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Peg Hurley: Common-sense regulations are a necessary good

Posted: January 24, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: January 24, 2013 2:00 a.m.

The president doesn’t want your guns, folks — settle down.

He, and the majority of Americans, want your assault rifles and more public protection regarding the sale of deadly weapons.

In short, common-sense regulations for the gun industry.

We live with common-sense regulations that limit our individual liberties every day, and the Republic still stands.

In the interest of public health and safety, we need a driver’s license to take a dangerous vehicle out on the streets; we need to be licensed by the state before we can call ourselves physicians or dentists or attorneys; we assume that our bridges and public buildings are put up by and regulated by qualified people; we assume that the food we buy has been regulated to meet basic health standards; we are required by the state to educate our children.

Do these take away our individual liberties? Of course they do!

They serve a different good — the welfare and safety of the whole.

Unless you live alone in the woods, there will always be tension between the fundamental values of individual liberty and group safety.

The only resolution is compromise — common-sense regulations that balance these sometimes-competing values.

That’s what the president is requesting, not the Apocalypse of your Liberty.

Settle down.


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