Guns are not the cause of crime

RE: Gun con­trols on the ropes in Canada (May 12)

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION - SUB­MIS­SIONS: LET­TERS@THES­PEC.COM

The au­thor of this let­ter is no more an ex­pert on gun con­trol than I am. As an MD, he should know there are sev­eral fac­tors at play here re­gard­ing any vi­o­lent crime. There have been far more vi­o­lent home in­va­sions with­out guns also. As well as other crimes. True, in the U.S., sui­cide by gun hap­pens more than other method. But non-gun sui­cides are a very close sec­ond. And again when sui­cides are in­volved, there are still sev­eral fac­tors in­volved be­side warn­ing signs. Speak­ing of sui­cides, the au­thor should look at other coun­tries with high sui­cide rates like Ja­pan, for ex­am­ple, with very strict gun laws. More gun laws re­gard­ing vi­o­lent crime solve noth­ing.

The au­thor lets his anti-gun views cloud his judg­ment. He ei­ther doesn’t know or doesn’t want to know about Canada’s past or present gun laws, and he cer­tainly doesn’t know any­thing about the 21,000 or so Amer­i­can gun laws. Other peo­ple in his pro­fes­sion usu­ally start with the root causes of any vi­o­lent crime or sui­cide, not inan­i­mate ob­jects like guns. Scott Camillo, Han­non

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