Traverse City Record-Eagle

March 27, 2013

Get tougher on criminals

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — With all the recent debate about gun control I wanted to add my two cents worth. It seems our opinions are only worth about that much to politicians. They prefer to listen to the political action committees and lobbyists instead. It pays more.

Here’s a fresh approach. Enforce existing laws and get tougher on criminals that use guns. Maybe 10 years in prison would serve as an effective deterrent. Maybe they would think twice before using a gun if a 10-year prison sentence was mandatory - prisons with no cable television.

Writing more laws that won’t be enforced anyway would be a waste of time. Stop treating guns like they do something wrong and get tough on the people who squeeze the trigger.

I hope that’s not too logical for lawmakers to grasp.

I don’t think guns fly off the rack and kill people. Criminals do that. Cars kill people every day, too, but they don’t ban cars. They get the bad drivers off the road. Getting tougher on gun-toting lawbreakers probably would show positive results and lessen the revolving door justice system we have now. Sure is worth a try.

David Forsgren