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Gun regulation: A better memorial for Tucson victims

Glock19 Thursday's "Morning Edition" reported an increased interest in the same high-capacity ammunition magazine used in last Saturday's massacre, which allowed 31 bullets to be shot in rapid succession. Sales have gone up dramatically at the Arizona gun shop Glockmeister. And at Don's Guns and Galleries in Indianapolis, owner Don Davis has seen an influx of young people at his shooting range experimenting with how fast they can change those same ammunition magazines in their Glock 19s.

In light of this disturbing news -- which it turns out isn't all that surprising -- Nicholas D. Kristof argues for more serious gun regulation in the New York Times' Opinion pages. "To protect the public, we regulate cars and toys, medicines and mutual funds," he writes. "So, simply as a public-health matter, shouldn't we take steps to reduce the toll from our domestic arms industry?"

For Kristof, this would serve as a better memorial for those shot in Tucson than the speech Obama gave Wednesday.

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Photo: A Glock 19 9MM pistol. Credit: Tim Sloan /AFP/Getty Images

 

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Ha!

"Sales have gone up dramatically at the Arizona gun shop Glockmeister."

Actually, this was debunked on AM790 radio. There was no increase in gun sales.

A better memorial is allowing everyone to carry concealed weapons. Or have better security around politicians at public events!!!

Steven M.

Here's the problem. First, seniors and certain handicapped folks have a problem loading a side-arm. Whether it is arthritis or some other ailment, ten rounds too much is far better than 1 round too few and becoming a victim.

Second, the banning of high-capacity magazines means that instead of a perp bringing one firearm to the scene of the crime, the perp will bring three or four.

With respect to Los Angeles and the State of California, they're usage of the firearms statutes against law-abiding citizens, is repressive and serves no civic purpose. Bad guys will always use bigger and badder tools to serve their purpose and evade the law.

i got so tired of the overregulation, I moved to a state that actually has the courts issue Carry Concealed Weapons Permits and we have almost ZERO violent crime. The funny part is that the two neighboring jurisdictions, Maryland and DC have the same restrictive firearms laws in place, as California AND has the same violent crime rate as California.

Now, can't we all grow up?

Peterr85

Now is not the time for political vitriol or finger-pointing, we must address the real issues at hand: gun control and Health Care. Here’s a youtube video which explains:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elLwP0vf4EU

Chillipepper

This is just a waste of time. This questions has been resolve by the Supreme Court years ago. There are more important thing to resolves today.

The government has created a divisive society. The government has become so disconnected with the people. The government is spending us dry. The government is totally inefficient, too big and need to be streamline, consolidate, reorganize and be productive.

Celia


More serious gun regulations?

Gun's kill because of the "person" using them.
Pencil"s don't misspell words....people do.
Car's don't kill...drunks do
Spoon's did not make Oprah fat...she did.

crosman 800x

The government has created a divisive society. The government has become so disconnected with the people. The government is totally inefficient, too big and need to be streamline, consolidate, reorganize and be productive.

crosman 800x

I suspect that political campaigning will change for ever. Meetings on the "stump", or informal public appearances, will be even more stage managed than they already are, town hall meetings will be invitation only, and so on.


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