2012-01-20 / Letters

No Common Sense In Editorial Opinion

Dear Editor,

Your editorial opinion in the January 13 edition certainly does not match the header of “common sense.” Common sense would have a nationwide reciprocity law. Imagine if you were driving in Florida and was told that your NY driver’s license is not good in Miami, would that make sense? If an individual is found to be competent and safe in Tennessee, why would her presence in NY change that?

The statement that “expanding the base (of carry permits) would only cause more murders and mayhem” is utterly ridiculous. Look at the crime rate of shall-issue states and compare it to Washington DC and NY (with the toughest gun laws in the nation). Would one attempt to rob an old lady in Fort Worth, Texas when she might be carrying a 357 magnum? I think not. Have you gathered statistics of all shootings in NY to see how many were actually committed using a legally and properly licensed firearm? If you did, you would not have made your statement.

Those thinking that tougher laws would reduce crime are dreaming. There is a reason there are criminals — they are the ones who don’t obey the law. So no, they don’t buy and register their guns legally, and no, they don’t follow the rules and regulation. Laws are made for law abiding citizens, the criminals don’t obey them. Tougher laws or jail terms do not serve as deterrence for criminals. In the 19+ years I have been in law enforcement, I have seen the same criminals returning to my jail over and over again. For you to agree that a law abiding citizen from Tennessee should go to jail strictly for her failure to check our local laws is just as draconian as the law itself.

RAOUL WATSON

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