Take Action on Guns Now

We must begin to take deadly weapons out of the hands of madmen this minute, Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson writes. 

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We must begin to take deadly weapons out of the hands of madmen this minute, Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson writes.

We are not helpless to stop the massacre of innocent children. We must begin -- today, right now, this minute -- taking guns out of the hands of madmen, and the first step should be a ban on military-style assault weapons such as the rifle used to turn a Connecticut school into a slaughterhouse.

That won't be enough to end all the carnage, but it will save some lives. It is admirable that President Obama, members of Congress and other elected officials are deeply horrified and saddened by what happened Friday in Newtown. But the moment calls for action, not words, and politicians who are too craven or stupid or ideologically rigid to finally move forward on gun control will have the blood of future victims on their hands.

We must begin with the guns.

Yes, there are other factors that play their roles in these mass shootings. We need to talk about mental-health issues. We need to explore why the assassin is always a troubled young man whose alienation was noticed by others but not adequately addressed. We need to examine the impact of hyper-violent video games on impressionable minds. We need to remember that horrors such as Columbine, Blacksburg, Aurora, Tucson and Newtown are statistically insignificant compared to the everyday bloodshed on our streets and in our homes.

Read Eugene Robinson's entire piece at the Washington Post.

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