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Focus on the shooter, not firearms


The recent massacre committed with the use of a semiautomatic assault type rife and handgun, especially involving the young innocent children at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., is very unfortunate and deplorable. Regardless of the type of weapons, the focal point should be on disturbed individuals that pull the trigger.

Historically anytime there is a killing with a firearm the focus has most always been with the firearm, more than with the person using the weapon to kill/murder. Bear in mind that a firearm or any other instrument of death by itself does not kill. The component that does the killing is the bullet With the latest massacre with firearms all the different agencies are jumping on the bandwagon in condemning all assault type weapons and handguns in general along with other burdensome restrictions, i.e., in decreasing the number of cartridges in a magazine and placing greater restrictions on ammo purchases.

Reducing the number of cartridges in a magazine would not realistically diminish the firepower with any semiautomatic weapon since a potential killer can wear am ammo belt or a bandoleer to carry several magazines and very little effort or time is required to reload.

As for the placement of armed law enforcement officers and arming the teachers, this would incur a great expense to the taxpayers and will unlikely halt any massacre.

Once a potential killer becomes aware that a school is armed to the teeth the killer would only select an unarmed target, i.e., a house of worship on the Sabbath day and annihilate the entire congregation.

All the above proposed remedial action is unrealistic and the logic is convoluted. New York state has the most stringent requirement for a concealed firearm permit, and the rest of the states could pattern theirs after the New York state permit and add certain amendment(s) if required.

As for rifles and shotgun ownership and acquisition, a logical and uniform requirement should be enacted.

There definitely should be a requirement that an intensive background check be performed as to grant or deny a firearm permit.

What definitely is not needed is a blanket policy that would restrict gun ownership with upright citizens. I urge all legal owners, regardless of party affiliation, to vote out all the incumbents who have their agenda in restricting legal gun-owners’ rights.

John H. Drewes


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