Letter: Stopping bad guys from getting guns
Re “Gun control legislation shoved down our throats” (Monitor letter, Feb. 9):
Judy Aron refers to herself as the grandchild of Holocaust survivors. Should this convince us that gun control is a bad thing? History would suggests otherwise.
If she believes that, had all German Jews possessed guns, the Holocaust would have been avoided, she is mistaken. Uprisings by Jews and others were brutally put down. The arms industry supported Adolf Hitler, and Joseph Goebbels needed a short time to convert the population by brainwashing them.
We could be close to this in our country by the uncontrolled advertising in “our” media and the uncontrolled spending by corporate America into “our” political system. Hard to believe? Research the arms industry in Germany during the 1930s.
I lived in London during World War II. I asked my dad why we were going to war over Poland. His answer was, “We have to take their (German) guns away, son. We may not win, but we must try.”
I had doubts about his wisdom as we were bombed night after night and spent a great deal of time in a hole in the ground. But he was right. The choice is not the good guy with a gun stopping the bad guy with a gun. Rather it is the good guy stopping the bad guy from getting a gun in the first place, and that is what we are trying to accomplish with sensible gun control laws.
Firearm related deaths per 100,000 population: United States, 9.2; United Kingdom, 0.25; Japan, 0.07; New Hampshire, 0.53. Meantime, Republican politicians continue to put us at risk by their refusal to support any sensible gun-related legislation that would keep us all a little safer.
JOHN W. FURLONG