Common sense about guns

By From page A6 | January 24, 2013

I feel compelled to respond to a letter by Jeff Boone in the Jan. 17 edition of The Enterprise. I not only find error with may of the statements made by Boone, I couldn’t disagree more with the general opinions he has stated.

Boone states that “death by gun (he indicates mass murders) is significantly more common in densely populated areas.” I don’t think Newtown, Conn., could be considered a “densely populated area.” Boone also has failed to mention that the most recent polls in this country tend to agree with the idea of expanding background checks, banning high-capacity ammunition magazines and banning assault weapons. But this may be where he criticizes “tyranny of the majority.”

I doubt that the families of the victims in Newtown feel that what President Obama is trying to do is a “trampling of rights.”

I actually do agree with a statement made by Boone. He indicated that “There are many common-sense things we can do to reduce the amount of gun violence in ways that do not trample the rights of law-abiding citizens of sound mind.” That is exactly what President Obama and Vice President Biden are trying to do.

Nobody is trying to eliminate the Second Amendment to the Constitution or take away people’s guns, except for banning assault weapons — and who in the world needs an assault weapon and a 30-bullet magazine to go hunting or even defend their home? Even the very conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia leaves open the possibility of banning assault weapons.

I urge all people to write their congressmen and congresswomen and implore them to support the president in his attempt to bring some real compassion and common sense to the gun controversy.

Greg Gibbs


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