Letters to the Editor

Chadez letter: Guns

Referencing Clayton Cramer’s guest opinion of June 19. Let the numbers speak for themselves. Bombs of various kinds have killed maybe a few hundred people in the last few decades, the most notable being 167 in Oklahoma City by a right-wing extremist. ISIS is by no means the main perpetrators of these kinds of terrorist attacks. Let’s not forget the white supremacists and anti-abortion activists. That is one reason that pressure cooker bombs are not all about ISIS. More Americans have been killed by guns since 1968 than in all of the U.S. wars put together. (That number would be 1,516,863, probably not counting the most recent mass murder in Florida.) Yes, people kill people, with the help of guns. You’ll never convince me that making guns less accessible won’t make any difference. Also, isn’t declaring war on ISIS and other terrorist groups what we’ve been doing for the last 15 years? And really, four states had no decrease in murder rates after adopting background checks? I guess it might take a little more than that.

Shawna R. Chadez, Marsing