I’ve never owned a gun. I feel safer that way.

Without a gun in the house, there’s no chance that it will get into the wrong hands and something tragic will happen.

There’s also no chance that a little kid will get his hands on the gun and shoot another little kid. It happens all the time, you know.

Ninety-six people die every day in America as a result of gunfire. Some were homicides. Others were accidents. It doesn’t much matter — they’re all dead.

Some say they need a gun to protect themselves. They are the same ones who won’t be able to get to a gun — unless it’s on the coffee table — if someone breaks into their home.

Despite what the National Rifle Association and the politicians who kowtow to its wishes say, the Second Amendment says nothing about assault weapons and semi-automatic rifles.

The NRA and those who embrace its ideals really aren't good for America.

Unfortunately, many of the NRA’s most adamant defenders are politicians — more often than not Republicans.

And those politicians are scared to death to do anything — such as enact new gun laws — for fear of retaliation by the NRA.

There are times when I think NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre is the most powerful man in America — even more so than the president. With a salary of $972,000, he clearly makes more money than the president.

LaPierre is the guy who opposes an assault weapons ban, universal background checks and any limits on law-abiding citizens' access to semi-automatic weapons.

Kind of gives you one of those warm and fuzzy feelings, doesn’t it.

Every time there is a tragedy like the one in Las Vegas, I have renewed hope our elected officials will do something to tighten gun laws. Silly me.

Short of that, I have renewed hope Indiana will change its gun laws to eliminate the gun show loophole that allows some vendors to sell virtually any weapon to any thug who walks in off the street. Silly me.

I also hope Lake County commissioners will realize they are doing more harm than good by allowing gun shows at the county fairgrounds every few months.

Maybe there is hope for that.

It will just take the votes of two of the three commissioners. The conscientious voters of Lake County should apply the pressure.

Rich James has been writing about state and local government and politics for more than 30 years. Email him at rjamescolumns@gmail.com. The opinions are the writer’s.

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