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Letter: Criminal frame of mind is the wrong approach to gun-control debate

My head spins: "Regardless of any gun control legislation, criminals will find a way to purchase firearms."

So what. When did we ever write laws based on the example of criminals?

When did anyone ever argue, "It's no use establishing this regulation or this law because criminals will ignore it."

It seems to me the gun-control debate has morphed into a choice between acting like violent criminals and being a responsible, civil society. A choice between using criminals as our role models or maintaining a respect for the lives of others.

When the NRA's Wayne LaPierre says, "The only solution to a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," it sounded to me like he spent a good 15 seconds thinking about it, then smiled and shouted, "I've got it! Let's kill all the criminals!"


When people frame the issue in terms of a gun battle, it's clear to me that the real issue is being ignored. It's clear that one side has concluded the wrong people are being murdered.

I'm not prepared to indulge the personal feeling of security individuals might enjoy at the expense of 300 million privately owned firearms (nearly half of the world's total) in this country, and the ability to buy weapons designed to kill men on the battlefield as easily as a toaster.

I'm not impressed by people devoted to perpetuating their vision of the U.S. as a country of criminals. Instead, let's perpetuate reason and respect.