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At least one newspaper editor has a clue.

From the Beloit Daily News of Beloit, WI.,

The problem isn't that America is making guns. It's that America is making thugs.

THE PROPOSAL in the General Assembly calls for restricting Illinois buyers to obtaining no more than one handgun per month.

What's wrong with that?

Presumably, for most people, nothing. It's doubtful many law-abiding folks buy one handgun a year (or, probably, 10 years), let alone one every month. Such a restriction would not be an imposition among this population.

And that's the trouble with gun control plans. The people who abide by the law aren't the problem. The outlaws who routinely ignore the laws would ignore this one, too.

THEN WHAT IS accomplished, in the end? Not much.

Rather, such proposals are the stuff of feel-good political posturing. Advocates can tout their anti-gun violence credentials and decry the power of the gun lobby, which is demonized for being insensitive to the threat to American innocents.

“To limit handgun purchases makes all the sense in the world, especially at a time when 22 of our schoolchildren have lost their lives since the beginning of the year,” Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich said.

Apparently, we're supposed to forget the fact that the Northern Illinois University gunman acquired the weapons legally.

Like we're supposed to forget the fact that the Virginia Tech gunman also acquired the weapons legally.

NO LAW CAN PREVENT its own violation. Individuals who have no respect for the law or the rights and property of others will defy each and every law passed with the intent of controlling their behavior.

The only ones impacted or restricted will be those who follow the laws and pose no problems anyway.

Besides, there's no shortage of gun laws on the books in Illinois or most states. The challenge is for enforcement, catching and punishing those who illegally possess or use firearms. Another law will not do anything to make good folks feel safer from the bad guys.

As is the case with most aberrant behavior in our increasingly crass and crude society, the threat of violence is rooted in cultural meltdown - lack of good parenting, lack of educational application, lack of discipline and consequences, tolerance of bad behavior and disrespect for others.

This slimy cultural underbelly is rotting the fabric of America's character. Gun control laws, like so many other well-meaning but ineffective efforts, treat symptoms while leaving the cancer to rage. Bad decisions and anti-social behavior require condemnation and consequences. A society that cannot arrive at and live by shared values and codes of conduct, is a society in danger of extinction.
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