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Advocate for Peace and Nonviolence on Gun Control

Peace and nonviolence.

As an advocate for peace and nonviolence, and as someone who does not own a gun, I think it is wise to have strict laws regarding guns, as Connecticut does.

However, going forward is it also wise to remember the monumental failure of the "war on drugs" this country continues to endure. A complete "war on guns" would be just as damaging.

We have to stop the pendulum from swinging from extreme to extreme and make wise decisions based on facts. We also have to accept that sadly a mad man who is intent on inflicting pain will.

Violence such as the Newtown tragedy is so horrific it brings attention to the violence in our society. Children are the victims of violence every day, truly something must be done. The easy way out is to stop this painful conversation about why with assumptions, accusations and judgments.

But we cannot afford to take the easy way out. This is a time to listen to one another. Before we change laws and create new policies let us begin this healing process by treating each other with respect and kindness and prayer.

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Joe January 10, 2013 at 01:58 PM
Howard I am aware of it. There are two issues that I think people need to be aware of on the left. 1) to try to get Obama in for a third term rings of dictatorship. He is one that should shut that talk down now. That would show leadership. 2) for the sake of this country Obama cannot change the 2nd amendment by Executive Order. That also rings of dictatorship. He can make his push for his recommendations to Congress, but trust me when I say this is the wrong guy at the wrong time, to be changing the 2nd amendment uniaterally. He already fought for an internet shut off switch and thank God he lost. Even liberals were bothered by that. I may not like the legislation and the courts may uphold it, but that's how this country works.
Ed Froem January 10, 2013 at 02:01 PM
Can anyone show me where a gun-related solution has worked in this country? Offer one up that is logical and fact based, not emotional and feel good and I'll certainly consider it. Lets apply a little scientific method to the process, so far most of the gun control laws don't hold up under that type of scrutiny.
Michael January 10, 2013 at 03:51 PM
Howard, if you imply that because you lost a loved one to mass murder that you are hysterical and not a worthy partner in this debate(read Howard's comment below) I am afraid you made Wilson's point. I also agree with his point that amendments have been changed to adapt to a democratic society. One of America's proudest moments was a change in amendments. The Three-Fifths Compromise is found in Article 1, Section 2, Paragraph 3 and it's result began the freedom march of racial equality. I am confident what is right about America will fix what is wrong about the Second Amendment. There is nothing hateful or hysterical about that.
Wilson January 10, 2013 at 04:01 PM
Really? Ruby Ridge and Waco? That's your best argument? Shameful. Does any one take "Joe" seriously. Why do all there Patch blogs turn out to be a episode of Honey Boo Boo? I'm outta here.
Joe January 10, 2013 at 04:14 PM
Hey Wilson. I also said "Mao, Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot, Islamic Facism, " i also referred to our forefathers having in their history the execution of innocent people. Why dont you just skip over that Mr. Castro?

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