Letter: Guns really do kill people


In his letter of 8/15/12, Dale Gohr responds to my letter regarding the shooting at the movie theatre in Aurora, Colo., (it took place before the shooting at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin). He takes umbrage with my dislike of concealed weapon laws.

He says I am disdainful of those who carry around concealed weapons without a permit, training, background checks and psychiatric/psychological testing. He does what so many people who live in fear do when challenged about the need for sensible gun laws, he attacks the messenger. Attack, attack, attack seems to be the mantra of the pro-gun lobby in America.

Mr. Gohr claims that, "the least trained among us realizes that you should know what you are shooting at" but his assertion rings hollow and his rhetoric does not match the deeds of those who murder our fellow citizens indiscriminately based at least in one instance upon racial hatred.

The "morons" Mr. Gohr refers to in his letter all too often are the self-same "nutcases trying to kill as many people as possible." The fear and paranoia that exudes from those who demand we have absolutely no restrictions on gun ownership is palpable. It is not too surprising they do not want psychological testing; background checks or weapons training as a prerequisite for carrying concealed weapons.

Mr. Gohr takes me to task for expressing my very real concern over what could happen if you put a large group of strangers together in closed space, like a darkened movie theatre, and then postulate about the outcome of a significant number of those "morons" Mr. Gohr refers to in his letter, carrying concealed weapons and engaging in a knee-jerk, reactionary response to a mass shooting.

It is asserted over and over again by the fanatic gun advocates that, "if only someone had been carrying a concealed weapon on them; the tragedy would have been averted." The claim is nonsensical and everyone with the ability to think realizes the absurdity of such a claim.

For the benefit of Mr. Gohr, I will reiterate that I want you to own your weapons. Keep them in your homes (secured from children) for protection if you feel the need to do so. Use them to hunt with if that is your desire; just do not carry them around on your person with a Clint Eastwood, "Dirty Harry" "make my day" mentality that you believe empowers you to engage in vigilantism in violation of the law.

I am not trying to convince anyone that they should not retain their second amendment right to bear arms. I do assert that the claim that "guns do not kill people, people kill people" is absurd on its face. The idea that the proliferation of automatic weapons in the hands of untrained and unlicensed people who have not undergone a background check or submitted to a psychological and/or psychiatric evaluation is based upon a Second Amendment right is insane.

Recently, we have witnessed a shooting at a movie theatre, another at a temple of worship, one in Texas and one at an anti-gay activist center.

And, too, a shooting right here in Bridgeport where weapons were fired into a home from a car that had been fired upon from the home.

How many more must die to satisfy the blood lust of those who live in fear and who want to infect the rest of us with their paranoia under the guise of protecting their Second Amendment right to bear arms? Madness, utter madness stemming from fear motivated by greed.

John A. Bond



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