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and more guns... 121228.223

The tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School and most Americans' concerns about how to reduce the incidence and body count of such events has still proved a sad and disturbing holiday season blessing for those, like Academy Sports & Outdoors, who deal in the tools of such slaughter, and for the National Rifle Association, which uses member contributions to lobby for the manufacturers of and dealers in the instruments of carnage.

 

Lines (like the one above at my neighborhood Academy) quickly formed at counters of gun dealers and racks quickly emptied of assault weapons, large capacity magazines, and other tools of mass killing.

 

Here's hoping that 2013 brings at least the beginning of regulation of instruments of mass murder and a reduction in the obsession that some gun "enthusiasts" have for arms and accessories that are suitable neither for self defense nor for hunting and that only serve to maximize body counts. We all know that we won't be able to completely eliminate incidents like Newtown, but banning assault weapons and large capacity magazines may reduce the number of incidents and would certainly lower the body count.

 

We also need to have background checks and a waiting period for any sale of a firearm, including sales at gunshows and between individuals.

 

One of my hopes for year 2013 is that those folks who worry that the Second Amendment is somehow threatened get longer attention spans and discover that the second amendment contains twenty-seven words and that all of those words are important, not just the last fourteen, or the last four.

 

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

 

Definition: infringe: defeat, violate, frustrate, transgress

 

A visit to the gun department of Academy or a few moments within hearing of a gun range make clear that the "right of the people to keep and bear arms" has not been defeated, violated, frustrated, or transgressed. The body count in killings using guns makes clear that the gun situation in America is a long way from being "well regulated" and that America's gun owners do not, in any way, represent a "well regulated militia".

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Taken on December 31, 2012