Pub­lic safety tops own­er­ship of guns

Calgary Herald - - OPINION -

Re: “Leave law-abid­ing gun own­ers alone,” Let­ters,

April 30

The root of all gun vi­o­lence — and the com­mon de­nom­i­na­tor in ev­ery sin­gle gun crime — is guns. If there are sim­ply fewer guns in cir­cu­la­tion — fewer to be pur­chased, fewer to be stolen, fewer to be smug­gled — there will sim­ply be fewer in­stances where peo­ple have them and mis­use them.

To be suc­cess­ful, an as­sault weapon ban doesn’t have to stop 100 per cent of all po­ten­tial mur­ders, it just has to stop some. The law that low­ered the blood-al­co­hol level for driv­ing didn’t stop all drunk driv­ing. This pol­icy will not stop ev­ery gun crime, but it will save lives.

Pub­lic safety should be more im­por­tant than our in­di­vid­ual hob­bies or pas­times. It is self-in­dul­gent in the extreme for a cit­i­zen to feel that they have the right to own mil­i­tary-grade weapons in cal­lous dis­re­gard of ev­ery com­mon-sense ar­gu­ment that fewer guns mean fewer pos­si­ble sce­nar­ios where in­no­cents are killed.

Rob Jobst, Cal­gary

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