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Web letter by Chris Doenges: A misdirected call for new gun laws

Once again, another act of pure evil. An individual took his rage out on defenseless people, most of them children, on Dec. 14. To say this is horrible beyond words would be a gross understatement. It’s unimaginable that someone would do this. What isn’t unimaginable is the call for more gun control. This is disturbing to me. It seems almost like they are taking advantage of a horrible situation like some twisted form of ambulance chasing. And for what reason? Political “currency” to further an agenda.

Banning or further regulating firearms is a non-solution to violence. People have been killing for thousands of years. It’s likely if we don’t wipe ourselves out, we will be doing it for thousands more. Still, there are many who advocate banning and confiscation in a futile attempt to end all violence. Unfortunately, this is a placebo fix, to say the least. I imagine it will make many people feel good, but offers no solution to these acts of violence. Back in 1927, a man named Andrew Kehoe detonated a bomb at a Bath Township, Mich. school. The death toll was 44, including the bomber himself. In 1990, Julio Gonzalez, seething from an argument with his former girlfriend, purchased some gasoline and set fire to the only exit at the Happy Land nightclub in the Bronx. A total of 87 people were killed in the fire that destroyed the nightclub. In 1995, Timothy McVeigh detonated a bomb made from fertilizer outside of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. The building was nearly leveled and 168 people were killed. Nearly 3,000 people were killed on that fateful day of Sept. 11, 2001. The weapons that started the chain of events that led to the destruction of 4 airliners full of people, the fall of the Twin Towers, damage to the Pentagon and the crash of an airliner in a Pennsylvania field, were simple box cutters. These are the largest mass murders in U.S. history. No firearms were involved in these incidents.

It’s possible we will never know the full motive of the madman on Dec. 14. The only thing we can do to prevent loss of life is to be eternally vigilant. We need to see and recognize the signs of impending violence, and we need to be prepared to fight evil when it presents itself. Benjamin Franklin said “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” The citizens and lawmakers of the United States need to remember this.

CHRIS DOENGES

New Haven

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