Gun control

Posted Friday, Mar. 08, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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Lost amid the hoopla about "common-sense gun control" is how it failed in Newtown, Conn. Nancy Lanza knew that her son was ill; she tried to get psychiatric help for him.

Who in this country doesn't know the profile of a mass murderer -- young, withdrawn, troubled white male.

Nancy Lanza had to know this. She had guns and was proud of them. Yet, knowing that her son was troubled, she apparently didn't use the simplest form of gun control.

Did she use the trigger locks? Did she use a gun safe? Most important, did she remove the guns from the home and secure them in a location unknown to and inaccessible to her son?

She was the first line of defense against mass murder in this small town, and she failed to act responsibly. Until the failures of the Nancy Lanzas of this country are overcome, there will not be successful "common-sense gun control."

-- Shawn Freeburg, Arlington

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