Your Opinion: Focus to get best results

Dear Editor:  

Is the safety of children the real goal of the Obama administration in its attempt to ban guns from being owned by law-abiding citizens? Perhaps rather than focusing so much on just the children killed in firearms-related incidents we should focus on the deaths of all children, and our efforts should be focused on where we might get the most results. 

In 2010, 10,228 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes. Of the deaths 1,210 were children ages 0-14 years. For comparison purposes the CDC reports that in 2010, 380 children were killed in firearms-related incidents. Over three times more children are killed by drunk drivers than were killed in firearms-related incidents. Why isn’t the Obama administration spending at least as much of their press time trying to push through legislation that would reduce the number of children being killed by drunk drivers?

By the way, I am not suggesting that we bring back prohibition. It didn’t work the first time, and it won’t work now. Just like drugs, if there is a profit to be made, someone will supply that product. Only those in the federal government are too ignorant to understand that simple principle. If the government really wanted to shut down the drug trade it would enforce laws against using drugs, and increase the punishment for drug use, until people stopped buying. Personally I am okay with legalizing drugs and taxing the heck out of them, similar to alcohol, while at the same time dramatically increasing the penalties for drug-related crimes. 

No one may need a semi-automatic weapon that holds more than 10 rounds nor does anyone need a 250-plus-hp auto/truck, a 75-plus-hp boat, a 50-plus-hp motorcycle, a $500 set of golf clubs, a 40-plus-inch TV, cable/satellite TV, and the list goes on and on. Just because we don’t need any of those things doesn’t mean that the government has the authority to prevent us from owning such toys.

The government does have the authority/responsibility of preventing us from using any of our toys in a manner that might injure others. In January 2011 the federal government reported just 484 new weapons prosecutions, the lowest number in 10 years. Why are the feds not enforcing current laws as they attempt to strip law-abiding citizens of even more of our freedom?


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