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It’s difficult to write about the gun-control debate without angering one side or the other. This column likely will anger both. The horrific shootings at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, have sparked what is shaping up as another intense and bitter battle over gun control. Like the battle over abortion, little common ground exists between the two sides, and compromise is unlikely if not impossible. That’s a shame, because I believe we could dramatically reduce mass shootings in the United States if we focused more on keeping guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill rather than law-abiding citizens.  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)


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Merry Christmas

Each of us who celebrates Christmas in America, at one time or another as December 25 approaches, thinks about Christmases then, now, and yet to come. We string Christmases past together in our minds as if they were bulbs on an old strand of Christmas lights. There are those that flicker and glow dimly or not at all because they hold unhappy memories; and there are those that glow brightly with happy ones. We wonder how brightly Christmas present will glow when it becomes a Christmas past and how many more bright bulbs we’ll add to the string. (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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There isn’t an American with a heart that isn’t sick over the Newtown, Connecticut, shootings of all those innocent children and teachers; and there shouldn’t be a gun owner in America that’s afraid of a national conversation about mass shootings and how to prevent them.

That conversation, however, must begin with everyone on the same page about guns. I scratch my head when I listen to people on television that call for more gun control because of their appalling lack of knowledge about guns.

They talk about AR-15 type semi-automatic rifles that are often used in these kinds of shootings as “weapons of war.” But the kinds of guns our Founding Fathers had in mind when they wrote the Constitution where allowing Americans to bear the same kinds of rifles soldiers in their day carried to war. They wanted an armed citizenry to own and use weapons capable of defending themselves from people with evil intent that use weapons of war.

Certainly there must be reasonable limits on what an American citizen can own. Machine guns already are outlawed and where they are permitted they are heavily taxed. Tanks, anti-tank weapons and the like have no useful purpose except in war.

Hand gun and rifle technology, however, has advanced a great deal since then. Indeed it has advanced a great deal in the past few decades. When gun control advocates talk about banning handguns that can shoot five rounds a second, they are describing just about every semi-automatic pistol and rifle on the market today.

The speed at which any semi-automatic pistol or rifle fires, is the speed at which the shooter pulls the trigger. Most full size semi-automatic pistols in use by the police, the FBI, and the military today and that are available to anyone who passes a background check are semi-automatic pistols with 12 and 14 round magazines. It only takes three or four seconds to empty the magazine; and as competitive shooters have testified before Congress, with a little practice, any shooter can switch out magazines and hardly miss a beat.

Nevertheless, just like pro-abortion advocates who want no restrictions on abortion whatsoever, gun owners know that once those people, like the Mayor of New York City who tell us how big a drink we can order at a restaurant, begin telling us what kinds of weapons we can buy, we’re on our way back to 18th century muzzle loaders.

Which takes the lives of more children every year in America, abortion or mass shootings?

Be that as it is, preventing mass shootings like the one at Sandy Hook Elementary School, is about a lot more than what kind of gun the shooter used. That national conversation has to be about our culture of violent movies and video games, about how we treat the mentally ill, about how we secure our schools, and about how we defend ourselves against mass murders.

Let’s have that national conversation. The kind of America our children will inherit is bad enough without making it a free-fire zone for elementary school students.

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Ross's Luncheonette Swissvale PA 1949

I spent some time over Thanksgiving playing around with my photo collection in Windows Movie Maker and I thought I would share with you what I came up with. HAPPY HOLIDAYS  (Watch the YouTube video here)

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Resistence is futile.

President Barack Obama has Republicans in Congress on the ropes; and he intends to pummel them mercilessly until they agree to raise taxes on the most successful Americans. Republicans only have themselves to blame, however, for the predicament they are in. (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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Republican senators, faced with the prospect of either Amb. Susan Rice or Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) as the nominee for the next secretary of state, have to hope President Obama will nominate Sen. Kerry. Both Rice and Kerry are technically qualified for the position, Rice by virtue of the fact that she is the current U.S. ambassador to the U.N. and Kerry by virtue of the fact that he is a sitting U.S. Senator. Both have ample résumés. Amb. Rice, however, has neither the experience nor the temperament necessary to do the job well; and nominating Sen. Kerry for secretary of state will keep him away from the Department of Defense.  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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