But both Eddington and other rally participants agreed that authorities and neighbors must play a dual role in curbing illegal firearm use. Eddington repeated to several members of the media present at the event that residents should examine the "precursor decisions" that motivate a teenager to carry a gun" Many conditions contribute to gangs and youth violence. Poverty is one of these. Perhaps school success though one can't know that from the article. The availability of guns is one. Illegal gun sales and use happen regularly every day in our communities. Where do the guns come from? That is the big question that has not been answered or solved. Police departments all over this country worry about this and make attempts to get to those illegal guns before they do serious damage. This is not an easy problem to solve and will take multiple organizations and multiple steps to find a solution. I don't have an easy answer but mine certainly would involve efforts to keep guns away from those who should not have them. Teenagers can get the guns but they can't buy them legally. Someone else buys the guns legally in the first place and they then find their way onto our streets by various means. Our country is awash in guns and our gun culture promotes the use of guns. We need to work together to solve this problem.
The pet store robbery is an illustration of stupidity on the part of the gunmen who tried to rob a pet store, of all things. It is also a case of a justified use of a gun in self defense as the owner had his permit to carry and a loaded gun. He managed to hit one of the robbers without killing him and the robbers were caught. It is also a case of how badly things can go when guns are drawn. One customer ran into a back room and a shot was fired because the robber thought the person was going to get a gun. That shot went through a wall but didn't hit anyone. Things happen in a hurry in these situations so it's not easy to think straight with a gun in your hand. In this case no one was killed but one of the comments on the article indicates that the robbers ( low lives) should have been killed. Certainly the young men who tried to rob this store deserve punishment but death? Maybe not.
In the fourth headline we see that Arizona Governor Brewer found some common sense and vetoed the "guns on campus" bill passed through the Arizona legislature. What happened here? It seems that there was so much pressure from the gun control side and the university presidents and students who pushed back hard on this bill. As it turns out, the bill was scaled back to only allow guns on the streets and sidewalks but not in campus buildings. Both sides, of course, are claiming victory. My side was well organized and fought hard. The other side always fights hard for what they want. This time they didn't get it. But their claim that the bill should have been vetoed because it wasn't the bill they wanted and should come back as a full blown guns on campus bill allowing guns in classrooms is a dangerous misreading of what the public wants. They are having a hard time convincing people that guns on college campuses is a good idea.That's because most people recognize that it's actually a terrible idea. Common sense sometimes wins.