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GUNS: Problem is with people, not weapons

Letter by Francis Gamotis, Puyallup on Dec. 24, 2012 at 1:42 pm | No Comments »
December 24, 2012 1:45 pm

Every time there is a mass shooting, there are numerous calls for stricter gun control. Many of these call for banning the type of weapon used in the shooting (this time it’s the Bushmaster).

Often it is said that one doesn’t need an automatic assault rifle for self-protection or hunting, which is true. What these people fail to recognize is that the Second Amendment was not written to preserve the ability to hunt. It was written to preserve the ability to resist an oppressive government (at the time England). They were preserving the right to have military weapons, thus the reference to the militia.

The states have what we call the National Guard, under the command of the governor. This was instituted to protect the state from the federal government. If a government wants ultimate control of its citizens, it first disarms them.

Many of the recent mass killings have been by individuals that family and friends testified were unstable or mentally ill. We’ve taken away the ability of society to keep the mentally unstable individual hospitalized. We medicate them and put them back on the street. However, there isn’t necessarily someone available to ensure that they keep taking their medications.

Couple this instability with a constant fare of gratuitous violence (TV, video games, movies) and you have the proverbial smoking gun. The problem is not the weapon; it is the individual wielding the weapon.

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