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Letter: Arming more people isn't the answer

5:17 PM, Dec. 31, 2012  |  Comments
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On the morning of June 4, 1968, Bobby Kennedy was having a conversation with John Frankenheimer, the movie director. They had just heard about the demented girl who shot Andy Warhol. Bobby shook his head back and forth several times. Then he said, "This country has gone mad, absolutely mad." Later that night Bobby was shot.

In 1970, Archie Bunker said, "I can stop all these skyjackings today. You just arm all the passengers." That was the punchline. Everyone laughed. It was satire. TV holding up a mirror to the American soul.

Fast forward to 2012. John Boehner said Dec. 19 that now is the time for reflecting, honoring the dead, not making regulations. How do you honor a baby with 11 bullets in her head? I say, by passing legislation so it doesn't happen again.

Bernard Goldberg, the FOX boss, said on Dec. 17 that television is our national cathedral.

The country has indeed gone mad. Arming more people is a joke. Now is the time to tackle it, and as for Goldberg's comment, I'll just let you digest that one for yourself. But for once, the media is shouting about something important.

Life's challenge is living side by side with folks who use the other side of their brain and live in some parallel universe. Guns at town hall meetings, in bars, in schools, in churches, in malls, and this is exercising their rights.

A "well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state." Note, the well regulated and the word militia. This is a collective, not an individual right. And the regulation is stipulated.

It's 2012, not 1812. The National Rifle Association and the Republicans have twisted the right to bear arms into a nut case's dream come true. Technology has rendered the Second Amendment obsolete.

Speaking truth to power is only meaningful when done by the truly marginalized. The 6-year-old babies are speaking through me and through you.

Jody Hurrish

Stevens Point

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