Self-control is key

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A recent letter “At Times People Are Glad They Didn’t Have Guns” (Jan. 16) asks if “pro-gun people” can “grasp” the “abstract” question of whether you have ever been glad that you did not have a gun. The writer states that sometimes he gets angry and a gun would not be a good object to have. The implication is that people have no self-control and can easily be goaded into acts of extreme violence, and therefore weapons must be kept away from people.

When my dad was in grade school the boys would bring their shotguns to school to go hunting immediately afterward. There were fistfights on the playground, but no one ever thought of using a gun. Why could children be trusted with this responsibility 50 to 60 years ago but adults can’t be now?

In those days people were brought up with respect and accountability. I wonder if “gun-control people” can grasp the idea that there is a problem with our society, not guns.



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