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Published: Monday, December 31, 2012, 12:01 a.m.
Gun violence


Our right to life has to factor in

Guns are made for one primary purpose: To kill and maim the living. This inherent power sets guns apart from any other weapon, given their potential to kill so effortlessly. To equate them with '"sport," such as soccer or baseball, is deceiving, and fails to recognize the lethal qualities of these weapons. The NRA and gun supporters need to be honest about the inherently violent potential of gun ownership. We have repeatedly seen the tragedy that arises when unstable people are able to obtain arsenals of lethal firearms to kill and maim, or gun owners do not keep their weapons locked up/ handle them carelessly.
It's time for gun-rights supporters to admit to the often tragic consequences of gun ownership, and recognize that their "right" -- like any freedom -- also carries major responsibilities. It should be the NRA itself, and responsible gun owners, who are at the forefront of advocating for responsible gun ownership and common sense restrictions. The rest of the nation -- most especially our children -- should not be at risk because of the minimal gun controls they advocate for. After all the innocent lives that have been lost to gun violence, the NRA and its supporters are still unwilling to take any responsibility for the role their policies play in these tragedies.
Non-gun advocates have rights, too. We should be able to go to a movie or the mall without wondering if we're going to get shot by some wacko with an assault weapon. It's well past time that the rights of ordinary citizens to be safe from gun violence are recognized by law.
Ann Morgan
Everett
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