Letters to the Editor

A new gun law won’t stop murderers

FILE - In this Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017 file photo, police officers stand along the Las Vegas Strip near the Mandalay Bay resort and casino during a shooting at a country music festival, in Las Vegas. Jay Purves and his colleagues at a private security firm manning the Route 91 Harvest festival Sunday night were a force of 200 unarmed first responders who lifted people over barriers, hid them behind pillars and under the stage, and funneled them to exits amid the panic. The guards are the first ones people inside an event go to when there is a problem.
FILE - In this Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017 file photo, police officers stand along the Las Vegas Strip near the Mandalay Bay resort and casino during a shooting at a country music festival, in Las Vegas. Jay Purves and his colleagues at a private security firm manning the Route 91 Harvest festival Sunday night were a force of 200 unarmed first responders who lifted people over barriers, hid them behind pillars and under the stage, and funneled them to exits amid the panic. The guards are the first ones people inside an event go to when there is a problem. AP

The killings in Las Vegas were a national tragedy and will drive a renewed call for gun control. The fact is guns do not kill people, people use guns to kill people. The crime of murder is already a violation of the law and is punishable by death. If that fact is not enough to stop someone from obtaining a gun and using it to kill others, I cannot think of any other law that would stop a person intent on doing harm to others from doing so.

Is it the fault of the spoon that some people are fat? Is it the fault of the pen that some people misspell words?

Why do we not realize bad people, intent upon killing others, will use knives, guns, baseball bats, bombs, automobiles or anything else that will serve their needs to do so?

Face it, a new law will not stop those intent upon killing others. The crime of murder is already punishable by death or life in prison.

Please stop and think about these facts.

John Texeira, Paso Robles

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