Last Sunday's Opinion pages offered eight perspectives from local sources on President Barack Obama's recommendations for curbing gun violence in the nation. Today, we share our readers' comments on the issues.
I learned to shoot as a child. I was proud to win the marksmanship merit badge when I was a Boy Scout. I have no problem with responsible gun owners. But gun violence in the United States is out of control and must be brought under control.
The place to start is with the full set of proposals that President Obama recently announced. We should restore the assault weapons ban, ban ownership of high-capacity magazines and institute thorough background checks for all gun purchases.
There is no plausible interpretation of the Second Amendment that implies a right to individual ownership of weapons of mass destruction. Nor is there any compelling argument from self-protection or public safety points of view. On the contrary, the evidence clearly shows that both public safety and individual security would be significantly enhanced by reductions in the rate of gun ownership (See "The Geography of Gun Deaths," The Atlantic, Jan. 13).
U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-2nd District, will be asked to vote on these proposals in Congress. How she votes will be watched by her constituents. She may well face no more important decision during her time in Congress. If, as she claims, she is pro-life, then she must vote to put an end to the madness.
We do not need more gun laws. We need less attention paid to the bad guy. We need more attention paid to the affected families and communities or establishments. We sensationalize the villain at the cost of innocent folks.
One politician wants to limit the magazine size. Great, then shooters would just have to reload more often. Some politicians want to make more laws and we can't even enforce the ones we have on the books now. The often stated truth, "the bad guy can always get what he needs in the way of weaponry or drugs or what have you" should have been learned before now.
It has been well over a month since the mass shooting in Connecticut. Everyone has been blaming the mentally deranged person who committed this mass shooting.
We talk about sanctioning countries building nuclear weapons of mass destruction. Yet here in our own country we allow factories to build semi-automatic rifles that can kill in smaller masses -- which is happening more often that we care to mention.
Why not sanction these factories that build and sell these weapons to the military only? At least it would be the start of solving this terrible problem.
Charles R. Johnson
The National Rifle Association says we should continue to allow private citizens to buy guns without background checks at gun shows and that instead of outlawing assault rifles and large ammunition clips we should have armed guards in schools.
Well, if I were an armed guard sitting at the front of a school with my little pistol, I'd feel much more capable of defending the children and myself if I didn't have a known felon armed with a gun-show purchased semi-automatic rifle and a huge ammunition clip coming at the school. I understand that it's even legal for a private citizen to purchase a bullet-proof vest. The law enforcement community usually backs gun control, in part, because it doesn't want to be out-gunned.