Readers Write: Gun control, federal voting laws, photojournalism

Readers Write: Gun control, federal voting laws, photojournalism

Mourners pay respects at a makeshift memorial for the victims of a shooting in Boulder, Colo. Asking the question "why" when there has been a mass shooting seems to blur the source of the problem. Would you ask a toddler who just threw a jar of tacks at another child "why?" No, you would just take the jar of tacks away and never let a child have them. If 70% of mass shootings are not linked to mental illness, the answer to "why" is this: because a firearm was easily obtained and he just could do it. Around 98% of shooters are male, majority white . Our culture, particularly Hollywood, has taught boys that real men go into situations with guns blazing and they will come out the hero. The real question is: What happened to " a well regulated militia"? There seems to be nothing well regulated about current firearms management. What about the right to peaceable assembly without the fear being shot and killed (like in Las Vegas)? What happened to the right to life? What happened to the liberty to go to the movies, to school? The "why" you could ask is: Why is the Second Amendment more important than the First or Ninth? Why are firearm proponents so fearful of some management? It is time to stop asking why and ask how: how to preserve life. Jane E. Odgers, Princeton, Minn. People say that "a gun kills." So then these statements must also be true: […]

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