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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Regulate guns, not colds

It's easier to purchase guns and ammunition in many states than it is to get non-prescription cold medication. That's an important standard to remember as the Obama administration prepares to unveil new gun control efforts.

The federal government requires positive identification and a signature to purchase pseudoephedrine, the decongestant at the heart of any effective cold tablet. Congress took action based on what it perceived to be a public safety threat by criminals who purchased mass quantities of the drug to boil it off into crystal meth.

It takes about 1,000 60 mg pills -- the average dose for four-to six hours of relief -- to make an ounce of crystal meth.

If only lawmakers would express similar concern over assault weapons, which require far less effort to create as much if not more destruction.

Yes, I know the Declaration of Independence doesn't mention good health, only life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. And the 2nd Amendment does not mention cold remedies either.

But if Congress can get its act together to impose registration on victims of colds, is it too much to ask for them to at least consider the victims of gun violence?

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