What do we think we're doing? The way to kill a good guy with a gun is to arm a lot of bad guys with guns. That is uncommon common sense.
When a leading U.S. senator brandishes a rifle onstage at a recent Conservative Political Action Conference, he endears himself to so-called conservatives who own guns whether for hunting or protection. Gun owners are good people. They are good even though they may not have a vow of nonviolence like Gandhi or Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It is not a question of our Second Amendment right to bear arms. The "red meat" issue in question is not deer or pheasant or our sporting ability to provide our tables with fresh meat or our walls with trophies. The more serious question is the murder of innocents by those killers who have been denied our love and been abused into a state of sociopathic crazed anger.
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Let's advance from negative legalese to what Pope Francis calls the "language of the heart." Do we want to take on the revenge spirit of a Hitler or the Spirit of Jesus whose last words to his friends before he was executed were, "Put down your swords." A rational national policy of restraining the access to high-powered, high-capacity highly effective assault weapons of mass murder should be voted on, again and again, until every member of Congress voting for murder, especially the murder of our own small children who were created pure and innocent by God, is thoroughly disgraced or it is passed.
Guns don't kill. God does not kill. People kill. God is love. Are we voting for our members in Congress to vote for us to be a nation against God or a nation that loves God and forgives and loves our neighbor?
George E. Bedingfield