Ralph De La Cruz: Campus shootings pu...

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There are 22 comments on the South Florida Sun-Sentinel story from Apr 30, 2008, titled Ralph De La Cruz: Campus shootings put spotlight on gun issue a.... In it, South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that:

Only the people who were at a party in an apartment on the Florida Atlantic University campus really know what happened there early Wednesday.

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JRod

Loxahatchee, FL

#1 Apr 30, 2008
I guess it's all about what we put our spotlight on. You put the spotlight per your title on the "gun" and I focus my spotlight where it belongs - on the criminals. This nonsense about if only there were fewer guns in general (by govt. mandate), then fewer guns will be in the hands of bad guys is the kind of logic that will get lots of more innocent people killed. You want to reduce the gun violence in South Florida, do the shakedowns in the cities where the gangs are. Go to some of the local dumps like Club Boca and shake them down and surprise the criminals for a change. We have a high number of uncivilized people living among us. They know how to get guns through many means just as they get and sell and kill for all kinds of contraband. We are now quite a lot of years since the Brady Law and things are worse. Wake up Ralph, if we want a civilized society we need to have the will to address the real crime problem we have - criminals.

Congratulations to the police for catching the gangsters who have robbed all those pharmacies. They had quite a few guns and I would bet not a single one passed a background check per the Brady Law. Looks like they are building a case around these criminals in the murder of Officer Reyka. We can only hope.
Bigmonstertruck

Pompano Beach, FL

#2 May 1, 2008
Typical liberal drivel from Ralph. Hey guess, what? Guns are illegal on a college campus. Therefore, the shooting really didn't happen, now, did it? If Ralph does not want the right to protect himself from criminals, then he does not have to own a gun. But why is he so intent on disarming law-abiding citizens? Go hide under the covers, Ralph. You obviously can't face reality.
Smiling in Fla

Pompano Beach, FL

#3 May 1, 2008
What a stupid premise. Ralph says that most shootings are in the south because it is "The very cradle of gun rights." Last I checked, the worst crime in the nation was in Washington, D.C., the very cradle of the most extreme gun control laws! Good logic, Ralph! You're a genious!
Twisted Logic

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#4 May 1, 2008
Smiling in Fla wrote:
What a stupid premise. Ralph says that most shootings are in the south because it is "The very cradle of gun rights." Last I checked, the worst crime in the nation was in Washington, D.C., the very cradle of the most extreme gun control laws! Good logic, Ralph! You're a genious!
Hey, "genious" you spelt genius wrong...

Allow all law abiding citizens to purchase, carry fully loaded unregistered handguns anwhere anytime and shoot anyone the want no questions asked. This will prevent handgun violence... Now that's real genius.
jessica

Lake Worth, FL

#5 May 1, 2008
this is not a gun control issue
i grew up in upstate new york
gun laws are tough in ny
but every home had at least one hunting rifle
licensed gun carriers are not at fault here
jessica

Lake Worth, FL

#6 May 1, 2008
Twisted Logic wrote:
<quoted text>
Hey, "genious" you spelt genius wrong...
Allow all law abiding citizens to purchase, carry fully loaded unregistered handguns anwhere anytime and shoot anyone the want no questions asked. This will prevent handgun violence... Now that's real genius.
who said anything about unregistered guns or unlicensed people????
the people that follow the laws are the only ones that will loose rights with tougher guns laws
criminals don't care, that is why they are already criminals
Lance

Boca Raton, FL

#8 May 1, 2008
Some people (De La Cruz)just don't get it. Gun control does not work. Never has, never will. I wonder how many victims of these shootings wish they had a gun to protect themselves....
jackie

Hobe Sound, FL

#9 May 1, 2008
If everyone were armed, shootings would never happen!
*This message is brought to you in part by the NRA*
bobby- g

High Springs, FL

#10 May 1, 2008
Dear Lib Ralph: You are either one of the biggest fools in the country or you are a major control freak with no regard for the safety of people. A gun is a tool, a piece of hardware. Obviously a gun can be used for bad as can an automobile, a hammer, a srewdriver and so on. The schools openly adverstise that they are "Gun Free Zones" and this actually invites madmen to pick an easy target. If on the other hand students or faculty were commonly armed any attack on innocent people could be dealt with far quicker than dialing "911". Common sense is a missing ingredient when Libs talk about guns. Move to North Korea, Ralph. They have plenty of the kind of gun control that will put you in control freak heaven. Thanks.
bobby- g

High Springs, FL

#11 May 1, 2008
jackie wrote:
If everyone were armed, shootings would never happen!
*This message is brought to you in part by the NRA*
If liberals had a brain, they would join the NRA. "This message is brought totally by a current NRA member". Thanks.
Mandi

AOL

#12 May 1, 2008
jessica wrote:
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who said anything about unregistered guns or unlicensed people????
the people that follow the laws are the only ones that will loose rights with tougher guns laws
criminals don't care, that is why they are already criminals
Oh yeah, but nobody wants to see that. A criminal is already going to commit a crime, murder, robbery, but the fact that it is against the law to carry a gun is supposed to stop him? The only one who obey any law are the one that are law abiding, the criminals just ignore them
Observant Reader

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#13 May 1, 2008
Florida Statute Law:

"...this section shall authorize any person to carry a concealed weapon or firearm into any place of nuisance as defined in s. 823.05;...any meeting of the governing body of a county, public school district, municipality, or special district;...any school, college, or professional athletic event not related to firearms; any school administration building;"

Above even Federal regulation and school policy, the state already has a law against bringing a weapon onto campus. Is Ralph seriously suggesting more regulations for legal owners will lead to improvement? What about the first 100+ years of gun ownership; very little school violence.
WTF

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#14 May 1, 2008
One only has to look back in this Country's Prohibition Era to see that simply making something illegal just increases the criminal activity associated with it.- NRA member & a Democrat
Jon

Denver, CO

#15 May 1, 2008
Remember if you ban something it just goes away right? We banned pot, crach, heroin, et al and no one does them anymore right? Its that simple. NRA memeber and Libertarian.
Jon

Denver, CO

#16 May 1, 2008
I am in south florida.
less guns in general

Delray Beach, FL

#17 May 1, 2008
The Utopian idea of less guns in general is not one of reality, only in the minds and dreams of someone quite detached from reality.

"less guns in general" cant and wont work.

It just wont.

Get it out of your head now.

England's great policys on gun control still leave the country with a violent crime rate higher than the USA's.... While youre less likely to be shot in England, youre still more likely to be the victim of a violent crime.

Doesnt exactly sound like a policy which is going in the right direction....
Tom from Hollywood

AOL

#18 May 1, 2008
Ralph can sell his anti-gun views somewhere else. He is able to get paid to publish his thougts on denying us our rights, because the NRA and it's members along with like-minded folks have kept this a free nation since it's founding.
Random Sample

United States

#19 May 1, 2008
less guns in general wrote:
The Utopian idea of less guns in general is not one of reality, only in the minds and dreams of someone quite detached from reality.
"less guns in general" cant and wont work.
It just wont.
Get it out of your head now.
England's great policys on gun control still leave the country with a violent crime rate higher than the USA's.... While youre less likely to be shot in England, youre still more likely to be the victim of a violent crime.
Doesnt exactly sound like a policy which is going in the right direction....
Right, the same way that the cigarette and tobacco industry can never be controlled neither can the gun industry. There will never, ever be less smoking in this country! It is our God given right to smoke! Hey wait a minute?

As innocent kids continue to get shot eventually the right people will change their minds.
Cop and CCW holder

Port Saint Lucie, FL

#20 May 1, 2008
Ralph get a life. I have been a cop for 16 years and find that whenever I deal with permt holder they are the most respectful and lawabiding of anyone.

This dude broke probably like 3 or 4 guns laws already on the books. I guess if we wrote one more banning guns he would have followed that one. I don't care if this guy bought his gun legally or stole it he committed the crime not the gun. On the next page of your newspaper today there is a case about a stabbing. Ban knives? Cars? Baseball Bats? Keep in mind there are millions of guns throughout this country. The criminal will always have them. Every country that has banned firearms from the public like England and Australia have crime rates surging out of control.

I wish that the "sheep" who hate guns would just stop crying about my guns. When the next mass shooting happens roll up in fat ball, lay on the ground and wish the bad guy will go away. As for me I will pull out my weapon and try and protect my family. If I am not on duty I will not go on Offense to protect the "sheep". I will get us out of there as fast as possible hopefully without having to fire a shot. But if pushed into a corner my family and I will survive. If you choose to die like the "sheep" that is fine by me. I will be the "sheep dog" and survive.

Ralph by the way my 105 pound wife has her permit to carry as well. She will do the same, SURVIVE. I train her to escape with our children and fire her weapon only as a last resort. I have also told her NEVER to go on offense to protect others. It is their responsibility to to protect themselves. She will call 911 and hope the "sheep" can surive until the cops arive.
Good Luck
Very Interesting

Hollywood, FL

#21 May 1, 2008
WTF wrote:
One only has to look back in this Country's Prohibition Era to see that simply making something illegal just increases the criminal activity associated with it.- NRA member & a Democrat
Who wants to make guns "illegal?" It's about handgun violence... Brady Campaign member & a comm.ie pink.o, atheist who owns a gun...

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