Gun access should be restricted

When it comes to gun violence, there’s one factor that separates America from the rest of the world.

Reading the well-written and insightful column by Natalie Gomez and the letter about violence stemming from media and cultural attitudes focused my mind on the genesis of mass casualty events of the last 20 years in this country. Ms. Gomez pointed out mental illness as one cause and correctly pointed out that it is a global issue. But then, so is violent media. Americans are not uniquely susceptible to mental illness and violent video games, movies, television, etc are quite prevalent in other countries around the world. Abortion and assisted suicide are available in quite a number of other countries.

And yet, in none of those other countries do we find repeated acts of mass murder on an industrial scale. So, what do those repeated acts of mass murder in the United States have in common? First, they are all carried out by males, usually young but not exclusively; and here again, there are young males in abundance in all of those other countries. And with rare exception, the other proximate cause of the death and injury in these events is a semiautomatic rifle outfitted with high capacity magazines filled with bullets designed for war and maximum damage to a human body.

Since we can’t eliminate young males we are left with eliminating the high-powered, semiautomatic weapons of war with high capacity magazines. They were designed for one thing… killing humans, and no decent society should allow them in the hands of civilians.

Robert DuChaine

Buckley

More in Letters to the Editor

We must move away from identity politics

Mr. Trump recognized the legitimate concerns of the “working class” and socio-economic middle class which have born a disproportionate negative impact from many of Washington’s policies.

Thank you, first responders and community members

A special thanks to the people we know and the people we have never met that fought off the fire, protecting our home as if it was their own.

Deeply held religious beliefs do good in the world

It is truly disheartening to see the eagerness with which people jump on the bandwagon to Christian bash.

SPLC accurately labels hate organizations and people

The SPLC has received my support for many years and will continue to receive my support for their efforts to defend the civil rights of all persons.

Thank you for, Mount Peak Historical Fire Lookout Association supporters

Keep a lookout for future information during this fundraising phase.

Freedom of religions doesn’t mean imposing your beliefs on the public

To then allow any person or group to inflict its particular religious beliefs upon others would clearly deny our right to freely worship and follow our own beliefs

Businesses should serve the public equally

Many a war has started over “deeply held beliefs’ and religious convictions.

Editor failed to be a fair moderator

Instead of framing the issues and allowing the readers to “form their own opinions on the matters at hand,” the editor chose to apply superfluous labels.

“Deeply held beliefs” no excuse for discrimination

Is it not time that we recognize that “deeply held beliefs,” sometimes are simply wrong?

Southern Poverty Law Center no longer credible

The editor’s use of the SPLC in an opinion piece was flawed.

All encouraged to participate in this year’s National Night Out

This is a chance for neighbors to build neighborhood spirit.

Lindquist made our communities safer

He has a proven record of protecting seniors, locking up career criminals, and suing Big Pharma to recover money for taxpayers.