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  • Letter to the editor: The story of politicians, guns and money

  • I totally agree with Mr. Reeve’s opinions regarding gun control measures in America.

    I have no objections to those who own guns and rifles for hunting, collecting or target practice.
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  • *Editor’s Note: This opinion is in response to a Lake View titled “Someone smarter than me” by Eric Reeve published in the Monday, June 2 Lake Sun.
     
    I totally agree with Mr. Reeve’s opinions regarding gun control measures in America.
    I have no objections to those who own guns and rifles for hunting, collecting or target practice. But military style automatic weapons and large capacity magazines are not intended for hunting or target practice, their only use is for killing a large number of people as quickly as possible. They are also not needed to defend our homes and families as some like to claim.
    Our government, law enforcement agencies and military are not going to collapse, and we are not going to be overrun by bands of lawless marauding gangs.
    As Mr. Reeve stated, even with good policies in place, gun violence will not stop completely. But nowhere in the world are incidents of gun violence as frequent as they are in America.
    The only reasonable explanation is that there must be something wrong with our current system of dealing with guns and how our politicians are dealing with it.
    Richard Martinez’s emotional speech after his son Chris was murdered by Elliot Rodgers was heart-wrenching. The grief he felt is something I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy, but his statements regarding the problems with gun violence in America reflect what I believe most Americans (gun owners or not) believe.
    He is not some nut but a respected attorney and more importantly a father. In a recent interview he stated that sadly, even after the Sandy Hook tragedy, although he was upset, it didn’t strike home because it was “someone else’s” grief not his. It’s sad that it needs to be a personal tragedy before people become outraged.
    Unfortunately, we the people, are up against the NRA, gun manufacturers and lobbyists that can afford to make substantial “campaign contributions” to our politicians in order to keep the status quo.
    As with many other issues affecting society, it seems that our politicians are not really interested in what’s good for the people, but what’s most profitable for themselves.
    It’s really a shame that we, the people we can’t compete. I guess it is true, money talks and... (the public) walks!

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