On gun control and school shootings
Concerning Mr. Bruffey [“Restrictive gun policies and the rise of mass shootings,” Dundalk Eagle, May 1, 2018], I seriously doubt that either God or taking prayers out of school has absolutely anything to do with the school shootings. To even try to suggest that schools have made themselves a target is reprehensible. You seem to blame at least part of the gun problem on guns being taboo. Are you saying that if guns weren’t “taboo” we wouldn’t have the problem we have now? Many things in our society are taboo for very good reasons. If people did not wear clothes would there be fewer sex crimes? I seriously doubt it. Nudity in our society is, as you would say, taboo. There is too long a list to put down in this letter, so I use the absurd extreme to make my point.
You also seem to be heading for the old N.R.A. mantra, “Guns don’t kill people; people kill people.” That is absolutely correct. It’s just that automatic and semi-automatic weapons with large magazines allow you to do it much more efficiently.
Do we really think that by banning weapons that are only used for war that our second amendment rights will be nullified? Are any one of us really that simple-minded?
We will still have our tens of millions of rifles and handguns. We will still “be safe.” I have yet to hear of anyone using an AR-15 to protect their house.
And finally, where in the world did you grow up? I’m 63 and grew up in Dundalk, and I have never met anyone from ANY generation that kept guns in their school lockers for their marksmanship classes.
As far as addressing mental illness goes, the vast majority of mass shooters (except for the kid in Florida who fell through the cracks) are only discovered to be nuts after the fact. If it were suggested that you have to pass a psychological exam before you buy a gun, I have little doubt that the N.R.A. would not go along with it.
And if they did, and you pass all of the tests, who’s to say that you might lose it later on, or one of your children who hasn’t been evaluated, but has access to your weapons?
Getting rid of or banning weapons of war will not end the mass shootings that we have learned to live with, but it will cut down on the number of children getting murdered.