Readers React: The NRA’s belief that more guns make a safer society is insanity
To the editor: As a separate article by columnist George Skelton points out, the U.S. has “4.5% of the world’s population but 41.5% of its civilian-owned firearms.” At the same time, we’re seeing the use of lethal force by our police officers rightly coming under intense public scrutiny; and these are arguably the most responsible, highly trained and thoroughly screened bearers of arms.
The idea of putting more guns in the hands of more people as a strategy to combat the carnage wrought by firearms seems like the very definition of madness. Like children acting out a scene from a TV western, it’s easy to imagine scenarios where having a gun can save the day; but in the real world having more guns only escalates the level of violence, as statistics bear out all too clearly.
Brian Bennett, La Verne
To the editor: The National Rifle Assn. is not the villain in mass shootings. Blaming it would be like blaming AAA for drunk drivers who kill or for uninsured drivers even when the law requires everyone to be covered.
AAA represents lawful car owners, and the NRA advocates on behalf of lawful gun owners. How can either be blamed when someone breaks the law to kill?
To the editor: According to NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre, “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”
Well, let’s see now: You’re having dinner with your family when someone breaks in, you’re jogging when someone jumps out of the bushes, you are doing Pilates exercises when someone breaks in, you’re having dinner with some friends when someone breaks in, you are driving down the road when someone pulls alongside you, you are swimming in your backyard when someone shoots you — should I continue?
Charles P. Martin, Los Angeles
To the editor: Immediately upon the sad destruction caused by the radical Islamic terrorists in San Bernardino, the gun control supporters started singing their usual chorus. So I ask them:
I think everyone would agree that it’s the drunk driver and the bomber’s fault. So why is it always the gun’s fault?
Dennis Katz, Pacific Palisades
To the editor: As the debate continues on whether more people should be armed, let’s remember one thing:
Keep that in mind when you weigh the NRA’s argument. It sure smells like someone is getting played.
Jim Hughes, Los Angeles
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