[OPINION] Guns Aren’t The Problem; It’s Who Has Access To Them

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Governor Christie is correct to put the focus not on the guns themselves but who has access to them.

Before last month, who would’ve thought that pressure cookers loaded with ball bearings would be used   to murder and maim innocent people gathered to watch the Boston Marathon?  The 9/11 terrorists used box cutters to take over four airliners and crash them into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania, yet no one would suggest we ban pressure cookers and box cutters although Janet Napolitano has put  a temporary delay on her plan to allow small knives in the passenger area of planes.

The individuals who used guns in the Tucson, Aurora and Newtown shootings were clearly severely mentally ill and despite clear warning signs  none were receiving in-patient treatment. Finally Chicago and Washington, D.C. have the most restrictive gun laws on the books yet have absurd levels of gun crimes and homicides and Camden is not far behind.

Diane McVey
Scotch Plains


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