Fabiola Santiago’s Dec. 15 column, Do we love our guns more than our kids?, was the emotional response to the horrendous elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn. As much as it pains us all and destroys our sense of security, her knee jerk reaction of limiting guns and gun ownership isn’t the answer.
In the time it took her to write the piece, get it printed and distributed, more than 20 children in the U.S., under the age of six, died as the result of auto accidents in which at least one of the drivers involved was legally drunk. And, this happens every day.
Santiago’s answer is to limit the availability of guns, the types of guns, and the firepower of guns people own. So, is her answer to the DUI deaths in America to limit the types of cars, the types of alcoholic beverages, or the strengths of both? Because that’s what she’s saying. She seems to think that if you take away the choices of the law-abiding citizens of this country, then you will stop the mayhem caused when some madman goes mad.
People kill people. A madman using a gun, or an impaired driver using his or her car as the weapon of choice, kills people. And, sadly, sometimes those people are little children.
Guy Smith, Miami