Shrewsbury Poll: Tighter Gun Control After Newtown Shooting?

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President Barack Obama has called for "meaningful action" in the wake of the shooting at Sandy Hook School in Newtown.
President Barack Obama has called for "meaningful action" in the wake of the shooting at Sandy Hook School in Newtown. Photo Credit: File photo

SHREWSBURY, Mass. — Calls to strengthen the nation's gun control laws have come from parents and politicians — and even the president — in the days since 20 children and six adults were shot and killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. Shrewsbury, tell us what you think in the poll and comments section below.

Reader Results

Shrewsbury, do you think gun control laws should be strengthened after the shooting deaths of 26 people in Newtown?

  • Yes. But only ban assault weapons and large-ammunition clips.

  • Yes. Ban assault weapons and also make it harder for people to buy guns.

  • Yes. Ban all guns.

  • No. It is our right to own guns.

  • Undecided


The nation must "take meaningful action," President Barack Obama said when he spoke just a few hours after the shooting Friday. He repeated his call for the nation to discuss gun laws when he spoke at a vigil in Newtown on Sunday.

“We can't accept events like these as routine," Obama said in his speech. "Are we really prepared to say we are powerless in the face of such carnage — that the politics are too complicated?"

Gun-rights supporters, including the National Rifle Association, have been mostly quiet since the shooting. Republican U.S. Reps. Louis Gohmert of Texas and Don Richardson of Oregon have suggested arming more school faculty members.

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., says she plans to introduce a bill that would ban assault weapons when the next Congress comes into session after the New Year.

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"Meh. Criminals will get guns anyhow and this will happen again, so we might as well roll over and allow it. Fight fire with fire" That's how I read the above response. Arming any teacher with a gun or pepper spray is just a concession that acts like Newtown are just a part of life now and in my opinion, that's the most tragic response. Besides, the guns used in Newtown and so many other slaughters have been legally obtained. So the argument that criminals will illegally obtain firearms doesn't apply here.

For anyone who is a gun enthusiast, I cannot for the life of me figure why you'd ever need or want a gun that shoots hundreds of rounds of ammunition. What would you possibly need a gun like that for? Hunting? Sport? I truly cannot fathom the answer.

For all the fans of the Second Amendment, I do wish that there was a bit more education. It speaks of a "well armed militia." It was written in a time when British Soldiers were being housed in Colonist's homes. And there were no assault rifles. So which militia are you interested in joining?

Want to know where my opinion comes from?

Well, my father was a police officer for 27 years, now works as an investigator with the State's Attorney. He sees the effects of gun ownership every single day and as an adult has shared with me some of the horror he has seen over his career.

I grew up miles from Sandy Hook and all of the landmarks you are seeing on TV are personally familiar to me.

AND the one thing that created my strongest opinion on gun ownership: I was robbed at gunpoint in the lobby of my apartment building in 1996. In the moment that I was looking down the barrel of a semi-automatic handgun while I handed over my car keys, my purse and every bit of identification and every credit card I owned, it made not a speck of difference if the guy pointing a gun at me had a permit or not. (For all I know he obtained it legally at a gun show.) In the many years that have followed, this event never left me, and I will admit it affects me greatly at times. I do hope that this is not something that you have ever had to experience. However, it did raise one question for me that I have yet to find a reasonable answer. Aside from historical value of older guns as antiques, what could possibly draw another human being to want a machine that serves no other purpose than to harm and kill?

Aside from all this, yes it is human nature to want to act, to "do something" to keep our children safe. However, currently, the 'right to bear arms' is infringing upon the right of my children to attend school without fear of a gunman entering the building. Your right to carry a weapon ends at my child's right to live his life in freedom, with liberty, and in pursuit of happiness.

My child belongs at the head of his class, reading, writing and practicing arithmetic, not crouching in a cubby waiting for some person to exercise their second amendment rights. Trust me, if it could happen in Sandy Hook (bucolic & quiet; where the town landmark is a flagpole and the biggest event of the year is the fireman's parade) it could happen in Shrewsbury.

20,000 gun laws on the books, you say. But Sandy Hook happened anyway. It's time to start over and get it right, not shrug and walk away.

When tragedies like Sandy Hook happen it affects us viscerally and its human nature to want to "do something" to keep us and our children safe. However, there are over 20,000 gun laws on the books around the country and 1 more law or ban will only curb the liberties of the law-abiding. Criminals, by definition, do not obey the laws so will be free to illegally obtain firearms.

Instead, we should be examining our mental health situation in the country as well as re-examining the safety policies in our schools (eg. response plans, allowing some teachers to have pepper spray/taser/concealed weapon).