Traverse City Record-Eagle

May 30, 2013

Letter to the Editor: Gun control anger


Traverse City Record-Eagle

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It’s ironic that the subject of gun control evokes anger in many, and it is anger that causes much of our gun violence. Anger does not help in solving the gun violence problem; it only creates a greater barrier to finding a solution.

Here are some facts about gun control:

Gun control does not work. Proof: Washington, D.C., Chicago and Los Angeles have some of the country’s toughest gun laws, yet these cities have very high rates of gun violence. Gun free zones do not work.

Proof: Tragedies at Columbine High School, Sandy Hook Elementary School, Fort Hood and numerous shootings at work places, malls and churches throughout the country. Gun control laws do not stop criminals from having guns. Proof: Criminals have guns.

Some people believe that a total gun ban would stop the violence. Gun bans do not work. Proof: Where countries have banned guns, violence against people rose. Examples: Russia under Joseph Stalin, Nazi Germany under Hitler, the Khmer Rouge under Pol Pot. Gun bans allow violence to happen, not reduce it.

Can gun violence be reduced? Controlling our anger might be a place to start.

James Constantine

Kewadin