Gun rights are all about saving people from tyranny

It is a proven fact that guns in America save more lives each and every day than any nut has killed in several mass murders put together.

That being the case, doesn't it make you question as to why Congress so aggressively pushes for and advocates gun control? It should!

I even heard a Republican congressman touting the fact that he is an avid huntsman, then exclaimed, but AR-15s are not made for hunting. That's true, they're not.

The Second Amendment has nothing to do with hunting per se. It is there to make every congressman and government official to think twice about trying to overthrow the rights of the people. It was and is written to be a deterrent against tyranny.

Nothing less and nothing more!

Don M. McNulty, Independence


More background checks makes sense, restricting certain weapons doesn’t

Every life that is taken by another person is an absolute tragedy. My heart breaks for those 17 students that were recently killed in yet another school shooting. I can't imagine what their families are going through.

The gun control debate is once again in the headlines, and President Trump recently called for more in-depth background checks. This is the right move, because this will help keep guns out of the hands of those who are not mentally stable enough to have them.

Should more gun restrictions be passed (excluding background check laws)? No. Criminals don't follow the existing laws, so why should they care if we enact more laws? Additional laws will just burden those who are already law abiding citizens.

There is the mistaken notion that are more guns equals more murders. Look up the top 100 countries on the globe with the highest murder rates (murder rate per 1 million people). You'll find that, starting with No. 1, the top five countries are Honduras, El Salvador, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Venezuela. Not one of those countries has a gun ownership rate of more than 12 guns per 100 persons. Where does the U.S. rank in the top 100 countries in murder rate? Twenty? Forty? Fifty? How about 99. Yup, 99 out of one hundred.

However, as far as gun ownership, the USA eclipses all other countries – 101 guns per 100 persons. More guns does not equal more murders. Don't take my word for it, do some research and you'll see for yourself.

Mark Thatcher, Independence