Have gun sense, not rhetoric
As a gun owner since age 14 when I was presented a .22 rifle by my father, I am appalled by the paranoia and lack of intelligent reasoning expressed by gun owners in Letters to the Editor. Particularly offensive was the statement by the Douglas County sheriff saying that he anticipates “armed revolution” should any gun control laws be enacted. This kind of incendiary rhetoric coming from someone who holds an influential position in local government does nothing to promote reasonable debate. It only adds to the paranoia by creating more hatred and misunderstanding.
At no time has President Obama or anyone in his administration proposed prohibiting the private ownership of hunting rifles or handguns for personal protection. Banning the sale of high velocity, rapid-firing rifles, handguns, and the magazines that hold massive amounts of bullets does not infringe on a private citizen’s ability to hunt or to own a weapon that is adequate for self-defense.
I am aware that a ban on purchasing assault type weapons will not end all murders by gunfire, but if it prevents even one mass murder, it will be the right thing to do. Instead of waving a copy of the U.S. Constitution in the air, shouting “Second Amendment!” and talking about armed revolution, let’s have some sensible debate.