Why fo­cus on the gun?

The Star Democrat - - OPINION -

As re­cently noted, the num­bers of deaths re­sult­ing from al­co­hol abuse, au­to­mo­bile ac­ci­dents and firearms are very sim­i­lar, but we must also con­sider the pur­pose of these prod­ucts. The pri­mary pur­pose of an au­to­mo­bile is to pro­vide trans­porta­tion. Au­to­mo­biles may wound or kill us, but that is not their pri­mary func­tion. Al­co­hol is per­haps less use­ful, but is tra­di­tion­ally cel­e­bra­tory and more fre­quently kills the im­biber when abused.

We fo­cus on the gun be­cause its pri­mary func­tion is to kill, and we know that higher rates of firearm death are found in states with higher rates of gun own­er­ship.

CAROL VOYLES Sher­wood

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