The debate over gun control and how to reduce gun violence needs to move past the same tired remedies. Guns, without ammunition to make them lethal, are nothing more than a club.
Regulating the sales of ammunition, where each future round is accounted for, would be an effective method. Currently, a person can buy the caliber and amount only by being able to pay and being 18 years of age.
Sportsmen and target shooters often will reload their own supply. But lawbreakers don’t. Legitimate purchasers of ammunition would see a price increase that's charged by selling outlets to cover additional expenses. However, in lieu of the more restrictive gun ownership proposals put forth, regulated ammunition sales would achieve the same end.
I am a lifetime National Rifle Association member, avid hunter, recreational shooter and lawful concealed-carry patriot. I believe in the Second Amendment and hold dear my rights as a citizen. As such, I also believe a common-sense solution would not infringe upon my rights and perhaps be something other than the same, tired calls for gun control.
Arlie Appler • Cuba, Mo.