I read with much interest the letters responding to the Fast Focus question for June 24, "Do we need stricter gun-control laws?"
Most letters correctly pointed out the massive number of gun laws on the books. Cities that have passed laws outlawing possession of guns by legal citizens proved to have a higher crime rate.
An unarmed citizen is at the mercy of those who break the law. The police cannot protect us. They can write the report of violence perpetrated on the innocent. A five-to-four Supreme Court opinion is a victory if you agree but a split decision if you disagree.
The court ruled that gun ownership is a right not a privilege. The Constitution says what it means and means what it says.
As for England, there are many violent crimes committed against unarmed residents. You cannot defend your home or family. Smart? Stalin and Hitler, among others, confiscated all guns prior to their takeovers.
Fast and Furious was a disgraceful attempt to rationalize confiscation. President Obama wants all guns! If we begin eliminating constitutional amendments, which one is next -- freedom of speech, religious freedom or freedom from unwarranted search and seizure?
Keep guns from criminals, rigorously prosecute them and protect our right to gun ownership.
Ted Skinner, Pasco