Letter: Different from drunk driving laws
Re “Hoell is wrong; we need sensible gun laws” (Sunday Monitor letter, March 24):
Gary A. Evans says that people got fed up with drunks killing people and that now we have “sensible laws that have saved countless lives.” The laws that we have only punish the drunks who drive while intoxicated. The laws don’t take away a person’s right to drink, they don’t limit the amount of alcohol a bottle can hold, they don’t allow confiscation and elimination of alcohol, there are no full background checks, and anybody can drink to excess if he chooses. I am not aware of a law that requires a “permit to carry” a loaded bottle of alcohol in public. Our laws prohibit driving while intoxicated. Many people out there abuse this law by accumulating numerous violations. Licenses are revoked, the right to drive taken away, but some people continue to drink and drive anyway.
If Evans wants to pass gun laws similar to our drunk driving laws, I’m all for it. Let’s not restrict anything to do with the guns themselves but instead punish the ones who abuse them. Let’s pass laws (or enforce the ones we have) to punish the criminal, not the gun.
The vast majority of people drink responsibly and are not a hazard to the public. Also the vast majority of gun owners use their firearms responsibly and are not a hazard to the public.
GARY A. BEATON