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Letter: We can’t blame the guns

My thoughts and prayers have been with the families of Newtown, Conn., of both the victims and the shooter. I’m not even going to pretend I know how they feel.

I really wanted to stay out of this debate – gun owners shouldn’t have guns, let’s destroy all guns. Well, let’s see. The laws we have in place to keep people from buying them did work. The shooter tried to buy a gun and was refused. So he came up with a new plan: He killed his own mother then took her guns. The weapons were legal to have in his mother’s name.

This just goes to show that a person with thoughts of mass shooting or evil will find a way. We cannot blame the guns or the people who own them the legal way.

Maybe media coverage is to blame. They give the mass killers just what they want: front page and 24/7 air time. Maybe we should restrict or even get rid of freedom of the press. But that is a freedom also given to us by our founding fathers.

ALLAN KENNETT

Franklin

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Subject: FORGIVE THEM FOR THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY DO . My heart will ache for many years to come for the sensless deprivation of the multitude of inocent lives caused by the severly damaged mind of one with a severly miswired brain circuit. I'm sorry to sound so cold in the following discussion of liability but , it too , is a factor in this matter. Deaths by automobile operators far exceed any other causes in the this country. These negligent operators are punished as dictated by law. I have yet to hear about any actions / blame brought against the physical vehicle itself with the exception of errors ,etc. due to dealer liability. In brief, using sound mind and judgement we should not lead a posse of police, FBI agents,our president etc. to make us feel good for a short period of time when in reality we should be researching a never ending program to identify those individuals who could duplicate the actions of Adam Lanza William ( JIM ) Breagy

The loophole thing is mostly a myth. Clearly you listen to the misinformed too much. All gun sales that take place through a gun dealer-including gun show sales-get a background check. Internet? All interstate transfers of any gun MUST be done using the offices of a licensed gun dealer, where a background check is done by law. NPR (misinformed source) is reporting that 40% of gun sales happen without a background check. Really? I'd like to see some proof of that made up statistic. Not a source, but proof, because it is nonsense. It would be great if both sides of this debate started dealing with facts only.

William ( Jim ) Breagy Subject: FORGIVE THEM FOR THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY DO . My heart will ache for many years to come for the sensless deprivatation of the multitude of inocent lives caused by the severly damaged mind of one with a severly miswired brain circuit. I'm sorry to sound so cold in the following discussion of liability but , it too , is a factor in this matter. Deaths by automobile operators far exceed any other causes in the this country. These negligent operators are punished as dictated by law. I have yet to hear about any actions / blame brought against the physical vehicle itself with the exception of errors ,etc. due to dealer liability. In brief, using sound mind and judgement we should not lead a posse of police, FBI agents,our president etc. to make us feel good for a short period of time when in reality we should be researching a never ending program to identify those individuals who could duplicate the actions of Adam Lanza

OK, this time from another angle. We can't blame the gun, well using that logic. Why then do we blame tobacco companies? They don't cause illness or death until they are used??? Just playing the devils advocate here.

Well, we should not be blaming the tobacco companies, they put warnings on cigarettes and unless a person lives in a cave with no communication with the outside world, they know what cigarettes do to you. We should not be blaming companies who sell sugared products or anything else. People need to start taking responsibility for their own actions.

What about background checks on transfers of gun ownership, including ending the gun show and internet sale loopholes, if we want to get serious about keeping ""Assault-style" weapons" and "high-capacity magazines" out of the hands of people like Jared Lee Loughner?

We can't blame the guns - but we can blame the clips, mags and drums. Semi-automatic weapons manufactured for hunting do not have a multitude of high-capacity magazines manufactured for them. "Assault-style" weapons do. The weapons themselves have too much in common to make it fair to go after them without leading down the slippery slope of banning ALL semi-autos. The ammunition storage devices are another story. The gun banners should stop trying to ban guns and ban these instead. They might actually get somewhere if they adopt that strategy.

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