Letter to the Editor: New gun laws not the answer

There have been many articles and letters for and against new gun control laws. Now we have another dreadful mass shooting in Virginia Beach. There will be yet more voices demanding new gun control laws. So many people just won’t realize new laws won’t have the desired effect. Google now says there are 114 million handguns, 110 million rifles and 82 million shotguns in circulation legally and perhaps more illegally in the U.S.A. How are new laws going to protect us from these firearms?

There are already many laws governing guns in every state/municipality. Are they being properly enforced? There have been claims that lawyers and the courts are letting criminals go free through plea-bargaining. True? Many criminals released early by sentence reducing. True? Will new laws protect us from the mentally unstable who have guns?

Those like myself who keep firearms but break no laws are not going to willingly give up our firearms. In April of this year at 1:15 a.m. an intruder tried to break into my home. He looked into my kitchen as he pounded the glass patio door, saw me with a large handgun and took off! Yes, I had called 911. It took 21 minutes for the Delaware State Police to arrive. He was subdued at a nearby house. The police sent him to a hospital for possible drug reaction. He was free the next day…never charged. Go figure.

William B. King

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