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Don’t blame guns for mass shootings

Don’t blame guns for mass shootings

It's the person, not the weapon
Don’t blame guns for mass shootings
Students attend a prayer service at Parkridge Church in Coral Springs, Fla.
Photographer: Saul Martinez/The New York Times

I’m not an emotionless, cold-hearted person. I feel as horrible as anyone about the 17 lost lives in this most recent mass killing. Schools need to be safer, period. However, “gun control,” as most of the left pushes for, and to be fair, some on the right as well, needs to be thought of very carefully. 

What is “gun control” in their definition? If it means making AR-15s illegal, common sense will tell anyone that simply never works. Heroin is Illegal, correct? Shall we revisit Prohibition? The news media allows the AR-15 to be called an “assault rifle.” AR doesn’t stand for assault rifle. Please do some research. 

Now let’s play devil’s advocate here and say, OK, let’s make them illegal. The only two things that would accomplish are: 1) Putting AR-15s in the hands of only criminals and psychos. 2) Opening the door for any rifle to then be next in line for illegality. I’m not prepared to allow all of our Second Amendment rights to be eroded. If one gun is outlawed, others will follow. It’s so easy to use the “guns are the culprit” response here. What rifle would be next?

It’s a fact the FBI was tipped off to the shooter and it failed. Others came forward as well, and no one stopped this mentally ill person, who had spent a month in Maine in a place for people with mental illness(es). I’m all for not allowing people who have “issues” to buy guns. There needs to be a database for these individuals. 

If we become a nation where we can’t even have weapons for home defense or sport, only criminals will have weapons, not law-abiding people. That will cause a world of trouble. It’s a touchy issue -- I get it. But our Second Amendment rights must not change because high school students think it’s “the right thing.” After all, I’d much rather feel protected in my home than not. We can, I’m sure as a society and country, find a better solution. They didn’t “outlaw” pressure cookers after the Boston bombings.

Brian Baldwin
Burnt Hills

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