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Op-ed column: Stepped-up security hasn’t stopped those among us with guns

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Since the fall of the World Trade Center on that bright, clear day in September more than 10 years ago, I have watched the gradual waning of our civil liberties. No matter the public removal of one’s clothing and the search of one’s person in airports; “as long as we’re safe,” most people will say. No matter the increasing need to validate oneself by producing ID where once we used to blithely enter possessed of ...


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duke1942
April 29, 2012
11:33 a.m.

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One more moronic tirade & rant about 'more' gun control laws based on isolated incidents. In the rare situations where people deliberately drive an auto into a crowd to kill and maim, is there a call to have stricter car ownership laws? OK, for the millionth time "criminals DO NOT care about gun ownership laws." Cases in point, review the statistics for gun related crime in Chicago & Washington, DC. Both of the places have horrendous crime and the strictest gun ownership of any place other than NYC. We the people don't want or need more gun ownership laws since we are law-abiding people and in this time of local government reductions of police and fire fighters, we need to protect ourselves. Remember, 'when seconds count the police are minutes away.'

myshortpencil
April 29, 2012
9:53 p.m.

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This is ridiculous. The homicide rate is near a 40-year record low. 4.8 per 100,000 in 2010, compared to a low of 4.6 in 1962 and 1963. At its peak, the homicide rate was 10.2, in 1980. Moreover, the homicide rate has fallen in each of the past 5 years, despite automatic weapons, which have been around for decades, and other technological advancements.

I never cease to be amazed by the crises that are fabricated at record lows. Smoking is a crisis, even though its a record lows. Gun violence is a crisis, at near record lows. Health care is a crisis, even though people live longer than ever before. Teen pregnancy is a crisis, even though it is at record lows. Taxes are a crisis, even though our taxes are at or near 40-year lows. The list goes on and on.

The opposite is also true. Free speech isn't a crisis even though more of our speech is censored and punished than ever in our history. Education spending isn't a crisis even though we spend more than ever, adjusted for inflation, even with all the so-called "cuts" of the past three years.

The real crises go unnoticed and the false ones get all the press. Amazing.

Newsworthy
April 29, 2012
10:06 p.m.

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Ms. DeMille writes from the view of someone ignorant of guns. Automatic weapons cannot be legally purchased without a special license; the crimes mentioned were not committed with automatic weapons.

The fact is that semi-automatic handguns are still not precision firearms, as portrayed by Ms. DeMille, nor can they "spray" death at "the flick of a switch". She has been watching too much TV. The tragic incidents cited have been the result of gunmen, often with multiple weapons, acting at very close range and firing into a crowd - where they could hardly miss.

As already stated, adding restrictions to law-abiding citizens won't accomplish anything meaningful. Plenty of illegal guns are already available to criminals. A more realistic solution is needed - suggestions, anyone?

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