Whenever I need a good example to prove my point on gun control, I just say "Myanmar" and assume everyone knows what I am referring to. For decades, the people of (formerly) Burma have been under a repressive, oppressive and violent regime that has no problem with the violent assassination of monks and those in the general population. People disappear. They are shot openly in the streets. The mutilated bodies of monks are thrown in the gutters and rivers as a method of intimidation.
So, guess what? In Myanmar, no private citizen owns a firearm. How then may the people protect themselves and affect a regime change? It hasn't been all that successful so far.
I do not own a gun. I will never own a gun. But I am grateful for the responsible citizens who do own guns and know how to use them. I also feel confident in saying that gun control regulations will only affect the law-abiding and those who are murderous and crazy will continue to hide their stash for later use.
So, try to get a grip, all of you who think firearm regulations will protect your schoolchildren or the Amish communities. However, each parent might look into the violent video games, movies, teen books and the Internet consumption of their own children and wonder how the fields of their imagination have been seeded.
Julia Williams is a Columbia resident.