Palin said the gun control debate that typically follows a mass shooting only limits Americans' freedom.
"The first thing politicians ask after these tragedies is essentially: 'What can we do to limit the freedom of the people?'" Palin writes. "And that is the wrong question. The question we should be asking is: 'What can we do to nurture and support a people capable of living in freedom?'"
Palin also said Americans should promote a culture of "voluntary self-restraint" rather than passing new laws.
"A decent and moral society is guided by voluntary self-restraint," Palin writes. "The less moral we are, the more legalistic we become."
Thirteen people died in Monday's massacre, including the shooter, 34-year-old Aaron Alexis.
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