Donald A. Smith
To the editor:
Welcome to Dodge City reincarnated, although Indianapolis is not alone in the epidemic of gun violence. The reactions are predictable. Politicians posture that we need tougher penalties and enforcement (with a token increase in budget).
Gun nuts posture that we need more good people with guns to deter the bad ones.
Most of the rest of us keep wringing our hands and pray for some sort of miracle.
We all ignore two elephants in the room. One elephant is the fact that tougher penalties are the last thing on the mind of a perpetrator high on emotions or drugs.
The second elephant is the fact that there are too many military-style assault rifles and high-capacity pistols out there. No one needs an assault rifle or 17-cartridge Glock except a combat soldier.
For most of the 20th century we could not purchase military weapons, even imports, unless the Army approved their release. We also could not carry concealed weapons in most states. That did not disturb hunters, marksmen or even the NRA.
I am a life member of the NRA, an NRA rifle and pistol expert and a former member of Navy rifle and pistol teams. I grew up hunting with my father.
I am disgusted with the current NRA gun nuts, especially the talk-show interpreters of the Constitution. They are off the wall and an obstacle to sensible legislation and enforcement to take back our streets and neighborhoods.
Our legislators and law enforcement need to quit quaking when the NRA speaks and get some backbone to get military weapons out of everywhere and loaded guns away from thoughtless parents. That would not hurt hunters or marksmen anywhere, only the gun nuts.