The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


December 29, 2012

Don't blame guns

The availability of guns is not the problem, Mr. Obama.

I first became interested in shooting guns in the late 1950s when I was in high school.

At that time, every gun magazine on the newsstand was chock full of advertisements for guns that could be purchased through the mail. There was no background check, and no government paperwork.

Just send a money order and a few days later the gun and plenty of ammunition would arrive.

And what were these guns? They were military surplus from World War II and the Korean War. Many of them were semi-automatic models that our misinformed media and politicians are fond of calling "assault rifles." There were American M1s, German Mausers, British Enfields, Russian 7.62s and Italian Carcanos. And there were plenty of pistols offered, too.

They were very inexpensive and there were no restrictions on the quantity you could buy. My dad and I bought several of them.

If the availability of guns is the problem, then there should have been mass murder and anarchy in the streets in those days.

But there was none of that.

We have a serious problem in this country, but it is not the availability of guns.

James Keltz, Milton

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