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Enforcement is the issue in gun debate

January 27, 2013
Joseph Stehr, Marshalltown , Times-Republican

I'm a gun owner. Guns have been in my family for generations. I took my hunter safety course when I was 14 or 15 years old, and I have respect for the destructive power they possess. It is obvious to anyone with common sense that not everyone has the physical or mental capacity to safely own and/or handle firearms. Just as most fireworks are banned in the state of Iowa, as the Fourth of July holiday approaches, you will hear the report of these banned items in your neighborhood.

Enforcement is the issue, not lack of legislation. You can make all the laws you want, criminals have no regard for the law. That's what makes them criminals. "I haven't done anything to warrant the loss of my liberty, so why take it?" will be the mantra of reasonable and responsible gun owners, from now until the end of time.

I have supported the NRA in the past, as they are advocates of the second amendment, however I do not agree with all aspects of the organization. They often times attempt to aggravate the situation in their literature, which makes one think they don't think much of the intelligence of the American public. They claim the federal government is using "scare tactics." Do you see the irony?

I do feel for all the victims of gun violence, that has never been suspect. Just remember one thing: that also includes gun owners.

 
 

 

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