Thursday, May 3, 2007

Good luck taking handguns away

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I am writing in reaction to the letter from Marc C. Stephens regarding his plan to reduce incidents like the Virginia Tech shootings by outlawing handguns (‘‘Only criminals need a handgun in this country,” April 26).

I won’t bother addressing the Second Amendment issue. And I won’t bother addressing his claim that handguns are only rarely used in self-defense by law-abiding citizens.

Instead, I wish to respond to his suggestion that ‘‘by outlawing handguns, the number of handguns possessed and used by common criminals would soon dry up or be prohibitively expensive for common criminals.”

I won’t even bother addressing the second part of that statement, since in the previous paragraph of his letter he wrote that criminals often steal firearms from ‘‘legitimate” owners, thus making cost a non-issue.

No, I just want to offer a bit of advice for Mr. Stephens and others like him who think the supply of handguns would ‘‘soon dry up” if they were outlawed.

There are more than 50 million handguns in the United States; outlawing them would require that gun-grabbers visit homeowners to take their weapons away from them.

All I have to say is, um, good luck with that.

Lorne Marshall, Thurmont