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Gun violence a wake-up call

6:43 PM, Mar. 9, 2013  |  Comments
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Our nation faces the extremely difficult task of changing our gun culture. Our soldiers and law enforcement professionals require being armed with state-of-the-art weaponry. The rest of society, probably not.

We must make every attempt to rid our country of the violence we live with on a daily basis. This can be accomplished while retaining our Second Amendment rights. Upstanding and law-abiding citizens are unfazed by a background check. Commonsense rights must be protected.

Criminals and those in society deemed mentally ill must be checked and monitored mightily.

You know horror stories of children killing themselves or other children with a handgun stored in a closet, intended for a family's protection. Or an intoxicated person is gunned down after entering the wrong front door in his neighborhood. In the latter case, a tasing deceive or pepper spray would likely suffice. The former is blatant negligence.

Our communities Newtown, Aurora, Oak Creek and Blacksburg have suffered great tragedy. There is blood in the streets in the town of Chicago. The gun violence is staggering. The time has come to join together as civil human beings and find solutions.

A vast mountain to scale, though not insurmountable.

Edmund Chevalier

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