Reader responds to letter
regarding regulating guns
Tuesday, April 10, 2012 8:42 AM
"Better regulation of guns" was the topic of a letter from Yvonne Nyenhuis in the April 2nd Bluff Country Reader. I think we all can agree the misuse of guns should be forcefully discouraged. Ms. Nyenhuis apparently feels the best way to do that is repeal the Second Amendment, repeal the Castle Doctrine and legislate the NRA out of existence. She obviously feels the right of law-abiding citizens to defend their family and property has gone out of style in our modern world.
I have the same desire to eliminate the misuse of guns, but a very different approach.
First, freedom never goes out of style. Crime only gets worse when law-abiding citizens are not allowed to own and use firearms.
Second, crime rates have plummeted in every state that has adopted "conceal and carry."
Third, plenty of laws exist regarding the use of firearms to commit a crime. What is needed is better and more severe enforcement of existing laws.
Fourth, it is impossible to achieve a drop in the crime rate by disarming law-abiding citizens.
Fifth, let's encourage responsible gun use and ownership by law-abiding citizens and insist that government officials punish criminals to the full extent of the law. (Two items that are encouraged by the NRA!)
Jeffrey K. Erding,