New Times / Letter To The Editor
The following articles were printed from New Times [newtimesslo.com] - Volume 28, Issue 47
Gun responsibility requires work from both sides
Steve T. Kobara - San Luis Obispo
Thank you for your coverage of the May 23 Isla Vista massacre (“UCSB responds to the deaths of six students,” May 29).
Liberals want to take away the means without addressing underlying causes. Conservatives want to address underlying causes without affecting the means. In truth, we need to do both.
The late Martin Luther King said it well. Shortly before his own death from a sniper, he stated that laws cannot change the heart, but they can constrain the heartless. Laws cannot legislate morals, but they can restrain the immoral.
Accordingly, I favor background checks, bands on 10-plus round clips, and bans on machine guns and selective-fire guns. I also favor bans on metal-cored “cop killer” bullets and mandatory gun education for prospective gun owners. And I would urge local residents to make their views on guns known to Ian Parkinson, our pro-gun sheriff.
Finally, I would ask Christians to pray for the bereaved and the 13 wounded in the Isla Vista shootings. We should also pray for responsible gun ownership and lifesaving legislation like assault gun restrictions, and also for strict enforcement of our 1934 and 1968 gun control laws.