In reading the Dec. 27 letter, “Time for stricter reading of right,” I am compelled to respond. As I am not fully in agreement with the NRA and the solutions to the problem, let me enlighten the writer on a couple areas. When is the last time he saw a gun go off by itself? If I could, I would take a loaded gun and put it on some politicians’, or judges’ desk and see if it will discharge on its own. Of course it won’t. You can use it as a hammer, a rock or anything else you want, but until “someone” reaches in and pulls the trigger, it will not go off.
When is the last time you heard of someone with a Concealed Pistol License committing a crime with a gun, other than in self-defense? I deal with many who are getting their CPLs, and these are honest, law-abiding citizens. These people are not the problem, so don’t go after them.
As for the military, I don’t know the details, but I believe the government is not allowed to use our military for hostile events within the confines of the U.S., is that not true? I am retired from the U.S. Navy and a Vietnam veteran, so I have been taught to “think” before I make irrational statements. As for the “thousands of armed gun-crazy individuals running around,” these are not responsible, law-abiding citizens, but thugs and hoods who will take over without the rest of us having some means of protection.
Please, think about what you are saying, and act in a rational manner. Another thought. Look at the rapid decrease in our military and our law enforcement, all over. At this rate, what was necessary in 1791, just may become necessary in the future, quite a stretch, huh?