It seems to be supreme irony that on the same day as the front page held such horrifying news of the destructive use of weapons, drawn across the pages of the GO section in Friday’s paper is, of all things, a revolver, with the caption, “Your guide to fun in South Sound.”
I’m so upset with the recent use of firearms in the hands of children and adults alike. I am disgusted with the increasing violence in our country, in direct proportion to guns in the hands of so many, especially those who are amoral, have no sense of responsibility or who are too young to understand the power they hold in their hands.
What a great symbol it would be to ourselves and to the world if we had a massive “turn-in-your-weapon” week or month. What a great symbol it would be if we were willing to outlaw the selling, purchase and use of any multi-action weapon.
What if we were to become as serious as the majority of other nations about controlling the use of weapons to authorized personnel only? What if we were to allow only single-shot rifles to be owned and/or used by hunters? Most of all, what if we were to give up the mistaken concept of the “right of the ordinary citizen to bear arms” in times of peace?