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posted: 12/4/2013 5:00 AM

Still waiting for responsible gun laws

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I hate to be crass, but I am getting fed up how quickly concern for mass-murder victims fades with time. If people really cared, they would do something to abate gun violence.

It's not new. Our present gun laws make mass murders inevitable. 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.

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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 always unenforceable.

Naturally, the mass murderer in Newtown, Conn., broke gun laws to kill, because any laws written in the framework of the Second Amendment are unenforceable. How can teachers, librarians and ticket-takers enforce the "no guns allowed" signs posted in front of schools, libraries and theaters in gun carrying states?

No person has the right to be judge, jury and executioner just by being able to obtain and pull the trigger of a killing machine. Owning a gun is a privilege, and strict laws need to be rigidly enforced before allowing people to obtain, carry and keep guns.

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 gun deaths are only a tiny fraction of ours.

Jerry Vigue

Libertyville

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