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I would like to comment on Jim Riordan’s letter in your Dec. 26 issue.
Mr. Riordan, while I agree with you on several points, I must say that I think your reference to “the screams of unknowing liberals ranting over and over that ‘all guns should be confiscated or destroyed’” is absolutely absurd. It’s simply not true. I have never heard anyone suggest that all guns be outlawed. Your statement is a prime example of the hysterical paronoid tantrums we get from NRA members and followers. No one wants to take away all your guns or repeal the 2nd Amendment.
I entirely agree with you that the killer’s mother was responsible in a very large part for the massacre in Conneticut. I agree, too, that video games have become so outrageously bloody violent that they must be deemed harmful and made illegal. I say this as an opponent of censorship. Becasue, as we evolve, so must our laws. Our media is a far cry from the quill pen and so is the assault weapon from the musket loader. It is unreasonable to ban violent video games and not ban assault weapons.
Just because mental health is a complex problem due to privacy, economic, and other issues, we cannot ignore it. We must do all we can to prevent more mass killings. A ban on assault weapons will not take away anyone’s security, freedom, hobbies, or 2nd Amendment rights.