To the Editor:
The terrible losses at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut have renewed the focus on the gun control issue. Yet, many have foolishly asserted that if the teachers were equally armed, this horrid tragedy would not have occurred.
The answer is not in more armament. Contrarily, the answer is in less.
The second amendment does state that citizens have the right of self-protection. However, its author James Madison could not have envisioned Sig-Sauer and Glock pistols and Bushmaster rifles reigning terror on small school children in the era of the musket.
In our modern day of high tech, multi-shot weapons, the access to a particular class of guns must be stratified. Certainly, a man or woman can protect their home or business with a shotgun or a revolver. The accessibility to high capacity weapons should be restricted to police officers and our military.
The mass killings of recent times in Colorado, Virginia and Connecticut should present a clear lesson to our legislature and our society, this madness of virtually unfettered access to high capacity guns must stop now.
Christopher M. Curran