Richard Riley’s April 5 letter (“Right to bear arms under attack”) misinterprets Vice President Joe Biden’s words and then resorts to the common paranoia of the guns-above-all-else crowd that they will lose their guns.
The vice president doesn’t challenge the Second Amendment, as Riley says. He merely questions the premise that a gun-toting populace is more secure. And, yes, events such as Trayvon Martin’s death and the murders in Farmville and Greenville reported on page one of the same April 5 paper confirm the vice president’s doubts and challenge the wisdom of uncontrolled gun ownership.
I don’t understand why the NRA and law-abiding gun owners aren’t leading the charge for responsible gun use. Why aren’t they working to get guns out of the hands of lawbreakers and incompetent people? It’s in their interest. Rather than criticizing legitimate worries about Martin’s shooting, why aren’t they calling for more training and guidance for gun owners? Or do they think Martin’s death is just collateral damage in the bigger war to protect ownership of any and all weapons?
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