Greenwich 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. Photo Credit: File

GREENWICH, Conn. – 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 in Newtown. Tell us what you think in the poll and comments section below.


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

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Greenwich, 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

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President Barack Obama said the nation must "take meaningful action" 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 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. Rep. Jim Himes, a Democrat who represents much of Fairfield County, said his constituents have told him the nation's gun law should be strengthened. “It’s important to remember that this perp broke every law. He was 20 -- you have to be 21 in Connecticut to own a gun. He had an assault rifle -- those are illegal in Connecticut," Himes said of Newtown shooter Adam Lanza in an interview with NPR.

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, of California, says she plans to introduce a bill banning assault weapons when the next Congress comes into session after the new year.

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Von Hess:

As tragic as this shooting has been and my thoughts and prayers go out to both the families and community around the victims.

This knee-jerk reaction to create “gun bans” is not the answer since it only hurts those who actually are the responsible gun owners out there. Gun enthusiast, collectors and Sportsman etc most all abide by the law are not the perpetrators of the overall shooting crimes.

Inner city gangs, mob factions, drug traffickers etc are the criminal factions which have illegal weapons and too commit the majority of shooting deaths.

As much as we would like to never see this sort of tragedy again creating gun bans doesn’t solve the problem, banning the type of people and enforcing very stiff punishments that commit violent crimes does.

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