Letter: Yes, gun control absolutely works
There have been many great letters recently about our infamous senator, Kelly Ayotte, and her irresponsible vote to support the gun lobby, so I don’t have to say any more on that. But I do want to respond to the line that “gun control just doesn’t work” that I keep seeing. It is so overused and ridiculous.
Of course it works – not 100 percent, but it saves lives and that is the point. No law is 100 percent effective.
We have speed limits. Does that mean no one speeds? Does it mean that since some people do, we should get rid of all speed limits? With the logic they are using, we should eliminate all laws and rules and just resort to the survival of the fittest. Just be well-armed and take your chances every day.
Australia is a great example of a country that had a gun problem and passed tough laws to solve it. Since it passed new laws, there have been no mass shootings and there has been a 59 percent drop in gun-related homicides. Those are huge numbers. We could do the same if we had a Senate with some guts. Gun control absolutely works.