• Firearm danger is long-lasting
    January 23,2013
    • Email Article
    •  
    •  Print Article
     
    While 0.08 percent of Vermonters (a toe of our body politic) were asserting their right on Gun Appreciation Day to possess them, half a dozen of their brethren were busy getting wounded at gun shows around the nation by weapons the owners were trying to sell.

    Because of their nature, guns demand a higher level of responsibility from owners. It’s bad enough if I were to give a butcher knife to a 2-year-old or my car keys to a 12-year-old; society would vilify me for being an idiot. How much worse is it for anyone to release to another party a tool that is meant to kill? But we do not consider the act of letting go of a gun to be dangerous — it is perfectly all right for the purchaser to lose it, leave it unsecured, lend it, sell it, pawn it, give it away. And in over 80 percent of all gun murders, that gun eventually arrives in unworthy hands, and somebody dies.

    It is fitting that society demand of gun buyers that they be responsible for their weapon for its entire life — the price we pay when they let go of them is too high. Rather than let it ever pass into unworthy hands, they should prove they are responsible gun owners by destroying it.

    CHUCK GREGORY

    Springfield
    • Email Article
    •  
    •  Print Article
    2 Comments
    MORE IN Letters
    “Donald Trump is a pathological liar.”

    Don’t take my word for it. Full Story
    When Obama won the election the first time, many of the folks of my political persuasion said... Full Story
    The Board of Aldermen and women are proposing to keep $175,000 in the city budget and use it to... Full Story
    More Articles
  •