At only 9-years-old, Christina-Taylor Green was the youngest person killed by Jared Lee Loughner when he went on a rampage in Tucson, Arizona in 2011. CNN's Brooke Baldwin speaks with her mother, Roxanna Green, who is speaking out against gun violence in a new TV commercial.
I'm Canadian. I truly am baffled by this gun debate. I'm not confused about the issues, but by the fact that there is any "debate" at all. They say a measure of a how civilized a society is, is how they treat their weakest members. Children, and those with mental illnesses, are among the "weakest". What does this say about you, as a nation, the way you treat these people. It is not that you are bad people, it is that your decision making abilities have been impaired. If you were a person, you would be committed for being a danger to yourself and others. I say this because the IDEA that an individual's right simply to possess military style weapons, (I imagine a HUGE majority of the population does not USE these weapons) outweighs your children's right to LIVE, is just INSANE.
It seems like "you" have lost your way, those in power, with influence, whose decisions affect millions of people, have forgotten how to "do the right thing." Everyone says it is such a complicated issue, but it isn't. You can come up with dozens of programs, rules and laws, to try and address the "broad scope" of the problem, but that will not help so long as those in authority continue to base their decisions on concerns other than "doing the right thing". They may even WANT to do the right thing, but don't know how any more. Influences of media, money, politics, power, etc, all factor in far, far ahead of what is the right thing for THE PEOPLE. The best solution involves having all those in authority learn how to make better decisions, resulting in a national shift in attitude about violence.
Thanks for this venue. My heart goes out to the families and loved ones of all the victims of gun violence in the states. Please, please, be more like the nation that is a leader in the arena of human rights, and moral, ethical behaviour that your founders envisioned.
Brooke just did a story about video games and violence. She states that there is no known association between violent media and social behavior. There is phenomenal evidence that she is wrong. Think about this: if media content does not affect behavior then why do advertisers pay $4,000,000 per minute for advertising during the Super Bowl? Brooke, please get more facts!!!
First of all the shooter in this case used a handgun.
Second of all "military style weapons" does not mean they are military equivalents. They just LOOK like a military weapon. In fact if you went to a gun range you would be shocked over the leathality of regular hunting and shot guns when compared to a rifle like the AR15.
Third, learn the different between Semi-Auto and Full-Auto. Many do not and that clouds their whole judgement on the issue.
And Sarah Palin with her crosshairs poster is as guilty as the guy who pulled the trigger.
Who child has to die next? Maybe a couple of these Senators children!!!! Or may be they think their children is bullet proof.
No one's child has to die. Yet they will constantly be taken from you by the hands of evil. Go ahead... wait for the police cruiser to show up. I'm sure it will get there in time.
A society that does not cherish its children is not a society. What our congressmen and senators cherish are their jobs. It is that simple. They want to retain their positions at any cost, including the lives of our children.
I think the place to start is not knowing Jared Loughner's name. The media reports of these shootings do have effects on
lonely, isolated angry young men who want attention for something. Anything.
The Newtown shooter was aware of the Norwegian shooter and more or less wanted to do something even more
"impressive". Let's stop identifying them. The police and courts will tell us who the are/were at their trial or at their funerals.
I think when frustrated young men go back to just killing themselves rather than taking the first grade class with them, we will have done enough. Outlawing AK-47's and AR-15's is symbolic but probably not the answer.
Jared Lee Loughner should be next!
More far left fear mongering in their relentless drive to impose their agenda on the nation.
Sandra Hughes has some excellent points, "what does it say about our nation?" . We have become a nation that has little conscience in terms of the rule of law and the rule of humanity. So we make more laws that do nothing except alienate the people that do abide. We (our Government) looks the other way when the laws a broken daily with illegal immigration by the millions, law maker greed, corporate executives plundering and stealing billions, presidents who lie and cheat and the so called privileged of this nation get away with murder. Are we mad?, you bet, really mad. Are we disgusted with the one sided application of the laws, you bet we are. The leaders of this nation have created this environment due to their pitiful self interest and greed and they are setting the stage for a major show-down. God bless and help America. My heart goes out to the families of the the victims.
Oh, and I forgot to mention the Media in this whole mess, they are they major cause of this, you know it and so does everyone else.
start enforcing the death penalty
Why there is any debate is a mystery. Most homicides are not committed by rifles. But rifles are what you need to resist government tyranny should it happen again like it has so many times since the 2nd amendment was written. Anyone that thinks the people should be disarmed is insane.
169,202,000 citizens were murdered in 20th Century by their governments in peace time. When did a lone gunman kill 169 million people? Never.
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Sandra Hughes (from Canada) has an excellent point when she said, "What does it say about our nation?" . We have become a nation that has little conscience in terms of the rule of law and the rule of humanity. So we make more laws that do nothing except alienate the people that do abide. We (our Government) looks the other way when the laws a broken daily with illegal immigration by the millions, law maker greed, corporate executives plundering and stealing billions, presidents who lie and cheat, a media that refuses to tell the unbiased truth and dances to the dollar and not the "right and wrong" and the so called privileged of this nation get away with murder. We pay millions of dollars to actors that kill, slaughter, maim, gun down and rape and plunder in the movies they make and then (actors/actresses) protest and demand an end to guns and violence, how pathetic is that? Are we mad?, you bet, really mad... We protect our President with guns, we protect our congressmen with guns, our governors, our celebrities, our sporting events, our jewelry stores, our banks, our office buildings, our factories, and our courts with guns but our children get "This is a Gun Free Zone" sign and then law abiding citizens become the target of (elected) traitors like Dianne Feinstein. Are we disgusted with the one sided application of the laws?, you bet we are... The leaders of this nation have created this environment due to their pitiful self interest and greed and they are setting the stage for a major show-down. Piece by piece our liberties are being taken away, do you really believe that this will all end with kisses and hugs? There are millions of law abiding citizens that are fed up and mad as hell, you are about to awaken the sleeping giant and God help us all when that happens...., Need something to worry about?, this is it.... God bless and help America.
The fact is that violence, including gun violence, in America is rare. It is mostly isolated to a few large cities, predominantly black and poor. Not a racist statement but one reflected in D.O.J. and F.B.I. statistics. I'm 59 years old, lived in 2 southern states and traveled the rest of this country and 3 others. The fact is Canada and Europe seem safer, not because of different laws, it's because of the homogeneous white population. 60% of our crime is commited by the 12% black population. Why? I don't know. It's just a fact. No politician can say it or offer solutions. The civil rights era was corrupted by the very leaders that said all they needed was anti-discrimination laws and equal opportunities. The same leaders have their hand out 45 years later. New ones know no difference. The new normal is to be a permanent victim on the dole for far too many Americans. Crime must be related to that in some way. Gangs in cities are rampant, mostly black and brown. My point is-I've never seen any crime or violence in my life. I'm a regular middle class working person and have never experienced any crime. Like I said-for most of America, it's rare. No gun control needed for our "problem". And certainly no pity or lessons from Canada. You've got your own problems with violence. Solve yours before you preach to us.
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