“A Thoughtful Discussion Of Gun Control Is Needed”

I see the Federal Way Mirror is calling for a thoughtful discussion of gun control

Briefly quoting the Mirror commentary linked above:

Will it ever be possible to have a more thoughtful dialog on the topic of gun control? Every time it comes up in the Mirror, there are semi-automatic responses (pun intended). Even after the deranged killings in Florida, I kind of knew it would happen again — our new normal — no action by Congress.

A rational discussion of gun control, especially the results of existing gun laws, is desperately needed. Unfortunately, the greatest difficulty is the pro-control side’s absolute unwillingness to discuss the issue.

Once a gun rights supporter starts to make a point, nice time is over and the bully comes out:

Will it ever be possible to have a more thoughtful dialog on the topic of gun control? Every time it comes up in the Mirror, there are semi-automatic responses (pun intended). Even after the deranged killings in Florida, I kind of knew it would happen again — our new normal — no action by Congress.

This of us who favor gun rights would love to have a real discussion, and have a fair opportunity to prove our case. But we are not given that chance.

Or rather, we are given the same chance a gun store owner was given during the 1968 gun control debate. CBS called the man at 5:00 PM on Friday, offering him an opportunity to refute a gun control advocate. All he had to do was closwe his ship early and drive almost all the length of Long Island to WCBS New York City studios, in less than one hour. Something not possible then or now.

And CBS annoiunced a representative of the gun industgry had been invited to appear but declined the invitation.

Personally, I would be glad to refute the gun control position by demonstrating the utter failure of every gun control law ever imposed. But that will not happen because the gun ban people cannot afford to let it happen.

STranger

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