The Free Press, Mankato, MN

February 12, 2013

Your View: Modifying gun control is a good thing

By Kevin Kenslin, Champlin

— Gun control citizens are not police officers.

I have a couple questions concerning Rep. Tony Cornish's comment, "I don't think police officers have any more right to defend their own lives than citizens," when discussing that officers use semi automatic weapons and high capacity ammunition clips (The StarTribune ÒGun-Rights Supporters' article Feb. 8).

Does every citizen take the police officer's Oath Of Honor: "On my honor I will never betray my badge, my integrity, my character or the public trust. I will always have the courage to hold myself and others accountable for our actions. I will always uphold the constitution, my community, and the agency I serve."

Does every citizen agree to follow a police officer's obligation to prevent crime and promote crime awareness; partner with citizens and other city services to solve quality of life issues; enforce the law in a consistent, impartial and professional manner; address concerns about traffic issues through education and enforcement activities; recognize that the success and failures of our youth effect the future of our community.

If every citizen commits to follow the above, then yes, I agree with Cornish's statement. However, until then, do what is best for the future safety of our children and citizens -- modify gun control.

Self defense is a human right and should not be taken away. But, what is wrong with modifying gun control if in the end, it might help save a life?

To me, that is a good thing.