Public safety tops ownership of guns
Re: “Leave law-abiding gun owners alone,” Letters,
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