What do gun-grabbers fail to grasp?
The column Toy guns could be a deadly game (Sierra Sun My Turn Sept. 25) promotes outrage on so many different levels that I simply don’t know where to begin. Please note:1. The U.S. Supreme Court has consistently ruled the police are not responsible for the safety of the individual citizen. Got that? Read it again. To police authorities and any other us-vs.-them gun-ban promoters who might be inconvenienced by kids playing with toy guns; and to those who pat themselves on the backs for their restraint in not shooting children, I say you might want to check your police-state tactics at the door.2. While there are certainly persons of questionable mental stability, the inference is that anyone with a gun (i.e. real or toy) falls into that category. See Item number 1. 3. These actions would minimize the potential for injury to any citizen, particularly children. Not as long as your para-military, macho-driven officers utilize a lick of sense, it won’t. This is a blatant attempt to vilify guns and law-abiding gun owners. 4. Neon green or hot pink. If they insist upon outlawing toy guns, then you might as well outlaw felt-tipped black Marks-a-Lot pens, because kids aren’t stupid. Kids have always played with toy guns, realistic or otherwise. Should such a ban pass, would the gunbanners next go after kids pointing fingers and saying, Pow, pow? 5. Remember Chicken Little? A couple of cases don’t make a trend. But even if it did: Neither the government nor the law can protect a fool from the consequences of his folly. (Author unknown, but thanked.)6. When government officials resort to blaming inanimate objects for crime, it sounds like they might not be up to the task they’ve been hired to do.Government is not reason. Government is not eloquence. It is force. And, like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. George Washington.Since the definition of infringed is the same today as it was in the 18th century when the Bill of Rights was ratified, you might want to ask: Exactly what part of shall not be infringed do these gun-grabbers fail to grasp?Lee McGee is a resident of Jeanerette, La.