Recently there has been a rash of commentaries and editorials proclaiming that crime rates have been on the decline for the last 25 years. This is good news, but it is mostly being used as an argument that we do not need a law-and-order candidate and we certainly do not need more guns.

Personal gun ownership is up dramatically over the last eight years, and permits for concealed carry are skyrocketing. Whether this has contributed in any way to the decrease in crime is unlikely.

Yet uber liberals cannot use the argument that more guns cause more crime and that is why we need to disband the NRA, revoke the Second Amendment and in every way possible restrict private gun ownership.

We should be happy for the decrease in crime rates and continue efforts to encourage the decline, especially in domestic violence situations.

We should also stop arguing over the effects of 300 million guns in private homes, since there appears little that could be done even if it were desirable. Genie smoke is not going back anywhere.

Larry Wiessmann

Seabrook Island Road

Johns Island