Blumenthal: Let’s Try Again

Thomas MacMillan PhotoAs another community buried the victims of a deranged gunman’s shooting spree, this time in California, Connecticut’s U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal called on Congress to revive gun-control measures introduced, then killed, after the Sandy Hook massacre.

Blumenthal made the suggestion in an appearance Sunday on CBS’s “Face The Nation.”

“I hope, I really sincerely hope, that this tragedy, this unimaginable, unspeakable tragedy, will provide an impetus to bring back measures that would keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people who are severely troubled or deranged like this young man was,” Blumenthal said on the program, according to an account in the news site Talking Points Memo. Click here to read more about his remarks, which touched on both background checks for gun purchases and the more widely embraced notion expanding mental health services.

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posted by: jim1 on May 25, 2014  4:15pm

Yes this bad.  When a young person feels the need to do something like this.
If he was severely troubled and deranged someone dropped the ball.  Don’t blame the gun and the knife that was used. Family, police etc. should take part of the blame.

posted by: TheMadcap on May 25, 2014  7:41pm

When exactly does it become okay to blame the gun? The ridiculous ease at which even the mentally ill can get a gun is part of the problem. Saying don’t blame the gun is like saying let’s not blame a lack of lifeboats on the Titanic for such loss of life, let’s blame the iceberg.

posted by: cp06 on May 26, 2014  10:50am

Other things he REALLY should consider trying:

1. Bank reform that mandates that banks that received bailout money provide real relief for mortgage holders, not just some PR stunt

2. Same for student loans. How long will this country be the “best” if we refuse to invest in an educated population and have no problem with young people starting life heavily in debt?

posted by: breakingbad23 on May 27, 2014  7:29am

TheMadcap, Do you blame the knife too? He also stabbed 3 of the victims to death….

posted by: OhHum on May 27, 2014  11:55am

Was the BMW registered with the authorities as a weapon?

posted by: William Kurtz on May 28, 2014  10:11am

“Do you blame the knife? Do you blame the car?”

Really? That’s what you’ve got? Every single time? Those rhetorical questions are so outlandishly ridiculous that the implied assumptions behind don’t even merit answering and yet, I can’t help myself.

First, yes, the BMW, like most cars, was registered and traceable. Even if it’s was unregistered, the VIN number is easily found in an electronic database accessible to law enforcement. Its owner was required to have insurance to cover the very real likelihood that it would be an instrument of injury to another person. So if you want to make that comparison, then yes, for a good start,let’s treat guns exactly like we treat cars.

Next there’s the knife. Congratulations; you’ve lit upon what’s probably the only instance where the death toll in a single spree is attributable equally to gun and knife. The last time there was a poetic coincidence of this order, the score was Knife, 23 wounded, Gun, 26 killed. Most people use knives for benign purposes every day; they don’t come close to causing the carnage that guns do.