To The Editor:
I am weighing in again on gun control.
A few weeks ago, I wrote to suggest that the NRA stay quiet while we citizens talk about the issue. I hit a nerve, but I realize now that there is more to say.
It was decided long ago that gun ownership was not limited to “a well regulated militia” and I am OK with that for those who must have guns.
But, like almost half of Americans, I do not own any guns because I never needed one to hunt or target shoot growing up in Chicago; so the Second Amendment was really never the one I thought about.
When gun control came up (as after the attempted assassination of President Reagan) I could not understand the heat and anger of so many gun advocates. I still don’t.
To me the president and other gun-control advocates are drawing a line in the sand that says: on this side are good people, responsible people who have licensed, registered and even insured themselves and their weapons.
There are those on the other side of the line who don’t take that responsibility. I have no idea why. No one is going to confiscate anyone’s guns. That would be an impossible task anyway.
I would like to see semi-automatic guns and large-capacity clips gone, but that is my personal preference. They are weapons only for the killing of human beings mostly used by the militaries of the world, and so I think they should not be in civilian hands.
The president and Congress must work out something that is a compromise between your preferences and mine that will keep all of us safe no matter where we are.