In response to a recent letter claiming gun control is common sense, I would refer to a quote by Rahm Emanuel, now mayor of Chicago, who once said, "You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that is that it's an opportunity to do things you think you couldn't do before."
The tragedy at Sandyhook has inspired this new push for gun control. We mourn the loss of those children, and feel for those families, as we did for all the other victims of such tragedies, and our emotions let us be drawn into the argument of "for or against" gun control. I find it odd that the one tragedy one hears very little about is the one at Fort Hood. There were victims and families involved there too.
We should perhaps ask why slaves were not allowed to own guns. It has nothing to do with hunting, or skeet shooting. The answer is because they probably would have revolted. The Second Amendment was created so we the people could rise up against tyranny if necessary.
The word control should give us a hint of the bigger picture - and we need not look far to see that a group of unarmed people have no chance against someone with a gun.
History and statistics tell us that an unarmed populace is an enslaved one, and while this debate seems focused on a small part of it, (background checks and assault weapons as the writer pointed out), it could easily be the first of many steps. Next step will be to outlaw lead ammunition with the claim that it pollutes the environment. How easily this could progress.
Gun ownership in this country has been a right and a privilege for generations.
Emotions aside, one thing is clear; evil exists, and no law will change that.