Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Virginia Tech and Gun Control

Listening to National Public Radio today, a caller asked that Congress not rush to consider any gun control legislation. He used the worn, old mantra guns don't kill people, people kill people. Well, sorry but that's not true. People with guns kill people. The availability of guns made it possible for this young man to kill so many people on the campus of Virginia Tech University.

I should add, before anyone accuses me of being anti-gun, that my father was a gunsmith and a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association. He taught me to hunt and was also very particular about gun safety. While certainly a sportsman, he did not believe that anyone should be able to purchase any type of gun they desired.

Say what you want about the 2nd amendment of the Constitution, but I don't see it as an absolute right to own and possess any type of gun, just as the 1st amendment doesn't allow for an absolute freedom of speech. Of the many things that may come from this tragedy, some sensible gun legislation would be a good place to start.

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