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I don’t own a gun. I don’t mind that others do, as long as they lock them in a safe and use them responsibly.

I’ve been reading all the letters and editorials about gun control and, after the letter today (Jan. 25, “Thanks to sheriffs who vowed not to obey feds’ gun control reforms” by Jane Newton) I was spurred to write.

Please, can someone tell me why it would be bad to have more stringent laws on gun registration? That is part of being responsible, isn’t it, to be held accountable if something happens?

And why is everyone freaking out about a ban on assault rifles and acting as though “they” are trying to take all your guns away? Who needs an assault rifle or a 30-shot magazine, except to do a lot of harm?

So-called responsible gun owners should have no problem with laws meant to curb illegal guns and mass killings, and all this hue and cry about rights being taken away is ridiculous, overblown and politically motivated. Stir the gun owners into a frenzy of paranoia, and reason goes out the window ... again.

The NRA has you right where they want you — ready to barricade yourselves in your houses and shoot the first person who tries to confiscate all your guns (oh, and, of course, giving the NRA lots of money to prevent that from happening). Come on! Use some common sense and promote responsibility.The Constitution gives you the right to keep and bear arms, not to buy under the table without registering and to arm yourself with killing machines.

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Rebecca Stillwell

Albany

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