Speak Out: Common sense?

Readers reacted to a recent commentary by Jeff Hague headlined “Common sense is in the eye of the beholder” in response to Dan Cannon’s opinion piece of Tuesday, Aug. 13. (“Gun violence demands immediate action”).

• One thing you forgot to mention was the shooter in Philadelphia last week had over 20 convictions and seven or eight of them were illegal firearm convictions. Why was this man not in prison? Blame liberalism for this one, as most of them. — Bob Hice

• As I’ve stated many times before, legislation is a show put on by legislators to make people think they are earning their paychecks and doing something for the people. They are not. Do they even read what people say? Do they hear us? Doubtful.

• It is so easy to lump all legislators in the same basket. But, I suggest that we be careful in doing so. What do you believe an elected legislator who goes to Dover and wishes to do the right thing would think after reading your post? Yes, we have too many that we have elected that fit your description, but again, I caution you and others from grouping them all together as one. We must believe in the system for it to work for us. We must do our part in electing those who will go to Dover not for the show but to represent the people, otherwise, the show of which you speak is created not for us but rather… by us.

When I consider “common sense” I find that it is not so common. In today’s world, if someone is angry at another person what is to stop them from using the red-flag law to get the other person arrested? What do we have in place to stop the misuse of the law? — Rob Adams

• I would question the comparison of sport verses military ammunition a little. Military ammo is usually solid and not designed to explode on impact with the enemy. It is designed to injure and thus make it necessary for a wounded enemy to require assistance and therefore put one or two more soldiers out of action helping him. Of course two in the chest and one in the head make that mute anymore. Sport (hunting) ammo is usually hollow point or soft tip to enable the projectile to expand on delivery and thus kill or mortally wound an animal very quickly. The exploding shell also doesn’t go very far after it exits the animal. Also if I were to get shot I would much prefer it to be with a .22 and not a .223 or .30 or .45 or .50. The bigger the bullet the greater the injury. Just saying. — Timmy Harmon

• Hit the nail on the head. What I have never really heard from the other side is similar, fact-based information to support the claim for “common sense”; all we get are hand waves and those two words. Probably because there is little factual information that could be used to support those claims.

Although I would agree that Delaware’s red flag law is better than others, I caution all citizens against accepting these abominations of our constitutional and legal principle of the presumption of innocence. If a person is deemed to pose such a danger to self or others, then doesn’t it demand that we actually remove the danger, the person, from society by involuntarily committing them to a mental health institution for evaluation, and if necessary, much-needed care?

This inversion of due process is a stepping stone to the acceptance of government violation of multiple amendments in the Bill of Rights, which should never be tolerated by we, the people. Because, we all know that such infringement, no matter how well intended, will inevitably be abused, and innocent people will be targeted. And these red flag laws only impose punishment, more likely to further infuriate those mentally unbalanced than provide any real benefit, and fail to provide any treatment (i.e. solution) whatsoever.

Finally, if we accept that the problem is socially rooted, and I do, then we Americans must also accept accountability and responsibility. It is not the federal government’s job to define and enforce social values; that’s a parent’s responsibility. We must stop looking to politicians for answers to social issues; we must look inside our own homes, each and every one of us. The change most definitely starts there, not Washington, D.C. — Steve Savini

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