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December 20, 2012

EDITORIAL: Gun control - not ban - should start solution

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Niagara Gazette — What about a massive tax on the sale of all bullets? After all, it’s the bullets which actually kill the victims of gun violence. We feel such a tax, implemented immediately to avoid potential stockpilers, would do one of two things: either reduce the number of deadly encounters on the street and in our public places or provide the federal government with extra income to provide programs designed to reduce these awful occurrences. If it can do both, then mission accomplished.

We feel, at this point, the goal should be the reduction in the frequency of these mass shootings. We’re still too early in the response, which should have started years ago after the Columbine or Virginia Tech school shootings or the Tucson shooting which severely injured former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz. There is no way to stop this from happening in the real world. The best we can hope for is a country where parents love their children, schools are safe from lunatics and smart people make decisions with a mind on the impact they have on a general public as diverse as it’s been in all of American history.

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