In some remote areas of the country, gun ownership is a matter of survival. In some urban parts of the country, streets run red with the blood of those murdered by thugs. In all parts of the country, the debate over gun control rages on and on and rises to incendiary levels every time there’s a mass-shooting.

The N.R.A. and Republicans under Ronald Reagan took guns away from law-abiding citizens back in 1967 when Reagan was California’s Governor and members of the Black Panthers were conducting armed patrols of Oakland neighborhoods. The Mulford Act is still on the books.

Let’s say every argument the N.R.A. has used since 1967 to expand gun rights and limit government interference to gun ownership is right. Cars cause more deaths than guns. The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. Etcetera ad nauseam. We’ve got to do a better job coming up with solutions to the maddening, senseless shooting deaths by criminals and the mentally ill while ensuring that no harm comes to the Second Amendment. To do so we have no other choice than to commit the most heinous crime of a republic:


“Guns are a ridiculous way to solve problems that have to be solved among people of good will.” – Ronald Reagan


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