Gun Free Zones Make No Sense

RECEIVED Tue., April 9, 2013

Dear Editor,
    When people feel that “we have to do something” [“Point Austin,” News, April 5], caution is required to avoid emotional and ill-considered efforts that end up doing the wrong thing. Attempting to stop violent crime by blaming the tool is just plain silly. Using this “logic,” we need to ban crowbars, baseball bats, airplanes, and trucks carrying fertilizer. And what do the events at Columbine, Fort Hood, Aurora, Newtown, and many others all have in common? They all took place in “gun free” zones. These zones are places where law-abiding citizens are forbidden from carrying their guns for self (and other's) defense, but areas where criminals and crazies can commit horrific deeds uncontested. Preserving and expanding “gun free” zones makes no sense. Thinking that criminals will be stopped by “universal” background checks is equally ludicrous – there are many ways to illegally acquire guns. The reason why gun owners are against “universal” background checks is the associated registration, which makes it easy for legislators such as Sen. Feinstein (“Mr. and Mrs. America, turn 'em all in”) to spearhead new efforts to confiscate legally owned firearms. Confiscation of legally acquired guns has already occurred in New Orleans, New York, and California, so don’t think it won’t happen here. But most importantly, gun control laws, by definition, only affect the average, law-abiding American. Thus, only the criminals will have guns, along with some of the wealthy and politically important – just like in Mexico.
Mary Skiles
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