Letter to the Editor: More gun regulations is wrong response


I have been rather disturbed by some of the recent events in the U.S.

We still have a ways to go before we heal from the vicious disease of racism. My heart was broken by the  shooting spree in South Carolina. I agree that it is inappropriate to have Confederate symbols at government buildings in the south. Maybe this backlash against them will do a tiny bit to help us here in the South get over the Civil War. Of course, we need much deeper measures to combat racism. These will have to be done by families, towns, churches, and other spiritual institutions. Government is simply not equipped to deal with such deeply personal issues.

The wrong response to this tragedy is to call for more gun regulations. Liberals like to claim that there have been no tightening of regulations on guns since all the various shootings have happened this past decade and a half. That is just an outrageous lie. For example, Connecticut tightened its regulations of guns after the Newtown school killings; prior to that, that state already had some of the strictest gun laws in the country. Calling for universal background checks as a response to this tragedy is absurd to the point of non sequitur. Dylann Roof passed a background check to get his firearm!

The GOP needs to do major soul searching so no more dark characters like Eric Holt III, of the Council of Conservative Citizens, donate any cash to Republican candidates. White supremacism is the opposite of individualism and family values. It is a pagan, perverse ideology!

I ask that people join me in praying for the entire human race, and in striving to radiate love to all people they encounter. Smile, be helpful, give to your community. If you know any Muslims, wish them a blessed and bountiful Ramadan! Remember Christ’s (peace be upon him) all-important quote from Matthew 5:9: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God.”

William Bigelow, Berryville

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