POV: Some Questions for the Gun-Obsessed (5/7/13) - WDRB 41 Louisville News

POV: Some Questions for the Gun-Obsessed (5/7/13)

Let's just agree for the moment that private gun ownership is a right guaranteed by the Constitution that won't be going away soon.  That's hard to dispute, and I don't want to.

But I still have a few questions about some of the more extreme positions of the pro-gun lobby.

For instance, do you really think the requirement for background checks shouldn't extend to those who sell weapons at gun shows and online?  Are people who buy over the Internet just more naturally trustworthy?

Do you really think the best way to avoid another Sandy Hook is to make sure teachers in every classroom are armed?  If so, should it simply be allowed, or required?  And are these the same teachers you condemn as lazy and incompetent when Junior doesn't measure up academically?

And do you really see a pressing need for parents to have the legal right to buy real, functioning .22 caliber rifles for their five-year olds?  Seriously?  Would you accept a requirement that each rifle come with matching bulletproof vests for their siblings?

Despite all the uproar surrounding this emotional issue, I think most people – whether they're gun enthusiasts or would never have one in the house – have a common sense, live and let live attitude toward ownership of firearms.  But I believe too many people are turning a legitimate right into a sick obsession.  And they're doing their cause more harm than good.

Call and share your thoughts.

I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my…Point of View.

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