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Chris Rose: Gun violence


Guns don't kill people. People kill people. With guns. 

More people die in automobile accidents than shootings. Should we ban cars?

When 200 people in New Orleans are intentionally run over and killed by automobiles every year then, yes, maybe we should consider that.

You need to take a test to get a drivers' license. You do not need to take a test to operate a firearm. 

When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns. 

This is true. And it's why guns will never be outlawed in America. 

Somewhere between zero and very few people actually want to ban all guns. 

The president does not want to ban all guns. Gabrielle Giffords does not want to ban all guns.  

She was shot in the head. She also owns two pistols. 

Sean Penn is licensed to carry a concealed weapon. He drives some folks crazy. 

My kids' school has an armed security guard on campus. Truthfully, I thought all schools had this. 

The Second Amendment was written in the 18th century. Firearms were uniformly single-shot devices, hand-loaded and absolutely essential to the survival of the species, not only for protection and insurrection but for food. 

Things are different now, especially guns. 

American society has historically moved toward progress and enlightenment. This movement has been too slow for some folks. Too fast for others.  

This nation is always changing. A world without change is a world without learning, discovery, healing and tolerance. 

Some folks today seem constitutionally incapable – That's with a small C – of change. 

There's a word for people who desire a world without change. That word is Taliban. 

Thomas Jefferson once gave this advice to his nephew: 

"A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercise, I advise the gun. Games played with the ball, and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind."  

He helped write the Constitution. Capital C. 

Jefferson loved guns. He also owned slaves. Figuring out all of this is a very complicated process, requiring a level of thoughtfulness not commonly displayed in our marketplace of ideas. 

Anyone who tells you they have all the answers is lying.

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