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After news broke about the cold-blooded murder of six- and seven-year-old children, some people said, “Now is not the time to debate gun control – it’s time to grieve.”
Now it’s time to debate gun control.
On Friday, President Obama led the grieving. Often mocked for his Spock-like demeanor, he showed more emotion than we’ve ever seen from a President.
He clearly knows where he’s going on this. His powerful speech Sunday night was a statement of resolve. He never said “guns;” he talked about protecting children.
Now comes the hard part: What to do about guns? How do we balance a clear constitutional right to own guns with a clear and present danger to too many Americans – like the children who were shot repeatedly by a military-style assault weapon?
Negotiating the fiscal cliff is tough. It will be far tougher to negotiate Americans’ divide over guns.
Then maybe we can talk about why it’s easier to buy a gun that get mental-health treatment for disturbed and sometimes dangerous people.
Let’s get on with it.


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2 comments on “A New Day After Newtown?

  1. Carbine says:

    As a life-long gun owner and current NRA member, I agree that it’s time to talk about how we regulate firearm ownership. I suggest we start by demanding that anyone who wishes to opine on the subject at least understand the difference between the weapon used in the Sandy Hook massacre and “military-style assault weapons.” No military on earth goes into battle with the semi-automatic AR-15; however much it may look like an M-16 it does not function like one, as it has no fully automatic mode.

    The Supreme Court has settled definitively the question of whether Americans have an individual right to own guns for their own protection, ruling that the Second Amendment means exactly what it appears to mean. If the anti-gun forces in the US would accept the rule of law and stand down their efforts to punish responsible, law-abiding citizens for the crimes of others, society may well yet have the much-needed discussion over how best to keep firearms out of the hands of criminals and lunatics without depriving the law-abiding of their right to protect themselves and their families.

  2. dap916 says:

    This incident in Connecticut has inspired the anti-gun crowd. That seems to include you, Gary. You’ve said nothing about high-volume ammunition capability and such…just guns. You seem to be of the belief that if guns were somehow outlawed in America, that would stop the senseless killing of people in America by guns. You obviously haven’t been following the goings on in Illinois…specifically Chicago, where they have the most stringent gun ownership laws in our country. But, hey, that’s somehow not important…somehow an exception. God love ya, Gary.

    I’m a Concealed Carry owner and even I wonder at times about “allowing” combat-type weaponry and high-ammunition capability weapons for civilians. But, then, the 2nd amendment wasn’t established to allow people to have guns to hunt. That was put in place so that citizens could defend themselves against an overly aggressive government (do some research and you’ll see this is true}. Argue it all you want. Too many of our founders have made statements in that regard as well as a great many notable politicians INCLUDING democrats. So, let’s put this in perspective.

    Guns aren’t going to be outlawed in America. That’s not achievable regardless of the politics involved. Too many people that charish their weapons…their ability to defend let that ever happen. So, what’s the answer, Gary?

    Dangerous people exist and always will…from those that kill young children with guns to those like Timothy McVey that kill many people with explosives. The fight should not be to restrict gun ownership. It should be to change our culture. THAT is the challenge. Progressives don’t seem to understand that…and therein lies our country’s problem. Thanks for your expected post. But, try to be less political and more about what’s good for our country, okay? Thanks.

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