Over the weekend, we posed that question to our Patch readersacross the region and received strong opinions. Tell us what you think of existing gun control laws and what should be done to prevent these tragedies. Use the comment section at the bottom of this article.
"MC" said the issue is about people, not guns: "'Our' government took away mental health care and put a lot of these people out in the streets. When someone is thought to be 'off their rocker,' no one has anywhere to go to report it BEFORE something major happens."
Stan Modjesky similarly pointed to a bureaucracy issue in terms of gun registration. “Simply giving a false answer on the form 4473 is a felony, but it's too much trouble to prosecute them," wrote Stan.
Rick Young said background checks should be the law for all gun owners, but doubted whether it would stop mass shootings. "I have to say no but I do think all automatic weapons should be outlawed except for the military and police," he wrote.
Finally, Sherri Isbister wondered if things would have ended differently at the Navy Yard if there were more armed civilians. "How is it fair that an outsider can bring a weapon into the workplace where unarmed people are working? Something has to give here," she wrote.