Letter writer Maria Elena Lopez takes a tragedy and uses it as the basis to blame it on the guns used in these senseless attacks. She attacks the belief that guns help keep us safe and produces numbers that show homicides in the United States from 2001 to 2013 as 153,144 compared with deaths from terrorists as 3,046 and continues to wonder about our maturity as a nation, which allows such laws.
Unfortunately, the letter uses the deaths of the Oregon victims as a reason to eliminate our right to bear arms under the Second Amendment. However, the 153,144 deaths are not all from mass shootings. There were more than 450,000 deaths during the same time period attributed to vehicle accidents. It’s a simplistic view of a problem and gives more fuel to the NRA’s radical stance against any type of gun control.
If you really want to make a difference in the gun debate, start by acknowledging that as Americans we do have the right to gun ownership as intended by the Founding Fathers.
Frank Lujan, Miami