Young: Kneel before gleaming utensils of death

Young: Kneel before gleaming utensils of death

Louis Klarevas is alive only because it was a shotgun pointed in his face that day and not an AR-15. The gunman got off only one errant shot when Klarevas and his two frantic friends knocked the shotgun to the side and disarmed the maniac. Klarevas later learned that the nut wasn’t your textbook gun nut, not one with an arsenal fit for a Third World army like so many mass assailants. The weapon was a vintage family heirloom. Writes Klarevas, “Had the shooter been carrying a concealed, light-weight, high-capacity semiautomatic weapon, the outcome would have been dramatically different.” For one, Klarevas likely wouldn’t be alive to appeal for sane gun laws in his 2013 book “Rampage Nation.” As for countless dead and maimed Americans, their families, their communities, reasonable people must appeal for them. Tragically, public policies are in the grips of a love triangle: the Republican Party, gun hobbyists, gun lobbyists. Despite clear and pronounced majority support in this country for reasoned gun laws proven to save lives, we remain sitting ducks in a shooting gallery. Most of what comes from the gun lobby is ridiculous and whiny pleadings based on buyer convenience. The most ridiculous argument is that stricter gun laws serve no purpose. Wrong. The first four years of the 10-year Assault Weapons Ban, in effect from 1994 to 2004 when it lapsed at the hands of a Republican-controlled Congress, the United States had not even one gun massacre (six or more killed by one […]

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