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March 4, 2015

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Letter to the editor:

Ultimately, it’s a human issue

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What recently happened at the Lone Star College in Houston proved again that people with guns kill, people with knives mostly injure.

Imagine the murders the person could have committed if he had an assault weapon with a 30-round magazine like one the killer at Newtown, Conn., had, a legal weapon that was capable of shooting 154 bullets in just five minutes.

In a perfect world, we would be able to perfectly predict and stop insane and evil behavior, but we live in an imperfect world; we realize that we cannot control or predict someone intent on committing murder. However, we can minimize the damage by restricting the type of guns available.

Congress should be reminded that gun control should be a human issue, not a political one.

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  1. Tell us, Gloria, which would you prefer: to be attacked by knives or guns? Then tell us, what would you rather have to defend yourself with against an attacker: a gun or a knife? Those who would do others harm used to use rocks when that was all that was available. Today, they use slightly more lethal weapons. Those who would do no harm to others never used a rock to harm another and do not use lethal weapons to do so today. They must not be penalized or disarmed for the misdeeds of others.

  2. It's both: Human and political. Why? The right for Americans to bear arms is guaranteed by the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitutional.

    Deal with the causes for gun crimes and violence: Mental health illness, societal culture, lack of gun law enforcement, sentencing, and prosecution for violators. Those are human and legal problems. Not political.

    Carmine D


    If you listened to the media one would think that New York, Illinois or Califonia would be leading the pack in states with the highest stats of gun violence. Actually the top ten states have much loser gun laws than other states and don't require permits for handgun purchases:

    Louisiana - Alaska - Alabama - Arizona - Mississippi - South Carolina - New Mexico - Missouri - Arkansas - Georgia

  4. Per Future, at 9:55 a.m.: "Attacks are by violent people with tools It is the violent people not the tool " Very true, Future. Perhaps we need to require all residents undergo periodic comprehensive psychiatric evaluations. Those people deemed to be potentially violent would be removed from society, by force if necessary, and isolated until two consecutive future evaluations prove them, beyond a reasonable doubt, to no longer have a potential for violence.

    But then, consider the tools. From the beginning, knives were designed to cut and shape things: food, wood, material for clothing, etc. In the Lone Star College assaults, the weapons appear to have been a scalpel (designed for the healing of surgery) and an X-Acto knife (designed to shape small hard objects) or possibly a case-cutter (designed to open cardboard boxes) or a razor-blade knife (designed to open cardboard boxes but also for other tasks such as scraping dried paint from the kitchen counter.) Guns, such as used at the Newtown school assaults, were designed from their first invention for one very specific purpose: to kill people. Those used at Newtown seem to have admirably fulfilled their purpose.

    Then again, maybe we DO want to control the tools - particularly those so carefully designed specifically to kill people.

  5. Vernos:

    I commented to you on another thread about using state rates. Should use city rates which is typically the standard for gun crimes and violence. Why? Gangs. Like in Chicago.

    Carmine D