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Kate Jones

Partner, Institute for the Advancement of Service

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The time is NOW for people to stand up and say 'No More Assault Weapons" and not wait for the government to legislate the change.

Change starts when people change, not when governments legislate change. Think back to the days when driving drunk was socially acceptable, no matter who died in the process. Then Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) formed. The rest is history.

The time is 'now o'clock'. We will change our resopnse to violence and stop purchasing violence video games as gifts for our children, and stop patronizing films that promote violence, mayhem and murder. Glorifying the horrific has become the norm.

What happened in Newtown, CT should never happen again.

Remember Mahatma Ghandi's words: "Be the change you want to see in the world". The time is now o'clock!

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  • Dec 30 2012: I suggest learning the proper terminology about the weapons being discussed. The term assault weapon sound ominous, but the type of weapon in most of the discussions is nothing more than a semi-automatic (not a military "machine-gun" or fully automatic weapon). Many hunting weapons are identical in function.
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      Dec 30 2012: Hi Larry,
      I agree with you in learning about the weapons that are discussed. The term "assault weapon" does indeed sound ominous, because it IS ominous. There is certain criteria used to identify assault weapons, and you can get that information on line. Guns used for hunting generally DO NOT meet the criteria. One very important reason, is that many of us eat the game, and we don't want meat filled with ammo.
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        Dec 30 2012: Larry has a point. Automatic weapons are already banned. What the media refers to as assault weapons are semi-automatic, which means not automatic.

        Also the purpose of the second amendment was self protection not to have hunting rifles. If the shit hits the fan as it looks more and more likely, a citizen will be defending himself against automatic weapons.
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          Dec 30 2012: I do not believe everything the media says Pat, I generally research information.

          I think I also understand the purpose of the second amendment:>)
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      Dec 30 2012: Larry,
      Another thought......if I observed anyone hunting with an assault weapon, two things come to mind.

      1) S/he is not a very good shot, if s/he needs multiple rounds to shoot wild game.
      2) The meat (and therefor the animal) would be "wasted" because the meat would not be very good for consumption.

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