What are we going to do about gun control?

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  • Friday's school shooting led to a nationwide discussion
  • Discussion revealed complexity of the issue
The gun control debate is taking center stage after Friday's shooting at a Connecticut elementary school.

Immediately following the initial shock of Friday's mass school shooting, a nationwide conversation about gun control started. Journalists and civilians alike were writing articles, blog posts and leaving their thoughts on the issue across social media sites.

Through all the conversations and statistics being exchanged, we know one thing to be true. The Second Amendment states we have a right to bear arms: "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed." But how you enforce this amendment is open to interpretation, and there in lies the difficulty. In searching for a solution, these are just a few of the questions that came up in discussions on Facebook.com/HLN

Do we tighten who has access to guns?

We need to unite as a country and not take a look on not gun control, but background checks of mental heath. Before the purchase of guns they run a background check for felonies. Why not mental heath checks? - Gail D.

What kind of guns – if any – should be legal?

Update gun laws. This is not the Wild West anymore. People it is 2012 and this kind of thing is unacceptable… Assault riffles should not be out on our streets. EVER! THEY ARE MILITARY WEAPONS. I can't drive around in a military tank blasting every thing out of my way because I am in a hurry right?  - Bianca L.

What happens if we make all guns illegal?

If I thought for one second a ban would stop this kind of atrocity from occurring, I would be all in. However a ban would only give us a false sense of security against gun-related crime and do nothing to stop other acts of terror like bombings etc. – Jason B. 

Are we asking the wrong question?

More gun control is not going to help. People get guns everywhere. We need to look at the mental health in America. I myself don't like guns, but I don't thank I have the right to tell people they can’t have guns. My husband owns guns. - Nancy A.

I hear voices for gun control again. I agree we need to do a better job on background history and why anyone would need an assault weapon. But no one seems to question many of the video games on the market today. And the bullies out there do not seem to get it. When they bully, they could be the next victim. We need to get back to morals and values, and treating people with kindness. - Mar S.

I feel we should be more focused on how to make the schools safer for our kids rather than focusing on gun control. We need to make security tighter at our schools across the nation.  - Kathy L.

Everyone is screaming about gun control, but the real issue is mental illness and no one wants to talk about it. It is much more common than people think, and it is extremely difficult to get proper help for someone who needs it. - Kathy E.

President Obama said Sunday, "I'll use whatever power I have to prevent the type of tragedy that occurred in Newtown." What do you think needs to be done? 

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