To the Editor:
We have now forgotten that our freedoms aren’t free – the value we owe for them is accountability.
A 12- and 14 year-old broke into a house and located a shotgun, AK-47, and a handgun with an ample provide of ammunition unsecured by the proprietor. They’d premeditated a plan to observe the on-line sport Grand Theft Auto to interact in a shoot out with deputies.
A 3 year-old discovered an unsecured handgun and fatally shot a sibling.
A depressed center college woman left class and went to the fitness center the place she took out her grandfather’s .45 and killed herself.
Youngster suicides have elevated 50 p.c within the final 12 months. Practically 50 p.c of the suicides are dedicated with a family-owned gun.
I’m not in opposition to accountable gun possession. The daughter of a Recreation Warden who later joined the N.H. State Troopers and a grandfather who was Chief in Calais, Maine, I’m a gun proprietor. I’ve a CCW. I used to be a member of the Pine State Rifle Group. I additionally taught riflery in highschool.
Rights usually are not freedoms with out accountability. We appear to have forgotten this. We have now Freedom of Speech. It doesn’t give us the liberty to yell fireplace in a crowded theater if no fireplace exists.
As our nation struggles for gun management, I argue that we should always start with gun security. It’s inconceivable to take away the weapons that exist. It’s not inconceivable to carry gun homeowners chargeable for securing their weapons.
There is no such thing as a motive why each gun proprietor can’t afford a set off lock. California gives free locks at each police station. Gun safes are available from lengthy weapons to single weapon lock bins. If a home-owner believes a handgun ought to be available for security, there are gun safes that may be shortly opened with a biometric lock.
Cease attempting to eradicate the weapons. It’s as ineffective because the warfare in opposition to marijuana. States have legalized marijuana whereas together with accountable use legal guidelines. Driving stoned is DUI.
It’s time to focus on passing legal guidelines for accountable gun possession. Youngsters would have a a lot tougher time to commit mass shootings, suicide and unintended shootings if the nation handed a easy regulation requiring set off locks on all saved weapons.
We have to educate gun security. We have to demand that homeowners settle for that accountability comes with rights.
A $10 lock may stop one other tragic demise.
It’s a begin.
Village of Bonnybrook