Bill MacKrell: Gun control not about guns

May 8, 2013 

About control

In the April 30 editorial “Against the wind,” I read that roughly 90 percent of Americans favor at least stronger background checks for gun buyers. I disagree and question the accuracy of this number. Who took this poll and whom did they survey?

More important, there’s another side to this debate, and The N&O loses credibility when you don’t give it equal time. Stronger background checks work only on law-abiding citizens. They won’t reduce gun-related crime committed by criminals. They would not have prevented the recent tragedy in Connecticut.

Chicago and New York have some of the toughest gun laws in the nation and some of the highest rates of gun violence. The Swiss have virtually 100 percent gun ownership and almost no gun-related violence. Contrast Switzerland with countries like Iran where civilians can’t own guns. Gun control isn’t about guns, it’s about control, and our government has enough control already.

Bill MacKrell

Durham

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