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Assault weapons ban not the solution for crime

Published: Saturday, March 9, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

For decades, our major metropolitan cities have had hundreds of young adults and children killed every year with very little notice.

So how do you explain when a tragedy such as Sandy Hook happens, where 20 children were victims of a mentally deranged criminal, the whole county is in an uproar?

Some jump on this bandwagon and demand a ban on assault weapons. These gun control proponents are lobbying for an assault weapons ban, hoping to make our cities and, more importantly, their suburbs safe.

The hard truth is banning assault weapons won’t solve a thing. A recent federal government study on this issue stated that “it will have little to no effect on the violence because so few crimes are committed with these types of weapons.”

Gun safety regulation is wishful thinking. Criminals do not obey laws, let alone gun-control laws. Where are the online petitions, town-hall meetings and rallies to lobby for national maximum sentences for first-time gun crimes of any kind? Where is the demand for more mental health treatment? Where is the push back on Hollywood for the extremely violent films and video games marketed to our youth?

Criminals are less than 1 percent of the population, yet we’re chasing law-abiding citizens. Until we can get our politicians, judges and lawmakers to stand up to violent criminals and the criminally insane and implement long, harsh prison sentences, we will continue to have violence in our society.

We all want safe streets, why do we continue to ignore the criminals? 

Gregory Walker

Lake in the Hills

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