[OPINION] The Causes Of Violence

A letter in the May 31 edition claimed “guns are too easily available” but gave no proof for this assertion. In the 1940s and 1950s, sporting goods stores sold firearms and ammunition to the general public. There were none of the current laws and few of the mass shootings reported in recent times.

Those who blame murders on guns (or knives) have misdiagnosed the problem. Murders are caused by love and money (or lust and greed). These are basic human emotions which drive other forms of behavior.

The 1968 movie ‘Targets’ presented a mass shooting then asked for passage of a Federal Gun Control law because 7,000 people were killed each year. After four decades of gun control laws the number of people killed each year is now 12,000! There was no mention of a worsening economy. The book “Wisconsin Death Trip” noted the increase in murders and suicides during the depression of 1893, the worst in the 19th century.

Those who really want to reduce the number of murders and suicides should ask for good jobs at good wages, and less regressive taxes. Gun prohibitionists ignore the effects of the economy, and can never provide statistics to show a reduction in violent deaths after a gun control law is passed.

In June 2003 the city of New Brunswick had a gun buyback event that was well-publicized for days. A year later the result was reported in the back pages. In the year before the gun buyback there were 12 murders. In the following year there were 24 murders. Why spend money on a policy that doesn’t work? What are the current numbers?

Ronald A. Sobieraj, Perth Amboy


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