True patriots mend

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They who after the carnage of Newtown, Conn., defend the status quo on gun ownership fail to realize that the real strength of a nation is based on health, education, proper nutrition and civility.

To passively ignore such human needs is, sadly, a disservice to the nation. To languidly defend the ills of a nation by echoing in perpetuity the axiom: "Still the best and strongest country in the world" is a perilous stand. It encourages stagnation and leads to implosion. It is a mulish stand that pejorates precarious situations.

Ingrained, somehow, in their psyche is a belief that ownership of guns and patriotism are inherently connected, thus they lose sight that true patriots acknowledge shortcomings, mend them and value the sanctity of human needs. True patriots glorify the humanity of a nation, not its arsenals.

In summary, should not factions of our society and the National Rifle Association bear the guilt for the numerous people gunned down by the too numerous not-controlled guns?

And now a direct question to the leadership of the NRA and its members: Would you, at this critical moment, give up ownership of uncontrolled guns if it would save the lives of 20 beautiful children and the lives of six wonderful educators? Would you?

Intrinsically, this question begs an answer. If the answer remains silent, if the answer never comes, then the judgment and adjudication of culpability are in their hands.

BRUNO DEL SIGNORE
Whitehall


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