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I am writing in response to Patrick D. McAtee, Sr.’s letter in the Dec. 21 issue regarding the recent massacre in Connecticut. Mr. McAtee states the point of his letter is: “We can’t mitigate all the dangers of a free society or of life in general.” Well, the current nation-wide discussion is not about that. We are not talking about alcohol or automobiles or bad drivers or bad luck. We are talking about guns. And, by the way, I cannot understand how Mr. McAtee can compare the Newtown Connecticut tragedy to an automobile accident.
Our Founding Fathers were not seers; therefore, amendments to the Bill of Rights have been necessary. When an action serves no purpose but to harm others, it does not deserve to be deemed a right. As an opponent of censorship of any kind, I am nevertheless grateful that we have outlawed child pornography and yelling “fire” in a crowded theatre for the hell of it. I believe assault weapons are a menace to society.
I am appalled at Wayne Lapierre’s suggestion that the solution to these horrors is to have armed guards at schools. Not just because that didn’t work at Columbine, but because it is no solution at all. Would we have armed guards at private schools? What about day care centers, amusement parks, McDonalds?
What Mr. McAtee and Mr. Lapierre and so many others don’t seem to get is this: No one wants to take away your guns. The 2nd Amendment isn’t going away. Buy all the guns you can afford. But don’t forget that in a free society we must sacrifice our interests for the greater good. And we are not, and do not want to become, a military state. One question for Mr. McAtee and his ilk: Just who is it that hunts with an assault weapon?