Mr. Gordon Southern makes several misstatements in his article. First he states that the “National Rifle Association is against any type of law that would limit what weapons a person could own.” Later in the article, he states that the NRA supported the National Firearms Act of 1934. The NFA of 1934 prevents sale of true assault firearms without extensive background checks, long waiting periods, and high cost. An assault weapon is one that fires more than one shot with one pull of the trigger, i.e. a machine gun. Cost today is in the thousands of dollars, waiting is six months or more after you purchase the firearm, and paperwork requires signature of the chief law enforcement officer where you live.
Next he states: “Several states in the 1800s outlawed the holding of personal weapons.” Fact, but Mr. Southern fails to tell you why. The laws were made to keep firearms out of the hands of recently freed slaves.
Mr. Southern, when was the last child killed in a fire in the United States? In my research, it looks like about 50 years. Why? Building codes, sprinkler systems, little that can burn in classrooms, and most importantly, the willingness of teachers to become involved in fire safety. What if they became as involved in student safety?
Some suggested reading: On Killing by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, SSRI stories, ssristories.com, read David Kopel article (Dec. 17, 2012) in the Wall Street Journal titled “Guns, Mental Illness and Newtown,” and any information about use and misuse of the many drugs used for depression. In addition, look at the many very violent games our children play. Games that each killing.
What do I think, Mr. Southern? I think, once again, we are becoming too involved in the tool, and nowhere near enough involved in the toolman.
USAF (Ret.) Master Sgt. George L. Voltz,