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Monday, April 22, 2013
The Senate performed shamefully on April 17. All proposed legislation to curb the sale of firearms in the aftermath of a series of wanton murders, using weapons never imagined by the framers of the Second Amendment, was defeated.
The usual red herring was given by the anti-gun control forces: Criminals do not subject themselves to background checks, and they can get firearms no matter what.
But the purpose of the proposed legislation is to keep firearms out of the hands of the likes of the Virginia Tech shooter, the Columbine boys and other disturbed individuals who have no obvious criminal records. Background checks, although not perfect, can reveal pathological personalities, and do no harm to healthy gun applicants.
It is high time that our legislators no longer be held hostage by this National Rifle Association-driven gun lobby that seems to represent only a small but fanatical group of gun owners and gun manufacturers. A start can be made by voting out of office any congressman or senator who yields to pressure from the NRA. Let’s make this a priority in 2014 elections.
DAVID A. DE WOLF
Scenes of violence beget violence
There is so much controversy about guns; we need to find the reason for these crimes.
Other than comedy, religion, sports and game shows, one can see that nine out of 10 movies on TV have violent scenes of murder.
The media go into great detail about terrible things. Page after page of local newspapers show the aftermath of what has taken place.
We need to evaluate movies on TV and take into consideration the space used to display fear. TV movies plus media coverage could be an incentive for emotionally disturbed people to carry out another act.
Plain and simple, it is not the gun issue that people have their wind up about. It is what we see on TV and the extraordinary coverage by the media of the latest incident. We need to concentrate on violence on TV and media coverage and understand the more that stink is stirred, the worse the odor becomes.
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