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The Post-Newtown Witch Hunt

CHARLIE FEATHER Wrote: Dec 23, 2012 3:51 PM
Apart from an apparent disdain for the American educational system, what all these shooters seem to have more in common is not guns so much as that they were all fairly well-educated young men or students from middle class and upper middle class backgrounds. So, instead of focusing on gun control, it would be better to focus on controlling young men from middle class and upper middle class backgrounds who are students or well educated. The reasoning here is logically equivalent to the one calling for gun control, and may likely be far more effective.

In the aftermath of the horrific Newtown, Conn., school massacre, Americans from all parts of the political spectrum agree that we need to pay more attention to mental health issues. Public death threats and incitements to violence must be taken seriously. The incendiary witch hunt against law-abiding, peaceful gun owners is neither noble nor effective. It's just plain insane.

Over the past week, I've witnessed a disturbing outbreak of off-the-rails hatred toward gun owners and Second Amendment groups. Whatever your views on guns, we can all agree: The Newtown gunman was a monster who slaughtered his own mother, five heroic educators...