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Recent tragedies used to misdrect emotions

Published: January 18, 2013

Recently, I was sparked by a simple observation regarding the gun control debate: Limiting the Second Amendment to protect only muskets would be the same as limiting the First Amendment to protect only writing with quills. Like a street magician who misdirects in a game of three-card Monte, political leaders use recent tragedies to misdirect emotions. Oklahoma has experienced its share of tragedy. Oklahomans are a special people called by our nature to take action when others face tragedy. In an effort to act, some are attracted to a false promise of satisfaction by removing the tool of the tragedy as a manner of coping with the incomprehensible behavior of those evil people.

Experience teaches that regulating an inanimate object, rather than the mind that wields it, fails to produce change. As prohibition didn't stop the drunkard, betting that regulating guns will eliminate evil behavior is hubris. Our greatest threat isn't the wicked mind wielding a gun; it's the invincible ignorance of a misled populous that continues playing the three-card Monte game and losing every round. In this case, it's the belief that sacrificing personal liberty will somehow compel evil to consciously convert to sanity.

When tragedy struck Oklahoma, we didn't make calls to outlaw Ryder trucks. Of course, after 9/11, our political leaders could have outlawed planes as the Constitution doesn't acknowledge our God-given right to flight. But of course they saw the folly in such action.

David Lewis, Edmond

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