'Good guys' with guns not answer to problem

info@islandpacket.comApril 8, 2013 

"The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," said Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the National Rifle Association.

People who knew Nancy Lanza say she was "a good guy." She grew up with guns and respected gun safety. She purchased guns legally. A single woman, she felt she needed protection. The mother of a son with emotional problems, she believed introducing him to guns, taking him to the range for proficiency, having him complete the NRA safety course would help him develop self-confidence and self-protection. We are painfully aware of the tragic results of her good intentions.

Humans aren't easily divided into good guys and bad guys. Good guys sometimes make bad decisions, and if they do so with easy access to a gun, bad things can happen. A good guy with a gun might have a few drinks and believe someone has insulted him. A good guy with a gun might become enraged with his wife. A good guy with a gun might mistake a friend at his door for a criminal.

There is no perfect answer to stop the carnage we face every day, but it is imperative that we try. It is a dereliction of responsibility to shrug our shoulders, hide behind the Second Amendment, and let the NRA make decisions for us. Surely reasonable people -- gun owners, hunters, parents, teachers, politicians, citizens -- can come together to control gun use in our country.

More "good guys" with guns is not a solution.

Lynda DeLuryea

Hilton Head Island

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