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Reader's view: Firearms in America should be well-regulated

"Bang, bang, bang!" And once again the nation goes into mourning for the senseless death and destruction caused not by guns, of course, but by a disturbed person with easy access to such a lethal weapon. Is this to be just another isolated incide...

"Bang, bang, bang!" And once again the nation goes into mourning for the senseless death and destruction caused not by guns, of course, but by a disturbed person with easy access to such a lethal weapon. Is this to be just another isolated incident of mass murder for which we'll burn a few vigil candles and then add to the Columbine and Virginia Tech roster? Or will this latest shooting finally move our nation to action?

While the gun shooter is the one responsible for his actions, I believe others are responsible for their contributions to a cultural climate that nourishes such violence. Several politicians with Tea Party affiliations lately have been using gun-oriented metaphors. This includes former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's admonition not to retreat but to reload. Then there was Sharon Angle's threat while campaigning for the U.S. Senate seat from Nevada that the patriots of this country may soon have to resort to Second Amendment remedies to resolve political issues.

Some of these just-kidding, violent expressions were directed at Rep. Gabrielle Giffords personally. Palin's published campaign document showed a gun's crosshairs next to Giffords' name and her congressional district in Arizona.

It is time to take a serious and honest look at the horrendous damage gun violence inflicts on a near-constant basis in our nation. If we can't understand and implement the first words of the Second Amendment, which clearly state "well-regulated," then maybe it's time for a remedy from the Second Amendment before more innocents are sacrificed to a rigid dogma that opposes any sensible control over these weapons of mass destruction.

Peter Krause

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