Best Nanny Newsletter: Does the Mass Shooting Killing 20 Children Yesterday Change Your Opinion on Gun Control?


After the shooting yesterday in Connecticut where 27 are dead, including 20 children, after a man opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School I can’t help but discuss gun control. 
I really do understand both sides of the debate. Rifles for hunting and protecting one’s home has always been considered a right to many Americans. But, emergency room doctors in cities see the terrible statistics of gun violence at it’s worst. For many living and working in cities with a lot of gun violence, and where no one hunts for food or sport, citizens fight for more gun control. 
Gun control is a touchy topic. When we discuss “rights” I think the majority of the public believes owning a gun as an American right. When we discuss gun safety most people agree we need some gun ownership regulation. 
We all understand that guns don’t kill people, people do. But, we all can agree some gun control is necessary. Certainly we all support current regulations of running background checks prior to purchasing weapons. But, I think banning the possession of semi-automatic rifles is also a popular and necessary regulation. No one needs a semi-automatic weapon to hunt or to protect their home.
Here is a list of the 20 mass shootings in the past five years from the article “After 19 Mass Shootings In Five Years, Still No Answers” in the Huffingon Post today:
20. December 14, 2012 — Newtown, Conn. — 27 dead (including gunman)
19. September 27, 2012 — Minneapolis, Minn. — 7 dead (including gunman), 2 injured
8. August 5, 2012 — Oak Creek, Wisconsin 7 dead (including gunman), 4 injured

17. July 20, 2012 — Aurora, Colo. — 12 dead, 59 injured 

16. May 31, 2012 — Seattle, Wash. — 6 dead (including gunman)

15. February 22, 2012 — Norcross, Ga. — 5 dead (including gunman) 

14. October 12, 2011 — Seal Beach, Calif. — 8 dead, 1 injured 

13. January 8, 2011 — Tucson, Ariz. — 6 dead, 14 injured 

12. August 3, 2010 — Manchester, Conn. — 9 dead (including gunman), 2 injured

11. November 29, 2009 — Parkland, Wash. — 5 dead (including gunman)

10. November 5, 2009 — Fort Hood, Texas — 13 dead, 30 injured (including gunman)

9. April 3, 2009 — Binghamton, N.Y. — 14 dead (including gunman), 4 injured 

8. March 29, 2009 — Carthage, N.C. — 8 dead, 3 injured (including gunman) 

7. March 10, 2009 — Geneva County, Ala. — 11 dead (including gunman), 6 injured

6. June 25, 2008 — Henderson, Ky. — 6 dead (including gunman), 1 injured 

5. February 14, 2008 — DeKalb, Ill. — 6 dead (including gunman, 21 injured)

4. February 7, 2008 — Kirkwood, Mo. — 7 dead (including gunman), 1 injured 
3. December 5, 2007 — Omaha, Neb. — 9 dead (including gunman)

2. October 7, 2007 — Crandon, Wis. — 7 dead (including gunman), 1 injured

1. April 16, 2007 — Virginia Tech campus, Blacksburg, Va. — 33 dead (including gunman), 23 injured