Cumberland Times-News

December 24, 2012

Gun ban won’t solve problem


Cumberland Times-News

— Not even a week ago a man, a coward, shot his mother in cold blood. He then traveled to Sandy Hook Elementary School and continued his monstrosities.

Twenty children and six adults died before their time that day, many being innocent children. After wreaking havoc the gunman then turned the gun on himself a took his own life.

I could not imagine the pain these families are going through, especially at this time of the year. The torment the parents are going through right now after loosing the one most precious thing in their lives is unthinkable.

My deepest condolences goes out to the families of the children and teachers who’s lives were stolen that day. I mean in no way any disrespect to any child’s memory by writing this letter but I am writing to say something I believe needs said.

Shootings have been ever so common these days, however none have had the repercussions on gun laws quite like this one. Which I can understand, when children are involved it does change things, but I have a different view on how they should be changed.

People are saying, we need guns banned period! This idea people is ludicrous and will not solve any problem. Guns are not the problem the people behind them are, we need tougher regulations I agree, we need to ban ALL automatic weapons, I agree, we don’t however need to ban all weapons in general this will only cause more chaos and death.

Yes, banning guns will cause more death, and here is why. If you make guns illegal that will mean that no law abiding citizen can own a firearm. It will NOT however mean that criminals won’t.

Drugs are illegal, which stops law abiding citizens from doing them, yet to those who don’t care abut the law, they buy drugs, they sell drugs, and they do drugs.

If guns are illegal innocent people couldn’t protect themselves in the event of a break-in or any such situation, but the criminal would have a gun, the law wouldn’t stop them, just like it doesn’t stop them with drugs.

Making guns illegal will stop gun violence the same way Prohibition stopped people from drinking ... it didn’t!

Guns are not the issue here, if people like the teachers for example were able to have a gun in their desk I guarantee the number of deaths wouldn’t be as high as 26.

This is the problem, gun laws only hurt the honest citizens. I myself am a legal gun owner and an avid hunter/outdoorsman, as are many hundreds of thousands of legal gun owners.

We, my friends are the ones that would be hurt and punished if guns were banned. People who use them properly will pay, not the criminals.

However an alternative and good idea would be to tighten the laws and truly enforce them. For example make all automatic weapons illegal, no one needs automatic weapons but military men and women, do more detailed background checks which include psych test before you can buy a gun.

Also make it illegal to sell guns second hand, if a criminal knows he wont pass a background check all he has to do is go to any number of yard-sales, we need to make selling guns like this illegal.

This I believe would crack down on gun violence, especially the psychological testing, banning guns however, will not solve anything and will only hurt the innocent owners.

Andrew Day

Cumberland