Stoveken: Liddick turns Obama and Clinton into straw men in gun debate (letter) |

Stoveken: Liddick turns Obama and Clinton into straw men in gun debate (letter)

I would like to address Morgan Liddick’s disturbing assertion that President Obama and Secretary Clinton blamed the the San Bernardino attack on guns in his Dec. 8 column.

I do not recall Mrs. Clinton blaming the attack on guns, nor could I find any evidence of this assertion in the text of the President’s Sunday evening speech.

In fact to the extent blame for the attack was addressed in the President’s comments, he called out the Syran civil war and the keyboards of ISIS recruiters “poisoning the minds” of would be terrorists through easy access to the global internet.

It appears to me that Mr. Liddick tries to hijack the San Bernardino tragedy to defend unfettered gun rights by using the overworked NRA meme claiming it’s not guns that kill people, people kill people.

Yes, it’s a fact deadly assault weapons, designed exclusively for killing people, were used in the attack, but easy access to these types of weapons is more difficult to understand than hard-core gun rights supporters who obfuscate sensible controls and acknowledge the role government (we the people) can play in making society safer. The country must address gun violence through enhanced regulation while protecting the spirit underlying second amendment rights.

Not to be misunderstood, there is no amount of regulation that will completely stop terrorist attacks, but more can be done to impede terrorist success rates than refusing to address the realities of the world in 2015.

As a gun rights supporter it’s time for all of us to recognize that sensible gun regulations should be seriously considered with the goal of limiting gun violence by terrorists, criminals and the mentally ill.

Mark Stoveken


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