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It is time for us to act on gun control

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Posted: Saturday, December 29, 2012 12:00 am

The massacre of 20 6- and 7-year-old children and eight adults in Connecticut is just another in a long series of massacres. The NRA and the people who believe that semi-automatic military assault rifles should be legal are telling us that the problem is video games or the decline of civilization, and the canard that guns do not kill people, people kill people.

These massacres go back way before video games. The history of humanity in all civilizations has recorded massacres. Would you want to be in a room with an armed or an unarmed lunatic? These are just deflections from the real problem, which is that the insane have access to semi-automatic military assault weapons.

The NRA and their adherents believe that there is nothing to be done because it interferes with their right to own semi-automatic military assault weapons. They will not say it out loud, but they believe the victims of these massacres are just collateral damage.

I wish for once they were honest and upfront about this. Maybe they should build monuments to the victims of these bloodbaths. Did these 6- and 7-year-olds pay with their lives for these the right of these people to caress their semi-automatic military assault weapons? By their thinking, are not these children the same as those who gave their lives in war?

This is the logic of doing nothing. Yes, it is insane. It is way past time to act.

John Lucas

Lodi

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