Guns Are Not The Problem

This girl says it better than I can:

I’ve been getting a lot of email asking why I am not talking about the shootings.  I have a few reasons, some of which I mentioned in my email replies:

  1. I profit off this blog, and I’m not comfortable making money off people showing up because of such disgusting events they googled information on.
  2. The mainstream media does a good enough job on their own turning murderers into celebrities, they don’t need any of my help.
  3. The gun control people are trying to yell over top of everyone,  with their solution of bans and restrictions.  It’s getting very tiresome.
  4. ENDO is meant to be a source of entertainment, not a place for depressing news.

Feel free to discuss anything you want regarding the shootings in the comments, but you won’t hear anything more related to them from me.

My thoughts go to all the victims and their families.

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ThatGuy December 18, 2012 at 01:23 am

I’d just like to say thanks. I come to particular places to get news and particular places to get away from the news. There’s nothing worse than turning on something completely pointless like sports and having to listen to some shithead spew his politics. I go to entertainment to get away, not be brought back.

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Dr Kranknstein December 18, 2012 at 01:33 am

Well said…on point.

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Alien426 December 18, 2012 at 02:03 am

Probably wouldn’t have prevented this shooting, but I wish media people (includes YouTube and blogs) would follow the advice given here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PezlFNTGWv4#t=1m40s

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SittingDown December 18, 2012 at 02:15 am

Back on topic: Piers Morgan is a moron and needs to go back across the pond. LOL ;)

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Wolf December 18, 2012 at 03:40 am

<3

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Wolf December 18, 2012 at 03:41 am

give her a shirt, mike. on me if you must.

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dave w December 18, 2012 at 10:54 am

make it two sizes too small though

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M December 19, 2012 at 02:31 pm

and ship it on dry ice….

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mandy December 18, 2012 at 07:28 am

whats up with her speech impediment? and if he didnt have any guns he couldn’t have SHOT people. seems pretty clear to me…

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Will December 18, 2012 at 08:37 am

He probably would have stabbed them instead.
Morons always find a way to spread misery.

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cc19 December 18, 2012 at 03:42 pm

“Would it make you feel any better, little girl, if they was pushed out of windows?”

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Nate December 18, 2012 at 08:44 am

Respect.

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Joshua December 18, 2012 at 08:52 am

THE ONLY THING THAT STOP A BAD GUY WITH A GUN, IS A GOOD GUY OR GIRL WITH A GUN.

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RWC December 18, 2012 at 09:39 am

Julie is so damn cute.

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ShovelMonkey December 18, 2012 at 11:13 am

Hey Mike,

Have you thought about making a “Molon Labe” shirt? It might be a good way to raise some funds for the NRA/GOA/SAF. We are going to have a tough fight ahead to keep our rights.

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UltraJosh December 18, 2012 at 12:06 pm

Well said.

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Nakedgun December 18, 2012 at 12:12 pm

I agree with you Mike, but you do run a gun-blog and this needed some space.

I’m in LE, and would like to add my two cents.. Guns are the issue because they are the easiest way for these wackos to accomplish their mission. This young lady was correct in stating that they are out to be noticed finally, after being ignored for however long (in their twisted minds). ALL of these mass-murderers have serious mental problems, and would find other means to accomplish their plans. Columbine started this Country’s reaction to gun-violence but remember, those two assholes were planning to blow-up their classmates in the cafeteria. Their guns were the secondary-weapons to finish things.

I’m afraid this latest tragedy in CT will lead to even more dumb gun-control laws that only really affect us law-abiding/mentally-stable gun owners. A “bullet-button” does nothing to deter a maniac that brought several “borrowed/stolen” guns with him. I think it may be time to start compromising on smarter gun-control. The wave of active-shooter/mass-murdering is on a serious rise…

I would suggest a National Gun-Owners Licensing system… of background checks with different levels of ability to purchase weapons and still allow ammo purchases via internet/mail. The levels would include National or regional CCW based on qualification (purpose/employment/reason for gun ownership- hunting, collecting, hobby-shooting, LE, etc.). Proof of gun-safety/training classes, ownership of gun-locks/safes might increase personal levels of the license. I’ve just recently started thinking about this solution, and I know it would need lots of tweaks.

I think we will lose a LOT more of our gun-rights if we don’t start to compromise intelligently. NO community is immune to these incidents, but with some compromise we might be able to secure more CCW for qualified non-LE people (hopefully different/smarter than the “Open-Carry” people, who seemed to just be out to inflame LE).

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SittingDown December 18, 2012 at 12:46 pm

Spree murders are on the decline.

From AP:
https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/rise-mass-killings-impact-huge-article-1.1221062

Cliff’s Notes by Jonathan M. Seidi:
“While the perception in the wake of this year’s mass shootings has been that such acts are on the rise, the Associated Press found that it’s actually the exact opposite when you look at the data on a macro level.
“There is no pattern, there is no increase,” says criminologist James Allen Fox of Boston’s Northeastern University.
He adds that the random mass shootings that get the most media attention are the rarest.
While mass shootings rose between the 1960s and the 1990s, they actually dropped in the 2000s. And mass killings actually reached their peak in 1929, Grant Duwe, a criminologist with the Minnesota Department of Corrections who has written a history of mass murders in America, says.
Chances of being killed in a mass shooting, he says, are probably no greater than being struck by lightning.”

My opinion: Guess what changed since then? Regulations have relaxed some in some states and more responsible citizens purchased firearms/learned to properly wield them.

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jpcmt December 18, 2012 at 01:17 pm
dave w December 18, 2012 at 07:28 pm
jpcmt December 18, 2012 at 01:09 pm

While I wish for some sort of mandatory training, a registry of trained gun users is impossible because it is tantamount to having registered guns. If law required remedial firearms training (NRA Pistol or Rifle) then private agencies not monitored by the ATF or other government agencies could provide the prospective gun buyer with a certificate to take to the gun shop before they could sell. But that’s a reach and has loopholes…but it keeps governements from knowing who has guns.

The CT shootings were a failure of existing laws. Firearms were not kept from unauthorized persons, and a mentally defective person was not kept from accessing guns. I hate to agree with Chuck Schumer, but his push for NICS to be updated with mental health information/qualifications/disqualifications should be in place. Of course this does nothing for private party sales where there’s no background checks or where I can go buy a gun and because I have a CCW here in MT I don’t need a background check and could have gone looney during the tenure of my licensure.

Yes there’s room for obvious improvement, and hopefully it doesn’t come at the expense of infringement of rights. Of course we all know there will never be actual “meaningful discussion” on gun control so both sides will just have at each other and the agendas of the dominant political party will win the day.

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dave w December 18, 2012 at 01:55 pm

Well the training part cant be done without being a total waste of time and money. (but governments like that)
Training for what? Shooting tin cans with a marlin .22? Shooting skeet? There are too many things to use a gun for and if you want to train for whatever it is you do with your gun thats up to you.

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Lolinski December 19, 2012 at 08:12 am

Cant you just make every school have a rifle/pistol team like
They did before?

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dave w December 19, 2012 at 03:50 pm

that isnt as crazy as it first sounds

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M December 19, 2012 at 02:43 pm

The only failure was the mom limiting the kids access to her gun collection. Seriously, buy a safe, make sure that you are the ONLY one who knows the code, and keep your guns locked up. It doesn’t take that long to get one out of a palm-safe in an emergency.

The ONLY new legislation that I would support is a requirement to own a safe before a purchase can be made. I DO NOT support having to buy those stupid little padlocks every time that you buy a handgun, but since I already live under that law I won’t cry too much if it goes federal.

I would be mildly interested in the psychiatric reporting option, but it seems like that could be easily abused. If someone doesn’t seek help beforehand it won’t do any good. It might be better to simply increase access to mental health, Europe has assisted living communities for people with psychiatric problems where they can live long term.

Add to that there are thousands of people on anti-depressants who use guns responsibly, where do you draw the line? newly proscribed patients wait a year before allowed ownership?

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dave w December 19, 2012 at 03:54 pm

Has anyone proven she didn’t have a safe? i am pretty sure my gf could get into mine, i know where my dad keeps his keys.
In the UK the police actually did come and check you had a cabinet/safe and that it was bolted to cement/brick so it couldn’t be removed as part of the application process.

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M December 19, 2012 at 11:49 pm

“i am pretty sure my gf could get into mine, i know where my dad keeps his keys.”

Then it’s not really a safe safe in either case. Access control dictates that that the person responsible for the guns (the purchaser) be the ONLY one who can gain access to those weapons. This is even more important when a person in the household has psychiatric problems.

If Adam’s mom had followed that rule then we wouldn’t have ~30 people killed with an AR-15.

My wife suffers from depression, she has NO clue how to get into my safes. When she asked me what to do in the event that I died unexpectedly I told her that there were instructions in my will. If it comes down to it she can call a locksmith, but until then I want to keep her, my son, myself and everyone else safe.

The weapons that you purchase should never leave your control until they are legally transferred. That means you have to be present during their use. If you buy or sell a gun at a show or to a friend write up a bill of sale. This will protect both of you.

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Jim P. December 18, 2012 at 01:37 pm

The animal that did this shot his mother in the face four times. Took her guns and then went to a gun free zone and killed little children.

He was 20 years old legally buy a hand gun anyway. There was no failure of the law abiding in this case.

The suggestion that I would make is take out the gun free zones and encourage teachers and school administrations to have a CCW license and carry concealed in school. You entrust your teachers and schools to look after your kids, do you think they would endanger while carrying concealed?

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Jim P. December 18, 2012 at 01:38 pm

He was 20 years old legally buy a hand gun anyway.

Correction: He was 20 years old and could not legally buy a hand gun anyway

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M December 19, 2012 at 02:44 pm

yup, have to be 21.

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Saxon December 18, 2012 at 01:43 pm

In a related topic, Apparently Bushmaster is up for sale. Any bets on who will aquire them? I’m thinking Tapco/Remington.

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dave w December 18, 2012 at 01:56 pm

since this or before?

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Saxon December 18, 2012 at 02:19 pm
Saxon December 18, 2012 at 02:22 pm
dave w December 18, 2012 at 02:40 pm

i recommend buying some cans of cosmoline, pvc pipe, and shovels.

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Saxon December 18, 2012 at 07:36 pm

Forget hiding weapons, they’ll just take owners to prison anyway. I’m keeping mine

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BBJones December 19, 2012 at 11:01 am

Good thing they are going to ban “high-capacity ammunition clips.” All my pistols and rifles use magazines. Although my dad will be pissed that his collection of WWII rifles will be affected by this “clip” ban. Who knew M1 Garands, Mausers, and Enfields were what the White House was targeting.

Feistein will you and your turkey neck just go away already.

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Tim Ellwood December 18, 2012 at 10:39 pm

The company that owns shurbmaster also owns remington and tapco, they are for sale also

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dave w December 18, 2012 at 02:48 pm
bbmg December 18, 2012 at 04:19 pm

No mention of a strong male role model in the young lad’s life.

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SittingDown December 18, 2012 at 04:56 pm
dave w December 18, 2012 at 05:38 pm

i will buy bushmaster, think $75 will cover it? Thats all i have. I will change the name to chaparral ruler (thanks thesaurus) and away we go.

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SittingDown December 18, 2012 at 05:56 pm

I’ll pitch in a few grand and we’ll see if they’ll take us up on the offer. Something tells me we’ll hear a dial tone after a few chuckles.

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Saxon December 18, 2012 at 07:38 pm

Last I saw, the starting bid is 3.5 billion dollars. We may need a few more to chip in

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Crunkleross December 19, 2012 at 06:16 am

Wow just Wow. How about a solution to the problem instead of useless bans and laws that only infringe on the law abiding?

These nut job spree killers go after soft targets, they don’t attack where they might be stopped before they get the body count they want. The solution is to harden the target, put armed security in schools, we already have “school resource officers” in a lot of schools anyway. Just shift their priority from searching lockers to securing the school and kids. It’s either that or confiscate every gun in the US, nothing else fixes the problem. Unfortunately too many gun owners are unknowingly going along with plan b in the spirit of cooperation with the other side by allowing certain guns to be blamed for crime.

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Jay December 19, 2012 at 09:56 am

She seems nice.

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