A modest proposal: let us disarm
To the editor:
Mahatma Gandhi said: “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”
So, here’s something to ignore, or is the suggestion simply laughable?
I propose the city of Northampton ban guns on any person. Yes, any person, police included. Cars could hold weapons, police vehicles, the hunting rifle on the back of the pickup, and they can be stockpiled in the police station, but guns would be banned from being on, or in the possession of, any person within our city limits.
Last summer on vacation, I encountered a number of police working in small towns: I did an informal survey asking, “If everyone were unarmed would you be willing to not carry a gun in your work?” To a person, they said yes.
I realize this is a novel idea, but it just might work and then become a model for all our towns and cities. The alternative suggested by the NRA last week — that the way to stop bad guys with guns is through good guys with guns — is ludicrous.
I am not suggesting this as an alternative to banning assault weapons; I don’t see any rationale for them. I am suggesting this banning of guns as a way to let us all see that in our city we can have real safety. Is there anyone who would not feel safer if there were no guns allowed in our town?
With both the outcry against gun control by the NRA and the reports of “off-the-charts” gun buying” since the killings at Newtown, I decided to look at the Second Amendment. It states: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
What a far cry from that are the killings of moviegoers in Colorado and of elementary schoolchildren in Connecticut.
It seems to me the Second Amendment has nothing to do with the rights of citizens to carry weapons indiscriminately, or with the intent to commit mass murder.
I offer a modest proposal. Let us disarm.