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Talk Back: Revisit the Second Amendment?

Shooting rampage at Wisconsin Sikh temple reignites gun control debate.

On Sunday, August 5, police say Wade Michael Page walked into a Sikh temple where worshippers were preparing for an 11:30 a.m service just outside of Milwaukee Wisconsin, pointed a 9mm pistol he'd recently purchased, and opened fire on the congregants without saying a word.

The gunman killed at least six people before police killed him. Since then a portfolio of the killer is beginning to emerge. Page was an ex-Army serviceman who had recently formed two neo-Nazi white supremist bands, according to some sources.

The gun was reportedly purchased legally at Shooters Shop in West Allis, Wisconsin, about 12 miles from his home.

The shooting once again draws out the debate over the Second Amendment right to bear arms, and whether or not citizens should be allowed access to semi-automatic weaponry or handguns. For today's Talk Back, we ask:

Do you think the recent shooting at a Sikh temple should make us reconsider licensing semi-automatic weapons to citizens?

Vote in our poll or drop a comment below.

Doug Huffman August 08, 2012 at 10:48 AM
Beyond the Second Amendment there is the natural law Right to Life, that includes the right to self-defense. "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
Doug Huffman August 08, 2012 at 10:56 AM
An interesting observation has bubbled up to the surface of the foetid blog-o-sphere; if pistols are the weapon of choice of the mass murderer, why then is the first howl from the gun controllers to ban assault weapon rifles? The conspiracy of ignorance masquerades as common sense.
Daniel Howland August 08, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Honestly the gun wasn't the problem, it was just the tool used by this current nutjob. He had also made bombs and placed them in his appartment. If he was unable to use the gun, then most likely he would have blown up the theater killing many more than he did. The current reports say his Doctor alerted police(or requested a background check). That should have put him on their radar, it sadly didn't. He wasn't a "restricted" person so he passed all current background checks, adding another hoop to jump through would not have solved this. The return of the "assault weapons" ban would not have solved this, the weapon he used was not banned under the '94AWB. Only cosmetic attributes of "assault weapons" were banned, because they made the weapons "scary black rifles". Another AWB or more gun laws would only affect the law abiding citizen, and not the criminal elements. Criminals break ALL laws, thats why they are criminals. Adding more will not cause them to re-think their life choices. An out right ban on the sales, possesion, usage of these, semi-auto "assault weapons", would ignite a firestrom that NOBODY wants.
Daniel Howland August 08, 2012 at 06:21 PM
What is the most interesting point to ALL of these mass shootings, is that they were perpatrated in a liberal mecca, Gun Free Zones. Having the area off-limits to weapons will NOT make someone intent on doing others harm rethink their choices. What could have stopped him sooner was A LAWFUL CITIZEN with a Concealed Pistol License. Forget the liberal fear mongering of "it would have made thiongs worse". Antigunners claimed that CPL's "would cause the streets to run red with blood", that "everyfender bender would be a shoot out". ALL the FBI data shows a DROP in crime after "Shall Issue" becomes the norm in an area. Gun restrictions are not the answer, If they were, NY City, and Chicago, would be the safest places in the country, and we no they are NOT.
Daniel Howland August 08, 2012 at 06:25 PM
The Temple shootings could have been stopped by armed members of the congregation. According to reports he was under survalience of the FBI and the Southern Poverty Law Center. A lot of good that did. Gun restrictions will not resolve the issue with nut jobs wanting to kill people. A gun is a tool, no better or worse, than they person weilding it.
Daniel Howland August 08, 2012 at 06:27 PM
I forgot to indicate the above was in relationship to Aurora, CO., but does apply to the temple shootings issue.
BHirsh August 08, 2012 at 10:15 PM
Nothing will stop an active shooter but a gun or a heart attack. Personally, my money's on the former.
SamAdams1776 III August 09, 2012 at 06:44 AM
The right is not subject to democratic vote, and at least according to the Amednment, government is forbidden from ANY infringement (does anyone ever read that thing anymore?)!!!!
SamAdams1776 III August 09, 2012 at 03:59 PM
Correct. This is the Lockean view of the founders, not the Hobbsian view of statists. Locke and Hobbs disliked each other. Locke believed in freedom, the other in a statist form of government which he describes in his 18th century book, Leviathan. Hobbs, is therefore the favored philosopher along with Karl Marx of themodern democratic leadership. Today's democrat ladership has no love for Locke. The rank and file within the democratic party is unaware of the competing philosophies and likely has heard of neither. Marx, yes, but not locke or Hobbs. But even their knowledge of Marx is limited. And they don't believe (inspite of their own leanings for transfer of wealth to themselves by their representatives) do not think of their leaders, nor themselves as marxists or fascists (which socialists by nature are, requiring the subordination of the individual to the state) and projecting their own fascism, they accuse the conservative of being fascist--when of course conservatives ELEVATE the individual above the state--just the reverse of the so-called "progressive" (read that marxist).
John Parks August 09, 2012 at 05:55 PM
"whether or not citizens should be allowed access to semi-automatic weaponry or handguns." It's not up for debate, period. Thank you Sam, great post.

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