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Letter: Time to rethink our love affair with guns

Rethink love affair with guns

11:13 AM, Mar. 20, 2013  |  Comments
Members of the media photographs guns from the Santa Ana Police evidence room at a news conference Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, where the Santa Ana Police Department announced its first-ever gun buy back program. Guns displayed represented the types of guns the city hopes to get off the street. (AP Photo/The Orange County Register, Jebb Harris) MAGS OUT; LOS ANGELES TIMES OUT
Members of the media photographs guns from the Santa Ana Police evidence room at a news conference Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, where the Santa Ana Police Department announced its first-ever gun buy back program. Guns displayed represented the types of guns the city hopes to get off the street. (AP Photo/The Orange County Register, Jebb Harris) MAGS OUT; LOS ANGELES TIMES OUT
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EDITOR: I enjoyed reading Carolyn Bronston's recent letter. We profess to be a civilized society, but recent events make me wonder. We are a nation armed to the teeth (more than 100 million guns), yet our response to children being brutally mowed down in their classrooms is to bring yet more into the schools themselves.

Imagine a far better world for children (and other living things) where guns were not invented. Suppose someone dreamed up a device that could be carried in one's pocket and on impulse the carrier could simply push a button and immediately end the lives of or brutally maim scores of innocent people. Then imagine that he wanted to sell it almost anyone who had either cash or a credit card at Wal-Mart and other local retailers.

It sounds crazy, but this is today's America.

And in this region, with its hunting tradition, the problem is especially acute. No one running for office locally, Democrat or Republican, has dared to confront this as a problem. And while we are losing jobs locally, one of the few successful new businesses is a downtown gun dealer.

The Second Amendment was formulated for a "well-regulated militia" when guns were muskets. We were a frontier where guns were needed to hunt to live. We are now an increasingly urbanized society where, as Bronton points out, the stresses of life make the impulse to harm far too easy to accomplish. If we were truly a civilized society, we would re-think this love affair with guns.

Phil Salamone,

Schofield

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