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Redwood Falls Gazette - Redwood Falls - MN
  • Gun control does not work

  • I have learned over the years to have a healthy respect for weapons, because I understand they can be dangerous. What has become a source of frustration again in recent days is the issue of gun control, as many jump on the bandwagon after an emotionally charged event.
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  • I am not a gun owner, but that is not by choice.
    If I had the means, I would own a collection of guns, because I like them – especially handguns. I enjoy the way it feels when you shoot them, and, even though I am not really a big hunter I am one who enjoys getting out with my own boys (and often the girls, too) to do a little target shooting in the backyard with their BB guns.
    Some of my fondest memories of growing up are being out in the grove shooting cans with my brother and dad, and to this day can remember shooting my dad’s “deer rifle” for the first time.
    I cried.
    I have learned over the years to have a healthy respect for weapons, because I understand they can be dangerous. It is something I am passing on to my own kids. It’s not about being afraid of them but just making sure you are safe around them.
    What has become a source of frustration again in recent days is the issue of gun control, as many jump on the bandwagon after an emotionally charged event.
    That emotion leads to politicians talking about creating new laws making it harder for people to enjoy their second amendment right – the right to bear arms. While I would likely never own an AR-15, that, for me, is a preference. What I do not want is for someone to tell me I can’t have one.
    Gun control measures do not work, and that has been evident throughout our history.
    Do you remember the tragedy of Columbine? Among the guns used in that shooting were those which had been banned nationally at the time of the tragedy.
    In Connecticut, a weapons ban was in place when the school shooting occurred that included a ban on the weapon used in the Sandy Hook elementary shooting.
    You see, we all need to accept the reality, gun control measures do not stop people who truly want to kill others.
    What gun control does is takes away freedoms of those law abiding citizens who are merely enjoying the freedom to own and shoot guns.
    You may argue, there is no need for assault weapons in this country. What we classify as assault weapons is really a bit of a misnomer, because the word assault literally means to attack, and any gun of any type, even my old Daisy BB gun, could be classified under that term, as an assault weapon. Of course, there are those out there, those who are speaking the most vocally about gun control, who would love to get rid of all guns.
    Page 2 of 2 - While I agree there is a need to conduct background checks on those who would like to own guns, I also firmly believe we can’t let the government determine what goes into those background checks. Issues of mental illness are varied, and creating a generic mental illness provision is far to broad.
    I do not believe in the need to register guns.
    The reason for that stems from a World War II prisoner of war camp survivor who once told me the Germans rolled into his country, got the gun registration list and went door to door demanding every gun.
    If the weapon could not be accounted for, people were shot.
    There is no need for more gun control measures in this country. What is needed is a far deeper issue no amount of government interference can fix.
    In the immortal, albeit very loosely paraphrased, words of William F. Buckley, “get your government off my freedom.”

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