To the Editor:
While my heart aches over the tragic slaughter of innocent lives, banning assault weapons will not alone prevent future attacks. When all the guns are outlawed, only the outlaws will have guns. Chicago’s city government enacted one of the toughest gun-control laws in the country.
According to a Washington Post article dated Dec. 21, Chicago police recorded 2,364 shooting incidents along with 487 homicides, 87 percent of which were gun-related, since Jan. 1, 2012. As of Dec. 28, the homicide total in Chicago reached 500. Would it be wise to enact such “gun-control” laws nationwide? No.
Establishing additional ownership restrictions will only disarm law-abiding citizens and make us easier prey for those who obtain weapons illegally in pursuit of asserting control over and/or harming others.
Furthermore, I expect our elected representatives to uphold the Constitution. The Second Amendment states, “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” It does not specify the type of arms nor should it. It does not specify that guns are only acceptable for hunting but rather that they are necessary for efficient protection.
Finally, any gun is no more an “assault weapon” by nature than is a steak knife that might be used in an armed robbery or a pickup truck that might be used in a vehicular homicide or a baseball bat that might be used in a home invasion or a kitchen match that might be used by an arsonist.
Trista J. Iodice