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Concerning the Feb. 3 commentary, "The shootings go on: Sandy Hook's horror becoming commonplace," I can't imagine calling any shooting commonplace and I don't believe anyone has become accustom to this behavior.
The modern age we live in has given us electronic games and videos depicting every scenario inmagineable involving firearms. While the debate over the cause of mass shootings goes on, the real "commonplace" activities are illegal drug sales and the accompanying gun violence it creates every day.
No laws that exist would have stopped Sandy Hook. This incident was facilitated by a misguided parent and a broken child.
As for firearms and private citizens, I have to look back at another place in time when the powers that be were looking out for our safety. In the period 1963-1970, the "Big Three" automakers proliferated ever more powerful and so-called dangerous vehicles, called muscle-cars.
They were legally sold and insured, registered and driven by thousands responsibly. By the early 1970s they were regulated away over safety and energy-use concerns.
Now it is the firearms issue that is political. But no one in 1969 could possibly know who was safe driving an SS396 any more than they could tell Nancy Lanza was not going to safely lock up her AR-15.