We are urging U.S. Sens. Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott to support common-sense legislation designed to curb the gun violence stalking our country like some deadly, incurable disease. Our hope is that other South Carolinians will do the same. We hate seeing our country becoming an armed camp.
Of course we are aware of the Second Amendment. We agree with the notion that protection at home and the sport of hunting wild game are legitimate reasons for owning guns. In addition, however, we are keenly aware of the distortion of the phrase "the right to bear arms." Former Chief Justice Warren Burger, hardly a liberal, put the distortion in perspective in 1991: "The concept of a citizen's right to bear arms has been the subject of one of the greatest pieces of fraud -- I repeat the word 'fraud' -- on the public by special interest groups that I have seen in my lifetime."
Others have skillfully aired the talking points in favor of universal background checks, restrictions on rapid-firing weapons and improved treatment of the mentally ill. We won't recite all of them here.
Instead, we suggest one comparison: How many incidents can you cite in which the use of a gun prevented a home invasion? How many incidents can you cite in which the use of a gun, either in a fit of passion or an accident, has led to tragic results?
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Bill and Fran Bollin