Recent anti-gun letters

Re: the recent letter headlined “Gun-related violence” (Dec. 24).

I am an NRA member, so the question was directed to me. Here are two suggestions.

Mass shootings in this country date from the 1970s. What else happened in the 1970s? We closed the insane asylums and turned the inmates loose on society. Those who are mentally deficient, but sane, are not a threat to society and should be allowed to go about their lives. However, those who are not sane, e.g. sociopaths, do not abide by the rules (norms and mores) of society and should be returned to the asylums. Let us be honest, those recent shooters who were not shouting “Allahu Akbar” as they shot their victims were all previously identified as sociopaths.

When I worked in an office in Chicago, I had to pass armed security officers to get into my building. Should we not protect our children at least as well as we protect our office workers? Let’s place trained armed security in each of our schools.

Regarding a recent letter headlined “Ban Assault Rifles” (Dec. 24).

You have the right to your own opinion, but not to your own facts. Please check your data before writing. As an Illinois resident, you don’t have to ban “machine guns.. Machine guns (including rifles and pistols) already are illegal for Illinoisans to own. As for the other 49 states, please check the National Firearms Act of 1934 for the licensing and registration requirements. They are quite stringent.

Patrick Donlea

Crystal Lake

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