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LETTER: Gun manufacturer roles in mass shootings

Posted 7/29/22

From a Fox news article: “With more than 300 mass shootings in the United States so far this year, and gun violence now the leading cause of death of children in America, it is clear that we are in …

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LETTER: Gun manufacturer roles in mass shootings

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From a Fox news article: “With more than 300 mass shootings in the United States so far this year, and gun violence now the leading cause of death of children in America, it is clear that we are in a public health epidemic,” Committee Chairwoman Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., said in a statement before the hearing. “Our hearing will examine the role of gun manufacturers in flooding our communities with weapons of war and fueling America’s gun violence crisis. It is long past time for the gun industry to be held accountable for the carnage they enable and profit from.”

It is not a health epidemic — we are in a crime epidemic that is fueled by “bail reform” and “de-fund the police” movements! This crime epidemic has been created by the very people claiming it is a “health epidemic.” It is time they took their heads out of the sand and looked in the mirror. Lack of consequence, blaming someone else for your own actions, accepting personal accountability along with the media giving these people their 15 minutes of fame are fueling it more than any manufacturing or advertising campaign could ever do. 

Having the ability to sue a gun manufacturer for the end result of a terrible situation is unbelievable and, in my opinion, ridiculous. Can we sue a cutlery manufacturer for a stabbing, or a car manufacturer for a person who drives through a crowd with a motor vehicle? Can we sue the needle manufacturer for someone overdosing because they injected themselves with drugs?

The decline in the traditional family and family values can also be cited as a cause in the criminal behavior we are seeing. Parents have and are becoming less likely to discipline children for fear of alienating them or being accused of abuse – when the opposite is actually true. The children are abusing and taking advantage of the parents.

Everything we need to know as our basic values in society is taught to us by the time we leave kindergarten – how to get along with others, how to share, how to be respectful and right from wrong. This begins at home and is not the sole responsibility of our school system. However, schools and society need to reinforce these values and fill in the gaps. It is all of our responsibilities.

To place blame such as this on the gun manufacturers and not look at the root cause is just plain wrong. All of us need to take a good look at our own involvement into this crime problem. What can you do to help? Parenting, education and consequences are the basis of our free society and can do more for curbing crime and violence than any law can.

— Tony Pettinelli Jr., Rome   


 

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