Offering thoughts and prayers isn't cutting it anymore these days when a whole room of 5-year-olds get shot or 500-plus people get shot randomly at a concert or 26-plus people including a 17-month-old get shot while at church. We hear all the time that guns don't kill people, people do. Well, tell that to the parents of the 5-year-olds or to the families in Texas or to all the families in Orlando or Las Vegas.
We hear all the time about the Second Amendment. We have banned machine guns and we still have the Second Amendment. After President Ronald Reagan was shot we banned Saturday night specials and we still have the Second Amendment.
Ninety percent of Americans support universal background checks and yet Congress does nothing because they sold their souls to the NRA. Background checks would not keep people from owning guns who were able to pass a background check. Period! We have never closed the background check loophole so we cannot say that the law does not work because we have never had a comprehensive law that could work.
We talk about the serious drug problem and the mental health issues in our country but that is all it is, talk, because without money to fund treatment we will get nowhere. Yet the president wants all kinds of laws to deal with the drug problem. But drugs when used properly do not kill people — people who misuse drugs kill people and themselves.
There are few absolute rights when we live together as a society. We follow zoning laws, traffic laws, tax laws, noise ordinances, immunization requirements, leash laws, etc., all geared to public safety.
When are we going to deal with one of the biggest safety issues of all — indiscriminate gun ownership.?
There are just some people who should not have access to guns. Period!
Claudia Volk, Wilton