Letter: Knives and guns

Monday, November 13, 2017
Knives and guns

Imagine if in our country everyone could carry a knife on board an airplane. Knife enthusiasts could state knives don’t kill people, people kill people. They could also argue that a passenger with a knife could potentially intercede with a terrorist with a knife, thereby saving lives.

Sounds ridiculous, doesn’t it? Terrorists with box-cutter knives on 9/11 caused the deaths of thousands, and common-sense laws designed to protect the public were quickly enacted to outlaw knives on planes. Airport security took longer, but most of us were okay with that.

Yet mass shootings with guns killing hundreds of innocent men, women and children continue and nothing is done.

After the Sutherland Springs, Texas, mass shooting in a church we continue to hear guns (incredibly automatic or semi-automatic weapons that should be banned) are not the problem. In fact, some politicians say, the deaths could have been worse if someone else with a rifle hadn’t come along.

The same as no knives on planes, we need to enact common-sense gun laws that protect the public. Allow the sale of sporting guns, but ban the sale of military-style weapons that can kill and seriously injure dozens of us very quickly.