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Jan. 16, 2013 @ 01:13 AM

In a guest column Jan. 3, Gerald Wong of Trinity wrote:
Guns will never be banned or go away, so we must undertake an even more drastic and maybe costly program, and I don’t know if it would even be constitutional. We must start to identify persons with a propensity for violent behavior at a young age. ... All children are tested at some point for their aptitude ... I propose that starting at an early age, all children be given a “Propensity for Violence” exam.
This may not help in the near future, but over time I believe we can start to see a pattern for most of those that “MAY” be destined to commit a violent crime and if that is possible, we put in place some extra stumbling blocks in their path to adulthood to gain weapons that they “MAY” use to commit mass murder.
This is a long-term effort that will take all people to support, from the NRA to the most liberal. But I think it is the only way to start to end the senseless killings by sociopaths or those that are tired of living and want to go out with a bang.

In response to Wong:
• Trudy Miller Lisiewicz: It’s not that I disagree with Mr. Wong at all, it’s just that I foresee parents objecting to their children being tested for a propensity to violence. They will scream and holler that “my child is being labeled as a future serial killer” instead of considering getting counselling for the child. It’s as bad as fighting the NRA, who will be right behind those parents. I wish to God I had an answer or suggestion. The best I can do right now is say, ban the sale of high-powered weapons to citizens. What do “we the people” need with automatic rifles? Otherwise, I support Mr. Wong’s efforts at least of trying new ideas to consider.

In response to Lisiewicz:
• mrmike: Would you really trust the government to decide if your child had a propensity for violence? Keep in mind that these are the same people who sold guns to Mexican drug cartels. Ever heard of Fast & Furious? Ever heard of government sterilization programs? Our Founding Fathers didn’t trust the government, why should you?
And what about the 300 million guns that are already in our country? Do you think the government is going to round them all up? Why do I need a semi-automatic rifle? (Automatic rifles are already illegal.) To protect my family against anyone else with a semi-automatic rifle. The cat’s out of the bag, and it’s not going back in.

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