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Monday, April 22, 2013
On April 17, the country was witness to a collective act of political cowardice by the U.S. Senate in regard to the bill authorizing background checks for weapons purchases and sales.
For those Republicans and, sadly, four Democratic senators who voted “nay,” a pox on their houses. For those who voted in favor of the measure, including several Republicans, bravo! To suggest that somehow background checks are a violation of my right to bear arms (I own seven rifles and shotguns) is a specious argument.
To prevent felons and those with a history of mental illness from acquiring weapons is not a threat to my rights. These checks could save lives. And, with a reported 300 million guns in circulation, the only populace that continues to suffer are the most vulnerable among us.
It would seem that the lives of our most precious commodity, our children, and all innocents who have been murdered in recent years are no match for the venal actions of those who would at any price continue to thwart the overwhelming will of the American people.
Are we to wait for the next horror to occur before we act sensibly?
RICHARD E. MORAN
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