World has changed, but those who live by the sword die by the sword

World has changed, but those who live by the sword die by the sword

The Jan. 25 letter, “Bill of Rights protects everyone,” shows how many people are mistaken when it comes to guns and other issues in the world today. At the time the Founding Fathers made the Bill of Rights it was a totally different world than it is today.

There were no law enforcement organizations as there are today and the weapons were very primitive, especially compared to the gun that Jared Lee Loughner used to kill and maim innocent people. If he did not have that gun none of those people would have been shot and killed.

All of the many horrific incidents involving guns over the past many years show that guns in the hands of citizens are mostly used to kill innocent people. How many people have been protected by having a gun? Most of the people I remember in the Bronx had guns when they were killed.

Jesus said that those who live by the sword will die by the sword. When will we ever learn that you cannot overcome evil with evil and killing with killing? I lived in the Bronx for over 40 years and in Youngstown for over 16 years and have never needed a gun or even had to defend myself. As a Christian I am not afraid to live in the worst areas and the Lord has always kept me and my family safe.

Any time the government cracks down on criminals the crime rate always goes down. We have seen this in New York City and also in Youngstown. What we don’t need is citizens brandishing guns and having shootouts in the streets.

People should use wisdom and know where to go and where not to go and when to go out and when not to go out.

As for our city of Youngstown, the police and other law enforcement agencies are doing a very good job of stemming the tide of violent crime in our city. There will always be innocent people who are targeted on purpose or by mistake and guns are a big part of the problem and are only part of the solution when in the hands of trained public servants.

LEO FEHER, Youngstown