In response to (Explorer column printed on Dec. 19) on the shooting in Newtown and guns rights, let me say that your defense of the Second Amendment comes short. People have a God given right for self-protection and the Second Amendment supports that and makes the United States unique in that regard.
No further restrictions on gun ownership would change what has happened. There are already enough gun laws restricting the purchase of guns by those that should not own them. That does not necessarily keep the weapons out of the hands of those people, as we have seen. All of the guns were legally purchased and owned, however, persons who should not have access, got them.
Rather than enact further restrictions, armed guards at schools could prevent another such tragedy. Have you not seen the reductions in crime where concealed carry licenses are allowed? The same effect would be seen if schools hired armed guards.
Your point about the size of magazines is moot. A shooter can change magazines in a matter of seconds, so the size is not the issue—the shooter is.
Where is the murder capital of the U.S.? It’s Chicago, IL, where there are the most restrictive gun laws in the country. Where are the most mass killings? In the falsely named “gun free” zones. THINK!
Again, it appears the usual hysteria over guns is grabbing the headlines, instead of looking at the person(s) involved.