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From page A6 | January 16, 2013 | 1 Comment

What a well-thought-out letter that was (by Tim Fenton on Friday, Jan. 11) and even though in Davis he may be preaching to the choir, we need all the help we can get. I am surprised that I am unable to find a group specifically focused on gun control in Davis.

I am hoping that one good thing will come out of the Newtown, Conn. tragedy i.e. a heightened sense of outrage and urge to action. I realize that the NRA is a powerful, well-organized group of true believers fueled in the most part by the financial interests of gun and ammunition makers. This is part of a much larger problem of violence in our culture and why the rates of homicide are so much higher here than in any other civilized country.

I am hoping that the sense of outrage will not cool off before we get some actual changes made, which sadly happens to most outrages that capture lots of ink, but tend to cool off pretty fast.

We have shown in the past that deeply held ideas such as the non-personhood of slaves and the inability of women to think or legislate can be moved with us all putting our shoulder to the wheel long and patiently. I know many, many Davis families have felt the lifelong impact of war on their young men who, as in our family, returned from Vietnam with a measurable lifelong damage.

Nancy Dubois
Davis

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  • Gaylord NagorskiMay 13, 2013 - 5:16 am

    The second amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees every American the right to bear arms. Has any law ever been so ambiguous? What are arms? What does it mean to bear them? At least with the first amendment we know exactly where we stand: Freedom of speech. It couldn’t be any clearer. But, the right to bear arms leaves the second amendment open to different interpretations. We need gun permits to carry a concealed weapon. Do we need knife permits? No. Yet both can, and often do, cause death. We can own a gun, or a rifle, or a sub-machine gun, or a machete, and dozens of other tools to kill, even our own bare hands. So, gun control is a debate in our country that makes no sense unless you broaden the ban or acceptance to include all instruments of death.-; I'll see you in a bit http://prettygoddess.com/

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