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Dangers of firearms call for stricter rules, not hands-on lessons

President Obama gave a high-five to Grant Fritz, 8, beside Vice President Biden and other children who had written the president about gun violence, after announcing his gun control proposal Wednesday.

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President Obama gave a high-five to Grant Fritz, 8, beside Vice President Biden and other children who had written the president about gun violence, after announcing his gun control proposal Wednesday.

In his Jan. 14 letter regarding gun control and violent video games, Michael Pearson advocates teaching children how to use firearms, “just as we teach our children about driving, drugs, and sex” (“Safety may best be learned at the firing range”); however, in teaching kids about drugs, we teach them about how dangerous drugs are; we don’t offer them drugs.

Guns, like drugs, are dangerous in the wrong hands. The Second Amendment protects citizens’ rights to bear firearms as part of a well-regulated militia. Also, at that time, muskets were the latest technology in firearms. If you want a musket, go for it.

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People argue that the government would never be able to get everyone’s guns; they’re right, but that brings us back to drugs and driving. We cannot completely extinguish the danger of drugs or driving, so we regulate them to make them safer. For example, the drinking age has been raised, and there are stricter penalties for drunken driving and serving people who are drunk and stricter blood alcohol limits.

Citizens don’t need to own automatic or semiautomatic firearms. As a high school student, I would feel safer if the proper laws were enacted to control gun ownership.

Hannah Redmon

Lexington

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