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Let’s talk about guns

My fellow Americans, we need to talk about guns. We need to talk about guns the way we once needed to talk about drunken driving and AIDS.

Thus far, the conversation has been hijacked by a special interest group with a blatant commercial profit motive. We can no longer tolerate this. No part of our Constitution was designed or intended to cope with the gun violence we now endure. The Founding Fathers could never have conceived of mass shootings in schools and theaters.

In my lifetime, we have talked about birth control and abortion. We have talked about domestic violence. We are currently talking about marijuana and same-sex marriage. These are complex issues, but we Americans are smart and thoughtful people. We’ve figured these things out. We can figure out what to do about guns, too.

I’ll say it again: My fellow Americans, we need to talk about guns.

Deborah Fredericks



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