Normally, I’d send a link to this pathetic anti-pistol polemic to TTAG’s resident gungrabberdeconstructinator. Sculptor Tuck Langland‘s missive misses the mark on so many levels I reckon I’d unleash a Krafftian War and Peace. So here’s the annotated version of the Granger gun grabber’s letter to the editor. Remember: people think like this. “It seems that every week or two we read of another mass shooting. Many of the pro-gun people say that had an armed citizen been there that he or she could have stopped the carnage. But how many stories have appeared in the papers reporting just such a scenario? Be honest now . . .
how many have you read where the maniac shooter was stopped in his tracks because a concerned citizen — not a police officer — had a gun and dropped him? Compare that number to the number of stories about shooters killing many people before being stopped by police . . .
“Remember, the New York City police have an accuracy rating of 34 percent with the target only zero to six feet away, and they are well trained. What would be the accuracy rating of a self-appointed savior in a very rapid and panic filled situation, where no one really knew what was going on, and who was the one to shoot? Can we imagine the carnage, all done in good faith? . . .
“We have so many guns that there is no way to reduce that number short of police going house to house to search for grandpa’s shotgun in the back of the closet, and that is, quite simply, not the American way. I don’t believe anyone is suggesting that . . .
“One place to start is simple. Limit the sales of huge ammunition magazines. Outlaw military weapons, which are designed for one purpose only and that is to kill people as quickly and efficiently as possible. Why does anyone, other than a soldier or homicidal maniac, need one of those? Let the pro-gun folks explain why they need it.
“And handguns, which also have no purpose but to kill people, have to begin to be reined in . . .
“Is our freedom of gun ownership a good thing or a bad thing? Remember, we kill 20 times as many people per capita as they do in England, which has strict gun laws, and my English friends do not miss private ownership of guns one little bit . . .
“How many have to die before we come to our senses and realize that adding more guns to reduce killing is like adding more mosquitoes to reduce malaria. When will we learn?
“Someday this age of unlimited gun accessibility will appear in our history books as an age of madness. In the meantime, that single misinterpreted sentence in the Bill of Rights will continue to cause more heartbreak and suffering that any other sentence in our entire Constitution.”