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Where do we start in regard to placing blame for the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut? We could possibly start by looking into a mirror. Though not directly, by passiveness and complacency, we have allowed this abhorrent occurence to breed and repeat at an alarming rate.

We nurture this unfathomable activity by allowing local, state and federal firearm laws to be loopholed and rife with means to perpetrate fraud. Firearm proponents cry and cite Second Amendment rights and freedoms. What about the rights and freedoms of all Americans and the right and freedom to live, work, learn and flourish without fear of unprovoked violence? Where do we draw the line that delineates civil freedoms as opposed to civil protection? The answer is vague and will be clouded with opinions generated by partisanship, zealotry and greed.

Federal enforcement of and for common sense gun laws is critical. It needs to be thorough, and not limited by budgetary constraints. Government found “billions” to effect corporate bailouts. To me, the scales of common sense mandate that taxpayer dollars would be more wisely spent in an all-encompassing effort to protect human life.

George H. Nichols Jr., St. Leonard