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GUNS: Base arguments on reality, not paranoia

Letter by Scott Hackl, Orting on Jan. 23, 2013 at 9:08 am with No Comments »
January 23, 2013 9:30 am

Re: “Ultimate goal is civilian disarmament” (letter, 1-23).

Like so many on the pro-gun side of the ongoing debate regarding guns and gun control, the letter writer ignores the one major fact that renders his whole synopsis pointless: The U.S. Constitution does not allow the president or anyone else in this country to prevent its citizens from owning guns.

Despite the writer’s argument otherwise, the Supreme Court cannot implement disarmament. In order for President Obama to go down the road the writer suggests as inevitable, change to our Constitution would be involved. A constitutional change to disarmament requires that each and every state approve of the disarmament of its citizens.

Simple common sense dictates the impossibility of succeeding in such an endeavor. Removing weapons of war from our streets does not constitute nor suggest complete disarmament of the populace. Nor does registering firearm and their owners.

I am not not advocating one way or another on gun control but instead insist we argue our positions based on facts, reality and actual events rather than fact-free paranoia instigated by the fear-mongering that has become so commonplace in our country.

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