January 17, 2013
Americans must solve our violence problem together
To the editor:
On Jan. 14, a letter appeared in The Herald-Mail citing the FBI 2011 crime report in which 323 people were murdered by rifles and shotguns, and 496 people were murdered by clubs or bats. The writer tried to make a case that more people are murdered by means other than a rifle or shotgun.
I decided to do my own research into these facts. The writer said you would not hear these facts on NBC, CBS, CNN or in the papers. This might be the reason why you will not hear it. The FBI report for 2011 states that handguns were responsible for 6,220 murders. Rifles were responsible for 323 murders and shotguns were responsible for 356 murders. Other guns accounted for 1,684 murders for a total of 8,583 murders. These figures reflect two-thirds of the murders in 2011. Knives and piercing objects accounted for 1,694 murders. Hammers and blunt instruments caused 496 deaths, and hands and feet accounted for 726 murders.
I am a strong supporter of a citizen’s right to gun ownership. Simply banning assault weapons and 30-round magazines is not the answer, and neither is arming teachers and everyone else. It is a very complex problem with no easy answer.
The NRA should be willing to be part of the solution to this problem. They need to take a reasonable position, as do our elected officials. There has to be a way to keep guns out of the hands of irresponsible people who would do harm to their fellow citizens. There are plenty of laws in place that need enforced or strengthened by having real background checks along with psychological evaluations and training. Loopholes in the present laws must be eliminated.
There is no easy fix, but when I think of the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., and those children, I don’t think anyone should sit idly by and do nothing. Something has to be done to see that it never happens again. This is an American problem and it takes all of the country working together to solve it.
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