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"You'll Shoot Your Eye Out ...."
January 8, 2013 - Joselyn King
It's become an annual Christmas tradition -- watchie Ralphie get "the greatest Christmas gift" he would ever receive, his much wished for Red Rider b.b gun.
But this year "A Christmas Story" played just days after a horrific mass shooting, and as Washington discussed what limits -- if any -- should be placed on gun ownership.
Just what will that mean for little Ralphies and Ralphettes in the future?
I remember a good friend -- one trained in weaponry and martial arts -- years ago telling me his thoughts on gun control.
"You know you can kill a person with the edge of a credit card," he said. "Does this mean we outlaw credit cards?"
At the same time, we require people to have a driver's license before they get behind the wheel of a car. Doesn't it make sense we should prospective gun owners to go through some kind of training before they take on that responsibility?
Over the holidays, I asked another friend -- a teacher -- what he thought about the idea of arming teachers.
"There are some teachers I don't trust with a book in their hand, much less a gun," he responded.
The question of emotional stability also has to be considered among any set criteria for gun ownership.
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