Thank you for the David Freed article about gun control in The Bee: “If not gun control, can we talk about the rage?”
I am not a hard-boiled gun-enthusiast, but I agree with his point that, when used as weapons, vehicles and explosives can do as much damage to people as guns. We certainly are not about to severely restrict the use of vehicles.
As he points out, we have mental issues to contend with. Moreover, opiod usage kills more people than guns.
We also need to be aware of the history of the Second Amendment. What does not appear in the Bill of Rights as adopted was an earlier version which stated that the ownership of guns was also tied to the fear that the states might need to defend themselves from invasion by the federal government.
The framers of the Constitution did not trust a central government to be benign toward the states. I suppose that many gun enthusiasts still view government as an invading force which needs to be resisted by force of arms if necessary.
The matter is much more complicated than either the pro-gun-enthusiasts or the anti-gun forces are, so far, willing to admit.
Mark Zoeller, Coarsegold