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DISCUSS: Newtown Tragedy Brings Guns, Mental Health Issues to Forefront

"We have to change," President Barack Obama tells a grieving community and nation. But what does that mean to you?

In the hours that followed the unthinkable tragedy in Newtown, CT, where 20 small children and 6 adults died in a shooting spree at Sandy Hook Elementary School, a devastated nation began bringing up issues of gun control and treatment for the mentally ill among friends or publicly on social media.

For many, the timing for such a discussion was too soon, but as details emerged over the weekend about the mass murder and the identities of the slain became known to the world, the chorus only grew louder for change. It was a message President Barack Obama emphasised on Sunday night, speaking at a memorial in Newtown.

"These tragedies must end, and to end them, we must change. We will be told that the causes of such violence are complex, and it is true. No single law, no set of laws can eliminate evil from the world or prevent every senseless act of violence in our society. But that can't be an excuse for inaction. Surely we can do better than this," he said.

But what exactly does that mean to you? Where do you stand on gun control or our nation's mental health care? Let us know in the comments below.

Across the Long Island Sound, families are still mourning their lost children, so we ask that you keep the conversation civil as a measure of respect to them. Mean or insensitive comments will be deleted.

John K Massaro December 19, 2012 at 06:11 PM
I'm only going to say one thing on this subject - There is absolutely no reason why an assault weapon like the one this kid used should be available to the general public, regardless of backround checks, permits, whatever. Let's call it what it is. The AR-15 is a killing machine. That's it's design, that's it's only function. To take down as many people as it can, as quickly as it can. There is not one ounce of logic you could possibly feed me to convince me why an average citizen should own a weapon like this...
Frank January 18, 2013 at 03:03 AM
I invite you to visit the max security prison of your choice to visit the animals that live amongst us.if watching the evening news isn't enough for you. Ask if you can spend the night.
John Gruber January 18, 2013 at 04:37 AM
I invite you to watch one episode of History Channel's "Top Shot".

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