Letter to the Editor

Go Canadian on guns

Arroyo GrandeFebruary 4, 2013 

I can’t believe what I am reading almost daily about gun control. It is unbelievable that people are saying guns don’t kill, that it’s people who kill. What nonsense.

The United Kingdom bans the private ownership of guns, where the firearm-related deathrate per 100,000 population is 0.25; Canada is 2.13 and United States 10.2 (from Wikipedia).

In Canada, handguns must be registered and potential buyers must undergo training, a personal-risk assessment and a criminal background check. They must supply two references and have their spouses notified before purchase. I would go one step further: have one of the references by a medical professional.

Because it would be impossible to repeal the sacred Second Amendment, why not do something along the lines of Canada, plus add the reference from a medical professional?

The Tribune is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service