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September 18, 2012

Letters to the Editor: September 18, 2012

Perspective needed on guns

After hearing the progressive take on the Colorado and Wisconsin shootings, I thought some perspective was needed concerning guns.

Our society could do itself a favor by not viewing firearms as the reason for violence. As if the briefest glimpse of a rifle makes one violent, and that 99 percent of violence, mugging, wife beating, child and elder abuse, etc., would vanish seconds after the last gun left the streets.

Guns shouldn’t be seen as why we’re violent, but just another way we express that tendency. Which would change a lot of the debate over guns, because what can’t you hurt someone with? And with a fair amount of rapidity, too. I say this because of the argument that guns can wound and kill pretty quickly. This is what I call “playing the numbers game”: judging the awfulness of something by how many it can harm at a crack.

How is one life lost to a knife less tragic than 12 from an automatic rifle? A loved one is still lost, and a crime has still been committed. But with our selective hypersensitivity of outrage, you just might be able to argue that, in terms of feelings and political correctness, it’s only a matter of what you kill with. Actually, I think we’ve come to qualify life and death, period.

But I can’t believe there is such a natural lack of objectivity and critical reasoning over guns to where we seem to fear them as the living dead. Even the talking heads, who should know better. It’s all too deliberate. If I sound conspiratorial, consider that every despot for the last 100 years made it a top priority to deprive the people of guns.

Robert Olejarz


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