, Newburyport, MA


December 21, 2012

Serious questions need serious discussion


While a case can be made that I should be allowed to have a high-powered firearm, an “assault rifle,” if you will, in my home for self-defense, is it reasonable that I should be able to carry it, loaded, outside my home? In a mall? In a children’s playground?

If we rely on our police to fight crime and to maintain order, is it reasonable to permit them to be outgunned by criminals — or perhaps more likely, by an enraged person involved in a violent domestic dispute, among the most dangerous situations which we expect our police to control?

I do not believe there are “knee-jerk” answers to these and other similar questions that we should, as a society, consider in the aftermath of the latest carnage.

Peter L. Albrecht


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