Letter: Ayotte ignores the real issue
Re “Shooting warrants study” (Monitor Forum, Sept. 19):
U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte is not just ignoring the elephant in the room but is evading the tragedy of a nation that is being trampled by that elephant while she is suggesting we adjust the décor.
Of course, this elephant is the proliferation of guns in the United States, with an estimation of 300 million guns in civilian custody, and a proclivity among owners to carry the gun in public. The U.S. leads the world in deadly gun violence. There were 8,853 documented deaths by firearms in the U.S. in 2012.
It is time more of us started to consider not wearing a gun in a provocative manner, maybe leaving it at home more often, storing guns under lock and even reducing the number of guns you own.
There is nothing wrong with Ayotte’s call for a review of federal hiring practices; it is actually a good idea. But that is not an answer to this American tragedy. Narrowing access to guns by individuals with mental illness and violent criminal history and prohibiting high-capacity clips is the only practical way to diminish future gun assaults. Now is the time to step up the argument. The gun lobby and its minions are armed and proclaiming a link between carrying a gun and demonstrating patriotism. The rest of us, the corpus of future victims, are unarmed, but not yet helpless.