Groton Reflects on Obama's Proposal And Gun Control

After Obama unveils an ambitious gun control agenda, Groton residents share their thoughts.

President Obama proposed a sweeping gun control agenda this week to curb what he called “the epidemic of gun violence in this country,” according to The Washington Post.

Groton residents reacted to the president's proposal on Thursday, or voiced their thoughts on gun control in general in the wake of the shootings in Newtown.

The president's efforts are expected to face a divided Congress, with many Republicans condemning his plan as an attack on the right to bear arms.

Dave January 18, 2013 at 02:48 PM
Limiting clip sizes to 10 rounds does very little to help. Another clip can be loaded in less than 2 seconds. Background checks is also not very helpful. Most of the shooters in mass killings do not have a background that would prevent them from buying guns. They generally don't have any criminal record. The best solution is a federal ban on all firearms except single shot rifles and shotguns. Anything less will do little to solve the problem of gun violence. Unfortunately almost all politicians are too scared to even discuss this option
John C. Higgins Sr January 18, 2013 at 03:08 PM
Wow your telling me you could not find one opponent to the gun control issue. I think this is the stem or core of our problem. I think the politicians both sides use us as pawns and have ben unable to openly discuss both sides of many issues and then find a happy medium. I think this countries people have been divided and when that happens we all loose. United we stand divided we fall. So much frustration out there. Some people feel like they cant even voice there opinion for fear of being seen on the wrong side of what should be a discussion. However since it has become an argument we tend to keep silent. Silencing of the people is never good and very un American. We live in the best country in the world. We must be able to have civil discourse and remember that all sides have the right to their opinion and to be respected for having it. As a source of local news I would expect better of patch than to only hit one side of the story. I love the concept of Patch having a local news source is good to help keep the people informed but when the issue has sides then I believe its the job of the news source to do there best to show all of the sides. Then let the people decide were they stand.
Mariellen V. French January 18, 2013 at 07:37 PM
Dave, background checks that do not include informing next of kin leave something to be desired. My now-ex husband got a pistol permit that I discovered accidentally. No one asked me about his drinking problems or his bad temper, and there was a warrant for his arrest in Arizona at the time. As far as I know, he hasn't used a gun against anyone, but still.....
Mariellen V. French January 18, 2013 at 07:41 PM
On the local news, I saw a gun lobbyist saying that assualt rifles and large capacity clips are used by people for games....like bowling. How lame is that? Collecting antique guns has merit, but collecting Uzis and assault rifles to use against government laws you may not like is TREASON.
Dave January 18, 2013 at 08:30 PM
Mariellen, I agree How many times have we seen in the news, where an ex-husband comes back and kills there ex-wife. In Canada the police actually interview your family members, ex-spouses, neighbors, etc. If anyone says you are unfit to own a gun then a permit is not granted.
Sandy D'Esopo January 23, 2013 at 10:56 AM
I suggest a compromise that neither side will like all of, but it's could help. 1/establish a fair, accurate and fast background check system, and require it for all gun sales; 2/allow extended-round magazines only by permit, like machine guns and handguns; 3/keep assault rifles (without large clips) legal. Assault rifles are just military LOOKING versions of semi-automatic sporting rifles, mostly bought by guys who never outgrew their boyhood GI Joe phase. The real issues are access to guns by the mentally ill. With this compromise both the NRA nor gun-control advocates can claim partial victory, and the two most lethal aspects of the problem will at least have been addressed. Nothing will guarantee another bloodbath like Newtown, but If in the future a mass killer is overwhelmed during the few seconds he pauses to reload, limiting magazine capacity will have proved worth it.


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