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Jim McCarty / Irrational fears drive gun-control foes

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Posted: Monday, December 24, 2012 12:01 am

I have experienced feelings of fear. I was shot at on a few occasions while working as a Philadelphia police officer. This sort of physical fear is rational; it is based on clear evidence that imminent harm is possible, or even likely. But over the last several years, I have noticed that the tone and tenor of political discourse in this country has increasingly focused on fear, including fear of "government tyranny," fear of violent crime, fear of certain religions, fear of economic loss, fear of those who are unlike "us" in some way, etc.

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