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Letter: Gun laws don't matter to criminals

The shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School sparked another massive wave of gun control hysteria across America.

President Barack Obama, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Gov. Martin O'Malley, Sen. Dianne Feinstein and hundreds of others have been fanning the fires of gun control frenzy since Dec. 14. The loss of those innocent lives is indeed a tragedy of unimaginable proportions for those who lived and are still living that nightmare.

The voices of those calling for gun control speak without solid rational thought. Unfortunately, our leaders fail to consider that existing gun laws and new gun laws have and will impact only the law-abiding. Yet this has been the standard. Why? Is it because our lawmakers know it's the easier path to pursue? If so, the bigger issues still remain - violent criminals, gangs and the mentally unstable will continue to be a problem, and no past, present or future laws will affect them.

Anyone with an ounce of common sense, including those clamoring for these laws, surely knows this. Yet the president, governors, mayors and others will charge ahead full throttle powered by the anti-gun hysteria to get their laws passed. In the end, the only people affected by these laws will be those who already obey the law.

I believe Obama, Feinstein, O'Malley, Bloomberg and their supporters, know that more gun control laws cannot and will not prevent another mass shooting event. Yet their solution to a problem they cannot fix is to attack the law-abiding citizens and punish them for crimes committed by others. Will this be the way of future America? If we cannot prevent criminals and the mentally unstable from killing, the lawmakers will take it out on those who live by the law.

Let's take another step with the cry for stricter gun control laws. What would happen if our lawmakers were able to push through a bill ordering the confiscation of all firearms? Who would they immediately go after? You can bet your life it would be the law-abiding citizen. Why? Because they obeyed the law requiring registration of their firearms. Government officials know where they reside and the good citizen will, in all likelihood, offer the path of least resistance. The criminals? Well, the criminals get a free pass because they didn't obey the law.

So, it would be gun crime as usual on the streets of Chicago, Baltimore, New York, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles, while a mentally unstable person loads his guns and plans a mass shooting at a mall, church, or school in your neighborhood.

James H. Lilley

Mount Airy

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