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Without AK-47s, we'll become Nazis?
Aftermath of Sandy Hook: Do we believe in our own Constitution?

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Date published: 1/27/2013

By Karen Owen

THE SHOOTING of 26 living, breathing human beings at Sandy Hook Elementary last month has produced a firestorm of response in regard to gun control; mental illness and how we deal with it; the influence of violent movies, TV programs, music lyrics, and video games; security in our schools and other public venues; and our rights as Americans.

Much of the reaction has fallen into the usual two arguments: The liberal "we need gun control, such as what they have in Britain," and the conservative "guns don't kill people, people kill people." Hackneyed oversimplifications and knee-jerk "that won't work!" responses remind me of Congress. We know it will take compromise--as was once our practice--to get bills passed and tackle our nation's problems, yet we can't seem to move past the rhetoric. Neither side can yield, not an inch.

It's hard to fathom how we can continue to ignore these events and move on. Just when we think things can't get any worse, they do. We shake our heads, grit our teeth, and close our minds to potential solutions.

The left may be too willing to throw away the rights granted to us by the Second Amendment, blindly overlooking how it came to be in the first place and the potential danger if it were repealed outright. The allegedly "pro-life" right refuses even reasonable solutions to a proliferation of weapons of mass destruction in the hands of American citizens. Why are we so intractable?

But to me, the saddest argument in favor of doing nothing at all about regulating only the most deadly and dangerous weapons--ones that should be in the possession of members of our military or law enforcement, and then only when on base or in combat or police situations--is the one that posits: We must retain the right to own these weapons in case government becomes too powerful and begins to reveal Nazi Germany tendencies.

That worry may always be in the deep recesses of our brains, but my response to it is: Do we not believe in the United States of America?

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