It's time to stop the gun violence

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To The Editor:
To the NRA and Wayne LaPierre the solution to stopping gun violence is for everyone to own and carry a gun. Foolish statements such as “the only thing that will stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun” abound. Face it, the NRA and the arms industry that supports them are fully aware of how much money they will make and how much leverage it will give them in Washington, DC.
Many people claim to be concerned with protecting the Second Amendment… as if the untrained rabble of armed citizens could stand up against the military might of this country. This is not a solution!

There is a simple (not entirely tongue-in-cheek) solution that maintains the Second Amendment and provides a completely fair and equitable way to maintain our right to bear arms. Simply confiscate all guns and then provide every citizen, male and female, 18 years and older, with their own government issued gun with the individual’s name and a serial number engraved on the barrel.
These guns would be identical in shape, size, and bore…a six-foot-long muzzleloader. Knowing that you only have one shot before someone disarms you (or worse) would have a dramatic effect on gun violence.

Hunters can still hunt, target shooters can still shoot, re-enactors can still re-enact and wannabees can strut around with a gun on their shoulder.

Guns in schools is not sensible, safe, or practical. Getting rid of all semi-automatic and automatic weapons is a giant step in the right direction.

These weapons have only one purpose; killing people, not hunting or target shooting or anything else…just killing people.

Richard Stinson,
South Kortright