Sandra Weaver, San Clemente
To people who want to fight for less restrictive gun laws: I know you feel as saddened as we all do over these unnecessary killings. But the fact remains that many of the killings were done by gun owners who should not have had the opportunity to purchase them. And they were done with weapons designed to kill many people.
A letter in the March 29-April 4 edition of the San Clemente Times uses historical references to past horrific killings of innocent people. The letter asserts that disarming the citizens was the first thing these despotic governments did and suggests that they would have liked the right to bear arms.
We are not advocating disarming people. We want to eliminate these unnecessary weapons and require more thorough background checks for gun owners. If you just want protection against your government, should it become tyrannical, purchase your gun and lock it up in hopes you will never have to use it.
Another letter used statistics of causes of death in 2015 for 15-19-year-olds. They are accidents, drug overdoses, suicide, cancer, heart disease and birth defects totaling 6,869 deaths.
None of these are premeditated murder, many are the result of wrong choices or disease.
The letter goes on to state the number of non-gang, non-suicide fatalities in school shootings nationwide (K-12) averages about 15 per year and has been declining. The argument made is that there are approximately 51 million K-12 students in the U.S., and therefore, a student’s chance of being killed in a non-gang, non-suicide school shooting in any given year is about 1 in 3.4 million.
Have we become so immune to these tragic shootings that they have simply become statistics? Do we express joy over three children shot instead of 17? The facts remain. Guns are the common denominator in these school shootings. It just seems to me that in the opinion of avid gun lovers, their right to own any kind of gun trumps the safety of our kids.