Letters to the Editor

Take aim at gun problem

I pray and hope that we now can admit we have a gun problem. People in America are 25 times more likely to be shot to death than in any other developed country.

For too long we held the premise that we need a gun to protect us from the bad guy. Believing that a gun will protect you is purely fantastical and irrational. When everyone has a gun, they use guns, not words, to settle their problems.

To invoke the history of the Wild West to defend your gun rights is not based in reality as much as it is in Hollywood. What history really tells us is that towns and businesses had strict “No Gun” policies.

While we seem unable to pass even the simplest gun safety laws, we should at least repeal the Dickey Amendment. This amendment, added to every federal spending bill since 1996, has prohibited the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from using federal money to research the dangers and affects of gun violence.

When two people died in America from Ebola, we spent the money to stymie the spread of one of the deadliest viruses known to mankind. We can only make an informed decision when we have studied the infection of guns.

Wyatt Railey