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April 4, 2013

Schram: US gun massacres demand bold action


Once again, Americans were shocked at yet another mass murder of innocents. Just as they were over the other massacres of schoolchildren and also theatergoers, and the shooting of an Arizona congresswoman and others at a public rally. Once again, law-enforcement officials implored America’s political leaders to at least get the most dangerous military-style weapons, and the large-capacity ammunition magazines, off the streets.

Yet, sadly, no American conservative political leader has come forward to emulate the profile in courage displayed across the planet’s widest pond, by Australia’s John Howard.

Once, Republicans were America’s party of “law and order.” Today, tragically, no Republican national leader is willing to heed the pleas of cops and hoist the law-and-order banner to get rid of guns that are outgunning our cops.

While Republicans cower in fear of the National Rifle Association’s wrath, it has fallen to America’s Democrats, led by their liberal wing, to grab the law-and-order banner before it hits the ground. But the law-and-order liberals aren’t politically capable of doing for America what conservative leader Howard did for his gun-cultured nation.

As Howard wrote in Melbourne’s The Age newspaper, after the massacre of theatergoers in Aurora, Colo.: “There are many American traits which we Australians could well emulate to our great benefit. But when it comes to guns, we have been right to take a radically different path.”

The NRA has mousetrapped America’s conservatives and even its mainstream into taking their wrong-think bait. The NRA opposes every proposed gun-safety measure by citing an example of a tragedy the measure wouldn’t have prevented.

But to keep our loved ones safe, we can no longer pick and choose among the proposed solutions. We must adopt them all.

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