Gun laws don't halt criminals
TO THE EDITORS:
For many years people have asked the question: "Is it the gun that kills, or is it the person who kills?" Many say it's the gun, in regards to the recent shootings in Aurora and Sandy Hook shootings. Politicians and the public have been questioning new measures to prevent these scenarios; however, the real issue isn't the guns, but the users.
We've seen the government introduce new laws regarding gun control, from the National Firearms Act of 1934 to the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990 and the Gun Control Act of 1968. They all end up prohibiting and limiting gun usage, but if a criminal gets a hold of one; they'll do whatever they want with it.
The question can be looked at as this: You are at a house with another person and a gun is on a table. No one will die by that gun if it just sits there, it won't shoot itself. You're the only one who can cause the gun to kill. In the end, these laws are going to end up hindering the bystanders, while the dangerous people cause more damage.