Opinion

LETTER: Address the root issues of violence

Editor:

Re: Dick Harrington and “Something has to give with gun culture,” Chilliwack Times, June 12.

I am a “law-abiding hunter” and while I think the timing of Canada’s NFA press release may have been questionable their ideas merit more of a look than Mr. Harrington’s tired call for a renewed gun registry.

How a registry would have helped when the fact the shooter had a firearms licence didn’t, is something I suspect Mr Harrington will be unable to answer.

As for the old specter of America’s “gun culture,” I assume that Mr. Harrington also will not be able to answer why, despite the highest ever numbers of privately owned firearms, the legalization of concealed carry handguns in over 40 states and the expiry of the assault weapons ban, firearms murders are at their lowest rate in the U.S. (and Canada) in over 40 years.

It is insulting to the reader’s intelligence to insinuate that the problem of societal violence can be managed by controlling the instruments of violence while ignoring the root causes of poverty, inequity and mental illness. Perhaps, after all, there is more to the NFA’s ideas than some would like us to believe.

Dave Lanting

Chilliwack

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