Letter: Guns, like cars, can't be blamed for violence

Guns, like cars, can't be blamed for violence

To the editor:

I was shocked by the utter lack of logic and real-world knowledge The Eagle displayed in the April 26 editorial "America can't shrug/accept gun violence." The editorial bemoans that "The community should be demanding to know how an 18-year-old was able to get a high-powered weapon and the ammunition to go with it." Even a cursory bit of research will reveal how the teen was legally in possession of the firearm under Wisconsin law (simply Google "Wisconsin gun laws").

Of course, the article's author fails to observe how it is already illegal to set foot within 1,000 feet of a school with a firearm in Wisconsin, how shooting people is already illegal, and mentions nothing of the heavily bullied shooter's obviously compromised mental stability. No, The Eagle instead calls for further restrictions on our constitutional rights, believing in the contemptible notion of placing blame solely upon the tool of the crime. These facts, blindly ignored by The Eagle's anti-gun agenda, seem fueled by simple cowardice or lack of understanding of the subject material; indeed, the author instantly discredited himself when referring to the rifle's magazine as a "clip."

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported 32,675 automobile fatalities in the U.S. in 2014 alone. Where is the outrage? Where is the outcry? That's nearly the number of Americans killed in the Korean War! Surely, under The Eagle's logic, the "scourge" of the automobile must be brought to heel with tougher legislation. Tougher laws making it harder to acquire automobiles (or an outright ban, for they are killing people in droves) should be enacted at once.

As foolish as this notion sounds, the 12,500 "gun deaths" that year pander much more to those who think they're the cause of the poison in our society. Of those 12,500 "gun deaths," over 60 percent were self-induced suicides, the rest being criminal (again, already illegal) acts, or fully justified in court. The only "dangerous attitude" lies in burying one's head in the sand by taking the cheap, easy route of blaming inanimate objects for heinous crimes, in failing to see the actual root causes of the problems. I, like many others, are growing weary of The Eagle's continued suggestion of disarming ourselves in the face of madmen. Dying on our knees is not what most Americans are about.

Stephen Roy, North Adams


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