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June 7, 2014

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor:

I continue in amazement at the rehashing of the tired arguments put forth regarding the need to further control guns as put forth in Brian Howey’s column. In Howey’s “report,” he sets forth that guns are responsible for the deaths they cause, even though none of the guns I’ve been associated with have ever loaded themselves, aimed themselves or pulled their own triggers.

I’ve been a World War II reenactor in the past and not one of the high powered guns used in that conflict that I owned and used ever killed anyone in my presence. I’ve visited shooting ranges, gun stores and gun shows and not one of them went off by themselves or injured anyone. And there wasn’t one gun-related incident related to the recent NRA convention here in Indianapolis.

Suppose the guns were on their best behavior? Howey refers to the slaughters at Newtown and The Navy Yard and the one recently at Santa Barbara, where the perpetrator used a gun, a knife and a motor vehicle to exact his hatred on his victims.

Howey also referred to the tighter gun laws in other countries — he mentions reduced violence in Japan, England and Australia. Of course, Howey deftly skips the fact that there are countries with far greater gun controls — like China, Vietnam, Cuba and North Korea — who have no gun violence, except exacted by the government. The citizens of those countries don’t have any freedoms to speak of either, and if one is in China around Tiennemenn Square and the faint rumbling of a tank becomes louder, it would be best to vacate the area.

Howey mentions vehicles have become safer, yet continue to kill in accidents and recall failures. Howey also mentions knives, and that while some who’ve been knifed have survived, is there any less trauma there? And the ones slain by knives at Santa Barbara and throughout history, are they any less dead, their families any less in grief?

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