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April 11, 2014
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Letter: Use common sense and learn safe handling of firearms in Douglas County

Gun safety, not zero tolerance

”Zero tolerance” means the people passing laws and ordinances have zero common sense and logic. They assume those required to enforce their misguided laws are similarly deficient.

We actually disciplined a child for pointing his finger at a playmate and saying, “Bang.” Office staff called the police on a high school student after he reported to the office that he forgot and left his rifle in his truck after a hunting trip. We bust a student for drawing a picture of a gun or eating a Pop-Tart into the shape of a gun.

Are we Americans really so stupid?

Guns are here forever; liberals need to get used to it. Passing more laws restricting guns is fool-hearted. We should be teaching our children about guns first with instructions and videos in grade school such as:

1. Never touch a gun without a responsible adult’s permission.

2. Always treat a gun as if it were loaded.

3. Never point a gun at anything you don’t intend to shoot.

4. Unloading an automatic pistol is not complete by simply removing the magazine.

Have high school classes with hands-on training and an on-campus gun range. I recently visited the website of Roseburg Rod and Gun Club. There was a photograph of an instructor and youth. The audience was also mostly the young learning about guns. This should be what we see in our schools.

Have you all heard these sayings?

“If guns were outlawed only outlaws would have guns.”

“What additional gun laws do you think the lawless will care about or abide by? It only punishes the law abiding and makes situations and places less safe.”

“The most dangerous places are those that post ‘gun-free zones’ or similar places inviting the bad guys.”

William D. Smith


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The News-Review Updated May 27, 2014 10:36AM Published Apr 11, 2014 12:32PM Copyright 2014 The News-Review. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.