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Web letter: Make battlefield gun ban part of massacre reaction

George W. Bush’s weapons of mass destruction have finally been located. Where, one might ask? At Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

On that fateful morning, a disturbed individual began his day by killing his mother. He then proceeded to a grade school, where he massacred 26 individuals then himself. No doubt he was emboldened by the weapons he used.

What may have prevented this incident? A better understanding and treatment of mental illness. A more sophisticated security system at the school. Exit-only doors in each classroom. More stringent laws that would not permit that type of weapon in private hands.

It is time that the citizens of this country encourage legislation that would eliminate the ability to procure those weapons that are meant to kill on the battlefield. The National Rifle Association has been dictating gun laws in this country for quite awhile, hiding under the guise of Second Amendment rights. The NRA has become a paper tiger. The majority of the candidates they supported in the last election were defeated.

The NRA always wants to remind us that the weapons are meant for self-protection. May I remind you that on that fateful morning, the killer’s first victim was his mother, who had weapons in the home to protect herself. How did that work out?

His next victims were educators and innocent young children.

BORIS N.GOSHEFF Fort Wayne

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