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posted: 1/29/2013 1:52 PM

Let Biden, LaPierre debate gun control

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Like most everyone, I am deeply saddened by the massacre that occurred at Sandy Hook. The shootings at Columbine, Aurora, Colo., Northern Illinois University and elsewhere are all sad, senseless events. But, I must say, I am growing weary with the bombardment of media attention on the topic of gun control.

I am particularly irked by the misuse, misrepresentation and outright deceit of the story tellers. Whether it be print, television, radio or Internet, I would appreciate authors getting their definitions right. Let's begin with the infamous assault rifle. Wikipedia defines an assault rifle as "a selective fire (selective between fully automatic, semiautomatic, and burst fire) rifle that uses an intermediate cartridge and a detachable magazine." You cannot go into your local retailer and purchase a fully automatic weapon. Other misuse of terms include but are not limited to clips vs. magazines and bullets vs. rounds.

President Obama has asked his vice president to lead gun control reform efforts. So, Mr. Biden has a meeting or two and reports back to the president who will try to implement policy by executive order. Where is the democracy?

They're messing with a constitutional amendment, folks. Without your input or approval. In my mind, that's more than a problem, it's tyranny. And's that's precisely what the Second Amendment is all about.

I would like to share my thought on how to expedite discussions so that we, as a nation, can direct our energies to other important matters like the economy, unemployment and fiscal responsibility. Now that he is up to speed, I call upon Vice President Joe Biden to invite the NRA's Wayne LaPierre to debate the issue of gun control, a live, nationally televised debate.

Let's start with that and see what the American citizens have to say afterward.

Jeff Issel

Mundelein

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