It was disturbing to read Rich Lowry's column headlined "Impulse to act won't curb guns" (Tribune Oct. 6).

But his is not a sensible critique if we want to act to enact workable gun reform to lessen horrific shootings, which can be affected, while law-abiding gun owners can own weapons. As Abe Lincoln said: "The Constitution is not a suicide pact."

Lincoln's words apply to high-power guns frequently used in mass shootings, and which would adhere to the constitutional provision regarding "domestic tranquility."

Sure, someone set on killing can't be stopped, but high body counts can be eliminated if we limit arsenals.

Nowhere in the Constitution is it said that a person can have unlimited weapons able to slaughter hundreds at a time. What follows are some restrictions that reduce mayhem:

  • Make it a crime to possess more than one assault rifle. Owners should be fingerprinted. We have data bases that can accomplish these restrictions,
  • Make it a crime for gun dealers of any sort, including at gun shows, to sell more than one assault rifle.
  • Require owners of all guns to register weapons, even handguns.
  • Make it a crime to possess massive amounts of bullets for any gun, except at shooting ranges, where the owner can sell multiple rounds.
  • Make it a crime to sell any products that can alter firepower.

The Second Amendment is not absolute, just as First and Fourth Amendment rights can be limited.

To Mr. Lowry, how would you feel about guns if your son or daughter had died on the Vegas killing field?

David Blackey, La Crosse