The Ottumwa Courier

April 13, 2013

We need to agree on gun control


Ottumwa Courier

---- — Gun owners would welcome legislation which effectively deals with all violence, but we see the control proponents as deceitful and untrustworthy. Three examples. The pro-control people publicly say they want to take no one’s gun but privately state their goal of confiscation of all civilian guns.

Second. Connecticut Gov. Malloy recently spoke for gun control in less than respectful terms. During his speech, a machine gun was shown being fired. The deceit, to cause those unfamiliar with firearms to confuse semiautomatics which fire once per trigger pull with machine guns.

Third. A coed who was raped on the University of Colorado campus by a total stranger was arguing before the Colorado Legislature for the right to carry concealed on campus. She said if she had a gun, she would have stopped her attacker. A female state legislator responded with: “Sorry, but statistics are not on your side. You are 800 times more likely to be killed.” The deceit: almost no women carry; therefore almost never shoot, and when they do carry, they use the gun to keep the attacker away, not to kill. That is not unique to women. There are over one million instances each year in the United States when someone protects themselves with a firearm and no shots are fired.

Become trustworthy, pro-control people, and you will get some cooperation.

Paul Halferty

Ottumwa