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Any person wanting to understand the past, present and future of gun murders in America need not look any further than page 5 of The Japan Times on April 18. The article titled “Gun-control debate looms after massacre” states that “since Columbine, which occurred eight years ago this week, there had been no new legislation on control of guns.” Ipso facto, my fellow Americans — the electorate — are willing to accept slaughter to protect the second amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

This is a good time to look at the first four words of an amendment that is a couple of centuries old: “A well regulated militia . . .” has the right to keep and bear arms. By what twisted logic can any sane person welcome the fact that the two boys at Columbine High School, or the young man at Virginia Tech could easily get their hands on guns? They certainly were not part of any militia. Like millions of other American men (can anyone remember a woman doing this kind of sick act?), they were just exercising their “right” to own killing weapons, for sport, for fun.

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