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Father of Columbine victim: 'Have we not learned any lessons?'

March 25th, 2013
06:06 PM ET

Tom Mauser lost his son in the 1999 Columbine school massacre in Colorado. Now, every time he looks up at the news and sees another school shooting he says he thinks the same thing to himself: “Have we not learned any lessons? Why are we not doing something to reduce this terrible gun violence?”

Mauser’s home state of Colorado has just passed new gun reforms and he says he’s “proud” of that legislation, but says he will keep on campaigning for changes to gun laws at the national level in the United States.

In the video above you can see Christiane Amanpour’s full interview with Mauser on how the killing of his son propels him to keep on pushing for reform.


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  1. H. B.

    In point of fact, we are ALL wearing Daniel's shoes. We are ALL subject to being shot by people with agendas that are rages of anti-civilization. We have all too many such people as it is.

    Nobody can know when or where the next shooter will strike, and any one of us can be in that wrong place at the wrong time. We are definitely in poor Daniel's shoes.

    Few of us realize it, though. Far too few.

    Our population is so enamored with guns and violence – not to mention dope, which adds sharply to the problem – that most Americans won't encompass in their minds that THEY could be the victims of the next mass shooting. Or even of a single shooting from someone they know. Denial rules; it won't happen to THEM.

    Until it does.

    March 26, 2013 at 2:53 pm | Reply
  2. L. D.

    What everyone seems to forget is that firearms were to be back up devices. The propane tanks were to explode causing mass destruction. If those tanks had exploded, we would be talking about propane tank control instead of gun control.

    March 26, 2013 at 5:17 pm | Reply
  3. D.B.

    When will we, as a nation, learn that violence has existed prior to the advent of firearms? It takes several actions and decisions to fire a rifle or a handgun. When will we ackowledge that at no point does an inanimate object take over the will of the person? When will we stop blaming something or someone else and come together to solve violence, not just *gun* violence?
    Gun owner or not, we ALL have a vested interest in solving violence.
    I have met precious few gun control or gun "safety" advocates that truly understand how a weapon works, it's manual of arms or how any firearm can be equally suited as an aggressive or defensive weapon.

    In an "Us vs. Them" culture that has sprung up around the debate I hear hypocrisy about "common sense", gun "safety" from gun control advocates and it inspires recalcitrance from gun owners. On the flip side, I've not heard many solutions that make sense from gun owners.
    If you want gun safety, there aren't any better non-military organizations out there than the NRA and/or the NSSF, it's their business.
    This debate is SCREAMING for unbiased facts and real studies, ones that are peer reviewed and utterly scientific fact-finding missions, not thinly veiled attempts at bolstering a position.

    March 27, 2013 at 7:32 am | Reply

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