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Opinion: Too many readily available guns with little oversight is the problem

I agree with Chris Arth’s opinion letter in the Friday, July 8, Sierra Sun — “Tired of ‘guns don’t kill people’ rhetoric” — on the issue that this common excuse we so often hear is that guns are not the problem, but the person pulling the trigger is the problem.

Let us be honest and admit that this culture of obsession with guns in our society and the easy access of assault weapons with high capacity clips that can kill large amounts of people in seconds is the real problem.

Too many readily available guns with little oversight thanks to the NRA and Gun Lobby leads to over 30,000 gun deaths in our country each year. Polls show that 80 to 90 percent of our citizens agree that common sense regulation is needed!

However, one group of our elected leaders are heavily funded by the Gun Lobby and will not act in the “American people’s” best interest!

It appears that this country is returning to the “Wild West” mentality of the 1800s, with shootouts a common occurrence.

One last comment! The “Second Amendment” argument and that, “They are going to take our guns away,” came from the NRA and Gun Lobby to scare people into buying more guns.

We have a right to own guns, but not “weapons of mass destruction.”

Bob Shannon

Truckee