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Posted on February 1, 2013

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BALANCING GUN RIGHTS WITH PREVENTION

The tragic Newtown killing of school children was reported around the world, and it resulted in the debate on gun control in America.

This current debate is like the debate about abortion. They’re both complex issues with no simple answers until you ask someone with an opinion, and we all have a different one.

The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is unique. No other country on earth has a similar, constitutional right. But no one, gun owners or otherwise, wants innocent people to be hurt. How do we maintain the integrity of the Second Amendment for honest, law-abiding, U.S. citizen while preventing access for those who shouldn’t have guns? And we know that those who want to commit a crime with a gun can get a weapon regardless of what laws are passed.

There is no single, magical answer to this problem. We need to have meaningful, nonpolitical discussions on how o prevent another tragedy like Sandy Hook.

There are other factors like the state of mind of those who kill other people.

I am troubled by the rush to legislate gun control. If Americans let government legislate change on one part of our Constitution, a precedent for legislating change to any part of the Constitution will be established.

We need to follow the established procedure for amending the Constitution.

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