The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

December 18, 2013

Letter: 'Bar the door’ on random killings

Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Melborne, Australia, was terribly shocked and in grief over the shooting death of Chris Lane in Duncan, Okla.

My artist friend, Fran Thomas, who is an Australian, described a similar incident in the 1950s.

“Several people were shot in a shooting spree resulting in deaths. So, Australia required everyone to surrender their guns. Ranchers were allowed to keep guns. My dad kept his because we had a sheep station and had to protect the sheep from predators and wild pests like kangaroos.”

In the United States, we uphold the right to bear arms, but not much is said about the responsibility guns require.

It is our trustworthiness as an ethical culture to prevent people from shooting sprees. I call on lawmakers, teachers and councilors, “people-of-the-cloth” and political action organizations to “bar the door” on random killings of our people.

Margaret Moss-Hilligoss