In response to the Rev. Paul Cook’s Feb. 4 letter (“We need stricter gun laws,”) I submit the following – and by the way, I have been around for seven decades.
The shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the others was a tragedy, especially the little girl. However, the man responsible had a history of mental problems, so blame his doctors and family for him not receiving proper treatment and/or confinement.
If the courts would start punishing murderers with mandatory death sentences and carrying them out, this type of useless killing would drop drastically.
My opinion of John F. and Robert Kennedy is evidently far different from the Rev. Cook’s. As for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., I won’t bother to give my opinion; just read the true history of this man and not the made-up bull.
There are more-than-sufficient laws governing gun ownership for law-abiding citizens. Does the Rev. Cook suggest violating the Constitution’s Second Amendment? That amendment was so people could protect themselves from a repressive government if need be – and that is getting close!
I was raised around guns and taught safety, unlike most young people today. You do not penalize honest citizens; you penalize law violators. If the Rev. Cook saw the number of guns I own and the ammunition I have, he probably would faint.
Lastly, remember: “When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns.” And the people will not have the ability to fight a repressive government.
His letter was standard liberal, Democratic bull! I wonder if Richmond County Democratic Party Chairman Lowell Greenbaum wrote it for him.