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SHOOTING: People, not implements, are responsible for tragedy

Letter by John R. Kraynak, Puyallup on Jan. 11, 2011 at 11:09 am | 33 Comments »
January 11, 2011 11:10 am

Re: “Blood is on the hands of irresponsible gun advocates” (Eugene Robinson column, 1-11).

First of all, my prayers go out to the families and victims of the horrific tragedy that took place in Tucson.

Is Robinson aware that there are more than 20,000 state and federal gun laws currently? Which one failed to stop this tragedy?

On the same day as Robinson’s column, The News Tribune listed the manufacturer, make, model number of magazines and size of cartridge used to commit this terrible crime. And it reported that law enforcement arrested 606 drunk drivers between Nov. 25 and Jan 2 in Pierce County alone and 3,577 statewide in the same time period.

What I don’t see is a background check to purchase the vehicle or the alcohol, how many gallons of gas the vehicle holds and the blinding speed that it can wipe out an entire family.

When a drunk driver kills, we often learn that they have been arrested before for drunk driving only to be let go and given another chance. Are these victims of a drunk driver any less of a tragedy?

Robinson is of the view that just because a firearm looks or functions in a certain way that it must be bad and that a sporting firearm can’t be used to kill people.

My point is: Make people responsible for their actions, not the implement they used.

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