Letters to the Editor

Weapons control

To the Editor:

Our current push on gun control is incomplete at best. Without rehashing the daily soapbox standings on this issue, I’ll climb on mine.

Deranged individuals shoot to death and permanently hurt thousands in our country, but the same cartel that manufactures these guns benefits from even more thousands of human lives, including many of our citizens, indiscriminately killed around the globe in the name of what we majestically call “our interests.”

My interests are that our country becomes a peaceful, civilized, educated, humane and energy-independent society, goals clearly disconnected from violence. We fight like Neanderthals, aimlessly clobbering anyone who we find standing in our path, bystanders included.

We operate at a lower intellectual level than China and Korea, who are winning the economic war by outwitting us, no drones. Murderers are barred from accessing guns, but we allow our military apparatus to kill as long as there is corporate profit in it, clearly what “our interests” mean in that context, showing that we consider the life of someone in the mountains of Afghanistan measurably less valuable than the narrowly focused revenues, or the life of any of our children dying and becoming maimed, sacrificed to preserve these profits.

Does all this fit into the frame of our religious beliefs we proudly boast about? A better way to gain respect is by setting an example of intelligence, fairness and humanity, rather than being feared for our military might, which only perpetuates the international hatred we have already drawn.

Alex Semiletow

Crystal Lake

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