Letters to the editor - Friday (5-3-2013)

  • Posted: Friday, May 3, 2013 12:11 a.m.

‘Wild West’ mentality invites more gun-related violence

Amazing! Recently, because of sequestering, air traffic controllers were to be furloughed a day at a time, resulting in canceled or delayed flights. When customers complained to Congress, it immediately enacted a bill to re-fund the controllers. Could it be perhaps that Congress was due for a week off and wanted to fly home on time?

This is the same Congress, however, that could not hear the voice of 90 percent of Americans who support better background checks for gun control!

Any attempt to bring sanity to gun control seems to be trumped by ignorance (or as in the case of the NRA, money). We are deteriorating into a “Wild West” mentality where the only way any kind of disagreement is settled is by guns. A recent letter writer complained about the amount of time to get a permit and worried about what he would do if there was an immediate problem his family was facing and he didn’t have his paperwork approved. Is a gun the only way to settle “immediate problems?”

The NRA’s response is to arm everyone with guns. When do we realize we are courting the risk of more “incidents” when more guns are available? The rush to buy assault weapons for fear that they may be outlawed (one can only hope) makes no sense.

Yes, the Second Amendment protects an American’s right to keep and bear arms. To state that tighter registration regulations, or at the least the enforcement of these regulations, will not take guns off the street is flawed.

Recently in Consumer Reports magazine, President Jim Guest wrote about an Institute of Medicine report. Comparing the health of 17 wealthy countries, by many measures the United States does not stack up well. We have the highest infant mortality rate, poorer health and the shortest lives. The report offers a number of reasons, including the fact that we eat more, weigh more and are more apt to use guns violently.

See you at the O.K. Corral.

— Victoria Goga


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