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WARREN D. GRANT: Human intervention the cause of deaths

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: People cause deaths, not the guns, knives or cars

Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

This is just great! Just what all the gun nuts that want to take all the guns away love — a brutal display of ignorance from some lunatic who kills a bunch of people because he couldn’t get a date. Well, you’re a sicko, so why should you expect to have a girlfriend? If he would have moved to south Georgia and mingled with a few of these meth heads, I think he probably could have scored a few touchdowns.

But the gun debate is my main issue. I’ve written about cities that have a gun ban, with Washington, D.C., being the main one. According to data from the FBI’s uniform crime reports, California had the highest number of gun murders in 2011 with 1,220 — which makes up 68 percent of all murders in the state that year and equates to 3.25 murders per 100,000 people. The irony of such a grisly distinction is evident when you look at which state was named the state with the strongest gun control laws in 2011 by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. You guessed it — California. The FBI report goes on to say that even though Chicago is one-third as large as N.Y., it surpassed it to become the murder capital in 2012. Both have very strict gun control laws.

A firearm is no different than a car, knife, baseball bat, etc. in that they all can kill. In 2012, there were 34,080 deaths from automobile accidents. Even though they were accidents, the people were just as dead. Should we outlaw cars? (I wish we could ask Mary Jo Kopechne.) In comparison, in 2010, the rate of firearm deaths was 10 people per 100,000, while for traffic accidents it was 12 per 100,000. But the gap is closing quickly and by 2015 it is predicted that the firearm deaths will surpass automobile deaths. But in all cases, it took human intervention for something to happen. It’s not the guns, it’s the people. More later as Your World Turns.

WARREN D. GRANT

Albany