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Last week’s mas­sacre of 20 chil­dren and six adults at an ele­men­tary school in New­town, Conn., has reignited a na­tional de­bate over gun con­trol.

Shawn Smith: Armed guards at ev­ery school in the U.S. I would not mind a raise in taxes to get this done!

James Davis: Yeah Shawn, be­cause be­ing the only “ad­vanced” coun­try that ac­tu­ally needs armed guards at its schools will be some­thing for Amer­i­cans to be proud of. How do you ex­plain the vast dif­fer­ence be­tween us and the rest of the mod­ern world when it comes the rate of this type event?

Jeff Wil­liams: I think that those ci­ti­zens who are trained and cer­ti­fied to carry a gun should be able to do so any- where so in­sane peo­ple don’t have easy tar­gets.

Rob Turk: Too bad no one at the school was equipped with the means to re­sist him. He ended up tak­ing his own life.

Howard Gomez: They were kids! So ev­ery school now needs to be for­ti­fied ?

Jeff Daniel: I ob­tained my CHL af­ter Aurora. I imag­ine there are fel­low ci­ti­zens that will in the fu­ture say they re­ceived theirs af­ter New­town.

Michael Pfaff: If not guns he would of used some­thing else.

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