We need ‘common sense’ gun laws

Print Article

Recent letters have demanded “common sense” gun laws.

I agree, so let’s discuss it by examining facts about the latest atrocity in Texas. Fact one: The shooter was banned from having firearms by at least three laws: mental institution commitment, domestic violence conviction, and dishonorable military discharge. This failed due to lack of data entry.

However given the decades old war on drugs and today’s drug epidemic, does anyone think firearms will not always be easily available on the black market? Fact two: The church was a legal gun free zone as has been almost universally true in past incidents.

These zones are directly analogous to handcuffing a woman, throwing her into a men’s prison yard, and telling her she’s safe because rape is illegal. Fact three: A good guy, who had to retrieve his firearm from his home, stopped the rampage. How many more would be dead had he not and how many fewer in past incidents where someone was armed.

So what does common sense say? It says 1) Enforce the laws already on the books and review/revise them for actual usefulness, 2) Eliminate gun free zones, 3) Encourage firearms training and everyday concealed carry by as many people as possible.

One of the supposed characteristics of adults is the ability to tell reality from wishful thinking. Ditch the emotion and think. However, the elephant in the room is what has changed in society that people now believe such rampages are somehow an answer to their issues.

NICK ORIHEL

Sandpoint

Print Article

Read More Letters to the Editor

Candidate pledges to represent all county residents

September 20, 2018 at 5:00 am | Bonner County Daily Bee I would like to remind all voters in Bonner County they are able to vote on No. 6 for the county commissioner candidates in both District 1 and District 3, regardless of where they live in Bonner Cou...

Comments

Read More

Ill-disguised grandstanding was humerous

September 20, 2018 at 5:00 am | Bonner County Daily Bee The members of the Senate Judiciary Committee who conducted the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings attempted to come across as intellectual heavy weights. Instead, on display was a committee populated b...

Comments

Read More

Ellen is best pick for state legislative seat

September 20, 2018 at 5:00 am | Bonner County Daily Bee To all concerned voters looking for sane and sensible leadership for the Idaho House of Representatives: Ellen Weissman, Democratic candidate, is the right choice for District 1, seat A. Education: ...

Comments

Read More

Think locally when it comes to election

September 20, 2018 at 5:00 am | Bonner County Daily Bee In 2017, my planned short conversation with Dan McDonald expanded to topics from budgets and environment to personal interests and values. Dan is straight-forward about his conservative values and u...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(208) 263-9534
PO Box 159
Sandpoint, ID 83864

©2018 Bonner County Daily Bee Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X