Letter: Outlaw automatic weapons?

Published 12:00 am Monday, December 14, 2015


In response to Edna Fosters’ opinion published on December 10th, 2015:

First of all, I would like to say that the ban of automatic weapons was established many years ago. The Gun Control Act of 1934.

The statement made about being an accessory to murder by opposing a ban on weapons is ludicrous. Then we have this: “Our Founding Fathers could not imagine using a weapon except to commit a crime or defend against it, with the exception of a hunting rifle.” Okay … Can we stop and read that again? Exactly what point are you trying to make? I am at a loss here.

“When did the worship of firearms begin?”

I wouldn’t use the word worship. Our Founding Fathers found firearms necessary and needful.

“How could you worship a weapon of mass destruction?”

Here we are with that pesky word of worship again. No one worships a gun. Stop over-dramatizing. Guns do not have brains, thoughts or feelings. They do not suddenly get up and decide to kill someone.

“I challenge the gun lovers of LaGrange to take any of these killer weapons and turn them in to the police.”

I challenge you, Ms. Foster, to open your mind and realize it is not the “weapons of mass destruction’s” fault. It is the person behind the trigger. A gun is an inanimate object. People that are disturbed are the real weapons of mass destruction.

Stop blaming where there is no blame. The real blame is on us, as a society.

When children are raised healthy and happy, to respect others, there won’t be a gun problem, as you infer. When that individual decides it is his/her RIGHT to terrorize others for his/her unhappiness, it is not a gun problem, IT IS a social problem.

Respectfully submitted,

Sherry Kazmi