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Published: Monday, January 21, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Make all checks more thorough

If you truly believe guns kill people? Then who should we blame when someone dies from an accident caused by a drunk driver? The vehicle? I don't think so! We have to remember our constitutional rights! The right to bear arms. We can not change them now. But what can be changed are the type of arms that can be sold, and who are eligible to purchase such arms.
Not only should there be thorough background checking, but there should also be a written exam that includes not only safety practices, but also some psychological questions as well. Firearm safety courses should be harder, including longer classroom hours with possible credit hours each year to maintain there eligibility of the right to bear arms. Hoping then a person more mature, or responsible will be the ones given the rights to bear arms and not some maniac that has a wild hair and thinks its cool to have a gun.
We all felt the tragic event that went down in Connecticut and don't want that to happen in this country again. But it will unless drastic measures are taken immediately if not sooner. Our children, I feel, will not be safe unless we protect them from tragedy like that. This must be stopped!
Steven Bond and family
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