Gun reg­u­la­tions

Houston Chronicle - - WORLD | FROM THE COVER -

Re­gard­ing “Inaction on gun laws is not the NRA’s fault” (Page A15, Fri­day), colum­nist Jonah Gold­berg uses the same dis­trac­tion tech­nique so com­mon in pol­i­tics today. He starts a dis­cus­sion of mass shoot­ing in­ci­dents and re­sul­tant gun con­trol pleas and quickly says the “rea­son for the sta­tus quo is a su­per­ma­jor­ity of Amer­i­cans do not want a ban on pri­vate gun own­er­ship.”

A gun con­trol ini­tia­tive to ban semi-au­to­matic as­sault weapons and high-ca­pac­ity mag­a­zines is not a ban on pri­vate gun own­er­ship. It is a rea­son­able re­stric­tion against the pri­vate own­er­ship of weapons de­signed for mil­i­tary use.

Like­wise, a manda­tory back­ground check for all gun pur­chases is not a ban on gun own­er­ship. It is a rea­son­able check to en­sure a per­son meets le­gal re­quire­ments to own a gun.

Gold­berg should quote ver­i­fi­able statis­tics on how many Amer­i­cans would op­pose these mea­sures. His tech­nique of quot­ing a statis­tic that has noth­ing to do with the topic at hand is sim­i­lar to the bait and switch tech­niques of a dis­rep­utable sales­man.

Greg Ray, Hous­ton

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