Opinion | Americans must insist gun c...

Opinion | Americans must insist gun control becomes part of current election discussions, debates

There are 2 comments on the Miami Student story from Aug 27, 2012, titled Opinion | Americans must insist gun control becomes part of current election discussions, debates. In it, Miami Student reports that:

In the wake of the Colorado theater, Wisconsin Sikh temple, and most recent, New York City shootings, gun rights and gun control are sure to be factored into the debate between Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama as the November election nears.

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Citizen Charles

Roanoke, VA

#1 Aug 28, 2012
Lets be scientific about this. Gun control laws, assault weapons bans, and hi-volume magazine restrictions have all been tried and did not work. (Lott/Yale, CDC, AMA, ATF). The only decrease in gun violence has occured when concealed carry licenses were granted. Concealed weapons permits for faculty and qualified students (over 21 after background checks) should be allowed. However the root problem with mass murders/assaults is psychopathology. We must screeen for mental illness more carefully and more importantly have the guts to report our suspicions. There are almost always red flags that are recognized in advance but not acted on. In the majority of cases counselors and school staffs are at fault. (Mark my words, the University of Colorada will be held accountable in civil court for their failure to report and their coverup in the aftermath.) We must all make a commitment to being aware, alert, and proactive, and if the worst happens be prepared to run, hide, and if all else fails attack.
Anti-Educated Idiots

Bloomington, IN

#2 Aug 28, 2012
Holy shit what a moronic column. It says it's an opinion piece, but the end is seemingly nothing but facts.

"However, we feel that Miami students are not prepared if an on-campus shooting were to occur. While every member of the editorial board remembers receiving training on fire and alcohol safety, none of us know what we would do in the event of gun violence on campus.
Our lack of information and preparedness plus the “Miami/Oxford bubble” leads to a dangerous false sense of security. Even the most highly trained police force would be overwhelmed by 16,000 panicking students if a shooting on campus were to occur.
We believe it is essential for students to know emergency procedures for this situation.
It is easy to forget about the rest of the world while on Miami’s campus.
But, we need to remember that today, gun violence is a reality and take steps to mitigate it."

I have a solution for you. TRAIN YOURSELF to deal with a situation instead of relying on someone else to protect you. Did that thought ever cross your (un)educated mind? Gun control will not solve this issue. Education and training, along with more lax laws on where you CAN carry WILL. NEVER rely on someone else to take care of you. That is when you WILL become a victim.

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