Friday, December 28, 2012

Is the only way to thwart the bad to arm some good guys?

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This writer thinks so... and, frankly, so do I.

Realistically, we will never succeed in disarming all the bad guys in this country.  There are too many guns.  There are too many nuts.  And there's the Second Amendment, which the Supreme Court has only recently ruled gives each of us the right to bear arms.

I absolutely favor a ban on assault weapons and serious penalties for selling, buying and owning them.  I'm with those of you who favor getting the cuckoos off our streets, too.  But these steps alone won't stop this madness.

Israel deals with its own variety of the madness by placing armed guards all over the place and licensing a goodly number of private citizens --- most of whom have previously served honorably in the military --- to carry concealed weapons.  Lives have been saved.  ANd the Israelis have done it while maintaining an open society and a vibrant democracy.  Freedom and security need not be a zero-sum game.

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