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Norbert Bufka

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Guns and domestic terrorism

Some of our national leaders are so intent on spreading fear and hatred against Muslims in the name of security that they are blinded by the very real threat of domestic terrorism. They get all angry about the killing of eight people in New York but show no sign of anger about the shooting of 58 people in Las Vegas on October 1 at a concert or the shooting of three people at a Walmart near Denver on November 1 or 26 people at a church in Texas on November 5. In these cases, they just want to know wy. . These shootings kill hundreds every year and injure hundreds more. There is an epidemic of domestic terrorism occurring in our country. It is time to take note and take action.

Gun violence is occurring more often with even more horrendous results. It is time to have a serious discussion and action about the guns in this country. It is time to remove the discussion from the Second Amendment and deal with the real issue of gun violence.


Assault weapons and other military type weapons must be banned from individual ownership. Those who own such weapons must turn them in. All gun owners must be registered along with all their guns.  We must reduce the number and availability of guns. It is an indisputable fact that the more guns that are available, the more gun violence there will be.  And the more military style weapons are available the more massacres there will be. Yet gun proponents argue that the solution to gun violence is more guns. This is totally preposterous.

Open carry laws must be repealed and permits to concealed carry weapons must be carefully regulated.


In spite of the above obvious comments, there is a bill in the US Congress to allow the sale of silencers. These have no peaceful purpose.

In the Michigan legislature there is a proposal to end training and permit to carry a concealed weapon.  It is already legal to carry openly a weapon without a permit or training. The Michigan Senate passed a bill to allow concealed weapons in schools, churches, day care centers, and other places currently on the bad list.

The chief proponents of guns are the National Rifle Association (NRA) and arms manufacturers. It is time to label the NRA a terrorist sponsor and curtail its activities.  The NRA should be forbidden to lobby or give any contributions to any candidate’s’ campaign.

Secondly every member of the NRA is complicit with the sponsoring terrorism  to the extent they support NRA policies and lobbying activities. I urge you to speak out against the leadership of the NRA and resign your membership in the NRA, as former President George H. W. Bush did.

Gun proponents argue loudly and vigorously their constitutional rights but I impore you to look  at the inalienable rights of life that is being destroyed by shooters you support.  Yes, as long as you support the unbridled ownership of guns, you support the killers.

As we continue the discussion of guns and gun violence in this country let us keep the above inmind and recognize that we are all complicit in the massacres to the extent we promote the unbridled ownership nd use of guns or are careless about ownership.  Of guns.


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