Letter to the Editor

Bill Kersting letter

Sunday, February 25, 2018

The opinion page of Tuesday’s Daily Reporter offered the people of northwest Iowa some thoughts about the latest school shooting tragedy. The letter from Bill Kersting was interesting, as it laid out some pretty specific ideas for resolving the next assault on our schoolchildren.

As I understand his letter, he proposes arming school personnel to the point where, at even the slightest whiff of badness, they will be able to light the place up. (Hate to be a SWAT officer arriving on that scene). That is pretty much the same solution as offered by the NRA. It’s what we call the Pogo Solution, ie. we have met the enemy, and he is us.

Anyway, I thought I could add a little more information in “support” of Bill’s argument.

There are over 300 million guns currently owned by private citizens in the U.S. That’s more than the U.S. Army ... or any other army, for that matter. At least 2.5 million of those guns are AR-15-type weapons like the kind used in Florida.

Forty percent of households have at least one firearm. However, 10 percent of households own half the firearms in the U.S. — that’s about 10 million people with 15 guns each. In other words, two out of every five houses you pass on the way to work everyday has a gun in it somewhere. And one of every 10 has an arsenal.

Which leads us to the following conclusion:

It is highly unlikely that any new laws regulating firearms; crazed, liberal anti-gun nuts or out of control government bureaucracy are going to be confiscating anyone’s guns. Nor does it seem like the current situation is going to change any time soon, unless we change our attitude.

H Schar, Spencer