It's a privilege, not a right

  I'm a native Westerner and a gun owner, but I didn't really have a problem with this article. Gun ownership is part of the America heritage and especially so in the West. However, that doesn't preclude responsibility. We, as a nation and a gun culture, need to find that fine line between the freedom to express that heritage and at the same time how to use common sense and responsibility in its implementation. Maybe we need to shift our cultural consciousness from gun ownership as a "right" to gun ownership as a privilege. Then we can finally admit that our society has reached a point where not everyone has the right to own a gun.

Ted Vanegas
Boise, Idaho