Letter: Elected officials don't care about violence in America

March 24, 2013 

Why don't our elected officials care about the deaths at the Newtown elementary school, or the slaughter of high school students at Columbine or the death of preschool children at the bombing of the Oklahoma Federal Building, or many other acts of violence?

If they really care they will not jump on the expedient bandwagon of banning the guns of law-abiding citizens, just so they can look like they have solved the problem and move on with their re-election efforts.

It doesn't take a social scientist to see that more guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens means less violence. One need only compare gun ownership and murder rates in Chicago and Seattle.

If they really cared, politicians would be looking for common factors among those who commit these acts of violence, things like mental illness, drug use, including Ritalin, and other mind-altering medications, family structure, criminal background, legal residency, church attendance, welfare dependency and the invitation to unopposed violence presented by so-called gun free zones.

Urge your state and federal lawmakers to get off the bandwagon of unintended consequences and look instead at the abundance of information available from past acts of violence.

DON LARSON, West Richland

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