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GUNS: Learn lessons of Prohibition, drug war

Letter by Francis E. Jeffery, Lakewood on April 5, 2013 at 2:01 pm with No Comments »
April 5, 2013 2:06 pm

The Spanish philosopher Santayana said that those unwilling to learn the lessons of history are condemned to repeat them.

Some of us remember Prohibition of alcohol. This gave rise to the gangster culture in major cities. Then Timothy Leary taught, “Turn on, tune in, and drop out” – leading to the drug culture of today.

The present “gun control” mania will create the same expanded market for firearms of every construct. The selling market has escalated. Just as it is difficult to apprehend drug dealers and their stock in trade, so it will be for the illicit traffickers in firearms and ammo. The result will be an excess equal to the liquor and drugs we are unable to legally control.

Unlearned lessons from Prohibition and the drug wars lead to today’s desire to retain and obtain firearms. The owner of a firearm uses it to hunt, to do target practice, or for protection of self and family. The failure of some to exercise a common-sense approach cannot be used as a broad-brush treatment of all firearms users and owners.

The shooters in recent instances used legal weapons and stolen ones. A salient factor is that each of the shooters was under psychiatric care and used prescribed psychotropic drugs.

Each also sought “gun-free” areas. They may have had a mental problem, but they were not stupid.


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