Editor: In a letter in the Aug. 15 issue, “The Problem,” the author of that letter clearly stated the issue, killings by guns, making a distinction between killings in the inner cities and those such as the mass killings in El Paso and Dayton.
That is a valid distinction and suggests that the correction for one might not work for the other. The author places blame squarely on the shoulders of the liberal media, Democratic mayors, Democratic legislators and Democratic presidential candidates. He offers no solutions, only clichés. He shows little concern for the deaths, his sole intent being to blame Democrats.
The killer in Dayton shot 35 people in 30 seconds, demonstrating most emphatically the purpose of such weapons, the efficient killing of many people, quickly. How can such a weapon be justified in Virginia today? There are measures which might bring the Second Amendment, written during the black powder era, up to date. These would not threaten law abiding gun owners.
Ban all semi-automatic weapons. They have no place except in combat.
Have a seven-day waiting period for gun purchases. This might stop many suicides, which are the majority of gun deaths.
A truly universal background check—no threat to those who follow the law.
No fly, no buy.
Ban military ammo, armor piercing, hollow nose, expanding shells. Most woodchucks don’t wear Kevlar.
Likely, there are others.
These simple measures would not stop the killings in the inner cities which might be more effectively reduced with good jobs which pay a living wage, conferring some dignity and hope.
The matter of guns in our country is worthy of serious dialogue, recognizing there is a problem and that all sides have ideas. Ideas, not clichés, lead to solutions.
F.W. Lillis, Leesburg