Letter: Don’t blame the gun
As a father, grandfather, uncle, brother and son I have many reasons to care deeply about the senseless violence and carnage that seems to be increasing in our country. I do, however, firmly believe in our Constitution and what it stands for.
Recently some have written that anyone who enjoys any shooting sport is potentially “delusional”; I think our Olympic athletes who compete in this highly competitive sport might have a thing or two to say about that! I know numerous others of both genders who shoot for recreation and competitively and represent a wide range of ages and occupations. Their only offense apparently is enjoying a shooting sport.
The carnage of gun violence can be gruesome indeed. But motor vehicle accidents caused by drivers who are distracted or under the influence are no less gruesome or senseless. You may think restricting the sale of firearms that look or operate in a particular way will prevent tragedies and save lives. If that logic works, then we had better restrict the sale of cell phones that are text capable and take photos, restrict the sale of cars that are capable of speeds exceeding 65 mph. Perhaps that would curb the tens of thousands of highway fatalities each year.
I share the sadness and anger many of us feel, especially in light of the tragedy in Sandy Hook. But an intelligent, thoughtful and meaningful solution should be sought. Stop cutting budgets that provide services those who desperately need help. Blaming a gun or a car for the actions of a person is not the answer.