Some parents to blame |

Some parents to blame

Dear Editor:

Your opinion about the gun issue is well spoken (“Hey, righty: Give limits on guns a chance,” Aspen Times editorial, Jan. 18). I agree that the use of assault weapons should be for qualified operators only. Large-capacity magazines also have their specialized uses. They are very useful when surrounded by coyotes on Smuggler Mountain, and the need to make a lot of noise is important.

Putting failed-purchase applicants in jail for their applications is ludicrous. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation uses arrest records as its guidelines. Many times charges are dropped or dismissed due to faulty arrests. The county clerks often put the records in the basement, never to be found again. I have had this problem myself.

To blame the gun for problems caused by mentally disabled children and adults is like blaming the author of a book on backcountry skiing for the recent avalanche death in Strawberry Creek near Marble. In the case of the Newtown, Conn., shooter, the mother should have been jailed for allowing her weapons to be unlocked, knowing that her son had mental issues.

We need to stop blaming the gun and look to the parents of these disabled youths who allow them to own and use any weapons. After all, nonviolent criminals are not allowed to own firearms, even if they are mentally stable. A change is of essence and important.

James A. Wingers


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