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,O 6 TUESDAY, JANUARY 29 - THURSDAY, JANUARY 31, 2013 Cape Gazette Letters )) Gun ownership limits will only embolden criminals The arguments for gun control or gun confiscation basically boil down to this: If guns were illegal, they would not be available. If they weren't available, people like that crazy killer in Connecticut would not be able to use them. This assumes that a crazy psychopathic killer, hell-bent on murder, would let an obstacle like finding a gun legally stop him. This is absurd. A crazy psycho- pathic killer, by definition, has decided that he must do his evil deed, and indeed is even entitled to do it. There will be an under- ground market for guns, if they are outlawed, just as presently there is an underground black market for marijuana, heroin and cocaine. In order to understand the fallacy underlying gun control, you have to understand the nature of criminals and criminal psychology. (Dr. Stanton Same- now's book "Inside the Criminal Mind" does a brilliant job of this in layperson's terms.) You can't assume that these killers are for the most part semi-reasonable, although troubled souls who rush out to the gun equivalent of a convenience store, mostly on impulse, to purchase their gun. If this purchase were made more difficult or impossible, the implied reasoning goes, this poor troubled soul would refrain from his violent actions. Many cannot understand, or perhaps don't want to understand or come to grips with, the nature of evil. It's admittedly disturbing to try and do so. But this is no excuse for eliminating the right of the nonviolent, noncriminal ma- jority to protect themselves from violence by making it harder or impossible for them to purchase weapons for self-defense. Look at it this way, even if you do not care to own a gun yourself. Do you want to live in a world where a violent criminal knows that all the nonviolent, noncriminals out there are disarmed? Do you think this will actually alleviate crime or con- tribute to its rise? Back in the days of Prohibi- tion, people who wanted to drink still got their alcohol. Outlaw- ing alcohol didn't do a thing to change society, other than make society more dangerous and give the government and police more to do. Similarly, the "war on drugs" has done nothing to eliminate or even reduce addiction to heroin, cocaine or marijuana. It turns people who enjoy or abuse these drugs into criminals, but it doesn't change their behavior one bit. We could decriminalize drug users' behavior tomorrow and that would end the dangerous black market for drugs, as well Continued on page 7 Nature takes the beach repleni: he,to stay. , ( Families come to spend their money, but replenished sand is kind of crummy. ." , ,7 ' It hurts to go hat-in-hand, asking Jersey for some nice white sand! But for tourism's sake you pay the dues singing the money-dumping, sand-pumping... Editorial- Communication key in emergencies The terrible devastation at Sandy not likely to enter the school or the hospital. Hook Elementary School in New- Parents who arrived at H.O. Brittingham to town, Conn., has schools everywhere pick up their children commented on the Cape reviewing school safety plans. State- Gazette website that the school appeared wide, all districts including Cape Henlopen are secure. At the same time, Milton's other two reviewing plans so that all safety plans state- schools, Milton Elementary School and Mari- wide will be easily available and understood ner Middle School, are only a short distance by police and emergency workers, from H.O. Brittingham. A recent attempted murder in Milton high- Superintendent Robert Fulton said the lights the importance of safety measures even district at no time thought children were at in the Cape Region's small towns.- risk in this case; neither Milton elementary nor A young woman was brutally attacked with Mariner was locked down. a knife, and the assailant ran before police Still, it would appear common sense that arrived. He turned himself in four hours later, if any of these three schools were placed on but for those hours, the assailant's where- lockdown, all should be immediately notified abouts were unknown, to implement heightened security. The assault took place in a parking lot near This incident offers Cape Henlopen School H.O. Brittingham Elementary School, and District a good reason to review security plans Milton Police Chief William Phillips quickly not only within each school but also among its dispatched officers to the school, which was schools. The Cape Gazette does not propose placed in lockdown. Cape schools should become armed camps in Alerted that the assailant was still at large, order to ensure schools are safe. Still, when Beebe Medical Center also increased security, danger presents itself, schools must have in case the assailant should show up there, instant communication to alert emergency It appears last week's incident grew out of a agencies and the district office - and to alert domestic situation and that the assailant was other nearby schools. Cape Gazette editorials are considered and written oy members of the Cape Gazette editorial board which includes Dennis Forney. oublisher: Trish Vernon. editor: Dave Frederick, sports editor: Laura Ritter, news eclttor: ancl Jen Ellingsworm. arts and entertainment editor. Weather Picture )) WRITE NOW Letters must be signed and incl.ude a telephone number for verification. Please keep letters to 650 words or fewer. We reserve the right to edit for content and length. Write to Cape Gazette, PO Box 213, Lewes, DE 19958; fax 645-1664; or email news- room@capegazette.cor11. Web Poll )) Most readers want a different candidate 2016 primary: PATRICK ROBINSON and his dog, Rook, take a Beach Boardwalk RON cold walk MACARTHUR PHOTO on the Rehoboth Hillary Clinton 40% Joe Biden 9.9% Other 50.1% ) For local weather, includiflghighs and lows see pap The total of votes counted was 403. To participate in the current web poll. visit CapeGazette.com. Cape Gazette Volume 19 No. 67 Publisher, Dennis Forney, Ext, 303 dnf@capegazette.com Editor, Trish Vernon, Ext. 315 newsroom@capegazette.com Office Manager, Kathy Emery, Ext. 305 kemery@capegazette.com Sports Editor, Dave Frederick, Ext, 304 fredman@capegazette.com News Editor, Laura Ritter, Ext. 320 Iritter(o3ca pegazette.com A&E Editor, Jen Ellingsworth, Ext. 319 jen(o3capegazette.com Copy Editor, Bernadette Heam, Ext. 316 bernie(o~capegazette.com NEWS Henry Evans, Ext. 336 hevans@ca pegazette.com Ron MacArthur, Ext. 318 ronm@capegazette.com Ryan Mavity, Ext. 337 ryanm@capegazette.com Kara Nuzback, Ext, 317 knuzback@capegazette.com Rachel Swick Mavity, Ext. 32"1 rachel@ca pegazette.com Nick Roth, Ext, 335 nick@capegazette.com Melissa Steele, Ext. 338 metissasteele@capegazette.com Molly MacMillan mollymac@capegazette.com SPORTS WRITERS Tim Bamforth tim@seashorestrider,com Erederick Schranck Fschranck(o3HoleByHole.com CONTRIBUTORS Susan Frederick " Nancy Katz Chris Antonio Eric Burnley Denise Clemons John McDonald Bob Yesbek Chris Wildt Don Flood WEBMASTER Catherine M. 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