An assault on assault weapons

January 23, 2013 

President Obama has a vicious wolf by the tail. He can’t hold it and he can’t let it go. When it starts killing babies, something has to be done. The frequent use of assault weapons and large capacity magazines must be restrained. Permit me to suggest a thought process for a plan of action.

At bottom, this is about our civilization. It is about regulating guns in our society. From stones to spears and swords to guns, civilization has been a search for more peaceful and less violent ways to resolve disputes. The quest is to find ways for a diversity of people to live in the same geographic area with the least amount of friction. Among them, conflicts are often rooted in greed, selfishness and feelings of alienation.

There have been periods of excessive use of guns. Farmers and neighbors turned to education, their churches, laws and law enforcement as better ways for resolving disagreements. And what marvelous progress we have made! Now we only need guns to protect our homes, obtain food, shoot snakes, kill deer that eat crops, and shoot dogs that suck eggs and kill chickens.

Assault weapons and high capacity magazines are not needed and are not wanted. They do too much harm. Outside of military, and perhaps law enforcement use, they are only used for nefarious purposes. The notion that they may be needed for armed insurrection against state or national government officials has been replaced with the ballot.

So let us proceed with vigor to tranquilize and defang that vicious wolf. I call upon preachers, Sunday school teachers, other educators and organizations to join the chorus in appealing to the “better angels of our nature.”

The writer lives in Myrtle Beach.

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