Sound Off: Thoughts on Gun Control

One Severna Park Patch blogger shared his opinions on gun control and asked others for their thoughts.

After the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT politicians, teachers, journalists and area residents began discussing gun control.

The shooting killed 26 people, including 20 children, and left many people asking for gun control reform.

Last week, a Severna Park blogger and gun owner shared his opinion on gun control on Patch.

"There really aren't any good reasons to have a large capacity magazine and I look forward to someone trying to state a good and legitimate reason for a large capacity," Chet Brewer wrote in his blog.

Brewer wrote that he has always kept a weapon around the house. He said he "reluctantly" unloaded it after he had children, but still keeps in inside the home.

In his blog, Brewer also said that gun ownership is a privilege that can and should be taken away if necessary.

"Gun ownership is a privilege and must be earned similar to driving a car," Brewer wrote. "You have a potentially dangerous product and must (be) able to prove and show that you are capable of handling safely and responsibly. It can and should be rescinded if your actions threaten this."

Brewer isn't the only one sounding off on gun control policies. On Dec. 20, The Huffington Post reported that the head of the American Federation of Teachers called for a renewal of the assault weapons ban and asked for limitations on high-capacity magazines.

When speaking at a news conference after the Newtown shootings, President Barack Obama set a January deadline for proposals of how to deal with gun violence.

Wayne LaPierre, the CEO and executive vice president of The National Rifle Association, called for armed guards in schools after the tragedy at Sandy Hook. However, he said he did not think high-capacity magazines should be banned, according to CNN.

Brewer ended his blog post by saying he hopes the gun control debate ends with some sort of compromise, but wasn't optimistic. He was also curious as to what others thought.

"I really hope that the upcoming discussion on gun control ends up in the realm of the rational and that a decent compromise is reached between gun rights advocates and the gun control advocates, not that I have any hope that either group will be able to be adults and compromise."

Have the recent shootings in Newtown, CT changed your opinions on gun control? Tell us in the comments.


To read Chet Brewer's  post on gun control click here. 

Stan Benjamin December 27, 2012 at 07:44 PM
What is the point of banning something that when obtained illegally ignores the laws that are only followed by the ones the law will result in harming? Take the NY Firefighter shooter for example. He is a registered felon who should never have been able to obtain a firearm in the first place. How then does an AWB or capacity limit prevent him from illegally obtaining a firearm?
Jack Causer December 27, 2012 at 08:39 PM
I will preface my comment by saying I am a gun owner. I own multiple long guns which are all hunting specific. I do, however, own a semi automatic pistol that is for home and family protection only. That being said, how often do we hear after such horrible acts as Newtown where the person involved was mentally unstable? I can't recall one situation where the person involved was said to be completely stable, a valued member of their community, or an all around nice person. I am opposed to gun control, but I am in favor of full FBI background checks for anyone who buys a gun wether it be a long gun or a pistol. I am also in favor of better mental health evaluations and treatment programs in this country. Too often someone that is mentally unstable gets admitted to a hospital or like facility only to be released to an unsuspecting community 48 hours later. Let's face it as long as there are people there are going to be good and bad people that are fully in command of their faculties. Gun control will never keep guns out of the hands of bad people that want them. If they cant buy them through reputable dealers they will get them on the street. Gun control laws will never stop that. It will only stop the people that have proven themselves to be responsible gun owners.
Milo Mindbender December 27, 2012 at 10:52 PM
Gun ownership is not a priviledge, it is a right. Owning a car is a right, using/bearing either in public is a privledge. You have no requirment for insurance or registration on a vehicle which does not leave your property, and the state has no authority over what you do with said unregisertered vehicle on your property. When you use public streets you enter into an agreement with the public at large. Civilians prior to the NFA of 1934 were better armed than the military and law enforcement, and yet the weapons covered were deemed to still be legal. The medicines that are prescribed are probabily more dangerous, and causal of the shootings, but no one is looking into the links there, and blame inannimate objects for human actions.
rodzzz December 27, 2012 at 10:59 PM
The issue of gun control is complex. The debate so far has been characterised by simplistic views from both sides aimed at persuading people with what sound to be logical points but aren't really. But the NRA takes the cake for the dumbest comments, which is a bit of a worry. See this satirical piece on the NRA's views: http://sorrysods.com/an-apology-from-the-nra-on-recent-mass-shootings.
stevemd2 January 06, 2013 at 03:43 AM
I bet you' d make the same excuses if your kid was killed/ All the merchants of death NRA pals have to sell is paranoia and a never ending self full filing mass murder.


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