Law-abiding gun owners are not problem
Editor, the Advocate:
My hat's off to a good letter published recently by Jason Hoover on the issue of gun control. It is time for gun owners to be heard loud and clear by the politicians, celebrities and other self-proclaimed experts who are shamelessly using the recent Connecticut school tragedy to push their control agenda on law-abiding citizens. The media has become very adept at reporting almost every gun crime, even giving details about types of weapons used. What the media doesn't report are the thousands of cases where guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens were used to stop a crime from being committed. Wonder why that's not being reported? The same people who are crying for gun control are largely in favor of abortion. Well, in 2011, there were 8,583 gun murders in the U.S., compared to an average of 1.2 million abortions per year for the past three years. Just try making a case for banning abortion and be prepared to be demonized. Another fact: One of the most popular full-size pickups on the road has been consistently rated as one of the most unsafe vehicles. Should we ban it?
In 2007, there were 158,683 deaths caused by lung cancer. Is tobacco being banned? Interesting also that Diane Feinstein is planning on introducing a gun control bill in Congress. Last time I checked, her state of California is the center of movie production with absurd levels of violence. Go figure. People, please don't let these fools convince you that law-abiding citizens should give up any of their Second Amendment rights. You had better understand that criminals will not give up their guns. Stand up and be heard and please don't rely on the NRA to be your voice!
Steve Van Ry, Victoria