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Letter: Violent culture, not gun ownership, is to blame for bloodshed
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I view with great concern the movement to blame the NRA and gun owners for gun violence. I pen this letter with great sadness and sympathy for the parents and victims for all the recent and past events where innocent lives have been wasted. 

I know in very real terms how the searing pain of losing a child can be. These terrible things are a bloody stain on our history and an indictment of a culture that has gone mad. Every time I watch the news or pick up a newspaper I keep hearing “guns are the problem.” As has often been said but never acknowledged by the gun enemies, guns do not kill people; people kill people.

Our founders were not ill informed or stupid people. They were astute observers of human nature. They also knew this very well: Give people, organizations or government unchecked power and the citizens will suffer. Without effective recourse the people are at the mercy of their oppressors, i.e., pitchforks have very limited deterrence ability. 

History is crammed full of verifications of this claim. When the people fear government, government will exploit them. The way to elevate this fear is for government to fear the people — the Second Amendment.

The NRA was pivotal in the last election and this fact has not been lost on the Dems. Consequently, they are using this tragedy in Florida and other similar events to galvanize a movement to neuter the NRA and, ultimately, the confiscation of all guns. 

It’s sad to see there are no limits or reluctance on Dems part to use tragedy for political gain. I am a member of the NRA and make no apology for it. However, if valid proof is ever made public, by credible sources that the NRA is culpable in any present or past events similar to the Florida tragedy, I will be an energetic supporter of its demise. I am convinced that we have bred a culture that is much more culpable than the NRA.

I recently watched a news clip of young people who were similar in age to those in Florida. One young man was asked about his position on guns. His comment was “We take the guns away so we can be safe.”

What recourse do you have when you are confronted by someone who is determined to do you bodily harm? Will there be several deputies lurking in the shrubbery just waiting to rescue you from harm’s way? Probably not.

However if you are fortunate enough to be one of the elite you would have an armed guard protecting you with, horrors, a gun. The assumption by this young man and others of his ilk is that government will always be there to protect us. History shows that “the law” only shows up, in the vast majority of cases, due to no fault of their own, after the fact. Having a gun in your possession in these kinds of situations changes the odds considerably in your favor. 

Why does it often work out with government that the vast majority is penalized for the sins of the minority? Why should I lose the right to own and carry the gun of my choice because government has failed to control the lawless and deranged minority? 

How effective was government in preventing the Parkland tragedy?

Gary Gambrell

Murrayville

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