Voiding the 2nd Amendment won’t solve the problem
After just reading the Dec. 21 letter by Robert J. Sanfilippo, I am beginning to wonder where your paper is heading. To even think about printing such trash is beyond me.
If we didn’t have the Second Amendment, we would soon turn into a communist country, which is evidently what Mr. Sanfilippo wants to happen. He hasn’t a clue on what is wrong in this country.
Try finding help for the mentally impaired and take a strong look at Hollywood, the graphic movies they produce, and to the people who produce the trash on videos. This would be a step in the right direction, Mr. Sanfilippo, not trying to remove guns from the law-abiding citizens.
Get your priorities in order and please rethink what you had just written. If everyone thought like you, we would be in trouble for sure.
The writer is a lifetime gun collector and NRA member.
UK has proven that gun control works
In 1996 in a schoolhouse in Dunblane, Scotland, 16 children, ages 5 to 6 years old, were gunned down at the hands of a deranged 43-year-old gunman. As a result of this crime, the UK [United Kingdom] banned the private ownership of all handguns and large-capacity rifles.
Thousands of weapons were turned in after this law was passed in the UK. Within a few years after the ban was implemented, crimes involving handguns went down by 44 percent.
In 2011 the number of murders committed using firearms in the UK was 58. The number of murders committed in the United States with firearms in 2011 was 8,775.
There is a plethora of statistics on the Internet and in print about the number of unnecessary deaths that are a direct result of our pervasive gun culture. Whether it’s the 17,000 suicides; 8,000 homicides; or the 700 accidental deaths, the easy access to all kinds of weapons has played a major role. Some people believe that we need more guns to prevent tragedies such as the one in Newtown.
In fact, Texas has laws that allow some teachers to carry guns in their school for student protection. Today, with over 300 million guns owned by private citizens in our country, we are still unable to protect our children.
Almost all the guns used in the multiple mass murder tragedies that have recently occurred in our country have been committed using legally purchased weapons.
The only way we will have any hope of changing this trend of death by guns is if our lawmakers pass laws similar to those in the UK.
* Ban the ownership of all handguns and high-capacity rifles and their clips.
* Prevent private citizens from purchasing body armor, and large quantities of ammunition.
* Only allow private ownership of rifles that have a capacity of three rounds or less for hunting and target shooting.
* Identify and register all ammunition and guns sold, and institute a six-month waiting period.
* Enforce a two-year prison term and a $100,000 fine for anyone who is convicted of violating these restrictions.
These are drastic measures that would have many shaking their heads and would result in an astronomical expenditure of lobbying funds by the NRA.
The NRA has been hiding behind an amendment that was written during a time of single-shot powder muskets and foreign government tyranny.
We are aware that the real goal of the NRA is to ensure weapons manufacturing profits. It is time for us and our lawmakers to make the tough decisions needed to end the cycle of violence that has taken over our country.