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January 8, 2013
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Letter to the Editor: National dialogue needed on gun laws?

"We need national dialogue" is a quaint phrase of the moment. Some advocates are quick to use tragedy or crisis to advance an issue. Some advocates rally against a Constitutional right, but they own firearms or have armed bodyguards. Some advocates call for open borders, but live in gated communities and private estates. Some advocates infringe on the lawful, yet pander to the unlawful allowing multiple offenses and legal wrangling.

Does the total number of intruders in a home invasion matter? Will the homeowner feel more secure defending their family with a flintlock, or with a firearm equal to or greater than the criminal's potential? How many officers are necessary to take down one offender who is under the influence of drugs?

Even in states with "loose carry laws," all the mass murders were done in gun-free zones. With the exception of military police, soldiers are prohibited to carry weapons on military bases. Before MPs could arrive, a soldier fought off a terrorist with a chair. How many rounds of ammunition in a firearm are too many - 30, 15, 5? A magazine in a semi-automatic pistol can be replaced in less than a second. A revolver can be fired as fast as a semi-automatic. Pump action shotguns operate similar to semi-automatics.

The Second Amendment is second only to the First Amendment regarding personal liberties.

Fact: More mass murders on children have been committed with methods other than firearms.

Fact: Criminals and the insane break laws. One life taken early is unquestionably one too many. Evil will use any method.

Until we address individual liberty, not opinion, Mark Twain said it best, "Loyalty to petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul."

John Cella

Incline Village

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Jan 8, 2013 10:55AM Published Jan 8, 2013 10:54AM Copyright 2013 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.