Re: “To prevent gun violence, pick battles carefully” (editorial, 1-18).
Your editorial was one of the most balanced gun control pieces I have read to date.
I am one of the “hard-liners” you are trying to influence. For me, the Second Amendment serves two purposes: It gives me the right to protect my family and the ability to fight against a tyrannical government.
The same day’s paper laments having a firearm in the home makes you more vulnerable to firearm violence. Well, of course it does. I don’t own a zebra, but if I bought one my chances of being harmed by a zebra would certainly go up.
Many anti-gun advocates insist that the U.S. population has no chance against the government’s superior technology. After 11 brutal years we are exiting Afghanistan and conceding power to the Taliban. The U.S. has more people, owns more firearms and is a much larger country.
The propaganda machine is telling us we are awash in a violent gun culture. The FBI statistics for the last 20 years prove otherwise. As private firearm ownership has increased, violent crime has decreased.
Surrounded by children, President Obama was recently quoted as saying that “if there is even one life that can be saved, then we’ve got an obligation to try.” This is our common ground. I have to wonder how many more young lives could be saved by banning elective abortion instead of 30-round magazines.