Letter to the Editor: Big difference

Gun violence control is the problem, not gun control.

Gun violence is the combination of a gun and mentally impaired gun users, just as a DUI fatality is a combination of a vehicle and an impaired user.

Focus on the mentally impaired user of the weapon, not the weapon nor all weapon owners. For example, DUI fatalities dropped dramatically from 60 percent in 1982 to 38 percent in 2009. Emotionally driven legislation or presidential fiat focusing on weapons, magazines or ammunition is akin to banning V8 engines, 300 horse power engines or convertibles to reduce DUI fatalities. Clearly none of this was done. The focus was on the impaired user.

The impaired driver is easily identified — not so the mentally impaired weapon user.

It is easy, politically palatable, and simplistic to attack weapons rather than mentally impaired users. It is hard to deal with the impaired weapon user because mental health deinstitutionalization, lack of mental health services, as well as patient privacy contribute to this difficulty. These are difficult barriers to surmount, but unless they are, few potential mentally impaired gun users will be identified.

Remember, the mentally impaired people responsible for multiple fatalities were of well above-average intelligence. This means evasion of weapons controls is easier for them.

The Sandy Hook killer evaded all current controls.

A final thought, the last banning of weapons looking like assault weapons and high capacity magazines revealed no discernible reduction of gun injuries or gun fatalities according to the Department of Justice.

Michael Gaynor | Marco Island

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mrz333 writes:

Again the voice of the "clueless"! Perhaps the OP would like to explain their logic to the parents of a gunned down 6 year old! In this country guns are like toys. You're not holding an AR15 you're holding a basketball! Let's go out and play! Give it up little boy. No one is going to keep you from your little toys - just the ones that turn humans into fanatics! Fool!

Sparky100 writes:

MRZ333, You are so, so very wrong. NO responsible gun owner has ever or will ever think their weapon is a toy. I was taught to shoot by my farther. His lesson number one which I will never forget even today was this weapon is not a toy, this weapon can and will kill someone. Michael is spot on with his assumption that the problem is with the mentally ill, not the weapon. More people are killed by knives, clubs and bats annually than by assault “weapons” by a 4 to 1 ratio. Do you think we should ban all knives, clubs and baseball bats, no. The mental health industry does need to be more proactive in identifying these people.

Brisla writes:

in response to Sparky100:

MRZ333, You are so, so very wrong. NO responsible gun owner has ever or will ever think their weapon is a toy. I was taught to shoot by my farther. His lesson number one which I will never forget even today was this weapon is not a toy, this weapon can and will kill someone. Michael is spot on with his assumption that the problem is with the mentally ill, not the weapon. More people are killed by knives, clubs and bats annually than by assault “weapons” by a 4 to 1 ratio. Do you think we should ban all knives, clubs and baseball bats, no. The mental health industry does need to be more proactive in identifying these people.

But assault weapons account for a higher share of murders of police officers and mass public shootings than knives, clubs, and baseball bats.

As Ronald Reagan said, "I do not believe in taking away the right of the citizen for sporting, or hunting, and so forth, or for home defense. But I do believe that an AK-47, a machine gun, is not a sporting weapon or needed for defense of the home."

ajm3s writes:

in response to Brisla:

But assault weapons account for a higher share of murders of police officers and mass public shootings than knives, clubs, and baseball bats.

As Ronald Reagan said, "I do not believe in taking away the right of the citizen for sporting, or hunting, and so forth, or for home defense. But I do believe that an AK-47, a machine gun, is not a sporting weapon or needed for defense of the home."

For your reading pleasure and sometimes the roles can be reversed, where trained officers can reek mayhem, though rare, but deadly:

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