Does the Newtown Shooting Change Your Mind About Concealed Carry? (Poll)
In the same week 30 people were killed in two separate incidents, a federal court overturned the state's ban on a carrying concealed weapon. Have these attacks changed your views on that ban?
This week, America's ongoing debate over gun control and the Second Amendment took center stage nationally and locally, growing out of two tragic events and an Illinois legal decision.
On Dec. 11, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned Illinois' ban on concealed firearms, calling it unconstitutional and forcing the state to create a law allow concealed carry, the Huffington Post reports.
That same day, Jacob Tyler Roberts shot up Seattle's Clackamas Town Center mall with a semiautomatic AR-15 rifle, killing two people before turning the weapon on himself, according to reports.
On Dec. 14, hours before Clackamas Town Center was to reopen since the shooting, Adam Lanza walked in to Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., with a .223 rifle and two handguns—a Glock and a Sig Sauer—and reportedly killed 20 students, six adults and himself, Newtown Patch and the Huffington Post report.
And all of this comes on the heels of Chicago's rash of shootings this past summer, as well as the city's climbing murder rate.
Since the news of the Connecticut shooting broke, south suburban residents—be they advocates of stronger gun control laws or Second Amendment purists—galvanized their positions (see examples from Twitter on Storify in this article) across social media.
But did these recent shootings change your views over firearm ownership, especially when it comes to a new state concealed-carry law? Are these incidents proof to you that stricter regulations are in order to stop further killings like this? Or do the attacks in Seattle and Newtown show what happens when people aren't able to arm and defend themselves?
YOUR TURN: Share your thoughts in the comments section and take the poll.
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