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Response to MissMarple (Reply #60)

Wed Aug 21, 2013, 12:14 AM

63. My point is basically that the gun debate is complicated.

The issues go well beyond one's feelings concerning the Second Amendment, and involve culture, geography and many underlying social and economic issues than transcend divisions of party loyalty.

As the recent debates after Newton clear demonstrate, the will to enact even minor federal legislation is lacking, no less more comprehensive measures of dubious constitutionality.

I am not a gun owner, nor have any desire to own one. I live and work in NYC and feel quite safe. However, as an attorney, I believe the entire Constitution should be broadly interpreted to guaranty maximum personal liberty and civil rights. The Second Amendment is not an exception. Such a slippery could ultimately erode hard won battles such as a woman's right to choose and privacy protections. Additionally, as a citizen, I realize that some people's living and work situations are far more volatile than my own, and would not wish to deny anyone the most effective means of self-defense.

I think we can agree on the following: If you want to reduce the number of guns in America, addressing the social and economic conditions that make people feel the need or want to own a gun, would be effective, legal, and agreeable to both sides of the the gun debate.

And a very good evening to you.

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