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Letter: Gun control, gun violence, assault rifles

Posted: February 26, 2018 3:59 p.m.
Updated: February 27, 2018 1:00 a.m.

After this latest, sad, school shooting in Florida, the cries from the gun-grabbers has grown ever louder. And, they have even enrolled the children to speak on the issues of gun control and taking assault rifles off the market.

I ask everyone the question: just what is an assault rifle?

I took it upon myself to travel to a major gun store outside of Rock Hill to look into this matter for myself. I walked in and immediately went to where the rifles and shotguns were on display. It was a very busy day, and there were many shoppers in the store. The customers handled many of the long guns and sporting rifles looking for one that they wanted to purchase. The guns came off the rack and back in the rack, one after another, for the few hours I watched.

In all that time, I did not see one shotgun or rifle -- pump action, bolt action or gas operated -- assault anyone. As a matter of fact, it was like any other store, customers looking to buy a product. But not one assault by a rifle was observed.

I then went to where all of the revolvers and pistols were on display. Much the same picture, with hundreds of guns on display and being handled by customers ready to buy. I thought, for sure I would see some gun violence there, but again nothing happened. The guns came out and back into the display,  back and forth for hours, and nothing happened, no violent guns were found.

I thought that I had wasted away my day, only to come to the conclusion that all of this violence and assaults are created by people, not guns!

By definition, assault is a violent physical attack. Guns cannot do this. People assault other people. By definition, violence (violent), is the use of physical force so as to injure, abuse, damage, or destroy. Once again, guns are incapable of doing that. Why aren’t the gun-grabbers blaming the human? Why don’t we have mental health facilities anymore? Is everyone in this country now sane? I don’t believe so.

And then we have all of the talk about gun control. All of the rifles, shotguns and handguns that I watched for hours on end didn’t seem to need any control. There weren’t any rifle assaults or were any violent guns found in the store.

Gun control is gun confiscation. Period, end of discussion. Guns don’t need control. It is the perpetrator that makes guns bad. Guns do not do evil things on their own. Evil people do!

These are the clichés, the gun grabbers use. They blame the guns, not the person, or persons pulling the trigger. This Florida kid could have used a car, or perhaps a bomb like Timothy McVeigh did in Oklahoma City, and killed many more if there weren’t any guns available to him. Gun control/confiscation only hurts the law-abiding citizen. Criminals and law-breakers will get guns or anything else to complete their mission of destruction.

What we need to do is to secure the schools. No trespassers should be able to get anywhere close to the school, and certainly not be able to gain entry. We have secured courtrooms, the House of Representatives, the Senate, the president, airports, etc, and we cannot protect our children? Shame on the civic “leaders” They have dropped the ball.

Secondly, this kid was a huge problem. Police were called to his mother’s house over 25 times, and this kid is not on a watch list or in a mental health hospital? Oh, that’s right; all of those institutions have been closed. Why? Aren’t there any Americans with mental health issues anymore?

We all need to be vigilant in these times. If you see something, say something. And, if you think it has fallen on deaf ears, go on to the next level, until some agency wakes up and prevents this from happening. It is truly amazing, that after the fact, all of this information comes out about the perpetrator, but none of that information was used to prevent the horrible crime from happening.

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