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October 20, 2014
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The status quo is no longer acceptable


Now comes the hard part. Over the years, people on either side of the gun control debate have become mired in the ideology of their own positions. The time has come to reconsider our strict ideologies and to work toward a consensus that seeks practical solutions.

“What we’re looking for here,” President Obama said last week as he tried to frame the debate, “is a thoughtful approach that says we can preserve our Second Amendment, we can make sure that responsible gun owners are able to carry out their activities, but that we’re gonna actually be serious about the safety side of this….

“The fact is, the vast majority of gun owners are responsible … but I am also betting that a vast majority of gun owners agree that we should keep a small few from owning a high-capacity weapon of war.”

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy wondered in a television interview why anyone would need to possess such high-capacity, military weapons. “You don’t hunt deer with these things,” he said. “And I think that’s the question that a lot of people are going to have to resolve their own minds: Where should this line get drawn?”

We at The River Reporter ask our many hunters and gun owners along the Upper Delaware to write to us and to offer thoughtful, concrete suggestions for how to address this national scandal while preserving the Second Amendment.