WESLEY E. SHELDRAKE
TO THE EDITOR: Relax; you are not going to lose your guns. Too many of the public listen to and believe the NRA’s raging lunatics, Wayne LaPierre and Dave Keene.
They have only one goal: to protect the gun and ammunition makers that provide them with unaccounted millions of dollars.
They are not interested in your rights but will utter false information to create the havoc many gun owners believe spell doom.
If you own a gun, do not panic. Do not rush out and foolishly buy all the guns and ammo that you cannot afford. Your Second Amendment rights will not be violated.
As in all civilization, there are certain things we do — we register to vote, we register to drive a vehicle, we register to own a vehicle/boat. Why not a gun?
Registration helps in many ways — recovery of a stolen object, identity of a vehicle/gun used in a crime, prevents false voting, etc. You register with medical care, banking, credit cards; everything we do makes life easier and safer for everyone.
Registering your guns helps guarantee the return of a gun if stolen/lost. If the law asks you to register your guns, do it willingly, and continue the pleasure of ownership.
I had been a federal licensed dealer, licensed to carry in New York, Florida, 20 plus other states and Quebec.
I have owned numerous guns, carried and used them for years in law enforcement and personal business protection. I have divested my home of guns, but I still believe in the right to own. So shall you.
At the time of the writing 222 years ago, the firearm was a long-barreled, flintlock, muzzle-loading, single-shot musket that required pouring powder, shot and wadding to be rammed down to the firing mechanism.