Posted Online: Feb. 10, 2013, 6:00 am

Letter: For sake of innocents, put an end to gun madness

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"We don't live in a perfect world" is the rallying cry for gun lovers across the nation: the right to bear arms, according to the Second Amendment and minus the rights of the innocent whose lives are lost every day at the hands of good and bad people who happen to cherish their guns.

We don't live in a perfect world for many reasons, but I believe easy access to guns is the main culprit. Guns DO kill, and guns are not only in the hands of street gangs, criminals and the mentally ill. Guns are also in the hands of law-abiding citizens, who happen to be human, capable of human mistakes. Like the father who accidentally shot and killed his 7-year-old son as they were leaving a gun show.

Then, there was my partner's 14-year-old sister who had recently won an essay contests and got her picture in the Rock Island Argus, making her parents proud. But "Rabbit's" young life was cut short because someone put a gun to her head -- yes, a gun! Who says guns don't kill?

Gun Appreciation Day was another defense mechanism of the NRA and a cutting slap in the face to the grieving families of Newtown. When gun owners defend their rights, their precious guns appear to be more sacred than human lives.

Even if the NRA won't budge in its defense and glorification of the almighty gun, please don't be deluded into thinking the more guns we have, the safer we will be.

For the sake of innocent children, as well as innocent adults, it's time to take a stand against gun madness. Let our future generations, in William Blake's words, "be born to sweet delight -- not to endless night."

Joyce Cant,
East Moline