The U.S. Constitution not only dictated how the government was set up but prohibits the government from interfering with certain fundamental rights of the people. The Bill of Rights is enumerated in the first 10 amendments, one of which provides the right to bear arms.
But the use and ownership of firearms is regulated by state law. Federal law requires licenses for certain importers, manufacturers and dealers; prohibits the selling of firearms to young people, criminals and mental incompetent; controls the carrying for firearms on public transportation; and outlaws traffic in stolen weapons and in guns that have had their identification numbers altered or removed.
And yet, every day we read in the newspapers where crimes are committed with guns. A gun is only dangerous when it is loaded with ammunition in the hands of someone who has evil intentions.
Perhaps if we had the cost of ammunition cost-prohibitive that could help solve the problem of so many needless tragedies. Also if we could get help with anger management. Anger is a normal emotion and everyone has experienced it at one time or another; however, if it is uncontrolled or suppressed it can be extremely harmful and even a killer.
There is no Republican or Democratic answer as to how to solve this problem, only the right answer. What we need is a little more love than hate, more tolerance, more empathy and compassion. But this isn't a perfect world. This earth is a place where good and evil co-exists. Our Creator gave us the gift of free will rather than to control us. I hope and believe that the good in us overcomes the evil in the end.
We are all responsible for our actions. That's why we have prisons and jails and law enforcement to punish people who cannot control their anger and the taxpayer foots the bill. Talk about injustice.
When I was a teenager in Cleveland, there was a young boy who shot himself in the head because he was afraid he would be reprimanded by his father for getting bad grades. Perhaps if there hadn't been a loaded gun in the house the tragedy could have been averted.
Mary Alice Trimmer, Streetsboro