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`Regulating Weapons, Saving Lives'

The further restrictions of the rights and privileges of millions of law-abiding gun owners, in order to attempt to control a few social anarchists seems ludicrous, considering the lack of success legislation has had in this country. It is much easier to purchase an illegal gun on the streets of our nation's capital, than to purchase a legally registered firearm. We have spent billions of dollars in an effort to control guns and drugs, and, if anything, the situation has progressively worsened.

Gun control is not the answer. Until this society corrects the gross inadequacies of the public education system, the constant blurring of justice by our elected officials, and the lack of real concern for ending the cycle of chronic poverty and helping the poor to become contributing members of society, we, as a nation, will continue to circumnavigate the problem.

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We need to teach our children social responsibility, respect, and tolerance for all people - values on which our nation was founded, which we have come to neglect. Joseph Maggioncalda, Evansville, Ind.

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