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One Injured in Atlanta School Shooting: How to Stop the Violence?

Do you believe Obama's gun control proposals will help prevent school shootings?

Another school shooting took place in Atlanta Thursday, the Huffington Post reports. A student opened fire at Price Middle School, shooting a 14-year-old in the neck before being stopped by an armed officer at the school.

The wounded boy was taken to a nearby hospital and later discharged, the website reports. The school does have metal detectors, and it’s unclear how the weapon got inside, Fox Atlanta reports. 

This incident is the latest school shooting in recent months. Most notably, in Newtown, Conn. in December.

The Newtown shooting sparked a nationwide debate over gun control. President Obama made several proposals regarding the topic in mid-January. 

Among the president's proposals were background checks for all gun sales, even those by private sellers, reinstating and strengthening the assault weapons ban that expired in 2004 and limiting ammunition magazines to 10 rounds, the New York Times reported.

Read Obama's proposal in entirety. 

The National Rifle Association feels schools will be safer with armed guards inside, NBC News reports. The NRA is now pushing for that to happen at schools nationwide.

The first congressional hearings on gun violence begin Wednesday.

What do you think needs to be done to stop school shootings? Do you agree with President Obama’s plan for gun control? Are you a fan of the NRA’s idea to have armed guards in schools? Tell us in the comments section.  

Deep Dish Pizza February 02, 2013 at 01:22 PM
This school had an armed guard. Columbine had an armed guard. But 85% of the kids killed by guns are killed in the USA. 85%! The problem is easy access to guns not a lack of guards. NRA agrees violence can't be stopped. They always talk about how knives could be used instead of guns. People who want some reasonable gun regulations also agree violence can't be stopped. But to stop GUN violence like this? That can be dramatically reduced just by regulating guns better. Kids, criminals and crazy people are ALOT less likely to commit gun violence if it's alot harder to get their hands on a gun in the first place. The 2nd Amendment does start with "a well-REGULATED militia". If we write some common sense legislation to regulate guns we'd be that much safer. But now the NRA is flip flopping even on background checks. In 1999 the NRA said they were for background checks. Now suddenly after we start having all these mass shootings the NRA is AGAINST background checks? Huh? It's like saying, well shucks kids are gonna get booze anyway so let's get rid of the drinking age. Instead of saying, well shucks kids seem to be getting their hands on too much booze and causing drunk driving accidents and overdrinking so let's look at how we can regulate alcohol a little smarter.
C. Johnson February 02, 2013 at 04:04 PM
Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy stated that "They go to the simplest place. If they're not in the stores, they can't be bought. Think of the lives that could be saved." Reference "http://carolynmccarthy.house.gov/recent-news/bill-summary-video-transcript-of-rep-mccarthy-remarks-on-updated-assault-weapons-ban-being-introduced-today/ How many people are addicted to Methamphetamine? I have never seen it on a store shelf, yet it's readily available. So how would removing guns from stores have any effect? And to Deep Dish Pizza you talk about "crazy people" and "common sense legislation". First NICS is overburdened with background checks adding to the pile is not going to help. Second patient/doctor confidentiality and HIPPA laws prevent sending a list of as you put is "Crazy's" into a semi-public database, since most police records are subject to FOIA. And finally when was the last time a shooting victim in Chicago, which has the most strict gun laws in the nation, actually purchased a gun from a gun store and had a background check done? Wake up America. We've had guns since our Constitution was drafted. What is now missing is a MORAL COMPASS. Aside from Timothy McVeigh who was a terrorist the largest number of deaths in America was not caused by guns. It was caused by a couple dollars in gas and two matches, readily available everywhere. The place was Happy Land in New York. Moral Compass
Deep Dish Pizza February 02, 2013 at 05:51 PM
@ C Johnson: "And to Deep Dish Pizza you talk about "crazy people" and "common sense legislation". First NICS is overburdened with background checks adding to the pile is not going to help. Second patient/doctor confidentiality and HIPPA laws prevent sending a list of as you put is "Crazy's" into a semi-public database, since most police records are subject to FOIA." The Federal govt has already said that it does NOT violate HIPPA laws. That's an NRA canard talking point. And it has been the state affiliates of the NRA that have prevented full implementation of such databases in the first place. Heck. The NRA even blocked having terrorists added to a "no gun sales" list. They'd rather have terrorists be able to buy guns than have common sense regulations. The NRA is useless because they've gone off the deep end and are literally advocating anarchy. You don't put out a fire by pouring more gas on it. You don't stop gun violence by dumping more guns in the streets. 85% of the children killed by guns WORLDWIDE are killed in the USA. That means we have far, far, far more kids killed by guns than place like Syria, Afghanistan, Colombia, and Mexico. And the number of mass murders using assault weapons has TRIPLED since after the NRA got the ban to expire.
Deep Dish Pizza February 02, 2013 at 05:54 PM
CONTINUED: If you want a moral compass I think you need to ask yourself what's more important, guns or people? Australia enacted far more strict gun regulations after they had a horrific mass murder. Their CONSERVATIVE legislators even backed putting together a nationwide gun buy back program. Australia has the same video games and movies and songs we have. They speak the same language and have many of the same customs and religions we do. Yet they don't have an NRA. And Australia has an order of magnitude LESS gun violence and deaths by gun than we do. Hmm. I wonder why.
C. Johnson February 03, 2013 at 07:58 PM
Deep Dish - Please review HIPAA laws. A psychiatrist or psychologist are under legal obligation to retain doctor client privileges. They have a legal obligation NOT to transmit the name or condition of any patient until or unless there is IMMANENT danger to life. reference http://newsroom.blogs.cnn.com/2012/07/30/how-much-can-a-psychologist-be-compelled-to-tell-the-police/ NRA even blocked having terrorists added to a "no gun sales" list. Please back that up as I have never heard that other than talking points on WCPT. "85% of the children killed by guns WORLDWIDE are killed in the USA" Again please check your facts. http://factcheck.org/2013/01/child-homicides/ "mass murders using assault weapons has TRIPLED" Not a single "assault weapon" was used in Newtown. Did you know adding a pistol grip to a common hunting rifle makes it an assault weapon? Your right in Australia they don't have an NRA it's called the NRAA - The National Rifle Association of Australia and their mission is "To promote and develop the sport of target shooting in Australia." There were also 1,246,096 car thefts in the US vs. 139,094 in Australia so therefore we should also ban cars in the States to bring down the numbers? Something else to read http://www.topix.com/forum/world/australia/T24FR56I1DVSCKJFI Also, the NRA doesn't make the laws, Congress does. This country has had guns since it's inception. And statistically gun violence is down historically.

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