The Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre has once again turned the country's attention to the issue of gun control.
We reached out to our Public Insight Network of news sources to ask how—if at all—incidents like this affect their views on gun control. More than 70 people responded: Some urged stricter restrictions on gun purchasing and ownership, while others expressed a need for more guns as a protective measure.
Here are some of those responses:
--"I have reached out to our representatives in Washington, D.C., to encourage them to (re)visit gun control as an issue. As a parent, a citizen and a gun owner, I am supportive of an increased level of scrutiny on access to firearms. More extensive background checks, longer waiting periods, no gun show exemptions, biometric or other non-authorized use limiting technology and other common sense measures are something I would support." —Robert Klusman, San Marino
--"This is a matter of culture. Regulation of firearms is always wise and will lessen the body count, but it will not address the issue of violence in our culture." —Jeff Sharpless, San Diego
--"Although I understand that all of us have rights given to us in our constitution, I also believe that we have responsibilities. In light of the recent shooting in Connecticut, I feel we need to ask more of those who possess guns. Because guns are supposedly bought for protection, then the owner should be held co-responsible for any crime committed with a gun registered to that owner. If, for example, his/her teenage son steals your gun and injures or kills someone or uses the gun in a crime, you must be held co-responsible. People need to lock up their guns, or they are not protecting the rest of us from the guns intended to protect their home!" —Cordell Bowman, Tujunga
--"If we outlaw guns, only outlaws will have them. If this gunman wanted to harm kids, he'd find a way to do it if guns were unavailable. He'd build a bomb, use knives, or throw acid at them. Gun control is necessary, but the gun show loophole has still not been closed. I am not a big fan of guns myself, but with maniacs like this lurking about, I think we should be able to protect ourselves." —Rene Diedrich, Long Beach
--"I have mixed feelings about the Second Amendment. While I prefer that no one would have guns at all, I did feel a bit safer with a gun next to me during L.A. riots of 1992. If all guns are banned today, I'd be OK with it." —Peter Cheng, Norwalk
--"I support the Second Amendment. It's not an issue that I am particularly passionate about, but I do believe that law-abiding citizens should be permitted to possess firearms. However, I do think that it is problematic that there are more regulations for driving a car than there are for possessing a gun. A gun can end a life in a split second; there has to be more responsibility attached to owning a gun when it comes to our laws." —Chaise Rasheed, Thousand Oaks
--"I don't think that gun control would prevent mass homicide." —Emily Kilpatrick, Monrovia
--"If we don't control guns in our society, guns will continue to control us. If someone insists that they carry a firearm because the Second Amendment allows for that freedom, I'd invite them to explain their rationale to the mothers of those kids in Connecticut." —Vicki Tamoush, Tustin
--"Shootings like this only prove the need for responsible gun ownership. One parent should have taken the guy out, but they were forbidden to do so by Connecticut's anti-gun laws." —Raul Marquez, Playa del Rey
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