La Times – Taming the Monster: Get Rid of the Guns : More firearms won’t make America safer–they will only accelerate and intensify the heartache and bloodshed
Taming the Monster: Get Rid of the Guns : More firearms won’t make America safer–they will only accelerate and intensify the heartache and bloodshed
December 28, 1993
At the same time, halfway measures, however well-intentioned, will not markedly reduce gun violence. Sure, we strongly supported the just-passed Brady bill, which imposes a mandatory period between the purchase and delivery of a handgun. Why not? And we endorse proposals to heavily tax as well as limit the availability of ammunition. Why not? And we back proposals to get tougher on gun criminals and to better enforce existing laws to license, tax and restrict the sale and importation of certain types of firearms. Who could be against such measures?
AMERICANS WON’T BE SAFE UNTIL THEY DISARM
All of these will help, but none will address the core problem. Only by slicing away at this nation’s already vast and deadly arsenal of guns will we reduce the violence and the fear. You will not feel safe, your children will not be safe, until there are almost no guns on the streets and in homes.
No guns, period, except for those held by law enforcement officials and a few others, including qualified hunters and collectors. Without a drop in the number of guns already in circulation–200 million and rising hourly–no legislative reform, no matter how comprehensive or masterly, will produce a drop in gun crime any time soon. Conversely, measures to reduce the existing supply of firearms will work only if they are coupled with a near-total ban on private gun ownership.
We think the time has come for Americans to tell the truth about guns. They are not for us; we cannot handle them. They kill people, our children included. It’s time to get rid of them. Period.