This letter is in response to the editorial (Herald, Dec. 22) regarding the Mexican border. Because it was an editorial, I will ignore the omission of any supporting documentation of the claim that many guns used by the drug runners come from the U.S.
That aside, it is true that Mexico has strict gun-control laws; clearly, those laws have done nothing to help reduce border violence. It is also true that U.S. dealers currently have to report multiple handgun sales within five days.
Again, the situation does not demonstrate that such gun-control measures have worked, so what good would it do to regulate rifle sales in the same way? Likely none.
Mexican criminals will acquire the guns one way or another. The solution is to aggressively pursue and eliminate those criminals on both sides of the border.
Further erosion of our constitutional right to keep and bear arms will do nothing to stop the violence. It will only further diminish liberty in our own country.
Lyn Kirkpatrick, Kline