Deborah Hernandez 
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Re: “There and back again

Beautifully written!

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Posted by Deborah Hernandez on 05/23/2013 at 10:04 PM

Re: “Strength in numbers

"Like most rights, the right secured by the second amendment is not unlimited."
-- Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

The Supreme Court has upheld the right to regulate and restrict firearms more than 400 times since the 2008 Heller decision alone. The discussion of guns vs. no-guns is a fruitless one. There are laws regarding guns, so arguing that we can't make a new law about them is simply subterfuge.

The real question is where you draw the line and what is going to work to improve the safety of our communities, while preserving the most rights possible for law-abiding citizens. I prefer to look at the facts to find solutions that are pragmatic vs. ideological. Here are some facts to consider.

Of the 10 states with the toughest gun laws, 7 have the lowest rates of gun deaths. http://smartgunlaws.org/gun-laws-matter-20…

Here you have data that indicates the benefits of background checks: http://www.ibtimes.com/gun-murders-shot-25…

There's plenty more where this came from, but we'd be here all day. I don't know about you, but I think the vast majority of Montanans and Americans will not accept that children, mothers, fathers are being hunted by sociopaths toting military style weapons with 100 round "drums" in movie theaters, schools, shopping malls, etc. This is not my version of America.

Also, what kind of nation is this where people are using such disrespectful rhetoric to publicly attack a mother just because she has a different vision than you do on how to solve the problem of gun violence?

We all agree mental health, upbringing, drug use, alcoholism, video games, etc. are factors in causing violence, but these problems all have one thing in common -- when combined with a gun, they turn deadly.

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Posted by Deborah Hernandez on 02/25/2013 at 2:25 PM

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