FIrst off, I would like to send out prayers to the families of the victims of the senseless shooting in Colorado.
Now lets get into it... this shooter knew what he was doing and should be removed from society ASAP. They are already making the case for "temporary insanity" if you are watching the news when he came out into court with hair that was dyed red to "look like the Joker" in Batman. I honestly don't know how the lawyer that is appointed to his defense could sleep at night knowing that they have try and defend this P.O.S. I would recuse myself as quickly as I could. The other thing I really don't care for are all the people out there who think they need to understand the reason why this animal did what did. These shooters are looking for their 15 minutes of fame and the media is giving it to them. They look at it like they have won when they see all the TV cameras and reporters outside and inside the courts. Fort example,(I know it's not the same, but it's the principle I am talking about), professional sport teams squashed the "streakers" at events by pointing the cameras away from them while on the field and the incedents have nearly stopped. Stop giving these shooters the "airtime" they are ;looking for, not only on the local news but the national news too.
I live in the Northeast, and we almost had a "copycat" shooter similar to the one Colorado in the neighboring state of Maine over the weekend. The day after the tragic shooting in Colorado, this moron bought a brand new Mustang and drove down Route 95 at 112 MPH with his hazard lights on pretending to be a cop (ME state police have several Mustangs as unmarked cruisers). After he got pulled over they found the arsanal of illegal guns in the car and then he confessed that he had gone to the Batman movie the night before, WITH A LOADED HANDGUN, then thought about it and decided to go to the next state over in NH and try to shoot up a former empolyer.
Then today I hear on the news that a Democrat candidate for US Senate, Elizabeth Warren says WHEN she is elected she will fight to re-instate the FEDERAL assault weapon ban that expired in 2004. Talk about jumping on the issue at an inapropriate time, but this is what they do. They strike when the iron is hot. All this guy did was give the anti's more fuel for the fire for gun control laws. Like it has been said before in this forum, and this thread, why punish the law abiding citizen for the sins of the criminal. Our 2nd Ammendment right to keep and bear arms are in the Constitution to protect ourselves and protect us from oppression from our own government. Taking guns out of law abiding citizens hands will only make us targets for criminals. Just like in Chicago and in the UK. Ask them how they like their gunlaws that make it illegal for them to own a firearm. For example, if someone breaks into their home and steals, rapes, or murders the occupants and someone in the house shoots and kills the criminal, they can be brought up on murder charges just as well. To me that's insane, but if the anti's get thier way and outlaw firearms, we can kiss this country and our way of life goodbye. The enemies of this country will see us as an easy target and it would not be long before we look like a third world country with terrorists attacking us on our own soil. The terrorists have tried it already and been caught and two of them have been in my town and the one next to mine. They did it on 9/11 with no remorse and it would only make it easier for them to do it again and the next time possibly with greater damage and casualties.
I, for one, did not see a reason to carry a handgun when I applied for my License to Carry several years ago. I only wanted a LTC to go hunting and trap shooting. The town I live in only issues Class A LTC's with the restriction "All Lawful Purposes", but in the last few months it really has been something I have been contemplating doing. Not out of fear, but out of concern and for the protection it would have offered should I need it. You just don't know when one of these nutbags are going to show up and start lighting the place up. The police can only show up after the crime has been commited and track down the criminal after they have commited a crime. This leaves the criminal in society to commit more crimes until when/if they are caught. Only an armed citizen can protect themselves at the time the crime is taking place. The police tell us if we are being robbed to give them whatever they ask for and most likely the criminal will leave after they get what they want, but I saw a video of a guy being held up in my state. After giving the robber everything he had the robber pulled the trigger on this guy in front of his wife and kids. Thank god this idiot forgot to chamber a round before trying to rob this guy and the victim is alive to talk about it.
I'm sorry for "going off". I meant it to be a small respose and then I kinda got into it. I do know that there are others out there who feel the same way I do.
A man with a gun is a citizen, a man without a gun is a subject.