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This week I called my U.S. senators and House rep, as well as my state senator and state house rep, to demand a mandatory buy-back bill for military-style semiautomatic rifles and high-capacity magazines. These are weapons of war and they have been mass shooters’ favored weapons for decades. We need to get them out of civilians’ hands, as Australia did after the Port Arthur Massacre. Alas, I heard the usual hogwash about the Second Amendment and “not punishing law-abiding gun owners,” so I don’t expect any change. But perhaps if enough of us make our voices heard, they’ll listen and act.

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