Letter: Resolve differences in gun debate

June 12, 2014 

Two more recent episodes of gun violence and needless loss of life, and still we do nothing. Those advocating Second Amendment freedom versus those seeking safety continue to demonize one another. Enough already. A house divided against itself cannot stand.

There is another path. We all have differing ideas, but although we disagree, it doesn't justify throwing common sense aside and trampling our adversary. Differences should not undermine an affable working relationship. They should enhance the variety and effectiveness of solutions. Political correctness should be eradicated, as it stifles free thinking. George Washington stated, "If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led like sheep to the slaughter."

"We the People" must be able to discuss solutions in a civilized manner, respecting each other's opinions, taking responsibility and resolving to work toward a balance between protecting Second Amendment freedoms while guarding the safety of the general populace.

Notice I said, "We the People," because our government is focused on power rather than creating answers to ... pick your topic -- employment, $17 trillion debt, education, infrastructure, health care and more.

This country was forged in a crucible of differences. We need to remember that.

GABE LYONS, Richland

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