February 28th, 2012
07:00 AM ET

Why does America lead the world in school shootings?

Editor's Note: Dr. Frank Ochberg is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Michigan State University and former Associate Director of the National Institute of Mental Health.

By Frank Ochberg - Special to CNN

School shootings are far more frequent in America than in other countries, although terrible massacres have occurred in Russia, Israel, and several European nations. In the high-crime neighborhoods of inner cities, school turf is relatively safe. We have learned to harden the target and patrol with vigilance.

And even in those suburbs and small towns where spree killings have occurred, the rates, per capita, are lower now than in previous decades. School is a safe place - until, as in Chardon, Ohio, the unspeakable happens. Then, even though the risks are low, it is fair to ask, why does this still happen? Why here, in America?

Let's be clear. There is no single, certain answer to these questions. The possible factors include failure by classmates, parents and school officials to see the warning signs; bullying and revenge; serious mental illness; violent role models; drugs; access to guns, and a culture that condones extremism.

America has its share of these factors, but which are significant and which are more prevalent here than across the Atlantic?

Warning signs

Students do not become mass killers overnight. They nurse their fantasies and they leak evidence. Insults, threats and plans are posted on websites. Classmates often know when a student is ready to strike back. Parents hear rumblings and have accurate gut sensations.

Within our country there are communities and neighborhoods and school districts that are relatively cohesive, vigilant and able to discuss warning signs of danger. There are some communities that are not as well integrated. They must be coached and helped.

After Columbine and Virginia Tech and other notorious school shootings, new programs to share information were developed and several plots were nipped in the bud. This evolution of information sharing occurs in other countries, but it is difficult to measure, nation to nation, who is ahead and who is behind. I see no proof that America is losing this race to improve detection of warning signs.

Bullying and revenge

We have too many bullies and too many youngsters at the mercy of bullies. But we also have a growing system of anti-bullying school programs. Despite rumors to the contrary, the Columbine killers were not bullied. There is no evidence that America, compared to other nations, has more bullies, more bullying, more victimization, and more victims who are ticking time bombs, hatching plots of lethal vengeance. However, we certainly can and should promote school programs that protect all children from stalking, hazing, and the new, evolving forms of abuse: Ostracism and humiliation through electronic social networks.

When boys are bullied they may fantasize about revenge. To dream of turning the tables on a bully is common to all eras, most cultures, and the source of drama, film and literature from the Elizabethan stage to the spaghetti Western. But whether a slowly evolving fantasy of mass murder is a product of mental illness, of bullying or of other sources, there are usually signs along the way.

Major mental illness

We do not have more major mental illness than most other countries. But we may be less caring of our mentally ill. Back in the Kennedy era, we launched community mental health programs to care for people with schizophrenia and similarly severe disorders, including depression. We wanted treatment available close to home, with compassionate supervision and with proper medication. We tried to stop the revolving door to the asylum, and, in fact, we tore down the large state hospitals. Our best intentions failed.

The program was never fully funded and our American system of care leaves much to be desired. The most serious mental illnesses, schizophrenia and depression, often become overt in adolescence. A boy who is smart enough to get into a good college becomes deluded, obsessed, strange, scary - and he gets rejected, isolated and stuck in a fantasy world. Those fantasies can become lethal. These forms of mental illness are seldom the source of homicide (far more often they torment and demoralize the disturbed individual). But when they are dangerous to others, we need good answers.

We do not have a sophisticated system of care and protection. If we did, Mr. Cho would not have killed 32 students at Virginia Tech. But America is really no worse than other nations when it comes to the numbers of seriously mentally ill, of violently mentally ill, of insufficiently treated violent mentally ill school-age boys. (Yes, we are talking about boys and young men; by far, they are the school shooters).

Violent role models

Violent role models, on the street, in the cinema, in the news, have been with us for as long as I recall, and are not limited to America. Back in the '60s, an American counter culture leader said, "Violence is as American as cherry pie." But other parts of the world, such as Northern Ireland, the Balkans, the children's armies of Africa, the terrorist camps of the Middle East, have their violent role models. Machismo is not an American word, nor is Hooligan.


We do have drugs and a drug culture and aspects of this problem are more severe here than in many other parts of the world. Crime is connected to the drug trade and this crime can spill into the school. But the type of school shooting that occurs in the suburb is seldom connected to this urban issue. There may be an indirect connection, since drug wars arm young soldiers of drug wars, and arms are a large issue in America.

Access to guns

Access to guns is a significant factor in American school shootings. If kids could not and did not bring guns to school, we wouldn't have Columbine, Virginia Tech or Chardon, Ohio. There have been crimes with knives and bats and fists. But school shootings are gun crimes. Kids with guns kill kids at school.

I do not think America is an extremist nation, compared to other nations with bloody histories and despotic leaders. True, we have polarized political speech, and some of that speech is about access to guns. But the reason we have an American school shooting problem that exceeds other nations has to do with access to loaded weapons by kids who should not have that access.

I'm not offering a gun control solution. But any serious attempt to prevent school shooting will have to attack the problem by determining who should not be armed, and preventing dangerous boys from bringing guns to school.

The views expressed in this article are solely those of Frank Ochberg. For more on the subject of school shootings, Dr. Ochberg recommends reading reports by the U.S. Secret Service and the FBI.

Topics: United States • Youth

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  1. Grampa

    The ready availability of guns, legal or not, to crazed teens is obviously a major factor in school shootings. But banning guns, while an obvious solution as clearly shown in Great Britain, is not possible in America. There are simply too many of them in the hands of citizens. You might as well try to ban toothbrushes. The next best solution is one based on enforcible laws designed to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and children combined with the kind of peer pressure that makes inappropriate gun-toting socially unacceptable and something nobody would be afraid or otherwise reluctant to report.

    February 28, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Reply
  2. Face

    If the child got the guns from their parents, or whoever.... they should be charged as accessories to the fact. If you going to own guns, keep them out of your kids hands, or face the music as though you did the killings yourself.

    February 28, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Reply
  3. 1st

    America needs true Christian Values, not the Social Conservative view of Christian Values. Since America's founding, "how many of the TEN COMMANDMENTS" did America obey or follow? The 1st, NO, 2nd, NO 3rd NO, 4th NO, 5th NO, 6th NO, 7th NO, 8th NO, 9th NO, 10th NO. Oh well lets continue with the CHANGE we received from the 44th and pay no mind to those who pay us no mind. He believe like Whitney, bless her soul, the CHILDREN ARE OUR FUTURE. "TEACH THEM WELL AND LET THEM LEAD THE WAY. Jesus never carried the gun (Death's Tool) and the BIBLE (THE RIGHTEOUS WORD.) His WORD was met with DEEDS. Wisdom is given to act wisely, not to speak wisely, that's what the master of deception & father of lies does and his children.

    February 28, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Reply
    • Ronny

      That's it...teach our children that the sky is green when it's obviously blue. Yeah, that's it. Hey, 1st....it's hypocritical and psychotic views as yours that gets our children into trouble in the first place. I'll give you the real solution: hey parents, how about you start parenting!?!? Because the very second your 1st child is born, it's no longer about you; it's now ALL about your children from then, on. Anything less...and you have what happened in Ohio.

      February 28, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Reply
      • 1st

        @Ronny, Please explain your position on where and what I was wrong about. Thanks, no hard feelings LOVE IS LOVE ALWAYS.

        February 28, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
  4. Ronny

    Why is the US #1 in school shootings? Really??? Easy...in the land of the NRA and gun-loving macho thugs who tout the long-irrelevant and archaic right to own guns, it's this hateful mentality that continues to put guns into the hands of criminals. After all, compare how many times guns are used for self defense compared to guns used for criminal offenses? I rest my case, you scared frightened little conservatives.

    February 28, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Reply
    • rell87

      Guns save a hell of alot more lives then they take. It is proven time and time again. Pull your head out of your butt and stop reading liberal lies on CNN and do some real research on the Facts.

      February 28, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Reply
  5. rell87

    It is clearly CNN's fault. We have had the right to bear arms for well over 2 centuries, yet we didnt have a problem with school shootings until the last few decades. What changed? CNN came on the air. Surely that is not a coincidence?

    February 28, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Reply
  6. Jenn

    Its's more frequent in the US because the teachers and the school systems don't care about these kids and bullying and don't do anything about it until their precious schools get shot up. My son has been bullied for 3 years now even attacked coming home and he's only 11 do you think his school has done anything???" HEll NO!!! he's on medication for ulcers and stomach issues but if I don't send him to school to help him I go to jail!!! You want your kids to stay safe at school then the schools are going to actually have to care.. How many times do you think his parents tried to complain to the school and finally had to say alright but once he snaps dont call me.. I fight at least once a week with my son's school they don't care!!!!!

    February 28, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Reply
    • Harry Wortz

      Teach your son to stand up the bullies. Sure he'll take a few whippings but running and hiding makes it worse.

      February 28, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Reply
  7. alex

    i just wanted to point out how ridiculous it is that the writer of this piece insists the columbine killers were not bullied. they were social outcasts and frequent targets of bullying. just because it's not as apparent in high school or because they seemed to have other motivations doesn't negate the build up of resentment and hate from ostracization by your peers. certainly they had other issues at well but minimizing the impact of bullying is dangerous. "there is no evidence" of american youths bullying each other more than any other country? we are one of the most diverse countries in the world and this diversity manifests itself in our schools; often students subtly bully or tease each other because of cultural or socioeconomic differences, and this bullying and teasing is often ignored by adults or teachers as "part of high school". by ignoring approaches which allow kids to understand and accept differences in lifestyle and culture and instead attributing the problems more to gun control, mental illnesses, etc., we're putting a band-aid on a gaping wound.

    February 28, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Reply
  8. John Black Hills/SD

    If you don't know the answer to this question, you haven't looked at American culture today. If you don't see it, you're not looking.

    February 28, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Reply
  9. Kenny

    Because times are tough, people are taking it out on their kids when they get home from work and in turn, their kids are unloading it elsewhere. Sad but true!

    February 28, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Reply
  10. Matthew

    For those people touting increased control as the answer, I ask how that will solve anything.

    In all states except Vermont, it is illegal for a minor under the age of 18 to possess a handgun or rifle. (VT allows ages 16 and up.) Therefore, existing gun law already prohibits these kids from owning the weapons that they're using.

    This means that either they're acquiring the weapons illegally (in which case increased gun control will automatically fail to resolve the problem) or they're using a weapon owned by someone else (in which case the owner of the weapon should be held criminally negligent for not securing the gun adequately).

    February 28, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Reply
  11. david michael

    Prohibition didn't work to remove alcohol from home. It did strengthen the mafia. The "war on drugs" didn't stop the use of drugs, but did strengthen gangs. The war on guns with only strengthen a new class of criminals.

    The problem is the school is disease of the brain. In America, we treat mental illness like demonic possession or a will power problem "just think happy thought and you will think that way." We know that isn't based on fact. But, we allow health insurance companies to limit "mental health" treatment while they would never be allowed to limit strep throat treatment or any other illness save illness of the brain.

    Until we acknowledge that the brain can get sick, we will remain victims of this sort of crime.

    February 28, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Reply
    • kolohegirl

      This is not an either/or situation. Mental health is a problem AND so is access to guns. I come from a country where citizens cannot own guns. The criminals have to pay hefty prices for guns, and yes gun deaths do occur; but only in the crimninal element. Here in the U.S. gun deaths occur every day in situations raging from accidental to crimes of passion. The amount of shootings simply would not be as many if guns were not so easily accessible.

      February 28, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Reply
  12. Harry Wortz

    How many warning signs and cries for help did this young man exhibit before picking up the firearm? But, conveniently the firearm gets the blame while those that chose not to confront the problem are not.

    Blaming the firearm for killing is akin to blaming the shovel when the handle breaks.

    February 28, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Reply
    • AlecEifel

      This makes no sense. Check you analogies please.

      February 28, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Reply
      • Harry Wortz

        What doesn't make sense about it. The firearm didn't fire itself any more than the shovel broke its own handle. But, there was a reason why the firearm was fired and why the handle to the shovel was broken and in neither case was it the tool's doing.

        February 28, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
  13. AlecEifel

    Is this what our forefathers really wanted...everybody owning an AK-47 and killing eachother? I'm fine with muskets and hunting rifles but do we really need to keep semi-automatics, etc. legal? As smart as our forefathers were, I don't think they ever dreamed that guns would evolve into the mass-killing machines they are today. It's amazing how strong the gun lobby is. The fact that this debate never even occurred after Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords shooting is proof.

    February 28, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Reply
    • Harry Wortz

      In the Gifford's shooting the young man exhibited many signs of problems long before he picked up the handgun. Society failed him by not providing help when it was obvious it was needed.

      Blaming the firearm is lazy.

      February 28, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Reply
  14. Tater

    This just in "Cars kill more people thAn guns!!!" LETS BAN ALL CARS THEY ARE TO DANGEROUS!!!!!!
    Get a grip people...a gun is a tool period! It's not the guns faul. Making a personal fire arm illegal will do nothing, but make a bunch of law abiding citizens criminals. Sound familiar?!?! It's pretty much what we are dong with drugs.
    This was a sad incident...my money is on the 4 boys bullying the shooter and he finally snapped. For some reason our society thinks it's OK marginalize and put down others. Well this is what happens when we loose respect for our fellow man. Everybody deserves a certain amount of respect and kindness.

    February 28, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Reply
  15. kolohegirl

    Why?? All of the reasons mentioned in the article PLUS easy access to the easiest weapon to use that provides instant satisfaction. I wonder how many people shoot and then realize "uh-oh" but by then it's too late. Guns make killers out of people who would normally not have the courage to take it that far. Guns make it tooooooo easy. Kids unfortunately do not understand the finality of death.

    February 28, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Reply
  16. BigDaddy

    Too bad it isnt China.. The question could be Why are Cleaver attacked number 1 in Chinese schools?

    Its simple we are Monkeys and enjoy violence

    February 28, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Reply
    • Marta Paglianni

      Even in China that is RARE.

      February 28, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Reply
  17. flyskybird

    Way too much violence on TV and video games. Violence breeds Violence.

    February 28, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Reply
  18. Dorothea777

    Guns have been part of the American scene for as long as this nation has existed. School shootings are a recent phenomena, a generation ago they were unheard of. What we have here is a People problem, not a weapon problem, and so long as the focus is on guns, the people problem will remain unsolved.

    February 28, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Reply
    • The REAL Truth...

      No Dorothy.. your not in Kansas anymore. We HAVE a GUN PROBLEM. I'm not talking responsible gun owners, I'm talking an over-abundance of easily accessible KILLING machines – HAND GUNS.
      By all means take the NRA approach and mantra, but fact is fact. You do not go hunting with a hand gun. They are designed to kill people and should be controlled just like access/ownership of explosives.

      February 28, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Reply
    • Nowie963

      There is a gun problem and this coupled with irresponsible parenting and a myriad of other contributory factors, we will continue to have this problem in our schools and other places!

      February 29, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Reply
  19. Lila

    Most humans are narcissistic people who view themselves as victims and believe violence is an option for being wronged. The difference in the US is smaller families without the close family and community ties which often leaves people to suffer alone and many go nuts. In other countries, there are plenty of siblings, cousins and other people in the community who are a support system.

    February 28, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Reply
  20. mofo

    i think it always comes back to parenting. Where are parents priorities these days? Be involved with your children. Put down the laptop, iphone all the distractions and do your job.

    February 28, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Reply
  21. Josh

    Not saying bullying is a reason to kill- but the Columbine killers were indeed bullied. Maybe it wasn't to a horrible extent, but they were definitely looked down upon, pushed around, and treated as outcasts because of their taste in clothes, music, etc. Please don't read Dave Cullen's Columbine books–it's completely full of crap.

    February 28, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Reply
    • Pritka

      Nothing could make me more anxious to read this book than your request for me NOT to read it. Are you Mr. Cullen's publisher?

      February 28, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Reply
  22. Marta Paglianni

    Guns ONLY cause death. Even in the USA more killings are done by cops towards innocent citizens than any other nation including China, North Korea or Cuba.

    With citizens is the same. Guns only kill and they learn it from those violent tv shows and the way cops act in society with the free license to kill and the poor education they are getting at home. Hugging little Billy and small Susie 20 times a day and telling the how special they are and rewarding them over and over for bad behavior isn't doing the trick. Use that belt if you must instead of apologizing or hugging those kids so much. Make them respect you , the elders and peers. TEll the teachers to be tough on them too and kind when it must.

    The USA is also the leading country in invading other nations for not reason at all and in the process killing 100s of thousands of innocent folks and spending billion each week in a war that has no merit. Main while USA citizens suffer in dealing with an economic bordering to a 3rd world nation. WHY? MY gosh use that $$$ to help each other instead of messing around the world and destroying countries and lives and families.
    Other nations, specially Europeans and many South American and Asian nations, invest their wealth in helping each other, making sure that they get free health care and free education which both are much better than the expensive medical care and education that folks in the USA get.

    Our children are growing up as dumb as they come and are way below most industrialized nation or below many Latin American nations.When I was 8 yrs old growing up in Europe I knew 3 languages and knew all the capitals in the world and where each nation was. Same way with many children there today. Why is that?

    ALso our children in the USA are growing with too much protection. THis is the ONLY NATION that has to apologized 10 times and give thanks and welcome 10 more times. WE even say thank you when there isnt any need for it.

    Boys and girls can't fend for themselves for parents are there to guard them. IF little Johnny falls or small Lisa has to be taken to the dentist we are hugging or apologizing to them. HEY WAKE up that is part of life and they need to learn to get tough. When those children keep crying for the room is too dark and they want mommy or daddy in bed with them or when they miss behave yet 10 minutes later you come to hug them, NONE of that is helping them. A small cut on the finger is just that so dont treat it like a broken arm. IF they fall down let them get up, trust me they will do so. By helping them 100% we are making them weak and wont have the tools to be strong when facing a bully at school or at work.

    WE must STOP rewarding bad and poor children's behavior. Stop appeasing to their wills. Bet tough and be firm so they can respect you, their elders and their peers. Smack their rear if you must same as the old generations of the 30s-60s That generation knew about respect and the Golden Rule and NOBODY was running around getting even with guns or knives.

    February 28, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Reply
  23. Tony Bowling

    I am offering an observation, not an opinion: Nearly every school shooting and other seemingly motiveless group shooting has two very distinct factors: The obvious one is guns are available but the key one is that the shooter is on or has recently been on mind controlling medications. Not street drugs. Something given to "help" the person. You will either see this info in the initial report or later on at the trial or something. It may even be "he was diagnosed as having ADD" which nearly always means he/she was put on meds. And no, I do not care that you think meds helped you or your best friend. These incidents mostly happen with drugs. FACT.

    February 28, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Reply
    • Marta Paglianni

      Lots of ADD children in Europe and LAtin America and Asia yet they dont go around shooting and killing ala OK CORRAL!!

      February 28, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Reply
      • Tony Bowling

        The amount of drugs prescribed to US kids is significantly higher (and there is access to guns).

        February 28, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
  24. rickp530

    My father had guns in our home while I was growing up. There were bullies in those days just as there are today. I got bullied several times during school. Did I get a gun? No! I told my father about the problem and he showed me a few boxing moves. The next time the guy picked on me, he got his butt beat by me. I was never bothered again.

    February 28, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Reply
  25. All4Him

    The main reason is this country has turned away from GOD and allowewd minorities to change us from a Godly nation to a ungodly nation by first taking prayer out of schools!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 28, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Reply
    • Marta Paglianni

      YOu are wrong!! Europe or Asia or Latin America doesnt allow god or religion in schools yet they are not killing each other.

      February 28, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Reply
  26. jay

    Why does America lead the world in school shootings? Maybe because we sell weapons like Candy at Wallmart or any convenient strore.

    February 28, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Reply
  27. frank stephen

    Drunk driving, cell phone use while driving, smoking all kill people and nothing is done about this. We cut school programs and build more jails. As long as there's money to be made, political officials will vote for a buck!

    February 28, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Reply
  28. Pritka

    If we were to punish gun owners that allow their guns to be used in criminal activities, would it cause gun owners to better control access to their guns? If a gun is used in a school shooting and the gun was taken from a family member or a neighbor who did not secure a weapon and that gun owner then had to face revocation of his/her gun permit and a substantial fine, would guns be less accessible to children? If the gun had not been reported as stolen and was used in a criminal action, this would indicate the gun owner was responsible in part for the commission of the crimeand would face charges. This would allow the 2nd amendment folks to retain all their rights but also shoulder some responsibility.

    February 28, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Reply
    • Harry Wortz

      What about all the people that failed to take action when it became apparent that the young man had problems? They should shoulder some responsibility as well.

      Blaming the firearm alone is lazy.

      February 28, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Reply
      • Pritka

        I was going for effective, I am thinking you want to protect gun owners at all costs...I want to protect children. Lazy is what we have all been by doing nothing about a child or teenager's access to guns.

        February 28, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
    • Harry Wortz

      I don't believe in punishing the majority for the actions of the minority.

      If those that saw the problems had acted proactively then this possibly could have been avoided. Again, blaming the firearm is a lazy way out.

      February 28, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Reply
      • Pritka

        Winnowing out and treating 'at risk' youths was already done in this case. This shooter was already being educated at an 'at risk' school so some people were aware that this boy had some serious problems. None of us can predict the behavior of others. If I am being lazy in your opinion because I would rather make it much more difficult for these CHILDREN to get guns, then fine with me. I will do the lazy thing. I am going to do my best to see to it that gun owners shoulder responsibility when their guns are used in shootings. If this causes gun owners to be much more careful about where they put their guns and how they secure them, then this LAZY person will have saved some lives.

        February 28, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
      • The REAL Truth...

        No Harry.. your NRA / 2A "right" is the lazy way out. I seen this in so many comments and the pro-gun lobby is CONSTANTLY up-chucking the "guns don;t kill people..." crap. They do, or least the lead emitted from them does. Sure people pull the trigger, but the gun does the killing.
        The lazy way out is to blame everything BUT the gun, and use the 2A as a crutch. You (and the rest of the pro-gun posters here) can spin it any way you want, but the abundance of HAND GUNS (whose only purpose is to KILL) is way too prevalent and accessible. It's really hard to KILL two 17-yr olds with a brick, a 2×4 or a knife in a school cafeteria. Perhaps we should let everyone who passes a background check have access to C4 and TNT. After all, using it to blow up the entire cafeteria wouldn't be the fault of the C4 being readily available would it. It would still be the kids fault right? How far would that argument go in educated circles??

        February 28, 2012 at 6:07 pm |
  29. Erin

    I'm not a big gun guy, but I can see the folly of trying to control guns. The criminals don't obey the laws anyway, so more laws just enables the criminals to do more bad because the public is disarmed. Britain has a big problem with it right now and the police can't keep up. You can't stop all killings ever, but you certainly will prevent more by havnig guns, than trying to get rid of them.

    February 28, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Reply
    • Well

      if that's the case how in the world to you explain the difference in violent crime involving guns US compared to England.

      no guns = less gun violence.

      You will never get ride of all of them...but everyone with a weapon is NOT the answer.

      February 28, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Reply
      • Harry Wortz

        Of course fewer firearms will relate to less firearm violence but does it curb violence? Why punish the vast majority of firearms owners for the stupidity of very very few.

        February 28, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
  30. john summer

    GUNS, GUNS and GUNS. It`s that simple. Control guns and there will be no mass murder.

    February 28, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Reply
    • James

      When the gun control starts thats when the mass murders will begin...since the beginning of time people have kept weapons to protect themselves....it hasn't been until the last 25 years that it has become the norm for random killings like we are seeing...But I grew up watching Leave it to Beaver and Roy Rogers...and nothing in those type shows made you feel angry or out of place...today kids minds are subject to some of the most horrible things you can imagine on tv and on a regular basis....I do not own a gun! But I certainly see the need in haveing one to protect myself and my family...

      February 28, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Reply
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