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Pat McMahon

It's time for America to grow up when it comes to gun control

It happened in Newtown, but it is the same old country.

Madman enters public place with weapons. Countless shots fired. Carnage. The shooter was a shy, quiet person who was not known by many. The primary crime weapon is said to have been some kind of high-powered rifle.

It all seems so familiar -- like a dirty-joke that keeps getting repeated -- only this time there is a big difference: 20 of the bodies belonged to babies who, when they woke up last Friday morning, still believed in Santa Claus and only a short time before a few had, no doubt, found a surprise from the tooth fairy.

Not one of them had an enemy, yet they were shot to death and the shooter -- that's how I will refer to him rather than dignify him with a name -- the shooter didn't buy his weapons from a shop or a gun show. He took them from his mother after he killed her.

Now there will be another hostile debate concerning what we should do about guns. Many want to ban weapons with extended magazines. Others say that's the first step to the government confiscating all firearms.

To that, I say, grow up. There are 20 citizens of Newtown, Conn. that never will.

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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