Re: Gun violence in America |

Re: Gun violence in America

While I was scrolling through Google News, a BBC news headline caught my eye – “Teenager Murdered in Bakery Shop” in London. As I read the story, I was startled to find that the kid had been beaten to death with a sign, while at least one bystander tried to intervene.

Now imagine this had happened in Grass Valley. The teenager would have died, along with seven bystanders, perhaps including you or your young daughter, because the attacker wouldn’t have been armed with a crumbly little sign. He would have had a semi-automatic 9-mm handgun, with several full clips in his pocket.

Before you dismiss my scenario with “it can’t happen here,” it already has. Remember Scott Thorpe? Every one of our millions of paranoid schizophrenics (or drug dealers, or depressed teenagers) can easily get a handgun. Handguns are everywhere, either legally owned, or waiting to be stolen. It will happen here again, and some of you reading this will be among those to die.

Since 3,000 of us were murdered on Sept. 11, 2001, another 70,000 Americans have experienced death by handgun. Shouldn’t we be outraged? How do you imagine we could ever “control” something as compact, concealable and easily stolen as a handgun?

R. Owen Barnes

Nevada City

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