After the tragedy in Newtown, we are all hurrying to choose sides and argue about gun control — as we do every time there's an horrific shooting incident ("Battle lines form in gun debate," Dec. 19).
Gun owners correctly cite the Second Amendment as guaranteeing everyone the right to own firearms, while opponents cite the victims' right to life that has been denied.
May I suggest that we examine our expectations concerning "rights?" It seems that we have come to expect that our Constitutional rights are both sacrosanct and limitless, with no responsibilities, checks or balances attached.
I once read that one's rights extend only to the boundaries of the rights of one's neighbor. If that is true, then the only world in which rights could be limitless would have a population of one.
If we cannot come to appreciate the limits and responsibilities the come along with our rights, we are surely doomed to a barbaric state in which Newtown-like incidents will become far too common to be newsworthy.
Thad Paulhamus, Baltimore