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A Year after Newtown

America's Contradictions on Gun Rights

The initial outrage in the United States after a gunman killed 20 children in a school has faded. Indeed, many states have loosened and not tightened laws on gun control. In the meanwhile children have to go through "lockdown" drills in school to learn how to face possible violent events. Since the matter of gun rights is so related in the US to the concepts of individual liberty and the doctrine of self-suffi ciency, it is time perhaps that the latter concepts themselves were re-examined.

It is a low one-storied building, ­deceptive in its quaint charm. My daughter’s school stands in the ­middle of an inviting big playground, and you approach it by taking turns along a small road, lined by low houses, with their warm porches and slanting roofs now holding snow. Though you see no one around, you find that the school has a boarded up look; its formidable, highly secured front door almost like an imposing gate. This school is indeed very different from the other schools my daughter has been to, located in two different countries if I might add, with a lone or even a couple of security guards at the gate, and the accessible spaces of school beyond. But almost as you make this comparison, you know why it has to be different.

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