Letter: Hoell is wrong; we need sensible gun laws
Re “Restrictions on gun rights are unconstitutional” (State Rep. JR Hoell, Monitor Forum, March 20):
Rep. JR Hoell is one of the most despicable characters I have encountered in print in a long time. He wants no rules on guns and says that if we restrict guns in any way it would harm gun sellers. Wouldn’t that be a disaster? Can you imagine a guy walking into a gun shop after a fight with his wife being restricted in any way? Why, a background check or a waiting period would damage that seller’s income. Who cares about lives when profit is on the line?
I’m a grandfather of four young children, and the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre made me sick. What do you think the parents and grandparents of those children think about everyone carrying guns without rules?
There have been about 1,280 gun deaths in the United States since Sandy Hook. Among the top 23 developed countries, the United States has 80 percent of all deaths by guns; 86 percent of all women killed with guns are in the United States and 87 percent of all children killed with guns are in the United States. A few years ago people got fed up with all the deaths by drunk drivers, and we now have sensible laws that have saved countless lives. And, I might add, bars have not gone out of business.
Sensible laws on guns are badly needed. What we don’t need are fools like Hoell (who I am sure is being pushed by the gun lobby) trying to turn us into a society where it’s every man for himself and the guy with the biggest and most guns makes all the rules.
GARY A. EVANS