Letter: More gun regulations not the answer
In response to the horrific shooting that happened in the Sandy Hook Elementary School, President Barack Obama has called on congressional action to further limit gun ownership. But I simply don't agree.
Taking away our constitutional rights is not going to fix the problem. The focus should be on what is morally wrong with our society and the individuals committing these crimes.
Question: Let's say you're a criminal, and you have a choice of what neighborhood to steal from. Are you going to go to a neighborhood where every other house is armed? Or would you rather steal from a place that is happily gun-free? No, of course you're going to the place without the firearms.
It has long been known that laws don't stop bad people from breaking them. Chicago has some of the strictest gun laws in America and is listed as the most dangerous city in the US.
Switzerland has guns in almost every house with every adult going through some form of military or weapons training. Gun homicides per 100,000 population is around 50, so they must be doing something right, otherwise they would have turned into a war zone a long time ago.
I understand being afraid of something that was used in a way to harm someone, but responsible gun ownership and holders are a key part of our society as Americans and have long been part of our history as a nation. Any new laws that infringe upon our constitutional rights effectively take power away from responsible users and give more power to people who don't care what the government puts in writing.