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Why is gun violence a problem in this country?

Posted: Feb. 8, 2013 11:11 am Updated: Mar. 1, 2013 12:15 pm

 

To The Herald-Whig:

Gun violence has long been a serious problem in the U.S., unlike in other countries considered advanced. Why this ignoring of such mayhem?

Some claim their rights to own lethal weapons, ignoring the right of others to a society relatively free of death or injury by guns.

Some make huge profit from the manufacture, distribution and sale of guns. Some like to kill wildlife (aka hunting), calling it a sport. Is the love of killing rational or humane?

"Auschwitz begins whenever someone looks at a slaughterhouse and thinks they are only animals," Theodor W. Adorno.

Some are indolent, unwilling to face the slings and arrows of the status quo crowd, unwilling to admit that there is a serious problem.

The function of guns is to kill. Their lethal effectiveness is unsurpassed. In the hands of responsible and well trained security personnel, appropriately designed guns can provide a useful function. This high standard is not commonly attained.

Is gun mayhem even skewed toward the mentally challenged? Recall Trayvon Martin's killer and the gunning down of an unarmed young man in New York by four policemen? Are not those who delay the proliferation of guns or effectiveness of gun control as guilty of crime as those pulling the trigger?

How is a family with children safer if the family next door, also with children, has guns? Is a pedestrian in any measure safer if others of the public are carrying a gun? Why should high-powered or multiple round guns be publicly available?

One's freedom ends where another's begin.

 

Wendell Funk

Quincy

 

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