Letters, Dec. 22

Dec. 21, 2012 @ 04:53 PM

Don’t forget this tragedy

If it’s one thing that we cannot have following the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., it is more apathy. Sure, following every mass shooting, the media does a great job of covering the shooter’s mentality and the grief of the victims’ family. The media reminds us of the need for gun control, for a week or so. Then it is on to the next story. We cannot do that. Not this time.

Guns in America are not a problem because of mass shootings; this is just the tip of the iceberg. Shooting deaths outnumbered motor vehicle deaths in 10 states in 2009 and the numbers are getting worse. Other leading nations do not have this problem. The United States ranked 12th on a list of the worst countries in the world with regard to the number of gun deaths per year. We are behind the UK, France, Germany, Canada, Australia and many others. We are also behind other so-called third world nations; that is an embarrassment.

I cannot purchase more than two boxes of Sudafed in 24 hours because I may start a meth lab. But I can buy automatic assault rifles and unlimited amounts of ammunition. Marijuana, a fairly harmless drug, is illegal in most states in the union. AK-47s are legal in most states.

There is something fundamentally wrong with how our nation handles gun control. I pray for all the families and the victims of this terrible tragedy and pray that they find some comfort. I also pray that our elected representatives don’t forget about this tragedy and just move on to the next story.

Janoo Naqvi
Durham

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