Re: “Real problem is the flood of guns” (letter, 2-26).
Yes, recent events here in our region and similar ones throughout our country are indeed sad and tragic. But blame the gun? No. If that were truly responsible for violence, then what about knives, hatchets, and other sharp or bladed instruments used in stabbings and slashings? Then there are bats, clubs, pipes and other heavy blunt objects. Bludgeonings are gruesome. Rope, cord or wire can be used for strangulation. Motor vehicle traffic fatalities outnumber firearm deaths. And how many are due to impairment, negligence or just plain deliberate vehicular assault?
The fact is all of the above are easier to obtain than a firearm. All are used in crimes against persons.
The common denominator is the human. It is not the means that is used to harm a person, but rather irresponsible, criminally minded or just plain stupid people who are to blame.
It’s not that our system doesn’t want to do anything about guns. There are many laws in place. Our system doesn’t seem to want to seriously deal with the offenders. Responsible, law-abiding members of society that own any of the above items are not hurting fellow human beings nor are they allowing anyone else to.