Gun Control, Alex Jones and Piers Morgan

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  • PSacramento

    Don't get me wrong, I understand that vast majority of mass shootings were with legal guns but that doesn't address the issue of illegal guns ( if those people couldn't get them legally, there is no reason to think they couldn't get them illegally, is there?).

    For the record, I agree how we have gun control here in Canada.

  • turtleturtle

    Here is the BIG problem in the gun control debate:

    You have to specify a goal. Seriously! What do the gun control advocates want? Is it less massacres plain and simple? Or, do they desire less actual assaults/murders/armed robberies nationwide, regardless of the weapon used.

    I want to attack this problem with the goal of making the change that will decrease the total number of assaults/murders/armed robberies nationwide, not simply those where guns were used. If you are simply accounting for semi-auto deaths, then you wouldn't be able to count in the Oklahoma bombing deaths/injuries.

    Can you see the lack of logic that many gun control advocates use? They are demonizing a particular type of weapon. If banning semi-automatic weapons would bring down the total number of assaults/murders/armed robberies nationwide (every weapon, including fists & explosives), then I can see the point of a ban.

    However, when the average assault/murder/robbery is performed, do you really think the perpetrator is unloading more than a couple shots?

    Let the logic in, and set your emotions aside for a moment.

    Again, what would gun control advocates like to see as a result of banning semi-autos or all guns? Which would they like banned? What is their ultimate goal? Specifically. Someone please tell me?

  • PSacramento

    Is the info on this site correct?

    On Friday morning, 27 people were reportedly shot and killed at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, CT. According to sources, 18 of these casualties were children. This is the second mass shooting in the US this week, after a gunman opened fire in an Oregon shopping mall on Tuesday, killing 2. ABC News reports that there have been 31 school shootings in the US since Columbine in 1999, when 13 people were killed.

    The rate of people killed by guns in the US is 19.5 times higher than similar high-income countries in the world. In the last 30 years since 1982, America has mourned at least 61 mass murders. Below is a timeline of mass shootings in the US since the Columbine High massacre:

    December 11, 2012. On Tuesday, 22-year-old Jacob Tyler Roberts killed 2 people and himself with a stolen rifle in Clackamas Town Center, Oregon. His motive is unknown.

    September 27, 2012. Five were shot to death by 36-year-old Andrew Engeldinger at Accent Signage Systems in Minneapolis, MN. Three others were wounded. Engeldinger went on a rampage after losing his job, ultimately killing himself.

    August 5, 2012. Six Sikh temple members were killed when 40-year-old US Army veteran Wade Michael Page opened fire in a gurdwara in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. Four others were injured, and Page killed himself.

    July 20, 2012. During the midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, CO, 24-year-old James Holmes killed 12 people and wounded 58. Holmes was arrested outside the theater.

    May 29, 2012. Ian Stawicki opened fire on Cafe Racer Espresso in Seattle, WA, killing 5 and himself after a citywide manhunt.

    April 6, 2012. Jake England, 19, and Alvin Watts, 32, shot 5 black men in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in racially motivated shooting spree. Three died.

    April 2, 2012. A former student, 43-year-old One L. Goh killed 7 people at Oikos University, a Korean Christian college in Oakland, CA. The shooting was the sixth-deadliest school massacre in the US and the deadliest attack on a school since the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre.

    February 27, 2012. Three students were killed by Thomas “TJ” Lane, another student, in a rampage at Chardon High School in Chardon, OH. Three others were injured.

    October 14, 2011. Eight people died in a shooting at Salon Meritage hair salon in Seal Beach, CA. The gunman, 41-year-old Scott Evans Dekraai, killed six women and two men dead, while just one woman survived. It was Orange County’s deadliest mass killing.

    September 6, 2011. Eduardo Sencion, 32, entered an IHOP restaurant in Carson City, NV and shot 12 people. Five died, including three National Guard members.

    January 8, 2011. Former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-AZ) was shot in the head when 22-year-old Jared Loughner opened fire on an event she was holding at a Safeway market in Tucson, AZ. Six people died, including Arizona District Court Chief Judge John Roll, one of Giffords’ staffers, and a 9-year-old girl. 19 total were shot. Loughner has been sentenced to seven life terms plus 140 years, without parole.

    August 3, 2010. Omar S. Thornton, 34, gunned down Hartford Beer Distributor in Manchester, CT after getting caught stealing beer. Nine were killed, including Thornton, and two were injured.

    November 5, 2009. Forty-three people were shot by Army psychiatrist Nidal Malik Hasan at the Fort Hood army base in Texas. Hasan reportedly yelled “Allahu Akbar!” before opening fire, killing 13 and wounding 29 others.

    April 3, 2009. Jiverly Wong, 41, opened fire at an immigration center in Binghamton, New York before committing suicide. He killed 13 people and wounded 4.

    March 29, 2009. Eight people died in a shooting at the Pinelake Health and Rehab nursing home in Carthage, NC. The gunman, 45-year-old Robert Stewart, was targeting his estranged wife who worked at the home and survived. Stewart was sentenced to life in prison.

    February 14, 2008. Steven Kazmierczak, 27, opened fire in a lecture hall at Northern Illinois University, killing 6 and wounding 21. The gunman shot and killed himself before police arrived. It was the fifth-deadliest university shooting in US history.

    February 7, 2008. Six people died and two were injured in a shooting spree at the City Hall in Kirkwood, Missouri. The gunman, Charles Lee Thornton, opened fire during a public meeting after being denied construction contracts he believed he deserved. Thornton was killed by police.

    December 5, 2007. A 19-year-old boy, Robert Hawkins, shot up a department store in the Westroads Mall in Omaha, NE. Hawkins killed 9 people and wounded 4 before killing himself. The semi-automatic rifle he used was stolen from his stepfather’s house.

    April 16, 2007. Virginia Tech became the site of the deadliest school shooting in US history when a student, Seung-Hui Choi, gunned down 56 people. Thirty-two people died in the massacre.

    February 12, 2007. In Salt Lake City’s Trolley Square Mall, 5 people were shot to death and 4 others were wounded by 18-year-old gunman Sulejman Talovic. One of the victims was a 16-year-old boy.

    October 2, 2006. An Amish schoolhouse in Lancaster, PA was gunned down by 32-year-old Charles Carl Roberts, Roberts separated the boys from the girls, binding and shooting the girls. 5 young girls died, while 6 were injured. Roberts committed suicide afterward.

    March 25, 2006. Seven died and 2 were injured by 28-year-old Kyle Aaron Huff in a shooting spree through Capitol Hill in Seattle, WA. The massacre was the worst killing in Seattle since 1983.

    March 21, 2005. Teenager Jeffrey Weise killed his grandfather and his grandfather’s girlfriend before opening fire on Red Lake Senior High School, killing 9 people on campus and injuring 5. Weise killed himself.

    March 12, 2005. A Living Church of God meeting was gunned down by 44-year-old church member Terry Michael Ratzmann at a Sheraton hotel in Brookfield, WI. Ratzmann was thought to have had religious motivations, and killed himself after executing the pastor, the pastor’s 16-year-old son, and 7 others. Four were wounded.

    July 8, 2003. Doug Williams, a Lockheed Martin employee, shot up his plant in Meridian, MS in a racially-motivated rampage. He shot 14 people, most of them African American, and killed 7 before killing himself.

    December 26, 2000. Edgewater Technology employee Michael “Mucko” McDermott shot and killed seven of his coworkers at the office in Wakefield, MA. McDermott claimed he had “traveled back in time and killed Hitler and the last 6 Nazis.” He was sentenced to 7 consecutive life sentences.

    September 15, 1999. Larry Gene Ashbrook opened fire on a Christian rock concert and teen prayer rally at Wedgewood Baptist Church in Fort Worth, TX. He killed 7 people and wounded 7 others, almost all teenagers. Ashbrook committed suicide.

    July 29, 1999. Mark Orrin Barton, 44, murdered his wife and two children with a hammer before shooting up two Atlanta day trading firms. Barton, a day trader, was believed to be motivated by huge monetary losses. He killed 12 including his family and injured 13 before killing himself.

    April 20, 1999. In the deadliest high school shooting in US history, teenagers Eric Harris and Dylan Kiebold shot up Columbine High School in Littleton, CO. They killed 13 people and wounded 21 others. They killed themselves after the massacre.

  • Vidiot
    psacramento - "Alex come off as looking as the typical person you would NOT want to have a gun, much less all those he says he has."

    Reminds me of my favorite part in Bowling for Columbine, where the skinny survivalist guy is being interviewed.

    At first he sounds perfectly calm, reasonable, and even well-informed when he's presenting his views on the issue, and Moore even gets the fellow's guard down by completely agreeing with the guy's interpretation of Constitution rights...

    ...and then throws him a total curveball by asking why Americans should arm ourselves to such a high degree.

    And the conversation takes a trip to crazytown.

    It was similar for me and PrisonPlanet; I used to read the op-ed pieces there and imagine them being dictated in a calm, professional-sounding tone. Then I listened to one of Jones' webcasts, and within 10 seconds realized he's a f**king loon.

    If there really is a shadowy conspiracy to enslave the planet, Jones is - ironically - the perfect guy to convince said planet that it doesn't really exist.

    The thought of guys like him armed to the teeth and preparing for a dystopian postapocalyptic future makes me wanna drink.

  • BluesBrother

    I saw this interview too.. The CNN channel on U K satelite tv carry the Piers Morgan show. I thought that P M handled him superbly.

    I will leave the American posters to comment on the issues of gun control

  • jws

    PSacramento wrote:

    Don't get me wrong, I understand that vast majority of mass shootings were with legal guns but that doesn't address the issue of illegal guns ( if those people couldn't get them legally, there is no reason to think they couldn't get them illegally, is there?).

    I'm sure it's always possible to find something illegally. But usually much more difficult.

    If I wanted to buy some drug like heroin, it'd be a total non issue if it were available at the grocery or local health food store. I'd just go buy t. But it's not. It's illegal.

    That doesn't mean I just go a block down to the "illegal" store where they sell all the illegal stuff.

    First, I have to find somebody who sells heroin. Depends on what kind of company you keep, but you don't start asking just anybody. Imagine you work at a Fortune 500 company in say the accounting department and go ask your boss where you can score some heroin. Things might be a little rougher at work after that.

    When I finally find somebody, I risk that I might be walking into a sting and the dealer also has to worry about the same thing. So we have to dance around, trying to prove to each other that we're not cops.

    And there's also the risk that you're dealing with somebody who's just gonna take your money. Especially in the case of gun sales when you know the person already has at least one gun (the one you're presumably buying).

    There's probably no returns or control, so you have to worry about whether what you bought is really is what it's supposed to be and good quality. And you generally don't get a lot of choice. You have to take what the dealer's got.

  • Jomavrick

    I have heard more moronic arguments from anti-gun people. Fact is that states with Conceal carry Laws have far reduced crime, states with "tough" gun control have higher crime. Always beware of a government which seeks to disarm citizens,,,

    How many people die in auto accidents every year? Where is the fervor to outlaw cars? Seriously,,,, How about address mental illness?

    I am in favor af holding standards for all gun sales, running the same background checks for ALL dealers, but changing clip sizes is stupid and talking about confiscating guns holds a profound lack of intelligence,,,, We have the right to protect ourselves, the police only show up after the shooting is over.

  • Wasanelder Once
    Wasanelder Once

    Face it, Alex is KooKoo for coco puffs.

  • kurtbethel

    I am very put off by crazy ranting on any side of a matter. It can be entertaining, if you like that sort of stuff, but I think more clearly when examining rational hard numbers of things. It is much easier to watch someone like this guy and leave the rantfest for the people who like Springer and others.

  • cedars

    Looks like Alex needs to sack his PR consultant, and go find out the meaning of the word "interview!"


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