Eliminate gun ownership


In his April 21 column, Carl Hiaasen, totally out of rational arguments, calls Marco Rubio a coward for not voting in support of the latest fad in feel-good gun control legislation; i.e., extended background investigations.

The problem with the legislation is that it would have about as much effect at curbing gun ownership as the Brady bill. Remember how the seven-day waiting period was supposed to be the be-all, end-all in gun control? Well, how has that worked out?

The problem with any gun-control legislation is that it arguably flies in the face of the Constitution. See, the Constitution enables gun ownership. Not only would legislation that contradicts that right fail to accomplish its purpose, it would tie up its protagonists in court for decades.

The focus should be on gun elimination, not gun control.

The Constitution contains no provision enabling the manufacture, sale, distribution and importation of guns and ammunition. Ban those activities except to fill specific orders from the military and law-enforcement agencies, and tack on an additional 10 years to any sentence handed down to anyone convicted of a crime committed while in the possession of a firearm.

The key to gun control is attrition.

David A. Highlands, St. Petersburg

Read more Letters to the Editor stories from the Miami Herald

  • The readers’ forum

    Renewable energy is better than FPL’s nuclear power lines

    In his July 15 letters Bury FPL’s high-voltage transmission lines, former South Miami mayor Horace Feliu insists that the city of South Miami should pay the $18 million that FPL demands in order to underground the high-voltage transmission lines it proposes on U.S. 1 to support a pair of nuclear plants.

  • No double standard

    What is all this talk admonishing Israel about not killing civilians and being disproportionate in its response to Hamas?

  • Police transparency

    It is about time that the police begin taping interrogations — and that should be only the first step. There is no reason for jurors or anyone else to trust the police. Every time a cop gets busted, the blue wall descends and nothing happens. If police want to be respected again, then the state attorney’s office must prosecute cops who break the law and send them to prison; police departments must fire cops who abuse privileges; and police officers must show respect for the law and citizens. The best way to do that is to wear body cams and use dashboard and station cams.

Miami Herald

Join the

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category