(August 14, 2012) My first reaction to the killing of a cop and a civilian in Texas by a man armed with an automatic gun was disbelief. First Colorado, then Wisconsin, and now this, all in a space of weeks. This can’t be happening, I thought. Are we turning into a nation of trigger-happy psychopaths? I really hope not.
But hope is not enough; it’s time for Americans to act on gun control.
My first blog on this topic, “Why Gun Control is Patriotic,” debunked the myth that it is un-American to want gun control. The second, “It’s Time to Challenge the Second Amendment,” dealt with the twisted interpretation of the Second Amendment by the NRA and the far right. Based on the responses, I want to put some wrong notions to rest and recommend actions that we can take to deal with this mess.
But none of (what we need to do) will be likely unless, in our grief and fear, we also muster up clarity and outrage. Right now – before the public debate is recaptured by questions of which politician said what to whom.
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