Gun Violence, Sandy Hook And Our Children



I keep reading letters to the editor, one after the other exclaiming how absolute the Second Amendment to our Constitution is. We have a gun violence problem in our country — even the NRA admits that! The latest statistics show that over 30,000 people die each year from gunshots; with many more surviving a gunshot, but at a cost of millions of dollars in health care costs.

What is causing this violence? The problem is, nobody knows because the causes aren’t being studied thoroughly. The NRA in 1996, via its lobbying of our Congress, has had laws passed that prevent government agencies from researching the public health effects of gun violence (Google the following: “CDC prohibited from gun research”).

President Obama recently changed that with one of his 23 executive orders. The only problem is that Congress must now fund those studies and that is not likely to happen because of NRA influence. The NRA says the problem is “bad people with guns,” but they are against closing the gun show and personal sales loopholes that lets anybody (this includes all bad guys) buy a gun without a background check.

If we can’t study gun violence to try to find a solution to it and we let everybody continue to buy guns, even psychologically unstable people and people currently prohibited by existing laws (felons), then the only logical conclusion that can be drawn is that the NRA, its ardent supporters, and Congress thinks that Second Amendment rights are so sacred and unalterable that they are willing to sacrifice 30,000 of our fellow citizens’ lives every year! Forever!

Is this really who we want to be?

Dean Martinson


don evans 3 years, 11 months ago

It is who we are. It is a people problem, not a gun problem. You want taxpayers to pay for another study so another bureaucratic money pit can be instituted in perpetuity? When there are already hundreds of federal, State, and local laws on the books regarding illegal possession, sales, and use of firearms that are not enforced adequately by the appropriate government entities now. No thanks, we don't need a study to tell us that there are just plain evil people out there willing to do whatever it takes to accomplish their morally corrupt desires. And that includes your precious government overseers. We are from the government and we are here to help you. Yeah right..........


ALLAN SIMS 3 years, 11 months ago

Mr. Martinson, look at Chicago, where the thugs have guns, when the honest citizen does not. You think your theory works after realizing Chicago has some of the most restricted rights in the nation? And, I promise, you don’t see thugs at gun shows.

By some years of near (Though indirect) association with law enforcement officers I’ve gained insight from them as to how criminals get the guns they use. They don’t get them through gun shows.

Look at England, where only a very few guns are still allowed. The Bobbies used to go unarmed, when people everyone was armed. But, now after guns are outlawed, they have to arm special units with automatic weapons to simply protect themselves, let alone the public.

It is mindboggling how people can look at the freedoms we have, and fail to see that those freedoms are unique in the world. Yet, can’t recognize that in both Norway and China, where guns are heavily regulated, there were mass killings just a few months back. And, you can bet they control all weapons. Therefore, the attempt to control weapons harms millions of decent citizens while preventing little in the way of carnage.

You make a big deal out of 30,000 deaths, and rightly so. But, many of them are deaths of people intent on harming honest people who defended themselves with guns. For example in Aug. 2011, an Atlanta resident named Leontaye Johnson was ambushed as he returned home from work. The thief shot Johnson, who then pulled his own weapon and killed the attacker. He lived—the attacker died.

And, your figure ignores the thousands of people who successfully defended themselves without death, whereas they would have died had they not done so. For example, in March of 2012 in Boiling Springs SC, a mad man entered a Baptist Church brandishing a shotgun at the pastor and the congregation. (This gun would still be legal if current proposed restrictions become the law. With the multiple 00 buckshot from each shell, the carnage in that church could have made Sandy Hook look tame.) The mad man, Jerry Gates, was apprehended by a man named Aaron Guyton, using his legally concealed weapon, and held Gates at gunpoint until police arrived.

This presumed self-righteousness you people exude is predicated upon opinion and half baked facts, without consideration of the context of the information you use like an axe to bludgeon anyone who might disagree.

Our unique freedoms have fostered the ability to live and enjoy life, unlike in many “civilized” countries. Core among these are the rights associated with keeping and bearing arms. Those arms deterred the Japs from planning an invasion of the west coast and mainland Alaska during WWII.

In my opinion, the 2nd amendment is the only thing keeping this government from becoming despotic. Notice that it is already showing many signs of that very thing.


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