Letter: Guns are meant to kill; safety controls make sense


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Posted Online: Jan. 30, 2013, 1:31 pm
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I feel a need to respond to some recent comments on comparisons to the shootings lately.

A gun is meant to kill. Granted, practicing to kill is not the same thing. However, to compare a car to firearms is a far reach if, not inane!

By law, you need to be 16, licensed and insured to drive a car. You have to obey speed limits. You're (supposed to) wear seat belts. Newer cars are equipped with air bags and stability controls.

Most of us don't drive looking to kill something (although lately as I'm driving my semi on Friday nights, I have my doubts).

In my opinion, if we had some safety controls on guns, we would be a safer country, such as smart triggers, where only the owner of the gun could fire the weapon.

Another argument is comparing abortion with the recent shootings. Leave it to the right wing to drag this into the discussion and invoke God into the situation.

Who are you to say what God's will is? Nowhere in the Constitution is God or Jesus Christ mentioned!

I find it disingenuous for them to insist on bringing an unwanted child (from rape or incest) into the world and then refuse to feed or clothe it! Maybe (gasp) we could offer free contraceptives to our teenagers.

We can give Viagra to dirty old men (me included) but not free birth control to our young people?

Tom Keith,
Moline

















 



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