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Saw something on Facebook saying we shouldn’t ‘politicize’ the recent tragedy in Aurora.

One purpose of the Constitution is to “ensure domestic tranquility.”  So anything that threatens that tranquility, such as heavily armed mass murderers, is by definition something government should be involved in preventing and punishing, which in turn makes it “political” in the best sense of the word- that is, an appropriate topic for collective debate.

I suspect what my friend really meant is “mass murder is not a persuasive argument for gun control.”  Which is exactly what this person should have said instead (and which I am not expressing an opinion on, seeing as how lots of people know lots more than I do about gun regulation, and have a wide variety of opinions).

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