Letter: We need to rethink our gun laws
The fact that people are eligible to apply for guns and legally buy and own them is something I do not agree with. It’s outrageous.
Just because someone meets the requirements to own a gun doesn’t mean they don’t have some underlying desire to commit a crime. Let’s just say that a person with a clean record, who has never been in trouble, and who has always been viewed as respectable in the eyes of the law, obtains a gun license and buys a gun, and then goes out and kills someone with it. Then what? It was legal for that person to have that gun, and who knows if they won’t just cry “innocent” and say it was an accident that it went off.
I think only people with authority should have guns, but the way they use them should be limited. I don’t agree with police officers having the right to shoot someone who is running from them, but that is beside the point.
Another reason you shouldn’t be able to own a gun is due to children being at risk of finding it. Kids often find this “thing” they think is a toy, bring it to their friend’s house and then tragedy occurs. It’s a scary thought that the situation could have been prevented in the first place.
Owning guns is not a life-or-death situation. Or maybe from another standpoint, it is. If people want to go hunting, then the designated hunting grounds should have the guns available there to rent while hunting. Keeping guns off the street is the best idea ever for so many reasons.
Another possible issue that could come up is someone knowing you have a gun and where you keep it. Then they tell someone about your gun and they tell someone and before you know it, you can’t find your gun. You wouldn’t even know the weapon you have was stolen. In all reality, if a crime is committed using the gun stolen from your home, then the investigation will lead right back to the gun owner: you. That sounds like too much to lose for something so unnecessary to own.
Kaneland High School