Letter to the Editor: Tired arguments
BY Eliot Glaser, Tulsa
Thursday, January 31, 2013
1/31/13 at 8:06 AM
I hate to break it to Ray Lancaster ("Wake up!", Jan. 21) and others who believe as he does, but guns do kill people, and assault weapons do so very efficiently, as that is their purpose.
I'll take my chances defending myself against a baseball bat, hammer, knife, or pen in a classroom full of chairs, books, and other potential defensive weapons any day - against a gun, not so much.
In fact, the very same day as the Sandy Hook massacre, a man with a knife in China attacked more than 20 elementary school children. Not one died.
Arguing that criminals will always obtain guns, and implying that therefore we shouldn't try to control access to them is about the same as saying that since illegal drugs are so easy to get, we shouldn't bother controlling them.
Is that really how we should do business - let criminals decide which laws we enforce?
As for the final argument that the Second Amendment is there to prevent tyranny: Does anybody truly believe that the Founding Fathers had so little faith in this grand experiment called the United States of America that they planted the seeds for its downfall in the Constitution?
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