Saturday, December 15, 2012

Newtown shooting: now is the time for gun law debate in America - Telegraph

Newtown shooting: now is the time for gun law debate in America - Telegraph


We will never take the risk out of life and we will never stop shootings entirely, just as we will never take way the right to gun ownership. But we can take responsible steps to minimise the risks if we start to answer some tough questions.

Why does driving a car require a test to get a license but owning a gun requires none? Do semi-automatic weapons need to be so prevalent to respect the Second Amendment?

Is limiting the purchase of ammunition the equivalent of restricting gun rights? And what more can we do to screen mentally ill young men and make it more difficult for them to get their hands on guns?

This is a time of sorrow and soul searching. After each of these mass shootings we are told it is not time to have a debate about gun violence in our country. But if not now, when?

We cannot look at this senseless slaughter of children and pretend that we honour their memory by remaining silent and refusing to confront reality.

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