To the Editor:
For a number of years, I have been chastised and instructed by gun proponents. These are some of the lessons they have hoped to teach me:
• Guns don’t kill people; people kill people.
• If I don’t own a gun, I am prey.
• More guns will result in fewer crimes.
• Gun control is not the answer.
Our Founding Fathers intended for everyone to have the right to own a gun. President Barack Obama is trying to take away people’s guns. Of course, you understand I believe all of that is poppycock, but that’s not the point of this letter. Rather, I’m seeking an answer from the gun lobby, from gun owners in total, and from NRA members in general.
Please explain to me what steps you take to reduce gun-related violence in this country. And what do you say to Sandy Hook parents? (I don’t want to hear the overworked, “Bad things happen to good people,” or “There are 20 more stars in heaven than there were before the shootings.”)
What are the specific words you say or steps you take – outside of encouraging more people to buy more guns or to learn to shoot more guns “properly” – to work toward safety from random shootings in this country? I need to hear something new from you.