Gun control answers not easily served up

info@islandpacket.comDecember 26, 2012 

Gun sales are up since the shooting in Newtown, Conn.

One fellow bought three assault-type rifles at the Mills Fleet Farm in Fargo, N.D. (obviously speculating in gun futures). Nothing can be done about those guns unless house-to-house searches are authorized, and the last time I checked, that is unconstitutional (for what that is worth these days). The National Rifle Association correctly claims that most gun owners are responsible. The killer was not a gun owner.

I can think of changes in the law that would make it more difficult to purchase high-capacity magazines, but virtually every popular handgun, hunting rifle and shotgun is semiautomatic (one pull on the trigger equals one round of ammunition fired). Handguns were banned in Chicago, and gun crimes increased.

I, like everyone else, would like to see this insanity stopped, but for the life of me, I cannot articulate a gun law that would make a difference. Everything I hear gives more control to the government, fewer freedoms for the people and does little or nothing to curb gun violence.

I am not a member of the NRA, and the only firearm I own is a single-shot, bolt-action Stevens .22-caliber rifle my father gave me on my 11th birthday in 1948. I am still grieving and crying over the senseless loss of human life in Newtown, Conn., and pray that it won't happen again. Maybe it would help if we all prayed for peace and security.

Roger Mitchell


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