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Obama's tears are not enough, the US must tackle gun control

Bette Browne

Published 17/12/2012 | 17:00

Why is it that the most powerful nation on earth cannot protect its children, we asked after the horror of the latest massacre of kids in America? How can we explain it to our children? We tell them there are some bad people in the world who do bad things but that the world is about more than this. We tell them that because we dare not tell them the truth.

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Most of us who have lived in America know the truth, however. We know that it's about political cowardice. The stark truth is that America is afraid to take on the National Rifle Association (NRA) and its fellow travellers who infect the country with weapons and call it a right, a right more powerful than the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

The gunman in the Connecticut shooting blasted his way into the elementary school and then sprayed the children with bullets, hitting some of them as many as 11 times. The children – 12 girls and eight boys – were all six or seven years old.

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