Letter: The shooting in Connecticut changes the gun debate

April 3, 2013 

When 20 first-graders were murdered in Newtown, Conn., the debate on gun violence changed. They weren't five- and six-year olds from our families, but that does not diminish the outrage and pain we feel towards this unimaginable evil.

National polls show that the majority of Americans approve of the legislation President Obama proposed in response to the Newtown massacres.

But this majority mandate is drowning in the cowardice of elected officials who are more concerned about getting re-elected than passing laws to protect us and our children from gun-wielding lunatics.

If I had a magic wand, I'd wish for two things: a) allow the Supreme Court to decide the constitutionality of certain laws immediately after the language has been crafted, but before a final vote is taken; b) allow a "referendum process" on a national level for some laws -- similar to the process in Washington and other states.

Since magic wands are in short supply, maybe we need to have term limits so we can have more opportunities to elect officials who will do the right thing.

Things are different since Newtown!

JIM CARLTON, Adams County Democrats Vice Chair

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