In light of the rhetoric emanating from the gun culture of late, I am confused about so many things: They agree that dangerous people shouldn't have guns -- but how exactly to prevent this without background checks? And how exactly do background checks infringe the rights of "law-abiding citizens"?
And who exactly are these law-abiding citizens that I'm always hearing about, anyway? Weren't all murderers once law-abiding citizens? I'm sure the jails are full of people who proudly considered themselves to be law-abiding citizens -- until in a moment of anger they reached for a gun that was all too handy. So now they spend long days kicking themselves -- "Damn, if only I hadn't bought that gun!"
And would a doctor trained at the National Rifle Association school of medicine be taught that the cure for disease is more germs? And why haven't the governments in so many countries which virtually banned guns become tyrannical and out of control?
And why can we legally give a 5-year-old a gun? And if the 2-year-old sister he shot (Kentucky, April 30) had been armed would she be alive today? And if so, why couldn't the U.S. Army prevent the shooting at Fort Hood?
If you are a rational and concerned citizen who cares about the future of our country, please call and/or write your congressman and ask him to support the latest initiative for universal background checks, the bipartisan King-Thompson bill (HR 1565). The gun people are afraid of losing their toys, so you can be sure they are motivated to inundate congressional offices with daily calls. So far we have been losing this issue despite being the vast majority because we have not yet matched the gun people's enthusiasm.
Let's get to work -- the next Sandy Hook is coming.