Letters to the Editor

California is doing the right thing by pushing gun control

Richard Mullikin (Letters, “California gun legislation bypasses voters,” July 8) spouts all of the buzzwords and talking points parroted by other gun aficionados about California’s gun laws.

He needs to be reminded that we are not a democracy, but a republic where we elect representatives to carry out our will. For example, unlike other states, we prefer not to allow the open-carry of guns (especially in bars).

“A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State …” is a fundamental responsibility of our Legislature, and they have passed numerous gun regulations — all without precluding the right to own one for protection, hunting or target shooting.

Moreover, there is a citizen’s initiative in November to restrict ammunition sales, which I hope is passed.

Gun control is essentially a political issue and, as the events in Dallas demonstrate, the country needs to have a serious and honest discussion of our problems involving race, crime, mental health and guns; one based on facts, not rhetoric.

Unfortunately, the Republican Congress, at the behest of the National Rifle Association, has cynically blocked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from any study of gun violence designed to help address these issues; therefore, the state has acted responsibly.

Kurt Montgomery, Los Osos

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