Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

U.S. Must Stop Mass Murders without Harm to Rights

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

U.S. Must Stop Mass Murders without Harm to Rights

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Any decent individual cannot be but disgusted and outraged at the depths of depravity in a calculated mass shooting of schoolchildren. What should be our response? The surviving young people have a reasonable emotive response. Their subsequent passionate idealism ought to be applauded, forcing an examination of the issues. However, idealism must be tempered with a reasoned starting point.

Are we willing to live in a free society? To be sure there are limits to freedom, for example, yelling fire in a movie theater. These limits must not radically constrain or obliterate a constitutional right. Nonetheless, with reasonable limits, there are still dangers in living within a free society. Should we outlaw guns, toy guns or soldiers, violent killing video games, etc.? Which mentally ill individuals should be incarcerated against their will? …

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