that’s what SHE said: reflections on Aurora

 

that's what she said

Gun Control is a Religious Issue | Rev. James Martin, S.J

Pro-life religious people need to consider how it might be made more difficult for people to procure weapons that are not designed for sport or hunting or self-defense. Why would anyone be opposed to firmer gun control, or, to put it more plainly, laws that would make it more difficult for mass murders to occur? If one protests against abortions clinics because they facilitate the taking of human life, why not protest against largely unregulated suppliers of firearms because they facilitate the taking of human life as well?

We need to talk about violence | Girls Gone Child

The only thing I can think that might work, at least a little–and I hate like hell to say this–is running all firearm-related purchases through a national database. Guns, ammunition, accessories, training classes, all of it. Let people buy what they want, but track it. Any unusual purchases–someone who’s never bought a gun before goes out and buys five in one week, for example–throws up a flag in the computer system and that person’s information gets routed to a special investigative division of Homeland Security, who would then check this person out.

Jason Alexander’s amazing gun rant - Salon.com

These weapons are military weapons. They belong in accountable hands, controlled hands and trained hands. They should not be in the hands of private citizens to be used against police, neighborhood intruders or people who don’t agree with you. These are the weapons that maniacs acquire to wreak murder and mayhem on innocents. They are not the same as handguns to help homeowners protect themselves from intruders. They are not the same as hunting rifles or sporting rifles. These weapons are designed for harm and death on big scales.

We Won’t Be Fooled Again — Oh, Hell; Yes We Will | The Grumpy Pundit

The only thing I can think that might work, at least a little–and I hate like hell to say this–is running all firearm-related purchases through a national database. Guns, ammunition, accessories, training classes, all of it. Let people buy what they want, but track it. Any unusual purchases–someone who’s never bought a gun before goes out and buys five in one week, for example–throws up a flag in the computer system and that person’s information gets routed to a special investigative division of Homeland Security, who would then check this person out.

Colorado Shootings and 'The Dark Knight': Too Many Guns and a Violent World | The Wrap Media

What are the chances of a real conversation about the impact of violent films on society, some may ask?
I'd reply: What are the chances of a real conversation about the wide-open access to guns of every stripe in American society?
I fear that we have learned nothing from Columbine, which took place a decade ago and is 20 miles away from Aurora. I fear we have already shouted at each other over these issues, and chosen willful deafness.

Stop Wondering Why There Were Young Children At The Aurora Theater | Lisa Belkin

Why do we do this? To pretend we are safe. The first thing we do in the face of the uncontrollable and random is figure out why it could never happen to us. If WE would never allow our child out of the house in a hoodie, then a stranger would never shoot them in "self-defense." If WE would never take our eyes off our children near a pool, or miss the "obvious" warning signs that our child was experimenting with drugs, then they would not drown in the family pool or of an overdose. And if OUR children would never go to a midnight showing of Batman, then they won't die in a fusillade of bullets.


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