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Gun control has been promised before

I really appreciated seeing the commentary "The malady of America's soul" by L. Mickey Fenzel (Dec. 18). Professor Fenzel doesn't mince words when he writes about "a Congress that labors unabashedly to protect the riches of the wealthy at the expense of the economically disadvantaged and middle class." Rarely do I see in the media such an accurate description. Yes, we have the best Congress money can buy.

We have had to stomach an unending number of mass murders accentuated by semi-automatic weapons. Yet Congress has refused to take action. The latest massacre, the slaughter of children in a school setting, has raised hopes that Congress will finally act.

Unfortunately, I remain skeptical. Our elected officials have placed more regulations on teddy bears than on guns. It is preposterous that an unlicensed person at a gun show can sell mass murder weapons legally. Presumably, the next massacre is being planned as I write.

Mr. Fenzel also makes another important point: "The U.S. is considered an individualistic society that values individual accomplishment, in contrast to collectivistic societies that focus more on the common good." Ideally, the awful deaths of the schoolchildren and the women working at Sandy Hook would give our elected officials the impetus to finally confront the violent gun culture that permeates our country. But I remain pessimistic.

After this tragedy is off the front page, it will probably be bloody business as usual. The manufacturer will design the mass murder weapons and ammunition. Workers will ignore the ramifications and produce the firearms. The gun dealers will gladly sell the product. A mentally-ill person will use the weapons to engage in combat against defenseless people. And the blood will flow again.

Max Obuszewski, Baltimore

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