Public Comment

New: Gun Laws Needed

By Romila Khanna
Sunday February 03, 2013 - 09:54:00 AM

I hear a lot of arguments in favor of gun ownership and guns sales but these arguments are seldom made by people who have lost loved ones to violent crime. Unfortunately it is difficult to tell ahead of time who will use readily available guns wisely and who will use these weapons in a fit of rage or crime. Of the many imperfect ways available to reduce the senseless killing of civilians it seems best to introduce strict gun controls. 

The aim of the second amendment was not the literal right to possess a gun but the crucial right to be safe and protected. The wide availability of guns today is making our society a war zone. I don't believe civilian society should be a war zone. The Constitution wanted to support all those offices of government which enabled citizens to have the opportunity to live in freedom and to pursue happiness. In service of that opportunity I think only security department employees or military personnel should have access to assault weapons. In the East Bay where I live one life is lost every day in spite of all efforts by local police to provide safety for citizens. The fact is that there are too many guns in the hands of people who should be behind the bars. Only strict gun control laws can save the nation at this critical time.