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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Killers for gun control?

  • Into the unseasonably warm debate over gun control in America, enter Christopher Dorner.
    The former Los Angeles cop turned apparent cop killer issued a disjointed, grammatically challenged, 18-page "manifesto" before perishing in a California shootout with law enforcement last week. In it he railed against the easy availability in America of the very weapons he used to go on his rampage.
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  • Into the unseasonably warm debate over gun control in America, enter Christopher Dorner.
    The former Los Angeles cop turned apparent cop killer issued a disjointed, grammatically challenged, 18-page "manifesto" before perishing in a California shootout with law enforcement last week. In it he railed against the easy availability in America of the very weapons he used to go on his rampage.
    "The time is now to reinstitute a ban that will save lives. Why does any sportsman need a 30 round magazine for hunting? Why does anyone need a suppressor? Why does anyone need a AR15 rifle? This is the same small arms weapons system utilized in eradicating Al Qaeda, Taliban, and every enemy combatant since the Vietnam war," Dorner is believed to have written.
    "Don't give me that crap that its not a select fire or full auto rifle like the DoD uses. That's bull ... In essence, the AR-15 semiautomatic rifle is the same as the M-4/M-16. These do not need to be purchased as easily as walking to your local Walmart or striking the enter key on your keyboard to ‘add to cart.' All the firearms utilized in my activities are registered to me and were legally purchased at gun stores and private party transfers. All concealable weapons (pistols) were also legally register in my name at police stations or FFL's. Unfortunately, are you aware that I obtained class III weapons (suppressors) without a background check ... several times? ...  I'm not even a resident of the state i purchased them in ...
    "In the end, I hope that you will realize that the small arms I utilize should not be accessed with the ease that I obtained them. Who in there right mind needs a ... silencer!!! who needs a freaking SBR AR15? No one. No more Virginia Tech, Columbine HS, Wisconsin temple, Aurora theatre, Portland malls, Tucson rally, Newtown Sandy Hook. Whether by executive order or thru a bi-partisan congress an assault weapons ban needs to be re-instituted. Period!!!
    "Mia Farrow said it best. ‘Gun control is no longer debatable, it's not a conversation, its a moral mandate.'"
    Of course, many Americans will dismiss Dorner's tirade above as the ranting of a lunatic. Perhaps. Or maybe America's gun culture is so off-kilter in some respects, even - or only - a madman can see it.  
    In any case, just as President Obama dedicated a part of his State of the Union address to gun violence, so he took that same message home to Chicago on Friday. Chicago suffered more than 500 homicides in 2012. The tragedy of those deaths became especially profound following the recent, fatal wounding of Chicago teenager Hadiya Pendleton, a bright young lady with a very promising future who had done absolutely nothing to put herself in the line of fire.
    Page 2 of 2 - An assault weapons ban of the kind Obama has proposed arguably would have had no preventive value in that particular case. Among Chicago street gangs, handguns that ostensibly would remain legal are the weapon of choice, not that the law much matters to criminals. So Obama was honest and correct Friday to tell students at Chicago's Hyde Park Academy that "this is not just a gun issue." It's also about mental health services, social programs, educational and job opportunities, parenting. And even with progress on all of those fronts, we can't stop every tragedy.
    Ultimately there are two very different issues here, the violence committed predominantly with illegally obtained handguns in the nation's urban areas, and the slaughters committed with high-powered, military-style weaponry that have found their way into suburban and rural communities. One size does not fit all, but guns and the easy access to them in this country are the common denominator, and cannot be divorced from this conversation, or from any bill entertained by Congress.
    The president is right, Congress owes this nation's citizens a vote.
    — Journal Star of Peoria, Ill.
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