Gun safety

Dear editor:

The 10 years prior to the September, 2004 expiration of the U.S. ban on assault weapons is worth looking at for a history lesson.

1)No one who lawfully owned a weapon -other than those restricted 19 specific semiautomatic weapons- had it confiscated.

2)No one who had gun magazines which held more than 10 rounds of ammunition had them removed from their ownership.

3)No manufacturers of allowable weapons were closed down by the government. The ban restricted the manufacture and importation of new ones. In 2007 more than 3.5 million guns manufactured in U.S. and 6 million in 2011 according to FactCheck.org.

What really did happen in history?

1)Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, in Washington, D.C., – named for the press secretary to President Reagan who was shot and injured during a 1981 attempt on Reagan’s life – said its analysis of U.S. Department of Justice records showed a 66% decline in incidents of assault weapons traced to crimes since the ban was enacted in 1994.

2)FactCheck.org Gun Suicides in 2010 were 19,392, the highest rate since 1998.

3)Non-fatal gun injuries, assaults were 55,544 in 2011, the highest rate since 2008.

4)Gun ownership hit 88.8 per 100 people in 2007 from 84 weapons owned per 100 people in 2001.

Hunting is a common sport and hobby-a food provider for some- in Warren County, including my family. The NRA used to foster shotguns under the bed for intruders not Glocks.

Freedom lost for law-abiding citizens to target shoot with automatic/semiautomatic weapons so that the American population can avoid being subjected to huge, lethal incidents, in my estimation is worth the sacrifice. It is worth the tradeoff for safety and security of all.

Magazines of limited capacity and universal background checks for all who purchase is promoting safety just as being licensed to drive a vehicle which could become a lethal weapon is justified.

As a retired teacher, my last goal for our national leaders would be funding enhanced mental health counseling in schools and communities. Over my 31 year career teaching, students who experienced serious behavior and therefore learning problems often didn’t graduate, were substance abusers and/or turned to criminal activity. If in the primary grades funding for school counselors and in-depth parenting workshops could be an avenue to a better life for all involved, not to mention the community as a whole.

Respectfully submitted,

Karen Davis

Warren