I may never agree with Michael King's idea of what constitutes common sense gun control [“Point Austin: We'll Always Have … Mass Murder
,” News, June 6], but I have to say Texas open carry advocates who are carrying semi-auto carbines on a sling in a front-ready position are doing more harm than good for their cause. I agree that there should be legal open carry of defensive pistols in Texas. Mainly in case a concealed carry holder's pistol should inadvertently be seen by someone, it wouldn't be a crime. Colorado and New Mexico have open carry of pistols and it doesn't seem to be a big deal there. I think if someone is responsible and law abiding, they should be able to own an AR or an AK. I just don't know if you'll ever make people desensitized to people walking around holding them.
Mass murder, whether it's the three people [Elliot Rodger] stabbed before the three people he shot, is terrible. But there is a certain amount of risk that comes with living in a free society. It's hard to remember that murders that occur where one guy kills more than two people only account for about 3 or 4% of all murders. That overall violent crime and the murder rate has dropped by about 50% over the last 20 years. Mass murders make for a good news story and they are tragic to those involved, but California has in place all the gun control laws that the U.S. failed to pass last year, and it didn't stop this guy from doing what he did. So how would more gun control laws have stopped it?