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Posted: Thursday, December 27, 2012 10:30 am

Dear Editor:

(An open letter to our congressional delegation)

The good citizens of America are crying out, “Enough is enough!” Your profile in courage could help end gun violence. In memory of our 26 fallen angels, I would urge you to introduce a constitutional amendment to address this crisis.

The Second Amendment in the Bill of Rights states, “A well-regulated Militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

This 18th-century concept is obsolete. Today America has a well-established militia called the Pentagon. The “right of the people to keep and bear arms” must be secured. However, the clause “shall not be infringed” should be changed to “Congress shall have the power to regulate citizens’ use of firearms.”

This amendment should help our government protect generations of Americans from a pattern of abuse, violence and tragedy. Our goal should be to help America become a better place to raise a family.

Anthony G. Pilla
Forest Hills

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