It is a rare day when we do not hear of a gun murder or suicide — and few of these are widely publicized.  Of the liberal democracies to my knowledge only Switzerland allows citizens to possess weapons routinely and that tradition goes back centuries when it was devised to protect it from invasion.

Our NRA has garnered sufficient (paranoid) support to permit people to carry weapons of war, concealed weapons, etc.  There are virtually no controls to prevent anyone from obtaining a deadly weapon without much effort.

I worry personally that some nut or extremist (of which we have organized groups) will attempt assassination of Obama.  The hate campaign being directed against him now encourages such.  Even our current Supreme Court seems to favor free gun access.  The Second Amendment is ambiguous in its language and was devised at a time when citizens rather than a standing military provided our only national defense.

Personally I would like to see some victim or family of same bring charges against the NRA as a collaborator in murder.  How much longer must we be haunted by this menace?

What do you think?

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

Ed Kent  212-665-8535 (voice mail only) [blind copies]

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