Sensible gun laws

Here’s hoping that everyone had a wonderful Christmas, their minds are open, and they can put politics aside in the gun issue. I have an issue with the NRA on its wanting to arm teachers and school personnel. The argument that only “A good guy with a gun can stop a bad guy with a gun” does not wash, or as my relatives in the South say, “that ole dog won’t hunt.” The idea of arming teachers is idiotic in its premise. I’d like a teacher, especially in elementary school, to comment on this.

I’ll bet that most of you who are for this idea do not realize just what it takes in courage, conviction, and discipline to actually pull the trigger and kill another human being, no matter that person’s intent on harming you. How many of the teachers, principals, or even janitors could actually aim a gun at another with deadly intent? Educators are taught to dish out academics, not bullets.

Let’s do this: Ban all clips that hold more than 10 rounds. (Imagine a hunter, talking about the deer he just brought home, saying “I finally got that sucker, only took 30 rounds to bring him down.” Register all guns in a gun show with the local police before each sale, and require background checks on each buyer. And post in the newspaper the names of those who are buying those weapons, so that maybe someone who is not aware that a person is buying a weapon, but is aware that he is mentally disturbed, or has made threats (empty, so far), and then police could be notified so as to inquire a little deeper into that person’s intent.

Does any of this make sense to you?

Winifred Owens

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