LETTER: A simple answer to hypothetical question

Mar. 12, 2013 @ 04:59 AM

To the Editor:

I have a simple answer to Mr. Sean Boswell’s question in his letter from Saturday [March 10] — NO.

The only person with a problem over the hypothetical question of drones killing non-combatants on American soil (besides you and people like Glenn Beck) is Rand Paul. The question has never come up because it is unthinkable. And it is only [due to] the avid hatred of the far-right extremists for this president that the question would even be raised.

Nobody has ever said gun control will stop all violence. The news always comes alive when there is a mass shooting, but there are more than 30,000 gun deaths a year — murders, suicides, accidents, etc. Mass shootings are a small part of that number. But that's more people than are killed in auto accidents. We are not talking about banning cars, but you need a license and to pass a driver's test to get one. That's people in cars killing people the same as people with guns killing people. The difference is the car is not manufactured to kill anyone.

Is mental illness a problem? Of course. The Newtown shooter got his mother's guns. They were probably not secured properly. If she were still alive, she should be morally accountable and should be considered an accomplice.

The vitriol that is screamed by the far-right extremists is rampant. Republicans must think the world will come to an end if they don't control the White House. And the fact that he is a black man makes the vitriol run even faster.

Neil Rotter