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January 11, 2013

My View: Guns: The unsolvable problem


Another example is Japan, which has very strict laws; only 11 people were killed with guns in 2008.

This compares with 12,000 killed and 14,000 wounded yearly in the United States.

Why do we tolerate this, and where are the Right-to-Lifers? We propose more laws to control women´s bodies than we do to control guns.

We know what works to reduce gun violence; all we need is common sense and some political will.


Tom Maertens describes himself as a political centrist who has worked in national security for both political parties in the White House and in the U.S. Senate. He is part of a Free Press team of readers from all political viewpoints asked to write columns.

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