New Times / Letter To The Editor
The following articles were printed from New Times [newtimesslo.com] - Volume 27, Issue 27
Think obligations over rightsSan Luis Obispo
Steve T. Kobara
Regarding pro-gun letters in the wake of the Connecticut shooting that left 20 children dead, I quote Alexander Solzhynitsin: “We need to emphasize not human rights, but human obligations.”
Guns make killing easier and quicker. A gunman can disable his victim 100 yards away with a pistol, and 200 yards away with a submachine gun. With a 7.62mm rifle, he can kill someone at 1,000 yards, or even 1,000 meters, away without fear of retaliation. Guns’ immense power disables a victim instantaneously. The Connecticut shooter could not have killed 26 persons with a knife, or bayonet, or billy club.
Too many gun advocates yammer mindlessly about their “rights,” but seldom say a thing about the rights of children to attend school without being murdered. Despite their speculation over their “rights,” many pro-gunners ignore others’ rights and safety. Other pro-gunners argue that the June 2000 murder of three federal meat inspectors in a butcher shop was also Constitutionally protected. The right to own guns does not necessarily imply a corresponding “right” to shoot, let alone to commit murder.
Let’s all remember our human obligations.
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