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Reader's view: Status quo of gun ownership must change

I am a gun owner. I do not hunt anymore, but I enjoy the technology. Shooting a gun is the same technology as a cave man throwing a rock at an opponent; the only difference is with a gun you are throwing a really small rock really fast.

I am a gun owner. I do not hunt anymore, but I enjoy the technology. Shooting a gun is the same technology as a cave man throwing a rock at an opponent; the only difference is with a gun you are throwing a really small rock really fast.

In analyzing gun violence, there are three components: the victim, the gun and the aggressor. The removal of any of the three eliminates the act.

We cannot control the victim's behavior except to keep them out of the dangerous area; although with random shootings this is impossible. That leaves us with the gun and the shooter. Gun owners cannot insist guns be plentiful and most anyone with a heartbeat can acquire a gun and there not be any type of registration. One of these components has to be changed if we want to continue to own guns. I want to continue to be an owner and shooter.

Gun owners of America, make your choice. The status quo cannot be maintained. I suggest much closer control of the owners of the guns. In the last six mass shootings the shooter was obviously mentally ill. Some have threatened violence with a gun, but their guns were never taken away. Sane, normal people do not randomly kill unknown people. If you threaten to shoot someone or brandish a gun as an aggressor in a situation, your right to possess any gun should be suspended until the court system judges your behavior.

There has to be a comprehensive database of gun owners or we will all lose our ability to own guns. This is the choice before us. Let's not fall for the paranoia now spreading that registration means confiscation. It's far better than banning ownership.

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Bryce Makela

Duluth

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