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Get real about gun violence

Posted: January 28, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: January 28, 2013 2:00 a.m.
 

How I wish Jane Hills was right ("Video games, movies are the problem," Jan. 16).

Wouldn’t it be fabulous if removing violent video games and violence in movies would solve our gun violence rate? Sure, there might be some First Amendment issues, but we could work around that.

Sadly, Canadians, Swedes, Germans and all the rest of the developed nations share the same games and movies. Their death by firearms rate is much lower than ours.

So, while video games and movies are most likely contributing to the rise in violence, they are not really the cause.

We all should be able to agree with the National Rifle Association, that we should enforce our existing laws. It would help if the NRA and their stooges didn’t work very hard to water down the existing laws.

If, as stated, there are 100 million gun owners in the U.S., why are only 4 million of them NRA members? We need to ask if the NRA is more interested in gaining members or facilitating the sales of firearms by their manufacturer members.

Background checks, which even the NRA has supported in the past, don’t keep criminals and the unstable from buying weapons if 40 percent of the sales are through gun shows and private sales, which do not require a background search.

Why is the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives prohibited from compiling data to facilitate statistical analysis of gun sales? Why are persons on the terrorism watch list not prohibited from buying firearms?

We need to get real about the violence. If more guns equaled more safety, we would be one of the safest countries in the world. We’re not; therefore it doesn’t.

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