, Salem, MA


January 7, 2013

Letter: Freedoms twisted beyond reason

To the editor:

Some say that people who have guns constitute a gun culture. Guns are not a culture any more than running shoes, baseball bats or ice skates are cultures. The belief that people who have guns are a part of a culture, a gun culture, is as sophomoric as a belief that our politicians will get to correcting the sources of the mass killings without the driving force of dedicated, persevering masses of thinking people who will make it happen. People are being misled by those who know that they can not correct the real problems in the short term ... so gun reform is an easy out, even though they know for a fact that it will never work.

Gun reform will never stop the mentally ill who have a need to kill any more than regulations will stop the true drug addict. The solution is being focused to an unrelated part of the problem. Should society eliminate automobiles because there are hit-and-run drivers who kill people? In the case of mass killings, should we eliminate airplanes, because hundreds of people die at one time? Of course not, that would be foolish.

The real problem is that society continues to supply our children with an addiction toward violence and killings through murder movies, horror videos, killing e-games and a laissez-faire attitude on what our children are taught in and out of school and then not take responsibility that some of the mentally weaker of us will end up with a disposition to create serious crimes. We have to change this killing culture that has been created within our children to be an anti-killing culture.

We have real-life examples of the results of what is happening. Look at what is happening in the Muslim world. They have been teaching their children to hate and kill infidels. Should that now surprise anyone?

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