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Yes, I’ll agree, this massacre in Newtown might not have been prevented with stricter gun laws; but that doesn’t mean we can’t look to find ways to prevent it from happening again…..

That does not mean we can’t have a long serious discussion about where we are as a society that embraces a “gun culture”.

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Do we really need to continue to allow high capacity clips available to the general public?

Do we really need to continue to allow gun shows to operate virtually unregulated?

Do we really need to continue to have lax regulations regarding background checks?

Do we really need to continue to sell the “assault-style” weapons that were banned for ten years, then were allowed back into the market?

At what point do we recognize that the NRA does NOT likely speak for a majority of gun enthusiasts; but for the manufacturers?

It is time for our community, state, and national leaders to listen to what the majority of the country has been saying for the last few years---and stand up to the NRA and others, and work to change some of our regulations on guns.

It is also time for a much broader discussion about how we can support better health care, at all levels; but particularly in the area of mental health. We need to be sure local groups have the funding necessary to continue…and that involves watching for Medicaid cuts that might be coming along…

Grieve, we must; but let’s use the feelings we have now, and put all our energy in finding ways to minimize the chances of this ever happening again.

Write and phone your Congressperson for action, not rhetoric.
Learn all you can about all the facts regarding our gun culture,
Write LTE’s to your local newspapers.
Work with Facebook friends to start a dialogue.

If the time is not NOW-----it never will be…………


Originally posted to Phil S 33 on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 08:12 AM PST.

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