News and Tribune

January 28, 2013

Reader letter: Gun control legislation is sorely needed

— I just received a response from Todd Young regarding gun legislation. Even he stated that he is open to discussing reasonable measures to help prevent the horrific gun violence and mass murders that have shaken us up ... finally. 

I pray he doesn’t cave in to the threats from the gun lobby. He has young children. I have grandchildren. None of us should live in fear of sending them to school, the movies, church or the shopping mall. 

After all, the First Amendment guarantees our right to peaceably assemble, and the Fourth Amendment guarantees our right to be “secure in our person.” The Second Amendment cannot supersede or infringe on those rights. Nor does it provide for using weapons against the U.S. government. That would be sedition. 

Although some talk-jocks foment this bogus “fear of a government takeover,” pumping up the testosterone. They are pimps for gun manufacturers and the National Rifle Association. And they are making a lot of money for themselves.

There are 88 guns for every 100 Americans. To me, that looks like an addiction. It’s many more than any other developed country. Only places run by warlords have more guns.

Is that what we want? Everybody armed and dangerous, or afraid to go out the door?

The president has it right. Members of a society look out for each other. Otherwise, we can’t call ourselves a “society.” He would fail miserably if he refused to do whatever his office allows to lead us out of this environment of gun violence against innocents.

Ask your representatives if it’s more important that they get an A rating from the gun lobby or that they do everything they can reasonably do to ensure that their constituents can live without fear of being killed or maimed by these deadly weapons that tear up the organs and tissue of their victims. 

No real hunter worth his salt needs an assault rifle with a 30-round magazine. Anyone who “must have” a military-style weapon should join the military.

— Ruthanne Wolfe, New Albany