The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Our Readers Speak

January 20, 2013

Our Readers Speak — Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013

 

Gun control laws won’t stop killings

It amazes me that people can believe that passing more gun control laws will prevent killings like the ones we have had in the past few years. You can’t pass laws to prevent evil, mental health, hatred, hot tempers or anything else that will cause a person to kill another person.

All of the laws already passed have not deterred those disposed to violent crimes. You can’t pass a law to make you obey the laws that are passed. There will be consequences if you are convicted of breaking laws, but those bent on doing violence will give no thought to the wrong of their crimes or the consequences.

Murders have been committed, not only by guns, but by knives, blunt objects, cars, fists, you name it. If a person wishes another person dead, he will find a way to carry it out.

All of the killings occurred in “safe zones” or “no guns allowed” zones. If a good guy was allowed to carry a gun, the number of deaths could have been greatly reduced or prevented.

We have a God-given right, as well as the Second Amendment right, to keep and bear arms. We have the right to defend our persons, family and property from those who would kill us or rob us or destroy our possessions.

It has been stated, “If guns are outlawed, only the outlaw will have guns.” Why do you think that is a true statement? If the government demands all guns are to be confiscated, who will most likely bring in their guns? The outlaw? Of course not. It will be law-abiding citizens.

But then again, many law-abiding West Virginians, I for one, will NOT willingly hand over our guns because politicians say we have to. They have no right to demand that of us. We do have a right NOT to.

You need to write, e-mail or call Sen. Manchin, Sen. Rockefeller and Rep. Rahall and tell them you expect them to honor their oath of office and defend the Constitution, including the Second Amendment. When you let your leaders know how you stand on issues, they take notice.

The time to act is NOW. Don’t put off this important responsibility you have to stand against unlawful gun control laws.

Deloris Lilly

Rupert

Highway department could reduce flooding

Since the turnpike construction blocked the portion of Paint Creek in the Lively section of Pax, it is probable that it has happened elsewhere. Perhaps the highway department could look at the blockages and eliminate the areas that constantly back up causing flooding.

It would make the lives of the residents of these areas much easier.

Linda Campbell

Lakeland, Fla.

formerly of Beckley

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