While thinking about his comments, I read this article by Jon Meacham and then watched his commentary on PBS's "Need to Know" program. A brave man, Meacham, to dare to mention that he is a gun owner and a hunter and yet favors reasonable gun laws. The NRA thinks that these kind of people do not exist. Many of my readers think the same and challenge me to show support from gun owners and hunters for my cause.
O.K. then. Let's get started. In my hometown newspaper on January 17, this letter, unsolicited by me or anyone I know, appeared on the editorial page. I thank this local hunter and gun owner for being willing to express that he thinks no hunter needs 30 round ammunition magazines. In fact, in his words:" What kind of madness has infected Americans who believe they are entitled to a 30-round magazine when there's a possibility of shooting humans while willingly limiting themselves to three rounds for shooting ducks?"
I asked some friends who own guns to submit statements to me that I would use in my blog. Many said I could use their real names, but to protect them from the wrath of the gun guys on this blog, I have chosen not to do so. Here then,are their common sense statements:
- The first one to respond was my friend to whom I spoke in the post office. "
- As a hunter and gun owner I believe there eventually has to be some distinction made between legitimate sporting arms and firearms that no one particularly needs to have in their possession or variations of those firearms. That along with screening of buyers seems reasonable. What bothers me further is that all sellers of firearms may not be particularly scrupulous and would not necessarily follow any laws reasonably passed. How we can ensure that only legal sales are contracted I do not know, but considerable regulation would probably be necessary and would no doubt be lobbied against by gun manufacturers."