Heard on the Street

'What do you think should be done to prevent mass shootings?'

Feb 08, 2013
"Better licensing and background checks." — Steve Burgess, Rockland.

This week The Courier-Gazette reporters are asking around town: "What do you think should be done to prevent mass shootings?"

"Stop watching television." — Joe Steinberger, Rockland.
"I don't think they should take guns away from everybody, because criminals have them, that's for sure." — Marchia Firth, South Thomaston
"Well, first of all, background checks for everyone purchasing a firearm, and ban the AR-15, without a doubt." — Gary Chapin, Rockland
"A lot more education and training." — Mike Campbell, South Thomaston
Comments (10)
Posted by: Erik Ettlinger | Feb 11, 2013 11:29

Improve our mental healthcare and awareness. We need to secure our weapons from people who should not have them. Our local Knox Sheriffs Office gives free locks for weapons. It's every gun owners responsibility to secure their weapons!

Posted by: Kim A Moran | Feb 11, 2013 08:52

This subject is the dog chacing it's tail...no matter what we end up doing it will not change things...education? who are we educating the criminals they are the ones paying attention...build a better weapon..how not to get caught?  I remember my oldeset way back when Tom and Jerry were not reruns...she bopped her sister on the head with a plastic bat...I was the one to tell her thatit was inappropriate behavior what was on tv was pertend that cartoon charaters were not real..when they got older it was me who told them reality tv was staged as well..It is not tv..they do what we pay them for..entertain us...guns do what we want them to as well they protect us..they are at our whim not the reverse....criminals or crazies will have access to them no matter what we do...and we are supose to do what/? Parents..teach your children..watch your family...and dont think for one minute anyone is watching out for you or yours more that you....

Posted by: Carolyn Philbrook | Feb 09, 2013 12:17

Joe is mentioning a serious factor you that isn't televised in any manner.

The violent ones I'm sure are more famous than Olympic athletes. The notoriety is likely inspiring. On the other side of the coin, we get sucked in the fear machine that is network TV and ignore all other problems facing young people.


Posted by: DA Taylor | Feb 09, 2013 09:33

Starts in Hollywood.  Stop indoctrinating our youth with all of the violence on the big screen and promoting games that teach young people that anything goes.  It ends in the home where parents need to get involved with their children and be proactive in their leisure time.  Until then nothing will change.

Posted by: Clifton Yattaw, Jr | Feb 09, 2013 09:31

Get behind the NRA; there's no better organization on the planet that teaches gun safty and respect for human life.

Posted by: Amy O'Donnell | Feb 09, 2013 08:52

The laws need to be changed in the United States to allow concerned family members to commit their mentally ill loved ones.  As the law it stands now, it is almost impossible to do so- even for those who have a documented history of severe mental illness and are acting obviously unstable.  Again and again these mass shooters turn out to be persons with a known mental illness.

Posted by: Edwin Ecker | Feb 09, 2013 08:31

Sorry JOE I was referring to GARY CHAPIN.


Posted by: Edwin Ecker | Feb 09, 2013 08:31

Joe is obviously not very informed as to the mechanics of ONE particular weapon ! More of the same BS when it comes to legal gun ownership !

Posted by: avery brott | Feb 08, 2013 22:26

Positively excellent comment, Joe Steinberger.

Posted by: Dale Hayward | Feb 08, 2013 16:24

Make the guns out of lumber from my old fabric covered building.

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