GUN ACCESS: Debate Emerges In Wake Of Tragedy

Emergency Responders at Newtown, Connecticut Elementary School Shooting

Authorities hadn’t divulged many details about the suspect of the Connecticut shooting, Adam Lanza as of Saturday morning.

He had no known criminal record, a law enforcement official said. Although CNN reports that a member of Lanza’s family told investigators that he had a form of autism.

One thing we do know is that the bloodshed ended when Lanza’s own life did. He was found dead in a classroom with two firearms, a Glock and Sig Sauer. Another gun, a .223 Bushmaster, was found nearby in a car.

A law enforcement official familiar with the investigation said the weapons were legally purchased by Lanza’s mother.

Meanwhile, 8000 miles to the west, a similar event occurred. On Friday morning, a man walked through the entrance of an elementary school and, without warning, began ruthlessly cutting down nearly two dozen children at the school in China.

And while several of the victims were reported to be in critical condition, none of the 22 children were killed. The 36-year-old suspect in China, which has strict gun control laws, attacked the children with a knife, according to local reports.

Dr. Ding Xueliang, a Harvard-educated sociologist at the University of Science and Technology in Hong Kong told CNN, “The huge difference between this case and the U.S. is not the suspect, nor the situation, but the simple fact he did not have an effective weapon,”

“In terms of the U.S., there’s much easier availability of killing instruments, rifles, machine guns, explosives, than in nearly every other developed country,” Dr. Ding said.

The attack has rekindled the gun-control debate in the U.S.

Several politicians have weighed in to the debate as well the husband of Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Mark Kelly. Giffords was shot in January 2011.

While on Saturday morning, #NRA and #Newtown were trending on Twitter. 

“In the United States, we had 9,000 people killed with guns last year, in similar countries like Germany 170 (killed with guns), in Canada 150. There’s a reason for that,” Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-New York, told CNN’s Piers Morgan.

“The proof in the pudding is that in every other industrialized nation except the United States, they have reasonable gun control laws, and they have hundreds of people killed each year — not 9,000 or 10,000 a year — killed by guns.”

The United States has the highest rate of gun ownership in the world, with 88.8 guns per 100 people, followed by Serbia (58.2), Yemen (54.8) and Finland/Switzerland (45.7 each), according to GunPolicy.org, an international database at the University of Sydney.

The United States rate of 3.12 deaths per 100,000 people is the highest among industrialized nations.

Material obtained from our partner, CNN.

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