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Recently, a troubled adolescent used an assault rifle and two handguns to kill nearly 30, most of them children, in Connecticut. The sale of assault rifles spiked ,and the national debate about gun control was re-ignited. The debate devolves into diatribes when gun enthusiasts refuse to entertain any restrictions.

What’s needed is a real and effective effort to keep guns, i.e. handguns and assault weapons with high-volume magazines, out of the hands of unstable individuals. Just as we require NASCAR to play its sport on a relatively safe and restricted course, we should require gun sports be conducted at secure, safe facilities where the weapons can be secured and unloaded when not in use.

The idea that if guns are outlawed only outlaws will have guns is myopic. Yes, criminals obtain illegal guns to commit illegal acts, but they are primarily to threaten victims. I believe most murders are committed with legal arms by individuals who see them as the last and only resort. They do not fear the consequences.

Many of these individuals are seeking a spectacular way to be heard in a final, desperate act. Acting out at a sporting event brings ejection and deliberate efforts not to show these acts. With gun violence, the media seems rabid to discuss the event endlessly. We used to shy away from these things so that no one should have to experience these traumas by proxy. Without a media forum, I believe these incidents would decrease over time.

Guns are tools used to feed or protect yourself. Using them to exact revenge, retribution or self-aggrandizement is immoral. God instructs us not to kill one another. Jesus tells us that to give one’s life for another is blessed. We should take these admonitions at face value.

It’s time for a sane and moral approach to gun control.

Dan Denney

Ogdensburg

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