Better, more responsible gun ownership laws required
To the editor:
“Stuff happens,” says presidential candidate Jeb Bush, responding to the massacre at Umpqua Community College in Oregon. Ben Carson, another Republican candidate, declares that gun rights are more important than “spilled blood.”
I wonder if these men would have the same cold-blooded sentiments if their children had been gunned down in their schools by a lunatic with an AK-47.
Eighty percent of Americans want stricter regulations on guns, but that’s almost impossible with the National Rifle Association (NRA) feeding people’s fear 24/7 on Fox News and other right-wing mouthpieces.
No, I’m not talking about banning private ownership of guns. That won’t happen in this country. I’m talking about common-sense rules such as requiring stricter background checks of gun purchasers, a waiting period to allow angry people to cool down and to prevent impulsive suicides, and a ban on those huge magazines that allow killers to mow down dozens of people at a time.
According to NRA propaganda, lives will be saved if we all carry guns. Do you really think that those poor students in Oregon would have been able to save themselves if they had had guns? Think again. All unbiased research concludes that more guns result in more deaths by gun. That is a fact. Even the police are not able to react instantly to unexpected attacks.
Will reasonable measures prevent all gun violence? No. Because there are so many guns in this country, some deranged people with murder on their minds will eventually find one. But we can make it harder to do that.
If we don’t, more senseless murders will happen. More of our kids and grandkids will die. Next time it might be your son or your daughter. Are we going to keep wringing our hands about the latest mass killing and forgetting about it the next day? Our children’s lives depend on what we do – or don’t.