|To the Editor: Were shootings caused by gun or deranged guy?|
|Written by V.N. Krishnan|
|Wednesday, 30 January 2013 09:39|
The gun violence issue seems to be labeled wrongly by those whose mother tongue is the English language. The operative word here is the term "gun". Clearly if we do not have any violence 'which does not originate in a "gun" and in which it has no role in it, it would be stupid, irrational, impertinent and ignorant to talk of any kind of regulations relating to "gun" or "guns". The label has to be logically something else. Thus the Obama inter agency panel on "gun violence" must first be able to clearly establish the "fact" that the recent incidents of deaths were caused by the "gun" and not by a deranged guy. If they cannot convincingly prove this to the law abiding gun owners and pro-gun enthusiasts they have no business recommending measures that would in any way or form suggest regulating gun ownership as long as it is protected by the Second Amendment.
For us this issue is as simple as that unlike the rest of the planet where the English language is used. But in the interest of being objective why not turn to Israel our closest ally to see how they are dealing with this issue or to find out about many others in the world. We talk so much about leading the world and spending trillions and sacrificing thousands of lives of our soldiers to promote freedom to make a better world.
At home we constantly worry that our freedom would be usurped by the same government unless we can match our arms, with what it can muster against us, waiting to get at our freedom the moment we lose our guns. May be this could be why we want the government to be shut down.
Does this mean none of the other countries which have functioning governments - some don't use English - have no freedom for their citizens at all? I wish to be enlightened and give up anything to be objective.
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