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Safety first

Dear Editor:

The recent legislative report by State Senator Ellen Roberts recommended that gun violence in Colorado be sent to a “committee” to be “studied.” This is the epic “kick the can down the road” that we see daily at the national level and now at the state level by our state senator.

On the other side, we should be supporting our State Representative Mike McLachlan for addressing the issue and supporting these four needed laws. None of the four laws restrict our 2nd Amendment rights. I am a gun owner, a past member of the NRA and shot expert rifle and pistol when I served in the U.S. Navy. Mike McLachlan served in Vietnam with the U.S. Marine Corps and knows how deadly modern weapons are.

In my recent memory, Colorado has suffered from three shootings that could have been avoided or made less lethal by the current proposed legislation: Columbine, Aurora, and the less known death of a young girl hostage at the Platte Canyon Middle School near Bailey several years ago.

Owning a weapon is a right, but with every right comes responsibilities. Most Americans, including most gun owners, know that safety has to come first on the range or in the woods. The same applies in our homes and schools. These victims, their families, our innocent kids deserve a vote.

Raymond P. Finney

This story was posted on February 28, 2013.