Why my house is gun-less

Posted: January 14, 2013 at 3:53 a.m.

After the Newtown massacre, a friend asked me if I kept a gun in my house. No, I do not, for several reasons. The first is personal experience.

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Editorial, Pages 10 on 01/14/2013

According to todays paper there were 99 murders in Oklahoma City last year. OKC's police chief attributed most of them to drug dealers and gangs.

Oklahoma recently passed a universal weapons carry law where any citizen can openly carry a firearm. There are no reports of anyone abusing that yet or a breakout of the OK Corral.

There were thousands of killings in Chicago last year attributed to the same perpetrators where many were young black males shooting each other. Chcago has some of the most draconian firearms laws in the nation.

Isn't it telling that firearms viloence is attributed to the same people in both cities regardless of gun control? The tragedy at Newtown was perpetrated by a cowardly fool far removed from any semblance of a reasonable, responsible, and intelligent citizen.

Regardless of well intentioned sensibilities with respect to this terrible crime stipping or abridging the fundamental rights of all citizens beause of the deviant behavior of one lost soul is not a solution to anything. In fact it perpetrates a new "crime" against law abiding citizens in itself.

Posted by: jeffieboy

January 14, 2013 at 8:03 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

I respect Tom's decision not to have guns in his home. As for me, my guns are loaded, and not locked up in a safe. Also, my grandchildren know papa's guns are loaded. I hope you dont need your baseball bat. p.s. I know all about Vietnam.

Posted by: richardhutton2

January 14, 2013 at 9:17 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Well at least the robbers know where they won't be shot at now. Here's to you Tom.

Posted by: Tumblebug

January 14, 2013 at 10:06 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Wonder of ole Tom there would like to publish his address? Tom might be the kind of guy that would empty a .50 cal at a house cat.

Posted by: JailBird

January 14, 2013 at 5:40 p.m. ( | suggest removal )