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Talk Back: Revisit the Second Amendment?

Shooting rampage at Wisconsin Sikh temple reignites gun control debate.

On Sunday, August 5, police say Wade Michael Page walked into a Sikh temple where worshippers were preparing for an 11:30 a.m service just outside of Milwaukee Wisconsin, pointed a 9mm pistol he'd recently purchased, and opened fire on the congregants without saying a word.

The gunman killed at least six people before police killed him. Since then a portfolio of the killer is beginning to emerge. Page was an ex-Army serviceman who had recently formed two neo-Nazi white supremist bands, according to some sources.

The gun was reportedly purchased legally at Shooters Shop in West Allis, Wisconsin, about 12 miles from his home.

The shooting once again draws out the debate over the Second Amendment right to bear arms, and whether or not citizens should be allowed access to semi-automatic weaponry or handguns. For today's Talk Back, we ask:

Do you think the recent shooting at a Sikh temple should make us reconsider licensing semi-automatic weapons to citizens?

Vote in our poll or drop a comment below.

Daniel Howland August 08, 2012 at 06:27 PM
I forgot to indicate the above was in relationship to Aurora, CO., but does apply to the temple shootings issue.
BHirsh August 08, 2012 at 10:15 PM
Nothing will stop an active shooter but a gun or a heart attack. Personally, my money's on the former.
SamAdams1776 III August 09, 2012 at 06:44 AM
The right is not subject to democratic vote, and at least according to the Amednment, government is forbidden from ANY infringement (does anyone ever read that thing anymore?)!!!!
SamAdams1776 III August 09, 2012 at 03:59 PM
Correct. This is the Lockean view of the founders, not the Hobbsian view of statists. Locke and Hobbs disliked each other. Locke believed in freedom, the other in a statist form of government which he describes in his 18th century book, Leviathan. Hobbs, is therefore the favored philosopher along with Karl Marx of themodern democratic leadership. Today's democrat ladership has no love for Locke. The rank and file within the democratic party is unaware of the competing philosophies and likely has heard of neither. Marx, yes, but not locke or Hobbs. But even their knowledge of Marx is limited. And they don't believe (inspite of their own leanings for transfer of wealth to themselves by their representatives) do not think of their leaders, nor themselves as marxists or fascists (which socialists by nature are, requiring the subordination of the individual to the state) and projecting their own fascism, they accuse the conservative of being fascist--when of course conservatives ELEVATE the individual above the state--just the reverse of the so-called "progressive" (read that marxist).
John Parks August 09, 2012 at 05:55 PM
"whether or not citizens should be allowed access to semi-automatic weaponry or handguns." It's not up for debate, period. Thank you Sam, great post.

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