Legislators & guns
The argument on gun control can be summed up by one sentence in the news story “Gun owners rally on Capitol steps in Harrisburg” (Jan. 24 and TribLIVE.com), in which Mary Beth Hacke said her son was killed by “a criminal firing an illegal handgun.”
Her son's murder is tragic, but there is no amount of legislation that would have prevented the murderer from getting a gun. He'd already broken the law.
The only thing that additional restrictions on gun ownership will accomplish is making some people feel better that they're “doing something,” but such restrictions will actually do nothing.
Rather than respond emotionally to tragedies, legislators should calmly and rationally analyze the data to craft laws that will actually have a positive impact, whether focusing on guns, armed security in schools or the circumstances regarding the mentally ill.
I, for one, won't be holding my breath.
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