Letter: It's time to enforce the gun laws we already have

Editor:

I would like to thank Mr. Melton for the extensive research and care that he put into writing his opinion and commentary on Gun Rights, Jan. 13, 2013.

A person who is determined to kill will always find a gun and ammunition so that he can murder/kill the person or persons who they want dead. This is just human nature.

After the assignation of President Kennedy in 1964, the majority of the current gun laws were put into place. Child psychologist told parents that disciplining children would damage their psyche. Children were given more rights than their parents who were supposed to raise them.

The common denominator in all of the recent shootings, which occurred in Arizona, Colorado and Connecticut were committed by students or persons that were mentally disadvantaged. Who are we to blame? Hollywood, for glamorizing violence and killing? NO. It's not their responsibility. They are just making a movie on how to kill. This is acting, or better yet story-telling. Is it the parent who buys the video game or the tickets to the violent movie? It's rated "R/Mature" and you must be 18 years old to play the game, or watch the movie. Mom or Dad buys the movie ticket or the video game, so the child is appeased. Parents are supposed to be responsible people. Instead they are just doing what their child wants.

Now the outraged public is calling for more gun laws and controls. There are enough gun laws and controls already in place. They are just not enforced. Our courts don't support the gun laws, the Business that sell guns are not check up on, so why should they comply with the laws. If they get caught, and it's a first offense, they just get a slap on the hand and told not to do it again. The Judicial system is not being responsible either.

The Second Amendment guarantees me the right to own and carry a gun. However, I have a responsibility to know right from wrong; to exercise common sense, and respect my fellow man, and cause no harm. I have the right to protect and defend myself, and my family. However, I do not have the right to murder or kill other people. Just as the government does not have the right to abolish my Second Amendment rights to owning a gun.

Linda Walker

Cottonwood

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