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By the way, if someone believes in the concept of individual rights and that the most vital of these rights is the right to life and the right to defend yourself as you see fit, there is nothing to discuss.

There is no need for the phrase 'By the way...', because this is THE issue. If we believe in the right to self-defense, the gun CANNOT be part of the problem, because it is ESSENTIAL to self-defense. The problem, therefore, is the extent to which people need to be 'qualified' to be entitled to this right.

According to many on the left, no one should need the right of armed self-defense, because the Government can always protect us. Of course, that is a fantasy. To many on the right, everyone should have this right unless they are crazy, which brings us to the issue of how we treat the mentally ill. If Lanza should have been committed but wasn't, that is the proximate cause of the shooting, and different gun laws would have made no difference.

Many of the proposals for tighter gun restrictions ignore reality, but that is not surprising, because many people (at least 51%, I estimate) subscribe to the "Don't think, just do something that shows you care!" type of thought process.
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