Guns: Congress got it right

I would like to personally thank the members of Congress who voted down recent efforts to pass legislation that would place even further restrictions on gun ownership, in effect weakening our Second Amendment rights as citizens of this great nation.

It appears that our own State Rep. Brian Blake, 19th District, seems to have a realistic grasp on the issue at hand here. Let’s fill the gap between the criminal justice system and mental health care providers, helping to ensure that violent mental health offenders get the treatment they need.

Get the families involved by committing those offenders who are opposed to voluntary treatment. Why not spend our tax dollars on the root of the problem, instead of wasting it buying Band-Aids?

I don’t want to seem insensitive to those affected by the recent acts of violence that have been occurring with disturbing frequency. My heart goes out to all who have lost loved ones in these tragedies, but we need to address the real issues here. Statistically, more people are killed in this country on a weekly basis by drunk or impaired drivers than in all the mass shootings we’ve witnessed in the last year.

If you look at the issue from the mindset of those who would wish to take our guns away, then maybe we should outlaw cars and booze. Think of all the lives that would be saved! I remember seeing a slogan from the early ’70s that said, “Outlaw guns and only outlaws will have guns.” I believe we deserve to and have the right to protect ourselves and our families. No politician on Capitol Hill should be able to tell me I can do neither!

Steve Morse