David Shipp

Nevada, Mo.

To the editor:

I am not a gun enthusiast, I don’t hunt wild game, and I have no desire to carry a concealed weapon. But I will tell you this, I am opposed to gun control at the federal, state and local level. Here’s why:

If someone wants to commit murder, and does not have a gun, they will just find another weapon to use. Some of the most heinous crimes of the past 10 years have involved hammers, baseball bats, gasoline, knives, hatchets, axes, ropes, automobiles, fertilizer bombs and the bare hands. For murder, guns are not necessary and guns should not be singled out for control or banishment.

The Constitution clearly states in the Second Amendment that we have the “right to bear arms.” Any gun-control law at any level of government clearly goes against the U.S. Constitution, a document that has held the nation together for 222 years.

We once tried prohibition in this country. The problem with liquor and other types of alcohol only got worse as the criminal-minded still found ways to make the booze. Trying to control a product does not work. Prohibition was such a failure that the Constitution amendment that allowed it had to be repealed.

Instead of trying to take away guns from hunters and sports people and from people who are trying to defend themselves, we should look at other alternatives, such a longer sentences for violent criminals and better emotional and mental health care for those likely to commit an act of violence. Gun control is not the answer.