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Newtown: Something must be done!

OK, we know the strong, political power of the gun advocates.  We have heard all their arguments, all their defenses, all the so-called patriotism, ad infinitum.  But, really, do we have to listen to these people who have special, often selfish interests cloaked in patriotism?  When is it time to have an honest and open discussion about the proliferation of guns in the U.S.?

There is no need to list the ongoing examples of human carnage caused by guns in the U.S.  No other industrialized Western society has as many guns as the U.S., no other industrialized Western society has as many gun-related murders.  And the list of such gun-related slaughters goes on.  Yet we pass more legislation giving guns a sacred place in our society.  One can now carry a concealed weapon in some states into any building or meeting where there is not a specific notice at the entry about prohibiting concealed weapons.  Are we nuts?  The U.S. has 5% of the world's population, and 50% of the world's guns.  Repeat: are we nuts?

Using the U.S. Constitution as a defense for such gun craziness is done through selective ignorance.  Lots of things were done in 1776 that are today prohibited.  Women could not vote in 1776.  Black people could not vote in 1776.  There were no regular police forces in most American communities.  People hunted animals for food out of necessity in 1776.  There were few schools in the U.S. in 1776.  Slavery was legal in 1776, indeed some of our Founding Fathers owned slaves.  Even some courts made decisions against "witches" in the U.S. in 1776.  Guns held an entirely different place in American society in Colonial America.  Yet we go on as though the "gun guaranty" is the same today as in 1776.  Get serious, please.

When will America come to grips with its gun insanity?  How many children and minority people have to die at the altar of gun guarantees?  How long can we allow the National Rifle Association to hold our nation hostage for the sake of guns?  It is time to act!

In view of the ongoing gun carnage we should at least agree to have a serious, intelligent, civilized discussion about the place of guns in America society.  We owe at least that much to the children who were slaughtered in many places in America by guns.  Don't we owe it to our innocent children?

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