Talk of the town: NRA should refocus, help fix response times

Florida Senate rejects assault weapons ban, holds moment of silence for shooting victims

There is no universally accepted definition of a public mass shooting. And rightly so. It seems to be human nature to look for the easy answer.

To the lawmakers who try to blame the Federal Bureau of Investigation for not following up on the tip that the student wrote on social media that he wants to be professional shooter, yes, that should be investigated and never happen again. As for being gunned down in my own home by a stranger, about 100 break-in related homicides occur a year in the U.S. There are nearly 5 million households just in IL, so the odds are incredibly low.

A high school in Batesville, Arkansas, canceled plans to raffle off an AR-15 rifle.

Vote for people before guns and money, not the other way around. Maybe we could lower the amount of homeless and homeless shelters because about 600,000 of the adult population are homeless.

We can not and should not accept tactics by the NRA that blame media or justify tragedies as abstractions. Maybe if we pass some new laws. We're dumping guns into the public and getting exactly what we should expect as a outcome. However we have a real problem in this country. Maybe if we just enforce the laws we already have on the books.

I am not anxious about the honest people carrying guns, it is these mentally deranged people that are high on drugs that scare me. We now have national armed forces, and National Guard units based in every state. Florida is so tied to the gun lobby that there is a law there stating that a pediatrician may not ask members of a family whether they have a gun in the house.

Gun-control advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety said on Friday it will donate up to $2.5 million to support marches around the United States on March 24, the date of a planned March For Our Lives in Washington to demand an end to school shootings. I keep wondering how things got so bad. Seventy-six percent say people treated for mental illness should not be allowed to own a firearm. It may begin by simply seeing this obsession with guns as evil. Criminals have always existed, and always will. Jesus hung on the cross with two of them 2,000 years ago. What part of "Shall not be infringed" do we not understand?

The Second Amendment has nothing to do with hunting. Getting to 2/3 consensus might prove hard if not impossible. Walmart also has set 21 as the minimum age for gun buyers. They have made such as impact on public opinion that even President Donald Trump has chose to improve on his initial, senseless response - to arm teachers.

But Trump talked a good game on immigration reform, too, and we see where that got us.

While there are many Americans who support the NRA in having the weapon of their choice, others feel a total ban on all assault weapons would make America safer, bringing it in line with a number of countries that have strict gun laws that reduce incidents that are a regular occurrence in America.