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Published: Friday, February 1, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Guns


Can't 'move on' from serious issue

I read and then reread the Jan. 29 letter "Time to move on to new issues." I found the letter to be crass and definitely off target. The remark about trimming dandelions with a 12-gauge shotgun was, to my way of thinking, especially upsetting. I see the issue of gun control differently. I see it as a grave threat to the American way of life, perhaps on a par with the civil rights movement in the 1960s or even the Civil War.
Men, women, children, and other innocent citizens are dying way too often in our schools and on our streets. Time to "move on"? Are you serious?
At this very hour a Senate Judiciary Committee is hearing arguments from both parties on this issue, and the debate, though barely started, has already waxed hot and vigorous. Did we expect differently?
The Judicial Committee has already heard statements from several high profile witnesses, among them former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was wounded in an assassination attempt two years ago that left six others dead. In a short statement, Giffords haltingly urge the committee "to be bold" and pass laws to protect our country's children. Her husband, retired Navy Captain Mark Kelly, also spoke, describing in gruesome detail his wife's struggle to regain her ability to walk, talk, and see.
I believe open debate on this matter is a healthy, necessary part of our political system. It's the essence of who we are as Americans. So let's keep talking until this issue is settled. Let's take measures to protect the innocents. Let's somehow in some way stop the senseless bloodshed. And let us not be tempted to "move on."
Richard Bell
Arlington
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