Stop the madness of unlimited gun laws

first_imgLeonard Muller’s April 22 letter to the editor included a quote attributed to Adolph Hitler suggesting that gun registration led to the rise of the Nazis and World War II. An internet search reveals that there’s no factual basis to the quote. Although commonly repeated, it’s an urban legend, bogus, fake. The whole argument, again often repeated, that gun control somehow aided Nazi Germany in its atrocities has been repeatedly debunked by Politifact and Snopes. The gun supporters need to find better quotes to prop up their Minuteman fantasies that somehow they are the only thing standing between us and tyranny. I don’t buy it. The Canadians, British, Australians and Europeans don’t buy it, either, yet they seem to enjoy as much freedom as Americans and are much safer in the bargain.Coincidentally, about the time the April 22 Gazette was loaded into the delivery trucks, four people were murdered in a Nashville Waffle House by a nut with an AR-15. How did he get an AR-15?  His father allegedly gave it back to him after the police had taken it away because he was a nut. Exactly how does that protect our freedom? Are we reduced to having to arm ourselves to get breakfast and hope we aren’t shot down before we can get off a few rounds?  Are the dead of Aurora and Las Vegas and Orlando and Sandy Hook and Sutherland Springs and Parkland and on and on just collateral damage to those who insist on unfettered gun ownership? Is this any way for a strong and free people to live?I grew up as a country boy surrounded by guns and was a pretty good shot in my day. I understand exactly what guns can do and why people like them. But even I can see we have descended into madness. Enough.James E. PickettNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more