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To the editor: In John Heidtke’s column, “Stories of Living, Working and Dying in America’s Gun Culture,” he asks local high school students: “Are there loaded guns in your home? Have you secretly handled the guns?”
You failed to ask: What is the first thing you should do when you find a gun or someone hands you a gun? What are basic firearms safety rules? Surprise—it’s not part of their public school curriculum.
You then connect “stories” of what a soldier did in Iraq and the genocide that occurred in Bosnia/Kosovo with “America’s love affair with guns.”
I, unlike you, am not concerned with what “the rest of the world regards in the U.S.A.” They don’t have our constitution and the Second Amendment.
You close with: “So when I witness America’s love affair with guns, I fear a day of reckoning is at hand.”
I hope you don’t mean the government is going to restrict how many guns, what kind, how many rounds and what kind or how often I can buy them, but hey, no matter. I still got my Second Amendment rights. Right?
I hope you believe all honest, law-abiding, tax-paying citizens should have the right to bear arms—and not just for hunting, sport or target shooting—but for self-defense. Your column certainly does not support that.
Bottom line is your column should also address the moral decay in our society as the cause of “dying in America.” It involves decay of traditional values, personal responsibility, families and religion.
“Dying in America” is related more to drug culture than gun culture. Back off of us honest, law-abiding, tax-paying, “gun-loving” citizens.