Yorktown Poll: Tighter Gun Control After Newtown Shooting?

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President Barack Obama called for "meaningful action" in the wake of the shooting at Sandy Hook School in Newtown.
President Barack Obama called for "meaningful action" in the wake of the shooting at Sandy Hook School in Newtown. Photo Credit: File

YORKTOWN, N.Y. — 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, Conn. Tell us what you think in the poll and comments section below.

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

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Yorktown, 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.

    7%
  • Yes. Ban assault weapons and also make it harder for people to buy guns.

    36%
  • Yes. Ban all guns.

    9%
  • No. It is our right to own guns.

    49%
  • Undecided

    0%
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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 on 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. A few politicians have suggested arming more school faculty members. 

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California) said she plans to introduce a bill banning assault weapons when the next Congress comes into session after the new year.

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Unfortunately, I feel that the media, and even our politicians have politicized this tragedy. Madmen and criminals, by their very nature have no care, nor respect for our laws, nor do they respect the sanctity of human life - as evidenced by this rampage in Newtown. If not guns, it could have been a bomb, or a car driven through a classroom. Who knows what twisted demons reside in the minds of a killer.

Personally, I would rather see a USMC veteran stationed at each school. Someone who has the training and experience to handle volatile and potentially violent situations. The young men and women who serve, and voluntarily put their lives into harms way to protect the rights and freedom that we all have, are certainly more than qualified to protect our most important national treasure - our children.

I was witness to a touching moment just the other night, when I saw a little girl giving a toy to one of the Toys for Tots donation boxes, and the Marine kneeling down to thank her. It was an image, a moment in time, that accurately portrays the entirety of the human experience. That the older generation serves to protect and shelter the younger, so children can enjoy being children, so they can continue to look upon the world with an innocence that we can only marvel at, and so they can grow in a world without threat or oppression.

We, as a nation, should embrace our service men and women. Allow them to continue protecting our country at home after they are done protecting our country abroad. There are a great many dangers domestically, and our most vulnerable should be afforded the same protection that our nation has received.