To the editor:
Automobiles are ubiquitous and an extremely useful part of American life. We love our cars.
Because there is an element of danger in these powerful machines, there is universal acceptance of the need to make our use of them as safe as possible. Along with vehicle improvements, technological safety devices and better road designs, regulations such as stop signs, traffic lights, speed limits, licensing, registration and laws regarding driving under the infuence and seat belts have saved thousands of lives.
Guns, too, are an integral part of our life in this country, are loved by their owners and have an element of danger.
However, the National Rifle Association and the politicians who are beholden to them resist any attempt to improve gun safety.
When they quote the Second Amendment about the right to bear arms, they leave out two important words, “well regulated.” They also ignore the Founding Fathers’ intention, as stated in the preamble to the Constitution to “insure domestic tranquility.”
Unregulated guns combined with a climate of hatred and intolerance have shattered our domestic tranquility. They take the lives of tens of thousands of Americans each year.
How long are we going to stand for this infringement of our constitutional rights to safety, domestic tranquility and life itself?