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Opinion

January 27, 2013

Common sense needed in gun debate

NORMAN — Editor, The Transcript:

The current attention concerning gun control has bombarded us with emotional pleas and statistics that are probably skewed in favor of the side that is offering them. That seems to be the way most political information is presented to us, the general public.

I would like to offer yet another set of opinions as one who considers himself a middle of the road American.

I do own guns, and I love to hunt. I consider that not a right, but a privilege that I treasure. I personally do not own what I would consider an assault weapon. I honestly believe most American gun owners are much like me.

Unfortunately, the ban on assault weapons, if it is like the previous one ushered in by Bill Clinton, would likely include my deer rifle and my old quail shotgun. We are not told the whole truth.

The transparency promised by our current president has proven to be a blatant lie to the American public (see health care). Obama’s gun control and the NRA are at the extreme ends of the spectrum. Most of us are in the middle and do not agree completely with either viewpoint.

The old quote of “when guns are outlawed only outlaws will own guns” is worth serious consideration. If we disarm America we stand to be the victims of uncontrolled crime. We have all heard the stories of law abiding New Orleans homeowners, who, after their guns were confiscated by order of their government, were ransacked by gangs.

It is very sad that many of us who live in the land of the free and the home of the brave live in fear, and that gun provides them a sense of security. There are many more that harbor a healthy distrust of their own government.

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