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January 27, 2013

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Some pro-gun stances defy logic, reason

The absurd arguments from rabid gun proponents defy reason. The answer to gun violence is more people having more guns? The reason for mass shootings is mental instability? If more people have more guns, it is more likely that guns will be used when they are stressed to anger or despair. Today’s divisive society is stressful. Even supposedly normal people can lose it when their circumstances are controlled by others. Are not the shooters and mass murderers the invisible ones that have been suppressed, the ones that you never knew or suspected? More guns in more hands equal more mass shootings, more gun deaths.  

Assault weapons are for the mass killing of people, not hunting. The marksman hunter takes pride in the shot that takes the prey without its suffering. It is the soldier that needs assault weapons because his life depends on massive firepower to suppress the enemy threat. Where is the enemy threat from 6-year-olds? Where is the enemy threat from moviegoers? Is it citizens advocating constitutional rights that threaten us?

What domestic enemy does the private citizen need to overpower with 100-round assault rifles? Do you need to suppress the police? But no, you want police to guard our schools. Is it government? Our dysfunctional government can’t even speak coherently or act on anything, let alone mount a threat against its citizens. Perhaps we could resolve government gridlock by requiring Senators and Representatives to carry 100-round assault rifles. They have better health insurance.  

If it is not government or citizens or moviegoers or first-graders who are the enemy against whom we need 100-round assault weapons, perhaps the threat is mentally unstable, right-wing lunatics who foster absurd arguments against rational measures for public safety.  

— William Adams

Terre Haute

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