Get facts straight on gun ownership

December 19, 2012 

Re Dec. 18 letter by Michal H. Hall, “Time for action on gun violence”

Yes, the events in Newtown, Conn., are absolutely appalling. Innocence has died in Connecticut and the world. However, before you write to the editor, Mr. Hall, please get your facts correct.

First, these deaths had nothing to do with automatic weapons. They were semi-automatic, meaning one pull of the trigger for each single round fired. Automatic weapons are currently regulated by the National Firearms Act of 1968. The Firearms Owners' Protection Act of May 19, 1986 prohibits private ownership of automatic weapons, commonly called machine guns, manufactured after the act was passed. So the comment about insane, Rambo, automatic weapons is out of line.

Next, the attack on the National Rifle Association. The NRA doesn’t just attempt to protect an individual’s right to own a firearm just for hunting. The NRA attempts to protect every U.S. citizen’s right to own a firearm to enable their God-given right to protect and defend themselves and their families. It’s his right, my right, and the right of every law-abiding citizen in the country to defend themselves whenever and wherever the situation may present itself.

Maybe we need to do a better job of identifying those with mental issues who may pose a danger to themselves and others. This shooter, along with the shooter in the movie theater or other instances, obviously was not mentally stable. Let’s please look at all the issues surrounding these horrible events before we begin to attack one facet of society; legal gun owners.

The writer lives in Myrtle Beach.

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