Letter: Time for some common-sense gun control

Letter: Time for some common-sense gun control


The Westerly Sun June 1 most welcome editorial: “Another notch for NRA Gang” cannot be dismissed that easily. Politicians who oppose common sense restrictions to gun ownership are really accessories (someone who gives assistance to the perpetrator of a crime) to murder. With class action lawsuits seeming crazy, does almost 30,000 annual gun deaths for the last 10 years in this country without nothing more than a congressional yawn seem sane? May 23 was the Santa Barbara mass murder provoking a most poignant question by Richard Martinez, the father of one of the victims: “They talk about gun rights. What about (his son) Chris’ right to live? When will this insanity stop?”

This is your world, your life and acceptance of over 85 gun deaths everyday (every 20 minutes) is every bit a fabric in this insanity. Years ago, muskets might have been used on the plains to secure dinner but these days, semi-automatic machine guns and dinner rarely appear in the same sentence.

The Second Amendment was passed in December, 1791, roughly 9 months after Vermont joined the 13 original colonies to become the 14th state, sneaking in before Kentucky became 15 a year later. The relevance is the Second Amendment passed, blanketed in the vision of a “well regulated militia,” with “regulated” meaning “disciplined” or “trained,” never meaning private ownership of battlefield weapons in the public square. Even accepting the twisted Second Amendment meaning of universal gun access for all, do you think common sense restrictions limiting Second Amendment privileges (I just won’t accept “rights”) is on equal footing to First Amendment right denial, which would limit someones right to free speech? If “Sticks and Stones might break your bones but words will never hurt you” makes sense for universal First Amendment rights, what is the logic behind Second Amendment universality which rests on a 14-state 1791 union with no practical 2014 gun application other than self-defense?

Hunting to murder innocently defenseless animals which cause you no harm?

Actions always speak louder than words and as Richard Martinez accurately admonished Congress, “I don’t care about your sympathy. Get to work and do something.” We need a Congress who defines getting to work and doing something other than voting to repeal Obamacare 50 times, with the last vote back in March as the Republican controlled House faced their worst nightmare: The awful reality that Obamacare is becoming successful enabling the “monetary income & wealth challenged” to obtain health insurance for the first time.

We know that: (1) 90 percent of Americans support common sense gun regulations, (2) gun fatalities are projected to surpass vehicular fatalities in 2015, and (3) annual gun suicides in the US exceed 19,000. What we don’t know: exactly when Congress will pass common sense gun restrictions. Back to what we know: some people will never rest, myself included, until they do. Cat Stevens: “Cause out on the edge of darkness, there rides a peace train, Oh Peace train take this country, come take me home again.” Reservations not needed on the peace train where there’s room for everybody!

Jay Lustgarten


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