Not Being Able To Purchase Guns Is A 'Scary Thought'
This letter is in response to the editorial about the NRA. While I agree with Mr. Schwach concerning his view on assault rifles and that the average citizen should not own them, I think that if a law-abiding person wants to own a rifle, shotgun, or pistol, they should be allowed to do so. You didn't write in the column that in states where the public can own firearms, even carry pistols, the crime rate in such areas is a lot lower than in New York. Criminals love our ban on pistols for the average citizen. If I were caught with an illegal handgun I would have to go to jail for one year. To the average thug, one year in jail is like a vacation. They get to rest, pump iron, victimize weaker inmates, and see family and friends who are also locked up. The same thug would be more scared of a businessman or soccer mom putting one in his/her head or heart than a one-year jail term.
Then there is the subject of Virginia's gun dealers, whom Howard detests more than Halliburton, Bush, or the GOP. They should, in fact, not sell guns to people to be passed on to others. I think if you buy a gun, the serial number should be forever linked to you; you're responsible. When I think of anti-gun laws and the public being disarmed, it reminds me of Nazi Germany, whose citizens were disarmed before the Nazis rose to their evil power. Let Mr. Schwach tell readers that in the U.K., where the gun laws are stricter than ours, the people are in more danger than (and are victims of more crimes than), New Yorkers in the 1969-1993 crime plague. I am not an apologist for the NRA, but it is a scary thought not being able to purchase a rifle, pistol or shotgun, if I choose to.