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Gun law reforms needed, but in due course

To the editor:

We are beginning to see more advocates for stricter gun laws all around the country. Since the Newtown shooting, there has been a rising awareness for the laws regarding gun ownership. More and more governors and representatives have come out with their plans.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has recently announced his stance on gun control. He wants the “toughest assault weapons ban” for New York, according to businessinsider.com.

I believe gun laws should become more strict not only in specific states but around the country. Buying a gun should not be as easy a task as buying groceries.

That being said, I think we may be diving into change too fast.

You can legislate guns, or alcohol, as seen in the prohibition era, but you cannot legislate people’s morality.

Many guns in the United States are already purchased illegally. If a person, whatever his motives may be, feels strongly about killing somebody or multiple people, gun control won’t stop them.

However, in society today, it is far too easy to purchase a firearm. In the wrong hands, it could be detrimental to the safety of the people.

We should work slowly toward gun control, and make sure we want it to change for the right reasons, not just because we feel compelled to since the Newtown shooting.

Eric Gooden

Amherst

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