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What’s needed in gun debate is common sense

Posted: January 16, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: January 16, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Regarding Tammy Messina’s column, "What is gun control?" Jan. 11:

Tammy Messina wastes two columns mostly defending people’s rights to own handguns to defend themselves, a right that is not even under attack by proposed or pondered legislation.

She brings up the old and tired line that "guns, assault style or otherwise, don’t randomly kill people."

One could file this away with the observation that tanks, drones and nuclear weapons also don’t randomly kill people. But there seems no problem — for the moment — in keeping these kinds of weapons out of citizens’ hands in spite of the Second Amendment and its supposed rights.

Elsewhere she asks, "Are we going to ban everything that might be used to kill people? Why stop with guns?" Indeed. let’s turn that logic around. Why stop with guns ... why not bazookas? Think of the damage a deranged adolescent could do with one of these without having to even enter a school, movie theater, etc.

Once again, the answer from Tammy and the "Toys for Boys Club" (aka the NRA) would be, "Bazookas don’t kill people, people kill people."

Hopefully, making bazookas available to the public sounds ridiculous, but is it really any different than making other military-style weapons, such as automatic assault rifles and massive ammo clips, available?

The bottom line is that this has little to do with the Second Amendment and a lot to do with common sense.



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