Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era
No one is trying to confiscate guns
TO THE EDITORS:
The premise of Herb McCollom Jr.'s letter is that cars are a greater threat to life than the gun, and you don't hear any anti-auto group crying out that we should take cars from all American citizens like you do anti-gun groups crying out to confiscate all American citizen's guns.
If I were a pilot, I could fly a 747 through the hole in his arguments.
First of all, no one is pushing for a law to take away Americans' guns. The laws being proposed are for extended background checks, limited capacity clips and a ban on the assault rifle.
Enactment of these proposals could add a layer of safety to the procurement of guns. And, at this point in time, it does not appear that any of these proposals will be enacted any time soon. And one of the reasons they won't be enacted is because of the kind of arguments people like Mr. McCollom use to incite gun owners.
Over the years, I have heard plenty of car-safety advocates who have lobbied the automobile industry and Congress for changes in the automobile to make it a safer vehicle for Americans. And because of the efforts of those groups from yesterday and today, the automobile is safer and continues to improve in its safety features.
If we can improve the safety of automobiles through advocacy and make it a safer vehicle for the use of American citizens without the threat of taking all automobiles away from all our citizens, we should be able to do the same with guns without the threatening message that there are anti-gun groups pushing to have all guns confiscated from all American gun owners.