EDITORIAL: From fiscal cliff to gun control laws, country needs compromise in 2013

Dec. 29, 2012 @ 05:00 AM

As 2012 winds to a close, much uncertainty and concern remains in our nation.

Thus far, it appears that our country's leaders are failing to come together to avoid the much-dreaded fiscal cliff.

One would think that our leaders could compromise and come together to avoid this "cliff," which many expect to take the country's economy a significant step backward.

Few deny the need to quit borrowing and to pay down existing debt. Entitlements need to be curtailed, for sure, but the hard-line on no tax increases needs to be lightened. Yes, it's all about give and take. We all have to learn to sacrifice a little to take care of our obligations.

Alongside the fiscal crisis, our country is still reeling from a human crisis — and debating how tragedies such as the mass murder in Connecticut can be best prevented. Calls for increased gun control measures are at an all-time high, but it's hard to fathom that any person or group would call for the abolition of guns; gun ownership has forever been an American right and privilege.

However, it's hard to argue that anyone has a need to possess a firearm like a machine gun, or one that could fire 50 or more rounds at any one time. Nor does it make sense for private citizens to be able to buy a firearm at a minute's notice without proper checks. For instance, should anyone who has been convicted of a major crime be able to purchase a gun? And, should anyone with a history of mental illness be able to make such a purchase?

Then there is the the National Rifle Association's (NRA) suggestion of stationing armed security guards at our schools. On the surface, that doesn't sound so bad. Except, who would foot the bill? From where is the money coming?

The list goes on and on.

Sure, our country faces its share of issues. But as has been the case throughout its history, the United States is a great country that has survived many trials and tribulations.

We still have the greatest country in the world. Somehow, someway, we will continue to endure if we will only remember that we must work together and treat each other with respect.