Don’t blame the guns

It still amazes me at the ignorance of many people with regard to guns. When a drunk driver kills someone, we blame the driver of driver of the car. When the planes crashed into the WTC on 9/11, we blamed the terrorists not the planes. Yet, when some crazed person kills someone with a gun, any gun, it's the gun’s fault.

There are laws on the books to prevent the vast majority these tragedies. Yet many laws are ignored. If a person wishes to use a gun in a crime, laws will not prevent them from obtaining one.

According to the FBI, three times as many guns are used to prevent a crime than are used in a crime. According to FBI data, the rate of violent gun crime has decreased almost 49 percent since 1991.

So, it's not the gun that is the problem; it's the criminal who uses it. Let's put the blame where it belongs.

Fred Stoye

Traverse City

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