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February 4, 2013

CUMMINS: How’s your 2013 going?


Bigger news, the National Rifle Association is fearful the newly ordained “tyrannical king” — as Sen. Rand Paul calls the president — wants to control your guns. The NRA has about four million members who buy Congress. More than 300 million Americans are not members of the NRA, and only a few of them buy Congress. At any rate, guns don’t kill children, evil people with mental illnesses do. If we strap a gun on every teacher, will it help teach Johnny to read the manual on how to shoot a gun?

Where did common sense go? What are the limits on weapons and ammunition? Was it common sense to prohibit machine guns in the 1930s? Was it common sense for the world to agree to control nuclear weapons? The issue is a volatile and fearful one. After the holidays, I went to a large sporting-goods store. It was a slow day with a few clerks standing around, however a customer had to stand in line to talk to one of the six clerks behind the gun-display counter. There’s nearly one gun in circulation for every American, as it was during the Wild-West days. There must be some way to “civilize” America without arming us all for a final shootout.  

In other sad news,  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton resigned. She’s been out of town to improve foreign-relations, and get away from Bill. Having visited 111 countries, nine during one 12-day trip, she wants to go home, and look for an easier job, like maybe president in 2016. 

The good news is that man is curious and that’s why Curiosity, the Mars rover, is digging into that surface 353 million miles away. We’ll look anywhere for signs of the existence of life forms, except forget digging into Congress, which is 354 million miles away. 

Did you miss the first lady, who is now wearing bangs, while other select American ladies adorn stylish combat uniforms. Since January was a month of combat, let’s celebrate February, which is the month of candy and flowers when Cupid takes aim. 

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