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December 28, 2012

Letter: Time for sensible talk, action guns

To the editor:

Today, I pledge to do my part to engage in the gun control conversation.

Up until now, I simply ignored the propaganda from the people who believe that everyone has a right to bear any kind of arms. Coincidently enough, just prior to the Newtown shootings, I removed some friends (and a family member) from my Facebook page because of their stance on guns and the messages they were disseminating. I felt like weighing in, but didn’t want to be confrontational.

By being silent, we let the conversation be one-sided and we make sure there is no chance it would become an issue politicians would actually tackle. In their mind, it is too risky and they don’t think they have enough support because we’ve all been quiet. Don’t they know the NRA will attack them no matter if they talk about it or not?

The Dec. 14 events at Newtown, Conn.’s Sandy Hook School hit close to home for a lot of parents. Actually, things have hit closer to home in the past. Growing up, my wife lost family friends in a shooting in Oregon, and I lost a friend in the 1989 massacre in Montreal. Yes, a mass shooting in Montreal. A crazy gunman killed 14 people in a college with a .22 rifle. Imagine how many he could have killed if assault weapons were legal in Canada — which they aren’t.

There will always be crazy people that will have access to guns. This doesn’t make it an excuse not to have the debate or to try to do something about it. We need to do restrict which guns sane and crazy people have access to.

I strongly feel no individuals should have weapons that are built for killing in mass. Why do let we manufacturers build and profit off weapons that can shoot hundred of rounds, have magazines on hand guns that can hold more than eight bullets and have finishes that are fingerprint proof? Why do we sell bulletproof vests to people? Who buys those?

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