On January 20, 2013 the Standard ran two letters, "gun licensing, training, background checks needed," and "Gun proponents blatantly misuse 2nd Amendment," the latter letter writer's diatribe calls gun owners "sick characters" and "crazies." She seems outraged that everyone else is not as outraged as she about the "idiot in my JCP store boldly displaying a weapon of war on his back."
It would appear that only a "sick character" like that writer would judge a whole group of people (gun owners) by her perception of a single individual!
The writer of the first letter gives a potpourri of reasons why guns should be registered and gun owners licensed. Ok, here's why registration ain't a good idea. History always tends to repeat itself. First, after WWI the German Weimar Republic registered all privately owned firearms. When Hitler and the Nazis came to power, they went down the registration lists and confiscated the firearms.
In 1992, California enacted an assault weapon ban, ordered the guns registered, then in 1998 issued an order for gun owners to surrender the guns! Weapons not surrendered would be confiscated by law enforcement, all in spite of promises by the state that the registration order wouldn't lead to confiscation. Most recently, in an interview with Albany's WGDJ-AM radio station about the proposed assault weapon ban, New York governor Mario Cuomo said, "Confiscation could be an option......" It really doesn't get much more plainly spoken than that as to why we don't want registration!
Thomas Jefferson said that gun laws are like laws that "would deprive men of the use of fire for fear of their being burnt, and of water for fear of their being drowned; and who knows of no means of preventing evil but by destroying it. The laws of this nature are those which forbid to wear arms, disarming those only who are not disposed to commit the crime which the laws mean to prevent."
Existing gun laws are adequate!
Tom Vagenas, Jr.