The trauma and reaction is still strong after the Friday (December 14) school shooting in Newtown, Conn., that left 20 children and six adults dead.
There was reaction from some elected officials, from President Obama to state officials in New York. As reported by USA TODAY, the president called for "meaningful action," without being more specific. And New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo called for a "crackdown" on firearms.
However, in an interesting development of coincidence, the Michigan Legislature on Friday passed and sent to the governor a new gun law "allowing concealed pistols in schools and other places," as reported by mlive.com.
And there are still-fresh memories of the movie theater massacre in Colorado earlier in 2012. The Huffington Post notes that there have been 19 mass shootings in the U.S. since the Virginia Tech incident in 2007 -- with no real answers or changes.
A New York Times blog notes that media accounts of the debate on guns has changed. The term "gun control" is being used less often than in the 1990s, but such terms as "gun violence" are on the rise.
And a Suwanee Patch commenter on Friday raised the issue of more security around schools. "We probably need more than the county can afford. I think it is time for the Homeland Security office to get involved. They have the resources," the commenter said after Gwinnett Police announced that they would step up patrols at local schools.
-- What's your suggestion? Should preventive measures focus on guns, or the factors that provoke such action in people? Share your thoughts on the situation.
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