You have permission to edit this article.
Edit

LETTER: Guns are not the problem

  • 0
LETTER: A letterbox with the inscription Letter to the editor

Clearly, Kristen King (“Response to mass shootings: gun laws”) was not a Fauquier Times reader when this topic was addressed previously so I feel called to respond:

1. The Second Amendment to the Constitution has nothing to do with hunting. It has to do with having access to the same weapons that may be used against citizens under conditions of tyranny and unrest.

2. The NRA is not evil.  The organization is populated by patriotic, God-fearing people nationwide who share a common belief in our rights and use their money and time supporting safe firearms use, school safety and scholarship programs.

3. As a victim of violent crime in Virginia, I now truly believe that guns are like parachutes — if you don’t have one when you need one the first time you may never get a second chance.  If there had been one person with concealed carry at the Colorado supermarket in March, Colorado movie theater in 2012 or school (1999 Colorado), the outcome would have been very different. It is interesting to note that one father who lost a child at Columbine did not blame the guns and testified before Congress.

4. The government was not created to solve social problems. On March 24, Senator John Kennedy stated, “I don’t believe we have a gun control problem in America; I believe we have an idiot control problem.” He was trying to point out that it is the citizens’ job to deal with mental illness, the opiate crisis, broken families, education, and other factors which drive crime. Gun laws are followed by law abiding citizens. Criminals and terrorists are not stopped by existing gun laws and will not be deterred by new ones.

5. For a quick education on why our rights should not be infringed, please read John Lott’s “More Guns, Less Crime” and Stephen P. Halbrook’s “Gun Control in the Third Reich: Disarming the Jews” and “Enemies of the State” or go to The Heritage Foundation website (https://www.heritage.org/crime-and-justice/commentary/here-are-8-stubborn-facts-gun-violence-america), The Armed Citizen (https://www.americanrifleman.org/the-armed-citizen), or Guns Save Lives (www.gunowners.org). According to americangunfacts.com “there are 270 million civilian firearms in the U.S.” It also says “200,000 times a year women use a gun to defend against sexual abuse.” And my favorite: “Three out of five polled felons say they won’t mess with an armed victim.”

6. It is already not possible for law-abiding persons in Virginia to “buy guns on a whim.” Thanks to our governor who shares Ms. King’s viewpoint, if I wanted to sell a firearm to my sister or my nephew, I would have to take it to a Federal Firearms Licensed dealer and pay to consign it so my relative could then buy it there. Placing financial restrictions on a means of personal protection during a time of unusually high demand is not hurting criminals or terrorists; it is hurting regular moms and dads, single women, the disabled and the elderly. There would be a hue and cry if similar restraints were places on motor vehicles, baseball bats, lengths of rope, cast iron skillets, or any tool capable of inflicting serious harm.  Don’t blame the tool; blame the person who misuses it. 

I hope that some of the good neighbors who responded previously remain well during the pandemic and will again let their voices be heard on this subject -- and on the upcoming election.

A.M. Rezelman

Warrenton

2020 was a year marked by hardships and challenges, but the Fauquier community has proven resilient. The Fauquier Times is honored to serve as your community companion. To say thank you for your continued support, we’d like to offer all our subscribers -- new or returning --

4 WEEKS FREE DIGITAL AND PRINT ACCESS.

We understand the importance of working to keep our community strong and connected. As we move forward together into 2021, it will take commitment, communication, creativity, and a strong connection with those who are most affected by the stories we cover.

We are dedicated to providing the reliable, local journalism you have come to expect. We are committed to serving you with renewed energy and growing resources. Let the Fauquier Times be your community companion throughout 2021, and for many years to come.

Subscribe

Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.

The future of Fauquier Times now depends on community support. Your donation will help us continue to improve our journalism through in-depth local news coverage and expanded reader engagement.

Keeping you connected to the Community. Find or Submit your local event here..