I believe that there is at least one gun for every man woman and child in this country. They are not uniformly distributed as many persons have more guns than they will ever need for hunting, sport or personal protection.
I had enough fun and games with guns and other assorted weapons in the very early 1950s to last me a lifetime.
Frankly, I have not felt the need for a gun since that time.
I handled claims in Newark, N. J. after the riots and while some of my contemporaries carried guns in their brief cases, I was not so moved.
I did not get to the ripe old age of 83 by going to places where I had no need to go and where I was not wanted.
On the other hand I did not shy away from any where my job directed me.
John F. Kennedy wrote a book more than 50 years ago Titled "Profiles in Courage."
After watching and listening to our current crop of naysayers in the halls of congress, I believe it is time for someone to write "Profiles in Cowardice."
One after another we see Republican members of congress literally wetting their pants for fear that they might have to cast an up or down vote on something as overwhelmingly approved by the American people as background checks for gun purchases.
Ike must be ruminating in heaven seeing his dire prediction about our democracy come nearer to fruition.
Every time we explore ways to reduce the rampant gun violence in our country, the hills echo with cries of "cars kill more people than guns" so why don't we ban cars.
Two things always come to mind on hearing this: until you can ride your assault rifle to work you can't compare the two.
Second, you have to take a test to get a license to drive and I would be very happy if you had to take a test to buy a gun and renew that permit on a regular basis.
I will do everything in my power to defeat any member of the Missouri delegation in congress who refuses to allow these issues to come to the floor for an up or down vote.