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Readers Write: Balancing gun rights with prevention; America's culture of fear sells; Gun control and the Bill of Rights

Letters to the Editor for the Jan. 28 weekly print issue: There is no easy answer to the question about how to protect America's Second Amendment rights but also prevent gun violence. Fear sells, and the media and lobbyists on both sides have capitalized on our latest fear of gun violence. Legislating gun control would set a dangerous precedent for altering the Bill of Rights.

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Balancing gun rights with prevention

Regarding the global report "Newtown: world reacts" in the Dec. 31, 2012 & Jan. 7, 2013 issue: The debate about gun control in America is like the debate about abortion here. They're both complex issues with no simple, easy answers until you ask someone with an opinion, and we all have a different one.

The Second Amendment to the US Constitution is unique. No other country on earth has a similar, constitutional right. But no one, gun owners or otherwise, wants innocent people to be hurt. How do we maintain the integrity of the Second Amendment for honest, law-abiding, US citizens while preventing access for those who shouldn't have it? There is no single, magical answer to this problem. We need to have meaningful, nonpolitical discussions on how to prevent another tragedy like Sandy Hook.

America's culture of fear sells

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