We Control Ownership and Operation of Automobiles – Why Not Guns?


As the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments on gay marriage this week, Yahoo asked readers and contributors to share what one cultural issue absorbs their interest. Here’s one perspective.

COMMENTARY: While I sincerely hope the Supreme Court will make a sane decision on the federal Defense of Marriage Act, putting the federal government out of the business of interfering in what should be, not just a local, but a personal issue, the issue that I’d really like to see some rational movement on is the obsession we have in the United States with guns, and efforts to stem the endemic violence caused by the proliferation of guns in our society.

I served my country for more than half a century, 20 years of that time in uniform. As a native Texan, I grew up with guns, but during a time when they were used for hunting and target shooting more than school or workplace massacres. I have no beef with people owning guns, provided that ownership is responsible. Unfortunately, those who hide behind the Second Amendment don’t seem to care that failing to responsibly control ownership of guns, especially automatic weapons with high-capacity magazines, is not what the Founding Fathers had in mind. We control ownership and operation of motor vehicles, why not take the same view of items that have one, and only one, purpose – to cause destruction?

The state of Maryland, where I currently live, is finally moving in the right direction. It’s time the rest of the country followed.

By susan