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Letter: Gun-related offenses abound in community


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From: William Scarbrough

Columbus

In the 12 days following John Krull’s Jan. 25 column urging a discussion on the proliferation of guns nationwide and in Indiana, there have been four newsworthy incidents related to guns, not including the daily drive-by or gang-related shootings in Indianapolis, Gary and Fort Wayne.

Four isn’t enough for outrage?

Jan. 25: Krull’s column is printed.

Jan. 28: Gas station shooting; two dead.

Feb. 1: The Republic prints a front page article with a 1-inch-high headline saying the National Rifle Association had emailed local residents to protest a pawn shop ordinance that fearful council members had already eliminated.

(Two years ago I spoke with a Democratic candidate for the City Council about advocating for gun control. She told me it would be political suicide if she did that. She lost anyway.)

Feb. 2: A man with 47 guns is arrested after telling his wife he was going to kill as many people as he could at Jane Ball Elementary School.

Feb. 5: Three people shot dead in Franklin; of the dead, one is a suicide, two others are wounded.

Five dead, two wounded, an elementary school population threatened. What does it take to cause outrage against gun violence?

Maybe the following will get your attention. A study done by the Pediatrics journal stated that 7,391 children under the age of 19 were hospitalized for gun injuries in a year-long study. Many required lengthy and costly treatments. This total does not include the 3,000 children who never made it to the hospital before dying.

Charles Blow, columnist for the New York Times, wrote that this indicates gun violence is a national health issue that warrants further attention. He states, “No easy task when the gun lobby continues to block research and data collection about guns.”

Bear with me. CVS announced Feb. 5 that its drugstores will no longer sell cigarettes or other tobacco products because it’s contrary to its business model, which emphasizes good health. CVS claims it will cost $2 billion in profits. That’s chump change; it made $123 billion last year. It hopes that other businesses will follow, and it believes that as availability of tobacco products go down, smoking rates go down.

As the availability and those promoting guns go down, the use of guns to settle disputes will

go down.

While you’re thinking of the CVS business model, did you see the advertisement for a gun show in Evansville in the Feb. 5 newspaper? Seen any others? Is the newspaper advocating for more proliferation of guns? I think so because I find it hard to believe that The Republic would collapse financially if it refused such advertising.

Bill Moyers has written the following, “Thou shalt not kill, but if you do, hide behind the Second Amendment — made holier and more sacrosanct by the NRA than God’s own

commandment.”

I can sense your outrage now.

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