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Letter to the editor: Of course, it's the gun

| Tuesday, June 26, 2018, 8:51 p.m.

I am so tired of hearing lame arguments such as the one letter-writer Melan Junik makes (“Lack of discipline to blame for shootings,” June 11, TribLIVE). How many times have I heard that it's not the gun, it's the people? But it is the gun. Without the gun there would be no shooting. That's such an obvious fact — why can't people see that?

Junik says only the today's generations do the mass shootings. He's absolutely right, and he inadvertently proves my point. When he was young, there weren't ubiquitous weapons of mass murder. It was only in 2008 that the Republican-controlled Supreme Court decided that the Second Amendment had nothing to do with well-regulated militias and supported the right of any idiot to own any weapon he wants. And no background check required — if you can't pass the check, just go to a gun show and plunk down the cash — not even a handshake.

Fortunately kids today aren't what they were yesterday. They didn't grow up watching “Bonanza” and “Gunsmoke,” glorifying guns. Hopefully, when they can vote, we can get sensible gun regulation like every other civilized country.

Al Duerig

Salem

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