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posted: 12/22/2012 5:00 AM

We should repeal Second Amendment

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Now is the time to repeal the Second Amendment and write reasonable gun laws

I hate to be crass, but I am getting fed up with the superficial sorrow that the nation emotes every time we have a mass murder. If people really cared, they would do something to abate gun violence.

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Our present gun laws make mass murders inevitable. There will be another mass killing in the next three to six months -- you can count on it.

Another sad truth is that mass murders account for less than 5 percent of the gun deaths in this country. Gun violence in this country is at an insane level, and its cost to society is incalculable. We have had over 1 million nonmilitary gun deaths in American in just the last 50 years, with many more victims that were seriously disabled by gun wounds during that same period.

People are scurrying now to come up with laws that will protect the public from gun nuts within the framework of the Second amendment. The result has been and always will be trite resolutions that are unenforceable.

The Second Amendment never made any sense to begin with. When was the last time our national defense depended upon civilians with their own guns defending us from a serious foreign threat?

We have standards for driving, practicing medicine, policing and other important activities in a free society. We need laws that protect the rights of citizens to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, not laws that insure that we will always be at the mercy of irresponsible gunmen. Other advanced countries have reasonable gun laws to protect their citizens, and their deaths via guns are only a tiny fraction of ours.

Jerry Vigue

Libertyville

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