We Need To Stop Giving Guns To Crazy People

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Editor:

Nobody asked me the question. I wish somebody would ask the question in an arena where it might count. The question is simple.

Why, when there are so many "crazies" and "druggies" out there, do we continue to arm everyone and turn them loose without any controls? I am sure it is sorrowful to most that we have come to a point in our world where broken homes, poverty, and despair have created generations of unloved, angry people and sociopaths, but that's where we are.

Whatever the answer to that situation may be, the question remains, "Why do we put guns in everybody's hands."

Don't talk to me about hunters and responsible gun ownership. And don't throw the second amendment in my face unless you look at it carefully and historically: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed." (Second Amendment to the Constitution.)

The second amendment refers to a "well regulated militia." I think that is the National Guard, not a bunch of freelance individuals who have no regulation. Come on, citizens. Where is the American concept of "the common welfare" (also a Constitutional phrase)? Where is the biblical way of life that says I am my brother's keeper?

It is simply beyond reason and even common sense to be blocking all controls and regulations on guns. Our cities and neighborhoods across the land have become war zones. Our nightly newscasts read like slaughter alley. Won't somebody raise the question where it counts?

Stan Brown, Prescott (formerly of Payson)

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