Editorial Cartoon from Athens Banner Herald, Athens, GA

Gun violence is not new to a large part of our population.  Parents live in fear for their young children – living in neighborhoods ruled by who has the most guns.  Granted, the attack on a movie theater is gathering all the headlines, but what do we know about damage guns do on a daily basis in some of our inner cities or our rural communities?

I remember a scene in Terminator 2 where a young John Connor is looking at two little boys fighting with toy guns during an afternoon playtime.

John Connor: We’re not gonna make it, are we? People, I mean.
The Terminator: It’s in your nature to destroy yourselves.
John Connor: Yeah. Major drag, huh?” (quote is from IMDb – quotes from Terminator 2)

Does it have to be this way?

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