Letter: U.N. Arms Treaty won't cut violence

October 4, 2013 

One headline stated Secretary of State Kerry plans to sign the U.N. Arms Treaty. Will it reduce gun violence by forcing criminals to obey the law? If so, I'm all for it. If it will only affect those who abide by the law already, what is the point except to appease those who want to limit the rights of gun owners? According to Fox News, "The treaty also prohibits the export of conventional arms if they could be used in attacks on civilians or civilian buildings such as schools and hospitals." That seems pretty all inclusive.

More laws and tighter gun restrictions do not equal less gun violence as proven by Chicago. Better enforcement of existing laws might help and cracking down on gangs affiliated with drug cartels would likely have a major effect.

My guess is Secretary Kerry's mind is already made up and the pressure by the president and others is great, but it is hoped he can justify his choice. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics more people in every age category die from unintentional motor vehicle collisions or other causes than by firearms, but that's not what is emphasized by the mainstream media.

JIM DAVISON, Waitsburg

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