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Published: Monday, Jan. 21, 2013 3:05 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Jan. 21, 2013 3:05 p.m. CDT

I went to Tiskilwa last Wednesday and was appalled to see this sign;

TISKILWA COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION PROTECT YOUR FUTURE “INVEST” IN GUNS & AMMO

GOD BLESS AMERICA

While I understand this sign has since been changed ... This, a month after 26 people — 20 of them little 6- and 7-year-old children — were slaughtered in Sandy Hook Elementary School. Who is “Tiskilwa Community Association?” Do they represent the majority of their town’s people with this sign? Do they realize 12 little girls’ and eight little boys’ bodies were riddled with bullets (all 26 victims had from three to 11 bullets in their bodies). It is inhumane, unchristian and immoral to allow weapons that can do this in less than one minute to be possessed by anyone other than the military, and Tiskilwa is now actually promoting it with this sign.

I support the Second Amendment and know there are rules and regulations that can greatly reduce what has happened at Columbine, Virginia Tech, Tucson, Aurora and now Newtown without infringing on my right to own guns. We, as a civil society, have established rules for driving vehicles along with countless other activities to reduce bad outcomes. There are even regulations governing the stuffing that goes into a Teddy bear to protect our children, while we have zero regulations on the manufacturers of guns or the buyers of guns if purchased at a gun show or through the Internet. You can legally sue any company in this country if you have a reason to unless they are a gun manufacturer, since they got Congress to pass a law exempting them from suits.

I suggest that anyone cannot purchase a firearm without filling out an application proving they are mentally stable, have not been convicted of a crime (or charged with spousal abuse), and have a reasonable need to own a gun (including hunting). This application would go through a verification process, and if passed, a permit card would be issued so you can show it for purchasing a gun and ammunition. It is well past time to stand up to the gun industry and their “front organization” (NRA), as they are only interested in their huge profits, not our safety. Their main tactic is to promote the paranoia the government will come to confiscate your guns, but most of us are not paranoid and realize we are the government, and we will not do this.

Ronald Wood

Malden

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