LETTER: Not having Bill of Rights doesn’t prevent gun crime

Mar. 15, 2013 @ 04:59 AM

To the Editor:

In their recent letters to the editor, Mark Coggins and Neil Rotter joined with the state news agency in China — the official voice of the Chinese government — to call upon the U.S. government to quickly adopt stricter gun controls. This will appeal to those who want to shred the U.S. Constitution.

Ironically, on Dec. 14, 2012, the same day of the Sandy Hook, Conn., school shootings, China suffered its own tragedy. A deranged man went into a school and stabbed almost two dozen students. The communist country has seen its own string of mentally disturbed people entering schools and attacking students and staff. Obviously, preventing its citizens from owning firearms and not having a Bill of Rights that provides fundamental liberties fail to curb these kinds of crimes.

It is baffling that the people in our government who want to disarm law-abiding citizens are the same ones who want to use drones to kill Americans. These are also the same people who think they can walk into a gun show and still buy a firearm with no background check or permit. Then, the Mark Cogginses and Neil Rotters of the world refer to others as extremists.

I am sure that well-armed neighbors would be happy to install “Gun-Free Zone” signs in front of Mr. Coggins’ and Mr. Rotter’s homes. This would better protect their neighbors and direct well-armed criminals to easy targets.

Jonathan Gonia

Sanford