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Letter: Prevalence of guns leads to violence

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

I have been giving a great deal of thought to the issue of gun violence in our nation for some time. I grew up in a home with many guns, as my father was a game hunter and collector of guns.

We had relatively solid safety training, both with my father and with a close friend’s father. However, I cannot understand why there is no real gun control outside of some basic laws that do nothing to stop the spread of weapons, particularly to criminals and people with mental disorders. We have seen too many random acts of violence in our schools, in shopping centers and in places of work. Why is it that the NRA has such a stranglehold on our politicians?

Now, we in Illinois are faced with the fact that a federal court is disabling our protection from having average citizens walking around with concealed firearms. This in the name of freedom; in the name of safety?

People are already on edge with the economic problems we and many in the world have endured. Petty disagreements involving traffic disputes, children’s issues and workplace issues are likely to cause disturbed citizens to resort to violence. Granted, the majority of people who would be inclined to carry a weapon would do so out of fear or a sense of safety, but it takes only one troubled mind to ruin your world.

Do you want to be the next victim? Why do we need so many guns in our society?

Assault weapons are made to do nothing but kill. I am not suggesting that we take away the Second Amendment. I am suggesting that in light of the growing number of suicidal massacres, our country is bleeding for some type of control over who is allowed to purchase firearms, what kinds of firearms they may buy and how it can be monitored to insure a modicum of safety for society. I ask these questions with a deep concern for safety and out of respect for all of those who have been lost and the loved ones left behind wondering "why?"

Reed Carnahan


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