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Letter: Don't put blame for shootings on all gun owners

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Posted: Friday, January 20, 2012 5:14 pm | Updated: 9:25 am, Mon Jan 23, 2012.

I heard on the radio the report of a broken-hearted mother who lost a child to gunfire. In addition to asking for information about the incident, she added a condemnation of guns and gun ownership.

I am sorry for her loss. I could not but wonder though, why she blames the gun and all gun-owners when it was not a responsible citizen that fired the shot. My gut reaction was that it was probably a gang member that had the gun, but is it just as likely to have been an individual that was being "pushed" by another edgy person.

Would it not be more appropriate to condemn the real sources of the crime? These include disrespect for the dangers of weapons, a disregard for the welfare of others and irresponsible attitudes that are fostered by a subculture in which no one is responsible for his actions.

Patrick Shepherd


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