To the editor:
Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo’s proposed gun legislation is on the high-speed track to enactment. Strike while the iron is hot, if you will. That might be OK, if this were just a run-of-the-mill bill, but what everyone is in a rush to achieve is not enactment, but an override of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The arguments have been flying high and wide, mostly due to emotions and not facts. What I need to see is the ratio of gun crimes committed by legal gun owners, and those who hold and use guns illegally. The proposed restrictions will still not change anything if the latter is involved. Only those who have the legal right to gun ownership and use will incur the heavy hands of what I consider illegal legislation.
Let’s put DeLeo’s bill on hold until we all calm down and get some facts gained by an independent committee for presentation to the public. There is always time for another law. Once written, ownership is permanent unless constitutionally challenged.