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Another 17 dead. Another day for Americans to send prayers, lower their flags, shake their heads. Many will grieve for countless days to come over their personal lose. Americans mourn with and for them.

So why hasn't any previous or this congress done something about gun control? There's that word — control. Rightly or wrongly, so many Americans don't trust the government. It's that basic.

History shows Americans that after disarming their citizens these governments could not be trusted with control:

Turkey 1915-1917 — 1.5 million Armenians killed.

Russia 1929-1953 — 20 million Russians killed.

China 1948-1952 — 20 million Chinese killed.

Germany 1939-1945 — 16 million Jews, Gypsies, Catholics, handicapped killed.

Cambodia 1975-1977 — 1 million people killed.

Guatemala 1964-1981 — 100,000 Mayans killed.

Uganda 1971-1979 — 100,000 Christians killed.

No data on Syria, Iran, Iraq or Egypt.

Again, rightly or wrongly, the majority of Americans vote for a full Second Amendment and believe in and apply to any Congress the old adage — "Give 'em an inch, and they'll take a mile".

Joan Marinello, Valparaiso


Local News Editor

Marc Chase is a veteran investigative reporter, columnist and editor of more than two decades. He currently leads The Times news staff as local news editor. He can be reached at 219-933-3327.