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May 8, 2014

WALLACE: The power of positive debate

Tonawanda News — I recently got into a rather lengthy debate with a co-worker over normally hot-button issues like gun control, politics and religion. 

I know, religion and politics are usually taboo subjects that you shouldn’t touch with a 10-foot pole if you can help it. Especially if you want to remain on good terms with the person. 

But surprisingly, I am happy to say that it was not at all a “heated” debate even though we were very much on opposite sides of the spectrum when it came to our opinions and beliefs. 

I am what some might call a “bleeding heart” liberal — a label I wear with pride, actually. 

My co-worker is much younger than I and a self-professed Libertarian who supported Ron Paul in the most recent presidential election. She is also a supporter of the Second Amendment, you know, what some call their “God-given right to bear arms.” 

Just a point of clarification, nowhere in the Bible does it refer to guns because they did not exist. And furthermore, there is no mention of God in the Constitution or the Bill of Rights. 

I honestly cannot tell you how we got started on the gun-control issue in the first place. 

My position is, first and foremost, not to ban all guns or to be a “gun-grabber” like the pro-gun supporters like to call anyone who supports gun laws. I support the SAFE Act and feel that it is a step in the right direction to make New York a safer state. There are aspects of the law, like the seven versus 10 round magazine limit, that I feel are futile and unnecessary. But I do strongly believe that assault-type rifles and high-capacity magazines have no place in our society.

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