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Firearms are not the only lethal weapons around

Editor:

Remember, Mr. Schultz, the only person that said, “it sucks to be you” to the parents of the children killed in the Newtown, Conn. elementary school shooting was you. Shame on you!

It’s too bad that you think that law-abiding citizens don’t deserve the right to own firearms. But greater men than you or I specifically gave us law-abiding citizens that right in the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. Not to mention, it’s also stated in the New York State Civil Right Law, Article II, Section 4.

You seem to want to speak about violent crimes in the USA. So. let’s do just that. Let’s look at a few statistics that are relevant to the firearm issue. When one checks the records kept by the FBI and the U.S. Dept. of Criminal Justice, one finds that there’s a different story. Many people are killed by the use of blunt objects, sharp objects and even feet and hands. In fact, in 2011, more people were killed by these objects than by assault rifles or plain rifles.

Now, according to Mr. Schultz’s thinking, we should make it illegal to own baseball bats, sticks, chair legs, pipes, knives, ice picks, pens, pencils, shaving blades, scissors, coat hangers, etc. The list is almost endless.

Let’s talk about just one of those objects, knives. Knives are used to kill thousands of Americans, every year. Interestingly, we don’t see any outrage regarding knives. Maybe the government should mandate that every law-abiding citizen take a safety course, before being allowed to own a knife. Maybe people must have a permit to own a knife. Maybe the knife cannot look like any military knife. Maybe the knife has to be locked up in a safe place. Guess what! NYS already has these laws in place, regarding handguns. Maybe we should have them for all blunt and sharp objects.

Oh, yes! You wrote about “spree killers.” If you look at the information available, concerning the situations you mentioned, almost in every case the “spree killer” was mentally unstable. Thank goodness they only chose to use a firearm. They could have just as easily decided to use a bomb. Google “bomb making.” It’s really quite easy to make a bomb capable of killing hundreds. Maybe the Newtown “spree killer” should have just placed a suitcase bomb in the school cafeteria.

Mr. Schultz, wasn’t it refreshing to read an article written by a law enforcement officer? I fully agree with him that there will always be evil people. I also agreed with his wanting the right to meet lethal force with lethal force. The Second Amendment gives us that right; provided we follow all the firearm laws in the state where we live.

Being a free man, I also believe in what Thomas Jefferson once wrote: “No free man shall ever be debarred  the use of arms.”

Richard Kazmark
Springville


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