Letter to the Editor
Once again a mass shooting, and once again a proposal to ban guns with large (please define large) capacity magazines.
Why is it that when a mass killing is committed by someone with a gun, the gun and not the person doing the deed is to blame? When someone drove their truck through an open market, did anyone blame the truck?
When someone used a car full of explosives to blow up a government building, did anyone blame the explosive? When someone randomly slashed people with a knife, was there an outcry to ban all “large” knives?
The gun, knife, car, or sack of fertilizer, are all inanimate objects incapable of doing anything on their own. Let’s stop blaming the tool and start blaming the individual. According to the CDCs, guns cause about 34,000 deaths a year, most of which are suicide.
Cars cause about the same amount, alcohol about 88,000, and cigarettes about 480,000. My point here is that yes, guns cause deaths, and that is terrible. But it is only a fraction of preventable deaths and yet no one is suggesting that we ban cigarettes and alcohol.
- James Quashnock, Wichita Falls