Monday letters: Make Five Points a gun-free zone

November 18, 2013 

C MICHAEL BERGEN — mbergen@thestate.com Buy Photo

— In all the discussion about crime and violence in Five Points, everyone has ignored the obvious: If patrons didn’t have guns in Five Points, patrons wouldn’t get shot.

So why don’t we institute a simple solution: Make Five Points a gun-free zone. Or, if the Columbia City Council won’t take that step to protect Five Points patrons, the Five Points Merchants Association should establish a gun-free policy for all of its members.

Of course, opponents will argue that criminals will still have guns. And as long as we have such lax gun laws, they are correct, just as we still have speeders on the highways even though we have speed limits.

But a gun-free entertainment zone would make a strong statement and discourage folks from bringing guns into the area. Can’t we at least give it a try? Don’t I have a right to visit Five Points on a weekend night without fear of gun violence?

Stan Frick

Columbia

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