As a person who owns and enjoys firearms as well as firmly believes in the 2nd Amendment, this statement makes me twitch. Violently. The mother is most assuredly NOT at fault just because she owned guns and may or may not have taken her son to the gun range. I cannot even believe someone would blame a victim for the crime!
I am about sick of seeing people scream for more gun control laws, scream that it's the guns that's the problem and now blame a victim when the problem is not guns at all. It's our society's refusal to treat mental illness as a disease, it's our society's refusal to accept that everyone deserves to have access to care - all forms of medical care, it's our society's shunning of those that have mental disorders that's the flipping problem.
I think the general idea isn't so much (at least as I've understood it) that she took her child shooting - I think plenty of people recognize that as a perfectly reasonable past-time in a neighborhood where hunting is prevalent. I think the major issue is that she took her mentally ill and aggressive
child shooting. Not to say that all mentally ill people should be locked away from firearms, but...if your child is aggressive, unstable (which, from the 'I Am Adam Lanza's Mother' post I'm assuming is the sort of child Adam Lanza actually was), and prone to fits of rage...then you don't teach him weapons skills that can only aid him. If he already doesn't know how to control himself, why have him armed and out of control? It seems like a serious lack of judgement on the mother's part - that being said, there's no excuse for what happened to her.
Also, mental illness treatments and their availability to families needs to be increased. Obviously. I'm not saying that that isn't the case - I think it needs to happen, and I hope that it does, in a huge way.
Though, as far as the whole gun control issue...I understand rifles (hunting, protection from wildlife, etc) and I understand handguns (self-defense, home protection, etc.). I fail to understand how, in any concievable way, a semi-automatic weapon or any weapon that has one of those huge clips with more than...say, ten...bullets is necessary. If you can't hit whatever you're shooting at with ten bullets, you're probably dead anyway. It feels dangerous and unnecessary to me to have weapons that large on the streets, so I do agree with the new bill one of the senators (it's a woman...can't remember her name) is proposing where large-clip guns and semi-automatic weapons would be proactively banned.
Anyways. Not to digress too much.
This whole thing has me sick - I haven't even been able to write out a coherent thought until now. It horrifies me that this could have happened to so many people, particularly children who had barely had the chance to live. Now their families will be grieving over Christmas, and then to think of those teachers sacrificing themselves...there aren't even words for it. I'm just glad to see that teachers like Pointless Digression are helping people make sense of this tragedy.