Blame where blame is due

The U.S. House just passed a ban on semi-automatic AR-15 type weapons. It now goes to the Senate. I do not call them assault weapons because they are not. Take away the weapons from law-abiding citizens and that simple act will reduce murders. Really?

For those of you who have been living under a rock, criminals do not care about the law. They break it and actually would like it if honest citizens did not have guns. They could break into your house with no fear of being confronted by someone with a gun. They could mug you on the street without any fear of reprisal. Criminals, if you do not know this, can get weapons without having a background check. They beg, borrow, or steal them. Only honest U.S. citizens undergo background checks. Criminals are in favor of any kind of weapons ban, because it does not apply to them, only John and Jane Doe, who are not criminals.

Following that logic let the police start ticketing non-speeders. That will certainly stop the speeders from speeding! Punish the innocent instead of going after the guilty. That does not sound like the America I grew up in!

Why do people not get it? It is NOT the weapon, but the evil person who uses the weapon. If it is the weapon, then it is the automobile, the truck, the train, the fist, the foot, the ball bat, the knife, the hammer, the hatchet, the machete, etc. If it is the inanimate object that does the killing, then we have a real problem. We have non-living things making decisions to commit violence. We have to eliminate a whole host of things in this country. People who do not get this are willingly ignorant.

It is the person who chooses to take violent action. The assault weapons ban of 1994 did not reduce murders. All the talk going on about this again is political posturing. It is an attempt to look good to the voters, when in fact it will do absolutely nothing. Crime will not go down and criminals will be anxious to vote for politicians who took the weapons out of the hands of everyone except themselves.

It is a sad state of affairs when a society blames objects instead of people. People have thoughts, plan actions, and carry them out. Put the blame where it belongs.

Robert Sadler



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