Educate people on guns; don't impose more rules

info@islandpacket.comDecember 19, 2012 

In response to the Dec. 7 story "Gun culture too ingrained in American sports culture": Gun control is not the answer; better education about guns is.

As the daughter of a policeman, I grew up with guns in my home, yet I knew that I was not to touch those guns. I have married two men from different parts of the country, both hunters and skeet shooters, so guns have continued to be a part of my life. I sponsored a high school rifle team, which boasted some of the finest shooters in that part of Virginia. My husband, my son and I are all competitive skeet shooters. Yet none of us has shot another human being.

Perhaps no one should be allowed to purchase a gun unless they can show, as one must do when first getting a driver's license, that you know how to use the gun and have passed gun safety courses. Still, such driving education does not prevent thousands of deaths each year, especially among young people who text and make phone calls while driving.

I, along with millions of other Americans, sadly regret Friday's shootings in Newtown, Conn. However, we will probably never know the reason for the shooter's actions. The guns were legally owned; it is obvious he was mentally ill -- no excuse, of course.

But more extreme regulation of gun ownership will simply handicap law-abiding citizens. Those who want them for the wrong reasons will still get them

Education, folks, not control, is the answer.

Sunni Bond Winkler

Hilton Head Island

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