos depicting someone who is filled with hate. This guy was all over Youtube with videos obsessed with killing people and praising other mass shooters. He may have been stopped if it was being monitored. Just my opinion…

  47. JP Fit says:
    July 5, 2022 at 6:27 am
    As bad as it sounds it’s true. No matter what people say they would or wouldn’t do. There is truly no way to stop it. The streets were filled with armed police and the KID still found a way to not only gun down innocent people, but also evade everyone for hours.
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    It is the guns! Removing the guns is how you stop it! All those good guys out there with guns (The police) and they couldn’t stop the bad guy. “A Good guy with a gun will stop a bad guy with a gun is a load of crap..

  48. Every single one of the kids that do this have a dependency on emotional drugs and unhealthy social media obsessions. This isn’t the gun’s fault.

  49. usernameharry says:

    Even in the 1960s and 70s there were gun clubs in high school (I was in one) and firearms were everywhere. Most families had one where I grew up in the midwest. These types of things didn’t happen then.

    Pinpointing what changed in society since becomes the logical next step.

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    Gun clubs did exists. The NRA itself started off as a club which advocated for gun safety and gun control. Until the 1970’s when it’s leadership was taken over by a few radical over-zealous leaders who re-aligned it as a political organization and convinced half the country that even the slightest amount of gun control was unconstitutional and communist. Since then, mass shootings have gone mainstream and we’ve been gridlocked whenever someone even suggests we should do something to curb the violence by limiting who can own them.

    We have no right calling ourselves the greatest nation on earth when we refuse to take meaningful steps to address our most glaring problems.

  50. It is the guns! Removing the guns is how you stop it! All those good guys out there with guns (The police) and they couldn’t stop the bad guy. “A Good guy with a gun will stop a bad guy with a gun is a load of crap..

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    Thinking that banning guns and criminals will magically stop committing crimes is a load of crap.

  51. Pinpointing what changed in society since becomes the logical next step.

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    Fatherless homes, social media, video games and prescription drugs. Not that hard to figure out dude.

  52. Social media has been one of the reasons. Crazy people have a public forum and there are enough of them to cause havoc. Go get a gun, shoot others and you’re world famous for a few days. Sad, sad and horrifyingly sad some think this is the way to go.

  53. joeinoh says:
    July 4, 2022 at 10:09 pm
    Aren’t guns illegal in Chicago?…

    What a foolish comment. First, the shooting was in Highland Park, not Chicago.
    Second, there is a place directly across the street from Chicago where any criminal or crazy person can buy whatever gun they want. It’s called Indiana.

  54. PARENTS!!! Pay attention to your sons. I know it is difficult when they are teens but be there for them, make them feel safe enough to come to you when/if they need to and when they do listen and help them. We are pushing so many young men today to radicalization on the internet.

  55. The real question is how can we stop these massacres while still making sure people have the right to defend themselves.

  56. covid19 says:
    July 5, 2022 at 9:39 am
    JP Fit says:
    July 5, 2022 at 6:27 am
    As bad as it sounds it’s true. No matter what people say they would or wouldn’t do. There is truly no way to stop it. The streets were filled with armed police and the KID still found a way to not only gun down innocent people, but also evade everyone for hours.
    ============================================================
    It is the guns! Removing the guns is how you stop it!

    ———-

    Yeah because removing drugs has worked so well…

  57. rockczar says:
    July 5, 2022 at 5:43 am
    Illinois has some of the strictest gun laws in America. Chicago’s on particular are even more rigid, yet there are more people killed in the average Chicago weekend than in this mass shooting incident.
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    This has been one of the most common talking points amongst conservatives who want to highlight the uselessness of gun regulation. A) It’s no longer true. Illinois was amongst the restrictive regulators of guns, and Chicago’s ordinances took those restrictions a step further, but a 2010 US Supreme Court ruling brought both governments more in line with other states. B) Illinois, by-and-large is a safe state with few gun related crimes outside of it’s population centers of Chicago, Aurora, Rockford, and East St. Louis. Still, Chicago has seen a statistical decline in gun related crimes, including shootings YOY. This, according to the Illinois Crime Lab at the Univ. Of Chicago (one of the nation’s most prestigious institutions) is directly attributable to the city’s focus on HOW regulations are administered and where city services are offered. Regulation works if done correctly. Inaction… well, inaction leads to more of the status quo. So, pointing out that a particular place has suffered from a problem is no different than offering thoughts and prayers. Being critical of attempts to address the issue, regardless of the yield of those attempts, is counterproductive when you’ve offered nothing in the way of innovation or novelty. Divisiveness for the sake of it is costing lives. Do we want to keep counting casualties, or do we want to make novel and noble attempts at righting the ship?

  58. Think about it. You need some sort of certification/training or qualification to….
    Drive a car buy a house
    Become a Barber
    Have a drink
    Become a personal trainer
    Join the military
    Etc, etc……..

    Everything accept becoming a parent!!! The most important job that exist, and there are zero qualifications or restrictions in place! That is the problem with society.

  59. Rather than banning guns, how about we ban social media and violent video games at least for people under a specified age?

  60. This is a copy-cat world, no different than sports teams copying what other teams do depending on the results. In the case of these shooters they see that nothing happens to them, and worst case they get killed or kill themselves. Until criminal laws are enforced to the full extent and zero-tolerance is applied to shooters who survive, nothing will change. Florio is correct, this is a political game in Washington and many cities for personal gain. And some people wonder why 25 states now allow constitutional carry of firearms; no permit necessary. The only recourse for the common citizen is protect yourself or leave the country you used to know…

  61. Politicians won’t do anything until these shootings start hurting their wallets!

  62. shnuggly7 says:
    July 4, 2022 at 9:48 pm

    Laws can’t change evil. We have a Godless nation and sit around scratching our heads wondering how to fix it. I’d say maybe get morality back in schools and focus on strong family units and we might just be able to salvage our country.

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    There has always been evil. There has always been mental illness. The difference is, they now have high capacity semi automatic rifles with ammunition that explodes inside the body to inflict maximum damage. Laws can change that. If they don’t, more children will die. That’s not hyperbole, that is a fact. So is the fact that many Americans care more about having these weapons than about the lives of children.

  63. nhpats2011 says:
    July 5, 2022 at 10:43 am
    covid19 says:
    July 5, 2022 at 9:39 am
    JP Fit says:
    July 5, 2022 at 6:27 am
    As bad as it sounds it’s true. No matter what people say they would or wouldn’t do. There is truly no way to stop it. The streets were filled with armed police and the KID still found a way to not only gun down innocent people, but also evade everyone for hours.
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    It is the guns! Removing the guns is how you stop it!

    ———-

    Yeah because removing drugs has worked so well…
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    Removing what drugs? What drugs have been removed? I’ve been alive 63 years and the only drug that has disappeared in that time is Quaalludes. They were taken off the market in 1983 and thus they are no longer a problem drug. So by eliminating guns, they will eventually not be a problem. Millitarizing American society is not going to stop the mass shootings or the gun deaths. Goodguys with guns stopping badguys with guns doesn’t work. It is time to stop the guns.

  64. rockczar says:
    July 5, 2022 at 5:43 am
    Illinois has some of the strictest gun laws in America. Chicago’s on particular are even more rigid, yet there are more people killed in the average Chicago weekend than in this mass shooting incident.
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    This is not true. Chicago used to be very restrictive but then the US Supreme Court intervened in 2010 and made Chicago more gun lenient. Add to that Indiana’s terribly weak gun laws and it’s a toxic mix. The criminals just drive to Indiana, buy their guns and bring them back to Chicago. Check out how many gun stores and shooting ranges are in Chicago. Gun violence has only gotten worse.

  65. covid19 says:
    July 5, 2022 at 11:05 am
    nhpats2011 says:
    July 5, 2022 at 10:43 am
    covid19 says:
    July 5, 2022 at 9:39 am
    JP Fit says:
    July 5, 2022 at 6:27 am
    As bad as it sounds it’s true. No matter what people say they would or wouldn’t do. There is truly no way to stop it. The streets were filled with armed police and the KID still found a way to not only gun down innocent people, but also evade everyone for hours.
    ============================================================
    It is the guns! Removing the guns is how you stop it!

    ———-

    Yeah because removing drugs has worked so well…
    —————————————————
    Removing what drugs? What drugs have been removed? I’ve been alive 63 years and the only drug that has disappeared in that time is Quaalludes. They were taken off the market in 1983 and thus they are no longer a problem drug. So by eliminating guns, they will eventually not be a problem. Millitarizing American society is not going to stop the mass shootings or the gun deaths. Goodguys with guns stopping badguys with guns doesn’t work. It is time to stop the guns

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    Making guns illegal will work just as well as making drugs illegals has worked. But hey, the Cartels with thank us as we will give them an entirely new industry to exploit

  66. The number of gun deaths in the early 60’s was similar to what we see now. The big difference is the number of mass shootings.

    For some reason, people were willing to put up with all of the handgun violence because it was mostly domestic disputes and gang activity. Most people felt tha t they weren’t at risk back then.

    But now, with AR15s flooding our country, EVERYONE is at risk when a mass shooter decides to go on a rampage. Now, nobody is safe.

  67. minime says:
    July 5, 2022 at 9:54 am
    No new or existing laws will change anything.
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    Another huge problem for America. The: You can’t fix it crowd, so don’t even try. If you try to fix the problem it won’t work. So foolish. By doing nothing it will not get fixed.

  68. pftpro says:
    July 5, 2022 at 10:57 am
    This is a copy-cat world, no different than sports teams copying what other teams do depending on the results. In the case of these shooters they see that nothing happens to them, and worst case they get killed or kill themselves. Until criminal laws are enforced to the full extent and zero-tolerance is applied to shooters who survive, nothing will change. Florio is correct, this is a political game in Washington and many cities for personal gain. And some people wonder why 25 states now allow constitutional carry of firearms; no permit necessary. The only recourse for the common citizen is protect yourself or leave the country you used to know…
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    Yeah, sure, more guns will make us all safe. Think about it, what you advocate is peace through superior firepower, putting more guns in the hands of people is going to address gun violence how? The people that commit these mass shootings are afraid of dying, they just want to show everyone they are the best equipped mass shooters in the world. The time has come to end the madness. Society has given plenty of time for the NRA and gun owners to be responsible and advocate for change, advocate to stop the violence, to join the discussion in creating common sense gun laws. But you have refused to be responsible, so it’s time for change, it’s time to stop the madness.

  69. The thing that slays me is the folks that say its a mental health crisis thing or a lack of parenting thing, yet support the politicians that regularly either cut or deny finding to address those issues. Can’t have it both ways folks.

  70. Thoughts and prayers sound so cliche at this point that it almost sounds like satire to say it. Reminds me of that VEEP episode – “My heart goes out to the families of the victims. And I want to offer them my, uh—mindfulness? And, uh, meditations unto the Lord on their behalf.”

  71. esimpson258 says:
    July 4, 2022 at 9:04 pm
    What needle does this move besides making the bears organization feel like they’ve done something when nothing has been done?
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    It shuts up the inevitable “Why are the Bears silent on this” crowd

  72. This is so absurd.

    This country owns 1/4 of the guns … IN THE ENTIRE WORLD.

    No other civilized country has now or ever has had this kind of repetitive madness.

    I call BS on the “it can’t change” garbage. Australia had a very similar gun culture to ours years ago. They had a mass shooting. Their populace were smart enough to say “no more.” They acted. And they’ve joined the rest of the civilized world now. Except for the US.

    Pathetic that morons like their toys more than they care about other peoples’ and childrens’ lives.

  73. minime says:
    July 5, 2022 at 9:54 am
    No new or existing laws will change anything.
    ______________

    So your solution is to do nothing. Just let the killing continue.

  74. You’ll have these types of incidents with a well regulated militia.

    Gang violence in the inner city of Chicago, isn’t the same as affluent Highland Park.

    The shooter broke no laws purchasing this firearm legally, same as Uvalde or the Las Vegas Shooter.

    I have to imagine gun ownership moved to 25 would limit some of this. I have to think a “lost” or “stolen” gun would be less likely to happen if those folks are penalized.

  75. Not only do the people posting this hatred and rage on social media need to be watched, but also the people who follow them , believe in, and encourage their behavior. The more followers they get, the more empowered they feel to do something horrible like this. I’m not solely blaming social media, but it plays a big role in these mass shootings. The failure of our two-party system to vote for the banning of assault weapons doesn’t help, either. The gun laws are more loose now than they were before. It’s pretty scary out there.

  76. In Ireland, you need a licence to have a dog. No such requirement to have a gun in the US. Ridiculous.

  77. WildGarlic says:
    July 5, 2022 at 1:13 pm

    In Ireland, you need a licence to have a dog. No such requirement to have a gun in the US. Ridiculous.

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    WRONG – Look up FOID card in IL>>>>lol

  78. Just repeal the 2nd amendment. It’s an antiquated bit of our constitution based on a time when guns fired a single shot and it took a while to reload, and when our country was bookended by wars on domestic soil with a military with far more might. Every country in the world has mental health issues, social media and violent video games. No other country has this many guns. No other country has this many mass shootings. The difference is guns.

  79. There are plenty of other countries the US could pull from as examples. In England you can have a sporting rifle or a shotgun. That’s it. No hand guns. No semi\fully automatic assault rifles.

    Would the example above be enough to ensure the right to bear arms in order to secure a free state? The people lobbying for more gun control think yes while the people lobbying for better parenting think no.

  80. JP Fit says:
    July 5, 2022 at 6:27 am
    As bad as it sounds it’s true. No matter what people say they would or wouldn’t do. There is truly no way to stop it. The streets were filled with armed police and the KID still found a way to not only gun down innocent people, but also evade everyone for hours.

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    Reports today say that this creep dressed as a woman and escaped through the chaos that he created unnoticed. Pretty sad.

  81. Chicago has the toughest gun laws in the nation. How did that work out?

  82. “It can be all placed in the hands of politicians. It also falls on those raising children…. Morals, value of life, accountability and more.”

    just wait until the wave of unwanted children start looking for payback in 16 or 17 years.

  83. Mass shooting in Oslo
    Mass shooting in Copenhagen.
    I guess they have to accept that they can be shot at any moment. Don’t blame a tool. Blame the user. Common sense.

  84. In 2019,this guy said that he wanted to kill his entire family.He also made a suicide attempt. His collection of knives was taken away,but the red flag law was not applied,as it should have been. He was later allowed to legally purchase the weapon that he used on July 4th. You just have to wonder…why did law enforcement let him fall through the cracks? They knew about him.

  85. There is absolutely no reason for anybody in the civilian population to own an automated rifle. Just because we can is not a good enough reason. They should be available for rent at shooting ranges only – if you need to play GI Joe or Rambo for an hour or so, you could rent one, get it out of your system and then turn it back in. It never leaves the shooting range.

  86. Fully automatic weapons are not available for purchase to civilians in the US, only military and law enforcement can get them.

  87. shnuggly7 says:
    July 4, 2022 at 9:48 pm

    Laws can’t change evil. We have a Godless nation and sit around scratching our heads wondering how to fix it. I’d say maybe get morality back in schools and focus on strong family units and we might just be able to salvage our country.
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    How great was the country when everyone had “God” like a few hundred years ago? I mean “God fearing” folks were wiping out a race of Natives and herding Africans like cattle. Those God fearing Leaders who owned slaves were raping their slaves and selling off their children and beating them in a manner that is not quite believable; for crimes like, learning how to read. Is that the time of God that you are nostalgic about??

    Religion and Bible thumping has never been the answer man – internal morality and the feeling of connection to other human beings is more important than waving a Bible around (upside down) and using it as justification for hurting others.

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