LETTER: Gun laws should reflect 21st century realities

Feb. 28, 2013 @ 04:58 AM

To the Editor:

Joe Edwards starts off his letter to the editor (Feb. 26) with the old canard about only criminals will have guns if there is gun control. Criminals have guns because of our lax gun control. Criminals have guns because once they get declined at a gun store because of a background check, they go next door to the gun show and buy a gun there without a background check. More than a million criminals had been kept from getting guns legally at gun stores because of background checks. The only people that would be against background checks are those people who are afraid of failing one.

What good are tough gun laws in a city when the neighboring state has lax gun laws? It has been well documented that most of the illegal guns found in a city like Chicago have come from states with less restrictive gun control laws. It is here that Mr. Edwards uses another old saying that guns do not kill people, people do. That may be so, but it is people with guns that kill people. Isn’t that the purpose of a gun, to kill?

Mr. Edwards apparently believes that President Obama’s ultimate goal is to confiscate all weapons. Nothing that President Obama has said comes anywhere close to that idea.

I never said I was an expert, nor am I attempting to prevent anyone from defending his family, but individuals do not need an AR 15 to do so. Do they need a 30 round clip to do so?

As usual, a gun advocate never mentions the well-regulated militia clause of the Second Amendment, nor does Mr. Edwards contest that a delay in obtaining a firearm might prevent the death of an innocent person. Will additional gun laws prevent all violence? Of course not, but to do nothing would be inexcusable negligence.

This is not the wild west of the last half of the 19th century. There’s no calling someone out for a duel. There are no cattle rustlers running through my yard and no arrows flying through my windows. A firearm may have been an important fact of life in the 19th century, but we are now in the 21st century.

Neil Rotter