Do we need more gun laws? In a word, NO. The Bill of Rights is the first 10 amendments to the Constitution of the United States. The Second Amendment states "A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." It has been determined that some infringement may be necessary to keep guns out of the hands of those who have shown a lack of respect for law and order or who are mentally incompetent. However, in recent years we have seen an increase in the systematic abuse of power by governmental agencies directed toward those who would exercise their right to keep and bear arms. For example, the city of Kennewick alone has 19 pages of gun regulations contained in "Kennewick Statute Code, Chapter 10.12, Firearm-weapons." The gun control advocates continually point to incidents of gun violence as justification for more gun laws. When, in fact, crime rates have fallen as more guns are in the market place. Everyday crimes are thwarted by the mere presence of a firearm by an honest citizen.
We don't need more gun laws, but more enforcement of the laws already on the books.
-- Dennis Carlyle, Kennewick