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This week’s focus: another senseless gun tragedy
Some argue that gun violence is an inevitable outcome of our 2nd Amendment freedoms. Sadly, this inevitability manifests itself all too often. I’ve written about this before here and, after 2 tragedies this past week in Oregon and Connecticut, I revisit this issue again.
What can be done to mitigate the risk of crazies ending up with guns that will satisfy politicians and the NRA? Isn’t this the real opportunity?
- Should we make it illegal (not just ban future sales) to own assault weapons and/or very high-capacity magazines?
- Should we restrict sales of guns and/or ammunition over the Internet?
- Should we ban the actual delivery of guns from gun show sales until after background checks have been completed?
The vast majority of Americans would agree with these changes right now.
We have laws and consequences for murder, but, that obviously isn’t much of a deterrent for unbalanced individuals. Gun tragedies such as we have seen aren’t crimes of passion–they are crimes involving great premeditation and, perhaps, mental illness.
Former President Bill Clinton on Tuesday this past week at Dell World 2012 offered the following observation about our political process:
The greatest barrier to change in Washington is the future never has a lobby as strong as the status quo.
It’s time to change the status quo.
The students, parents, extended families, faculty, first responders and medical teams impacted by this horrific crime are in my thoughts and prayers.
Thought for the week:
“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” – George Bernard Shaw
What do you think? I welcome your blog comments!
Dave Gardner, Gardner & Associates Consulting
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