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Where is land of life and liberty?

Published 9:09am Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Newtown, Conn., elementary school massacre is tragic. My heart goes out to the people suffering. This act was committed by an unstable person like most mass shootings.

Liberals purposely ignore the core problem, which is human. Was it the psychiatric drugs that he did or didn’t take? Did he have an undiagnosed medial condition? Was it the de-humanizing effect of pop culture? If we are serious about fixing the problem, let’s have a serious talk about mental health and culture.

The response, when a tragedy strikes, is minutes away.

Example: You find a person seriously injured. Would you run away or offer to help? Most people would appreciate somebody rendering first aid, then calling for help. It takes time for professional assistance to arrive. Minutes count in survivability of an accident.

The Colorado shooting was in a gun-free zone. The only choice was to run and hide until law enforcement arrived; it took several minutes for police to respond. What if a person went through all the legal requirements and had a concealed carry permit and the potential to stop the attack in the first critical minute, preventing further violence. Would that not be rendering critical aid when needed saving others? Is this not reasonable argument?

Never letting a crisis go to waste, liberals demand “reasonable gun laws” as if more restrictive gun laws were the answer. The president’s hometown of Chicago should be a safe place. Reality is harsh. This weekend 10 people were shot including four children. Strict gun laws did not prevent this. No law will prevent a crime.

Gun owners, do you think liberals calling for “reasonable laws” are reasonable? Past legislation demonstrates it’s all about control.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein stated in Feb. 5, 1995: “If I could have gotten 51 votes in the Senate of the United States for an outright ban, picking up every one of them, ‘Mr. and Mrs. America, turn ’em all in,’ I would have done it. I could not do that. The votes weren’t here.”

Sen. Feinstein at the 2012 Democratic National Convention stated she will reintroduce “an updated assault weapons bill.” So going door to door collecting “banned weapons” sound reasonable?

It’s ironic the very guns they seek to ban are the same ones the current administration allowed be sold by the thousands during Operation Fast and Furious illegally. Now members of Congress openly call for the limitation of the First Amendment, and the Second Amendment is under attack with threats of confiscation, the National Defense Authorization Act allows for indefinite detention of citizens.

Oh land of life, liberty and prosperity, where art thou?

 

Randy Kruckeberg

Mankato