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Commentary: Take guns from the hands of shooters

January 15, 2013|By Jim Washburn

Re. "Commentary: It's time to arm school personnel," (Jan. 9): Chuck Cassity has the gun issue about as upside-down as a person can.

To begin, he cites "the hysterical pleadings from the gun-haters." The only hysteria I've heard is from his side of the issue: Citizens like Ted Nugent claiming gun-owners are America's new oppressed Rosa Parks; a host of others raising the specter of Stalin and Hitler, while Newport Beach barflies maintain the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings were really done by a government black-ops team; all this World Wrestling Federation-worthy wrath capped by Tennessee's Tactical Response Chief Executive James Yeager posting, "I'm not letting my country be run by a dictator. I'm not letting anybody take my guns. If this goes one inch further, I'm going to start killing people."

I guess I must hate freedom or something, because I find myself thinking more about the recent years' maimed and dead, so many of them so young, and with so much still to discover in life. It isn't a hatred of the 2nd Amendment that has me and other of your neighbors thinking about them first, and about what we can do to please, for Christ's sake already, find a way to minimize such horrors happening again.

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You have to be crazy not to be thinking about those kids first, but if you saw Alex Jones on Piers Morgan, you got a master class in crazy. He wasn't thinking about real dead kids. He was thinking about "internationalists" plotting to rob American men of their Precious, just like Hitler, Stalin or Bilbo Baggins did.

If, as they argue, it is only our Constitutionally granted guns that keep us secure in our homes and persons, why is it that the most insecure, ranting, aggrieved, paranoid, bullying guys in the room are the ones with all the guns?

On the side of the room where they're not throwing chairs, you've got people with a genuine right to be furious — parents who have lost their children; Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), who was shot in the brain — who instead are addressing this needless carnage with the gravity and deliberation it deserves.

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