Gun control advocacy

“A 28-year-old Douglasville man was killed … after he walked into the path of an oncoming train. …This is the second train-involved pedestrian fatality in recent days.” Should we outlaw trains?

“50 children injured in … 6 School Bus Crashes.” Buses trap passengers. Therefore, should we ban buses?

“Police investigating a bloody hit-and-run attack … that left 1 dead and 11 injured.” The driver used his car as a weapon, so should we proscribe automobiles?

“A driver … crossed into oncoming traffic and crashed head-on into another car, killing himself and four others… Alcohol is suspected.” Should we forbid alcoholic drinks?

Prohibition was attempted under the eighteenth amendment using the Volstead Act (1920-1933). It created a violent and profitable bootleg market. Outlawing guns will do the same. Bad guys don’t care about gun control law (or any law), that’s why they are the bad guys!

We don’t prohibit trains, buses, and cars because they were used by individuals in creating havoc. Why should guns be outlawed? People intent on harming others will do so … and sadly, this is nothing new.

“On May 18, 1927, a part-time caretaker at a school in Bath, Michigan, killed 45 people, including 38 children, when he blew up a school and then killed himself, along with two first responders at the scene. Another 58 people were wounded.”

The problem isn’t guns, but greed or an inability to deal with the vagaries of life.

“Now Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him.”

Violence toward one another is not new. Efforts should focus on identifying troubled individuals and helping them rather than going after the implements used. At the risk of sounding trite, “Guns don’t kill … people kill.”

Ken Schaefer

Sharpsburg



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