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‘National Town Hall’ on school shootings reveals deep divide on gun rights

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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.

Town Hall DiscussionSpurred by Connecticut school shooting @wsyx6 #nationaltownhall twitter.com/yolandaharrist…

— Yolanda Harris (@yolandaharristv) December 21, 2012

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.

Great discussion and appreciate panelists @wsyx6 #nationaltownhall meeting. Too bad so many idiots lacked civility for polite discourse

— Dan Houser (@SecWonk) December 21, 2012

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

— Cori Redstone (@CRedstone) December 21, 2012

I now believe these anti gun folks really think they need to control our lives #nationaltownhall

— Rob Fraley (@RobFraley) December 21, 2012

Audience member: says he stopped a mass murderer in Ashland in ’95 with his gun. Got cheers from audience. #nationaltownhall @wsyx6

— Tom Bosco (@tomwsyx6) December 21, 2012

@wsyx6 as parent of autistic bipolar kid, know challenges first hand, yet never had issues owning guns & keeping safe #nationaltownhall

— Dan Houser (@SecWonk) December 21, 2012

Discussion turns back to guns. #nationaltownhall Talking about arming teachers. Participant says bad idea, b/c guns can be misplaced. @wsyx6

— Tom Bosco (@tomwsyx6) December 21, 2012

Buckeye Firearms Assoc says it will underwrite the cost of arming teachers in schools. If schools want it @wsyx6 #nationaltownhall

— Yolanda Harris (@yolandaharristv) December 21, 2012

#nationaltownhall Let teachers carry voluntarily, school is then no longer unarmd victim zone; deter criminals who fear failure most of all

— mva1985 (@mva1985) December 21, 2012

Great, another crazy lunatic complains he can’t teach kids right from wrong because he can’t hit his kids #NationalTownHall

— Cori Redstone (@CRedstone) December 21, 2012

Host question: does our culture contribute to gun violence? Nearly everyone here agrees it does. #nationaltownhall @wsyx6

— Tom Bosco (@tomwsyx6) December 21, 2012

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.

Panelist to gun supporters: this country is asking you to come to the table for reasonable discussion about these issues. #nationaltownhall

— Tom Bosco (@tomwsyx6) December 21, 2012



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