, Newburyport, MA


December 28, 2012

Talk of major gun control is foolish

To the editor:

I’m going to give you three examples why this talk about major gun control or a total gun ban is as foolish as the witch trials of the 1700s.

First of all, within the last day or so, there’s the story about the person in Webster, N.Y., who had just got out of prison from killing his grandmother with a hammer. Who set his house on fire and while the firefighters were responding, he shot four of the firefighters, killing two of them and a responding police officer was wounded as well, then the suspect killed himself. The suspect in the killings of the two firefighters has a sister whom he didn’t particularly like who is among the missing, too.

It’s obvious that after spending time in jail, this suspect had some mental issues, yet the state in their wisdom let this person out of jail. This person didn’t even have a firearm and he killed his grandmother.

Also, if this person just got out of prison, who gave him access to a firearm? It’s not the public’s fault that the authorities or whoever let this person have access to guns. Why should I and other law-abiding citizens be punished for the actions of either the state or irresponsible behavior?

When the shooter in Newtown, Conn., went on his killing spree, he too had psychological issues. His mother supposedly took him to the local gun range and taught him how to shoot. Somehow, he either knew where the keys to the gun cabinet were or she had the guns in a unlocked area for him to have access to. If she was trying to bond with him or give him an activity that would occupy his mind, she could have given him piano lessons or something.

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