Originally Published: December 23, 2012 8:05 p.m.
I'm not afraid of the "mentally unstable" getting firearms; sensible laws can mainly prevent that. I'm afraid of the "law-abiding citizens" who get firearms legally: the fellow who argues with a neighbor, runs in the house to get a gun, and shoots the neighbor; the driver in a fender-bender who hauls a gun out of the glove compartment and shoots the other driver; the man who shoots a person at the door who's unfamiliar; the mother of a mentally unstable son who nevertheless keeps guns in the house (and becomes a victim herself); the election crybabies whose idea of patriotism is to buy more guns.
If you're a member of the NRA, resign. Pressure your elected representatives to pass laws restricting private ownership of semi-automatic weapons and high-capacity magazines - and any other guns or ammo that only police and the military need. Demand that every firearms purchase require a background check. Fight the idea that we should all be allowed to carry guns everywhere. And if you're really serious about keeping us all safer, get rid of any firearm you don't need for protecting livestock, putting meat on the table, or for recreational shooting in an official venue. If you don't want to do any of these things, don't whine about mass murders. Worry about the danger to each of us from the community's love affair with guns.
Carol A. Hubert