It’s not the guns, it’s the idiots

It’s not the guns, it’s the idiots

In the aftermath of the trag- ic shootings in Newtown, Conn., we must stop and ask ourselves who was the clear and present danger here, the gun or the deranged idiot that picked those guns up?

Yes, I’m sure there will be an outcry for more stricter gun control and to get these weapons off the street, but is it the gun we need off the street, or the person who picks it up?

I think more effort should be put in identifying and tracking people who have no business having firearms than the gun itself.

Tighter gun control will only make it more profitable for illegal gun runners and black market sellers.

Jim Eidel, Poland

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World War II assault weap- ons were designed for use against the enemy. In the 1920s, the only civilians possessing them were police and mobsters. Out government, through the FBI, stopped that.

The Vietnam War in the 1960s brought development of the M14 and AR15. At the end of the ’60s, the public began purchasing assault weapons. To date, what we have is mass killings, not by mobsters but by drug wars and mentally impaired people. The bottom line is money being made by the manufacturers of these weapons.

If anyone wants to shoot this kind of weapon, I suggest they take an oath, put on a uniform and serve our country. Otherwise, leave assault weapons to the armed forces.

Paul R. Lawson, McDonald