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July 2, 2013
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Letter: Aim to curb gun deaths

Aim to curb gun deaths

Some recent letters apparently excuse the appalling death rate by gun of 34 per day. The writers seem to say that since this is below the abortion rate, it is just routine. There is no hint of regret at such a needless loss of life. To compare abortions or auto accidents with gun violence is to compare unrelated statistics. Automobiles are for transportation. Abortions are legal. Guns are designed to kill. Meanwhile the gun death toll since Sandy Hook has risen to 6,000.

To those who deliberately misread the Second Amendment and turn it into a quasi-religious screed, let’s try again to explain. The Second Amendment consists of one sentence; “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” Unless I am mistaken, the Second Amendment says nothing about any right of people to own any type of gun they want. And the sentence must be read as a whole.

Inflammatory statements constantly emanate from the gun manufacturing lobby: “The government will take away your guns!” “Criminals won’t abide by the gun registry law!” Gun deaths are an annoyance to these people, to be forgotten as soon as possible. The status quo is fine with the gun lobby. But more guns is not the answer. And fogging the issue with wild, unproven statements is designed to keep up the hysteria and not lead to rational discussion.

Let’s admit the current gun death toll is unacceptable, and bring the discussion back into the rational realm. Let’s work on ways to lower this appalling rate. Maybe “right-to-lifers” could extend their cause to gun victims? If we separate the worship of guns from the reality of the mayhem they cause, the task will be easier.

David Grant

Myrtle Creek

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