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In response to Linda Cohen's April 25 letter, I would like to contradict a few of her statements.
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It was reported just a few days ago that the National Rifle Association, of which I am proud to be a member, has already begun talks with congressional leaders to address the issue of preventing certain people with mental illnesses from legally buying guns.
Cohen stated that outlawing weapons designed to kill people would be "simply dismissed as a violation of our civil rights." The Second Amendment is not a civil right; it is a constitutionally guaranteed right. A violation of my civil rights happens when a criminal breaks into my house, and I'm not allowed to use deadly force to stop him from harming me or my family because of gun laws that are unconstitutional.
It just doesn't make sense to pass legislation saying law-abiding citizen cannot have a firearm for self-defense. If an amendment to the Constitution were passed tomorrow saying gun ownership was a crime, who do you really think that would hurt? The criminals have already shown a complete lack of respect for the laws, and they certainly don't care if you pass another one. Banning guns would only cause them to laugh all the way to your house, where they will certainly rob you and maybe even kill you.
Cohen's last comment was that "you can't be pro-life and pro-gun. It's impossible." What a ridiculous statement. I can only guess that Cohen is referring to one of the 10 Commandments that states, "Thou shalt not kill." The literal translation of that commandment is "Thou shalt not murder." Defending yourself and your loved ones from some psycho, who wants to harm you, by putting a bullet in his head, is not murder. It is self-defense and protected by the laws of our country.
Like me, the vast majority of legal gun owners in this country are responsible, law-abiding citizens who only want to be able to protect ourselves. We teach our children to be responsible gun owners. Cohen simply shows her ignorance by calling us "kook-fringe gun nuts."
Virginia Tech was a gun-free zone, but that didn't stop the worst massacre in U.S. history. Places such as Washington, D.C., and Chicago have anti-gun laws, and they have some of the highest crime rates in our nation. That ought to tell you something.
J. Marc Mulkey