By Ron Malachowsky
Passions run fast and furious whenever innocent people meet an untimely end, as was brought into sharp focus once again by the shooting spree of a deranged killer in Colorado. The question is, can we tamp the flames long enough to have a reasonable discussion about the presence of assault weapons within the hands of civilians? Stop. Notice I said assault weapons and not handguns.
It is a given that handguns under the Second Amendment are here to stay, no matter your persuasion.
Malachowsky is a rehab physician assistant at the Salem VA Medical Center and is also an instructor in the Japanese martial art of aikido.