Letter: Columnist misguided in response to tragedy


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Bob Bauer

Greenwood

To the editor:

I was dismayed to read Brandon Butler’s Dec. 22 article on gun violence. His response to the Sandy Hook tragedy was so misguided that I was surprised you printed his article. He certainly stood by the National Rifle Association in his article filled with half-truths and deception. Even worse is his attempt to place blame on the media who are covering the tragedy. He stated that “by tuning in and watching it, we are as guilty as those broadcasting it.”

Really, Mr. Butler? And what is your column discussing? Where is your guilt then? Are you not part of the media also?

The column avoids telling the facts. Yes, we have requirements for gun buyers who walk into a gun shop and buy a weapon. What about the zillions of guns sold at gun shows? Would Mr. Butler care to explain the loophole?

Perhaps he should look at the fact our firearm murder rate is the highest of all civilized countries. Maybe discuss that in the 20 years since New York City enacted tougher restrictions murder rates have dropped every year.

Of course there will still be tragedy and senseless murder with tougher gun laws. People still die on our highways even though we have laws and speed limits. To suggest that the amount of mayhem would not be mitigated by better gun laws and enforcement is ludicrous.

As a gun owner and occasional hunter I do not advocate “taking away our guns,” but loopholes need to be closed and tough enforcement laws need to be enacted and I don’t see any sane reason why private citizens need assault weapons.

For Mr. Butler to just spout the paranoid nonsense of the NRA in his column is just plain wrong. To just continue to blame our “culture of violence” is misguided. I have played Call of Duty and never felt the urge to go out and murder my neighbors.

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