'National Town Hall' on school shootings reveals deep divide on gun rights

The national conversation on guns that so many have been calling for took a step forward tonight in Columbus, Ohio, as a panel fielded questions during a televised “National Town Hall” on the Newtown, Conn., massacre.

Tweets from the scene, though, suggest that it will take more than a single “heated discussion” to find common ground. Here’s a sample of what was said.

It seems that even during the national conversation on guns, the main concern is when we’re going to have a national conversation on guns.

  • George Washington Mclintock

    The country is asking gun-rights supporters for a reasonable discussion? No. What is happening is a prominent, highly vocal, insular, ideologically rigid minority is attempting to rhetorically manipulate and emotionally blackmail people into giving up their God-given right to own whatever weapon they feel like. Members of the govt who come from that same minority are seeking force to the wishes of that minority on that people

    • BeyondPolls

      Gunphobia is in the minority.

      • NRPax

        They may be in the minority but they have a larger megaphone than we do. Thankfully, that is beginning to change.

        • BeyondPolls

          Conservatives need a larger megaphone on a myriad of issues, including unborn equality.

  • Jack Deth

    Spirited discussion and discourse. Exactly what a Town Hall Meeting should be!

    Quite pleased to see so many tweets rubbing liberal tweeters the wrong way. Were they so naive to believe that their pre-set liberal agenda was a done deal?!!!

    Ms. Redstone’s tweets are particularly typical and entertaining. Especially when complaining about the teacher being unable to discipline his kids. While ignoring years and years of liberals complaining and lobbying which brought about that result!

  • HannahJK

    The NRA officially weighs in tommorrow. Does that qualify as “gun supporters coming to the table for a reasonable discussion”? I suspect that nothing they say will be considered “reasonable” so it’ll just trigger another hysterical diatrabe.

    • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

      You’re right. To the gun banners, there is no “common sense” unless it agrees with them on every point.

      After 20K and more gun laws at the local, state and federal level, what “common sense” has been missed? At what number does “infringement begin?”

      • louisiana_mom

        In my view, “infringement” began with the first ban…

        • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil


      • Gallatin

        It’s just like every other piece of nonsense that libturds want to push on us see; “global warming”, government schools, government spending or anything they don’t want us to do see; fracking, french fries, individual freedom.

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  • Gallatin

    Cori Redstone
    OMG, why is this room only filled with screaming, government bashing, middle aged, white, male gun nuts? Oh, it’s in Ohio #NationalTownHall

    OMG why is this room filled with screaming, government loving, obowmao phone carrying libturds? Oh it’s in Ohio.

  • NRPax

    “Reasonable discussion.” Translation: “STFU and give up your rights. Why are you right wingers so unreasonable about this?”

    Mind you, pointing out that the numerous restrictions in place means that we’ve already tried it their way gets you a glassy-eyed stare.

  • Silenttype78

    To a lib-prog “honest discussion ” means agree that they are right.

  • Womak1990

    It’s Time We had a serious discussion about assault vehicles.

    There’s no reason for a law-abiding driver to own a car that goes faster than 35 miles per hour. Above that speed is when most fatal accidents occur and closing that speed loophole will save millions of lives. Cars that travel faster than 35 miles per hour, let’s call them assault vehicles, have no purpose except to cater to a sick car culture that values speed over the lives of innocent children. We owe it to our children to give them a better world. A world where 35 miles per hour isn’t just the speed limit in my gated community, but throughout the entire land.

    Speaking of bicycles, there has unfortunately been a sharp rise in cyclist deaths as well. I remember many hours of joy riding my bike up and down the street as a child, and I still put in a few miles on my exercise bike when my schedule allows for it, but these innocent vehicles are being upstaged on the road by killing machines that have very little in common with my 12 inch Huffy and exist only to race and kill.

    I have never understood why there must be any bikes with more than 6 speeds. The bike industry, the bike lobby and the bike culture is irresponsibly pushing multi-speed bikes that are completely unnecessary. These Assault Bicycles which have 18 speeds are murder vehicles of death.

    It might be best if we put an end to vehicle culture altogether. It might be best if everyone just walked. So long as they walk responsibly.

    The number of pedestrian deaths has risen sharply in 2012 and the problem may lie with what I like to call, Assault Walking, or walking too fast, not to mention Assault Running.

    To all the paranoid alarmists out there, no one is talking about banning you from going on a light jog or even a brisk walk; so long as you keep it under the speed indicated on your government issued Citizen Pedometer with built-in breathalyzer. If you wish to walk faster than that, you will have to apply for a license, undergo a psychological evaluation, give up your health insurance and then wait six weeks.

    America is a great country, but we can be an even greater country if we just banned everything… for the children.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Marcy-Cook/1001619613 Marcy Cook

    “OMG, why is this room only filled with screaming, government bashing, middle aged, white, male gun nuts? Oh, it’s in Ohio” -Cori Redstone. I bet you didn’t mind Ohio so much when they handed the illegal election over to your Messiah.

  • sleazyrider

    Was it putting on blackface or dumb bitch that got my twitch removed?

  • sleazyrider

    Was it putting on blackface or dumb bitch that got my twitch removed?

  • Blake Waymire

    The libs only consider it an “honest discussion” when people agree with them.

  • sleazyrider

    Sorry if I offended anyone…oh and sorry for being old and white.

  • sleazyrider

    Sorry if I offended anyone…oh and sorry for being old and white.